Rabun Bald - Bartram Trail - GA

August 31, 2010

This week's hike was on the Bartram Trail near the GA/NC border from Hale Ridge Road to Rabun Bald (Georgia's second highest peak at 4,696 ft.).

HIKERS: John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Pam Euliss, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Jeanne O'Connor, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson and Dan Ross.

TRAIL INFO. - This popular portion of the Bartram Trail is very well maintained and beautiful. The views at Rabun Bald are spectacular with a true 360 degree view of the GA/NC mountains.

Total hiking distance today - 8.4 mi. with lots elevation gain to the summit of Rabun Bald.

Directions: Take Hwy. 441 N from Clayton, GA through Dillard, GA and turn right onto GA 246 / NC 106 toward Highlands, NC. Drive about 7 miles and turn right at the old Scaly Mtn. Ski Slope at Hale Ridge Rd. Go a couple of miles and turn left onto a continuation of Hale Ridge road. Drive a mile or so and you will see the trail crossing sign on your right.

Another great day for a hike! Sunny and cool with temperatures ranging from 57 to 78 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Woodland Sunflower,Southern Harebells,Joe Pye Weed, False Foxglove, Spiked Lobelia, Goldenglow Sunflower, White Woods Aster, Blue Aster, White Snakeroot, Flowering Spurge, Featherbells, Tall Goldenrod, Wreath Goldenrod, Silverrod, Begger's Lice, Indian Tobacco, Indian Plantain, Yelllow Star Grass, Flowering Spurge, Horse Balm, Alumroot, Angelica and Dodder.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Broad-winged Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Chipping Sparrow, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse and Rough-winged Swallow.

Scroll down for photos and video from today!

Parking on Hale Ridge Rd.
Trail sign near the start.
Trail talk
Huge mushroom/fungus!
Wild Parsley
Our lunchtime destination - The Rabun Bald observation tower!
Taking in the awesome views!
Views in every direction
Looking over Sky Valley GA.
Looking toward Highlands, NC.
Another great day for a hike!
Some of today's mushrooms!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Jack Jacobi, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Don Preece, Dick Metzgar, Jeanne O'Connor, Donna Presley, Pam Euliss, Phil Brownrigg, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Bill Hunt and Tony Presley.

More photos!
rabun bald 8-31-10

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