Broad River Trail

Picture of unusual slat footbridge on Broad River Trail

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Date Hiked: 12/7/91

Length: 8.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: blue

Main Features: streams and Broad River

Animals: turkeys (10), deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, owl, frogs

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia

Take highway 123 south from Toccoa, Georgia. As you leave Toccoa, 123 and 184 will be combined. A couple of miles out of town, continue straight on 184 when 123 and 17 turn right. Right after this intersection, the state highway patrol building is on the right. Turn right off of 184 just past the highway patrol building. Drive 1.1 miles past the entrance to the Chattahoochee National Forest and turn left on Ayersville Road just beyond the Milliken Plant. Drive 0.8 miles and turn left on FS 87 -- Guard Camp Road. Go 2.2 miles and begin looking down into the woods on the right as you go up the hill after crossing Dick's Creek. When you see the large wooden sign marking the trailhead, drive a few more yards to a small pull-off parking area on the right.

Note: Several portions of this trail are slanted sideways with poor footing and steep drop-offs right beside the trail.

Main Altitude Changes
Descend 150 feet to the end of the trail

0.0 pull-off parking area
walk back down the road to the trail sign
(the trail goes left from the sign)
0.2 log bridge
0.4 log bridge
0.5 pine tree whose trunk is a complete loop on right growing out of boulder
0.6 cascade on right with small waterfall
0.8 cascades on right
1.2 scenic spot where you can walk out onto rocks in the river when the water is low
1.7 turn sharp right following blue blazes
(another trail continues straight)
curve left away from river
1.9 log bridge, then turn right
2.0 step across stream
overhanging boulders on left with cave
overhang on left that could serve as rain shelter
2.3 turn right and cross dry streambed in open woods
2.5 small manmade rock structure on left
2.6 tree growing out of overhanging rock on left
2.7 cross top of knob with steep slopes on three sides
unique bridge made of boards across two cables [see picture]
3.2 boulders on left
rock overhang on left that could serve as rain shelter
3.3 curve left and cross ridge
3.7 begin seeing river again
3.8 small stonework on right
3.9 bridge
4.0 small stonework on right
4.1 gain edge of river again
4.2 trail follows rocks in the water along the left riverbank
4.4 bridge
Guard Camp Road


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