Bartram Trail - Hale Ridge Rd. to Osage Overlook

February 22, 2005

HIKERS - John Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Ray Cowan, Terry Doyle, Jack Jacobi, Steve Jordan, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Geri Whitaker and David Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail starting at Hale Ridge Rd. in GA and hiking to the Osage Overlook in NC and back.

A very nice section of the Bartram trail with nice mountain views on a well-maintained trail.

Total round trip hiking distance - 7.5 mi.

Directions: Take Hwy. 441 N from Clayton, GA through Dillard, GA and turn right onto GA 246 / NC 106 toward Highlands, NC. Drive about 7 miles and turn right at the Scaly Mtn. Ski Slope. Go a couple of miles and turn left onto Hale Ridge road. Drive a mile or so and you will see the trail crossing sign on your right. Today's hike started on the left side of the road 25 yards beyong the trail sign.

Another great day for a hike! Fair with temperatures ranging from the mid-40's to the mid 60's F.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Raven, American Crow, Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, Tuffed Titmouse.

The Columns on Hale Ridge Road.
Bartram trail sign near the start.
A beautiful day for a walk in the woods!
Nice mountain views along the way.
The Osage Mountain Overlook!
Looking up to Scaly Mountain.
A typical little creek along the Bartram Trail.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) David Whitaker,
Geri Whitaker, Jack Jacobi, Phil Brownrigg, Doug Russell,
Terry Doyle, Wayne Miller, Dan Ross, Bob Presley,
Ray Cowan, John Bellamy and Steve Jordan.

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