Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Pear Orchard Loop & Leatherwood Creek & Frady Branch Loops - Toccoa, GA

February 6, 2018

Today's hike was on the Frady Branch Trail System including the Pear Orchard Loop, Leatherwood Creek Loop, and Frady Branch trail near Toccoa, GA.

TRAIL INFO. - This turned out to be quite a strenuous adventure! The problem was that we hiked the Leatherwood Creek Loop portion that seems to have been abandoned. Downed trees all along this portion and the trail was very difficult to see and follow and bridges were out which caused very difficult creek crossings and scrambling around the downed trees on very steep banks. Without GPS, we would not have been able to stay on the trail. Somehow, we made it through alive! Otherwise it was a nice hike.

TODAY'S HIKERS: Mike Bell, Ray Clark, Joe Collins, Renee Corbett, Pam Euliss, Angela Evans, Jenna Hensley, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Dave Norton, Mary Lu Norton, Tony Presley and Vic Robson.

Total hiking distance today - 9.2 miles with 1200 ft. of climbing. Difficulty rating - Moderate to very 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. Then drive up to the second gated road on the right - Lathan Rd.

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. Then drive up to the second gated road on the right - Lathan Rd.

Another great day for a hike! Cloudy, cool, with temperatures ranging from 48 to 60 F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None

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

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


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The start of today's hike at the gated Lathan Rd. entrance.
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Headed down the trail on Lathan Rd.
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The trail signs are nice but can be confusing.
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Historical markers along the way. Mary Steele Waterfalls.
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A beautiful cascading waterfall - Mary Steele.
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We are not lost....just confused!
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There are no longer footbridges on Leatherwood Creek!
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The trail along a steep bank is blocked by numerous downed trees.
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Scrambling around the trees on the steep banks was very challenging!
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We knew we were in trouble when we see animal skulls hanging in the trees!
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Finally out of danger!
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Later, we meet three nice ladies on horseback.
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A beautiful spot along the trail.
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We could not have made it without GPS.
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Elevation profile
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The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r) Dave Norton, Ray Clark, Pam Euliss, Dick Metzgar, Mary Lu Norton & "Clover", Mike Bell, Bob Magee, Angela Evans, Renee Corbett, Vic Robson, Jenna Hensley, Joe Collins and Tony Presley.


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