Bartram Trail from Forest Road 156
to the Top of Rabun Bald

Picture of a sign on the Bartram Trail

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Date Hiked: 8/25/91

Length: 8.4 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: yellow (also blue blazes and metal diamonds)

Main Features: view from Rabun Bald

Animals: vultures, snails, toads, black-throated blue-backed warblers

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

Travelling north on highway 28 in South Carolina, turn left on Warwoman Road 2.2 miles after crossing the Chattooga River into Georgia. Drive 8.0 miles and turn right on FR 153 (Tuckaluge Creek Road). This turn is just before the Tuckaluge Grocery on the left. (Coming from Clayton on Warwoman Road, the turn is about 6.4 miles from highway 441.) Go 2.6 miles down FR 153, then bear right onto FR 153A. Follow FR 153A 2.7 miles until it dead ends into FR 156. Turn left on FR 156. Drive 1.3 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is a clearing where you can park just past the trail on the right.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 700 feet to 1.9 miles
Descend 300 feet to 2.5 miles
Ascend 1000 feet to 4.2 miles
Total Ascent 2,000 feet (round trip)

0.0 trailhead on FR 156
0.3 partial views of valley with clear-cutting on left
1.1 - 1.3 ascend on switchbacks
1.3 overlook on right to south
1.5 campsite and stream on left
1.7 ascending switchbacks
1.9 trail levels off
2.1 descend on switchbacks
2.5 saddle
2.6 turn right on old road
2.7 step across stream
2.8 ignore old road on right
3.0 step across stream
3.4 ignore Flint Knob and Alex Mt. Trails on left
3.8 begin following narrow ridge with partial views left and right
4.2 tower on Rabun Bald


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