Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Currahee Mountain and Lathan Cemetery Loop Trail - GA

February 2, 2016

TRAIL INFO. - This hike to the summit of Currahee Mt. is on a dirt/gravel road that is in excellent shape for hiking or running. This is the exact road that the paratroopers trained on to become qualified to serve in the U.S. Army's newest division "The Airborne" in the early 1940's. The soldiers were put through very rigorous training that included the famous "Three Miles Up - Three Miles Down" from Camp Toccoa to the summit and back. We also hiked a couple of miles on the Frady Branch Trail System. We accessed the Lathan Cemetery Loop trail by taking the second road (gated) to the right as we hiked up from the trailhead.

TODAY'S HIKERS: Suzanne Belflower, Joe Collins, Pam Euliss, Tim Hale, Bill Hunt, Bob Magee, Dave Norton, Mary Lu Norton, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor and Tony Presley.

Total hiking distance today - 8 miles with large elevation change. Difficulty rating - Moderate to strenuous.

DIRECTIONS: From the north headed toward Toccoa on Highway 17 (4-lane), you will be coming down a mountain and at the bottom, turn right at the 1st traffic light (Jeanette Jameson Intersection) travel 2.3 miles to Robert Sink Rd. on the left (the gravel road just before the entrance rd. to Patterson Pump, inc. If you are coming from Toccoa, take Highway 123 (Currahee St) West about 4 miles and continue straight at the Jeanette Jameson intersection (Shell station) Drive 2.3 miles to Robert Sink Rd. on the left just before Patterson Pump, Inc.

Another great day for a hike! Cloudy, cool, heavy fog at the summit, with temperatures ranging in the low 40's.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Towhee, Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse.

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Parking at the start of the Sink Trail.
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Another great day for a hike!
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As we start up the hill, we see the only remaining structure from Camp Toccoa
the Mess Hall (refurbished by the Stephens Co. Historical Society).
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The Col. Robert Sink Trail is the gravel road that leads to the summit of Currahee Mountain.
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We turn off of the Sink trail to hike the Lathan Cemetery Loop Trail.
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There are lots of Historic sites along this trail.
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The Lathan-Edmonds Cemetery graves are mostly marked by rocks.
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A few of the graves have engraved headstones. This one 1849-1913
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The Frady Branch Trail System has nice trail markers.
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Creek crossing
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We are now back on the Sink Trail.
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Communication Tower at the summit of Currahee.
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Back at the starting point!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Suzanne Belflower, Mary Lu Norton, Jean O'Connor, Dave Norton, Bruce O'Connor, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, Joe Collins, Pam Euliss, Bill Hunt and Tony Presley.

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Currahee Mountain Hike 2-2-16


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