The Smith Creek Trail, Helen, GA

January 10, 2006

Today's hike was on the Smith Creek Trail at Unicoi State Park near Helen, GA. We started the hike at the trail head across from Little Brook Campground. This hike leads to Anna Ruby Falls where we had lunch.

HIKERS - Jeff Anderson,   Melissa Anderson,   Phil Brownrigg,   Joe Collins,  John King,   Bryan Lambert,   Dick Metzgar,  Leigh Ann Miller,   Wayne Miller,   Bruce O'Connor,  Bob Presley,   Donna Presley,   Tony Presley,   Dan Ross,  Doug Russell,   David Tate,   Bob Thompson,  David Whitaker,   Geri Whitaker .

TRAIL INFO. - This trail is in good shape with recent blow-downs cleared. The terrain is moderate with rocky footing in several stretches. The view is nice through this mostly hardwood forest with spectacular Anna Ruby Falls at the end. It is a nice 10 mile round trip.

Directions: Just north of Helen, GA turn right onto Hwy 356 and drive past the lake and take the first left and drive a half mile or so and look for the Little Brook Campground sign.

Today's hiking distance - 10 miles

Another great day for a hike! Cloudy to partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from the low 50's to mid 60's F.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Crow, Carolina Wren, Pilieated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Titmouse.


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The Trail-head parking area.
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Advanced math!
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19 OFHC members headed for Anna Ruby Falls.
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Nice trail with several small streams.
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This is a typical north Georgia Mountains trail.
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Approaching Anna Ruby Falls!
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Curtis Creek and York Creek combine to make this
set of falls called Anna Ruby..
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Beauty.
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more beauty!
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Breaking the rules!
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The lower viewing platform.
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The O.F.H.C. gang for today's hike. (kneeling l-r) Tony Presley, Joe Collins, Wayne Miller, Bruce O'Connor, and David Tate. (standing l-r)David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Doug Russell, Phil Brownrigg, Donna Presley, Bob Thompson, Bryan Lambert, Dan Ross, Leigh Ann Miller, Jeff Anderson, Melissa Anderson, Dick Metzgar, John King, and Bob Presley.


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