Bartram Trail from Hale Ridge Road
to the Top of Rabun Bald

Picture of view from tower on top of Rabun Bald

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Date Hiked: September 3, 1995

Length: 8.4 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 4

Blaze: yellow (occasional metal and blue)

Animals: crows, turkeys, vulture, squirrels, toads, ruffed grouse

Main Features: views from the top of Rabun Bald, waterfall

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

Driving north on highway 28 from South Carolina, cross the Chattooga River into Georgia and drive 2.2 miles before turning left on Warwoman Road (paved, but unsigned). Go 0.3 miles and turn right on FS 86, Overflow Creek Road (before the bridge). Drive 7.2 miles to the junction with FS 7, Hale Ridge Road. (You seem to simply continue straight on the same road you've been on. However, you are now on Hale Ridge Road and Overflow Creek Road has ended.) Drive 2.6 miles on Hale Ridge Road to the Bartram Trail sign on the left. (It is 9.8 miles from Warwoman Road to the trailhead.)

Driving north on highway 441 in Georgia, turn right on highway 246 about 1 mile north of Dillard. Drive 7.0 miles and turn right on a paved road (1625) just past a gas station on the left. Drive 2.1 miles and fork left onto a dirt road -- FS 7, Hale Ridge Road. Drive 1.1 miles to the trailhead on the right. (After 0.6 miles there are some stone columns standing in a field on the right.)

Approximate altitude change:
Ascend 1,425 feet from Hale Ridge Road to the top of Rabun Bald

0.0 Hale Ridge Road
0.1 bridge
0.3 bridge
0.4 bridge
bridge that arcs to the left with waterfall on right (about 20' high)
0.8 bridge
1.1 bridge
1.4 bridge
1.5 bridge
step across three streams in a row
1.7 wet area
1.9 step across stream
2.5 house on right, then cross road
sunken concrete structure for water on left
2.6 campsite
join old road and bear left up the hill
3.3 intersection of roads and trails, bear left and go between two rocks, then bear left at fork
4.2 tower on top of bald


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