The Bartram Trail - Hale Ridge Rd. to Osage Mountain Overlook

January 4, 2011

Today, we hiked on the Bartram Trail from Hale Ridge Rd. in Rabun Co., GA to the Osage Overlook in NC. approx. 7.4 mi round trip.

HIKERS: Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Carole Raguckas, Joe Raguckas, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Lynne Saporito, Pom Sinnock and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This section of the Bartram Trail is a nice walk through a beautiful hardwood forest. It is a moderately strenuous hike due to the elevation changes. There are 13 foot-bridges on this part of the trail with very nice mountain views at Osage Overlook.

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 and on your left 25 yards down the road.

Another great day for a hike! Fair and cool. Temperatures ranged from the upper 20's to lower 50's.


BIRDS IDENTIFIED: American Crow and Dark-eyed Junco.

Scroll down for photos from today!

Our starting point on Hale Ridge Rd.
Trail sign near the start.
Another great day for a hike!
Mountain views along the trail.
The Bartram Trail is well-maintained and this section has 13 foot-bridges.
Awesome boulders!
Break time...
It is wintertime.
The view from Osage Overlook
Lunchtime at Osage.
Looking up to Scaly Mountain from Osage Overlook.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Carole Raguckas, Bruce O'Connor, Joe Raguckas, Jeanne O'Connor, Dan Ross, Bill Hunt, Pom Sinnock, Vic Robson, Lynne Saporito, Dick Metzgar, Jack Jacobi and Carole Wintle.

More Photos below!

Bartram Trail - Hale Ridge Rd - Osage overlook 1-4-11

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