Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Currahee Mt. Hike, Camp Toccoa, GA

January 30, 2018

Today's hike was on the Currahee Mountain Trail and Frady Branch Trail starting at the base of the mountain at historic Camp Toccoa, GA.

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: John Anderson, Mike Bell, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Renee Corbett, Pam Euliss, Angela Evans, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, and Tony Presley.

Total hiking distance today - 7.5 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 marker 57, turn right onto Davis Mt. Rd and continue a quarter mile or so and bear left when you come to a fork in the road and continue and you will dead end onto Dicks Creek Parkway turn right and the parking area will be immediately on your left.

From TOCCOA there is a TEMPORARY DETOUR! Highway 123 is closed beyond the Jameson intersection: Therefore continue up the 4 lane to marker 57 and turn left onto Davis Mt. Road then continue a quarter mile or so and bear left when you come to a fork in the road continue and you will dead end onto Dicks Creek Parkway turn right and the parking area will be immediately on your left.

Another great day for a hike! Fair, cool, great views at the summit, with temperatures ranging from the low 30's to mid 40's.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None

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

scroll down for photos and video from today.......


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The start of today's hike at the start of the Sink Trail.
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We turned off of the Sink trail to do the loop past the Lathan Cemetery and up Pear Orchard Rd..
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Trail signs along the route. .
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We visited the historic Lathan - Edmonds Cemetery.
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Back on the Sink Trail and steep climb up to the summit of Currahee!
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Getting close to the summit!
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Amazing views from the summit
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Here we can see Rabun Bald and in the foreground is the growing Rock Quarry near Toccoa.
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After walking back to the start, we visit historic Camp Toccoa - Birthplace of the Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.
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Visiting the only original structure of the camp.
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Proudly displayed on the wall!
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Many old soldiers remember these!
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A great new project is the display of a C-47 plane used in World War II. To be reassembled here.
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All the parts are here for assembly and display.
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Our track today.
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Our elevation profile today.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r) Bob Magee, Joe Collins, Mike Bell, Pam Euliss, Renee Corbett, Angela Evans, Ray Clark, Tim Hale, John Anderson and Tony Presley.


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