Bartram Trail - Hale Ridge Road - Osage Mountain Vista - GA/NC

September 13, 2011

Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail on the border of NC and GA from Hale Ridge Road to Osage Mountain Overlook and back. Total distance out and back - 7.4 miles.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Karen Brown, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Pam Euliss, Dave Hinson, Dick Metzgar and Vic Robson.

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 this nice mountain trail. A nice reward of mountain views at Osage Mountain Vista.

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! Sunny and mild with temperatures ranging from 58-74 degrees F. Hiking distance - 7.4 miles.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue Jay, Red-shouldered Hawk and Northern Raven.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: White Wood Aster, Tall Goldenrod, Beggar Lice, Southern Harebell, Dayflower, Smartweed, Pine-sap and Blue Lobelia.

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Starting out from Hale Ridge Rd heading northward.
Trail marker near the start.
Another great day for a hike on the Bartram Trail.
The State line.
One of 13 foot-bridges.
Pine Sap (Monotropa hypopithys)
Large rock out-crops and boulders along the trail.
Taking a break on one of the bridges.
A side trail named PUC PUGGy (The Indians name
for William Bartram - meaning the Flower Hunter).
Fungus of the week!
Lunchtime at Osage Mountain Vista.
Lunch with a view!
At Osage Vista, we met these folks with 7 poodles!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Dick Metzgar, Pam Euliss, Dave Hinson, Greta Driggers, Vic Robson, Karen Brown, Jim Driggers, Phil Brownrigg, June Bellamy and John Bellamy.

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Bartram Trail - Hale Ridge Rd. - Osage Overlook 9-13-11

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