January 29, 2008
|Today's hike was on the Broad River Trail near Toccoa, GA.
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Karen Brown, Phil Brownrigg, Dan Euliss, Pam Euliss, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Linda Johnson, Wanda Miller, Wayne Miller, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Carole Raguckas, Joe Raguckas, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Pom Sinnock , Faye Sisson, Bob Thompson, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - The Broad River Trail starts on Forest Service Road 87 about a mile or so past the game checking station. It follows Dicks Creek until it joins the Broad River and continues to Farmers Bottom. It is a very nice trail with only gentle hills and nice views all along the river. Trail length 3.8 miles. We hiked the trail out and back plus a bit more giving a total of 7.8 miles.
Directions: From Toccoa take Highway 123 west and continue straight through the Jeanette Jameison intersection and continue on about a mile and a half and turn left onto Ayersville Rd. (Patterson Pump Inc.). Continue about a half mile or so and turn left onto F.S. Road 87 (dirt) continue past the game checking station for about a mile or so and look for a trail sign on the right. Park on the side of the road. (If you are coming from Cornelia/Clarkesville on the 4-lane Highway 17, turn to the right at the traffic light at Jeanette Jameison Intersection and continue as above.)
Another great day for a hike! Partly Cloudy with temperatures ranging from the low 40's to the mid 50's F.
Hiking distance - 7.8 miles
Difficulty - Moderately easy with mostly gentle hills.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Purple Violet
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Titmouse.
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Very near the start of the hike.
The famous circular Hemlock tree...still alive!
Beautiful rushing cascades on Dicks Creek.
Another great day for a hike for 24 hikers! .
At this point, the trail is right on the edge of the river
but with careful rock-hopping, your feet can stay dry!
Jet and Nugget take every opportunity to get wet!
The sign at the other end of the trail points back to our starting point.
Crossing the foot-bridge at Farmers Bottom.
Looking upstream from Farmers Bottom.
This unusual old tree looks like an Indian trail marker?
These are the remains of an old moonshine still rock furnace.
The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r front) Tony Presley, Bill Hunt, Vic Robson, Faye Sisson, Linda Johnson, Wanda Miller, trail dog "Jet", Donna Presley, Karen Brown, Geri Whitaker, Carole Wintle, trail dog "Nugget" and David Whitaker. (l-r back) Dan Ross, Jack Jacobi, Phil Brownrigg, Pom Sinnock, Bob Thompson, Dan Euliss, June Bellamy, Pam Euliss, Doug Russell, John Bellamy, Wayne Miller, Carole Raguckas and Joe Raguckas.