November 22, 2011
|Today, we hiked the Bartram Trail from The Highway 28 Bridge on the GA side of the Chattooga River southward 5 miles to the south side of Willis Knob. (10 miles round trip) |
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Browmrigg, Pam Euliss, Jeanne O'Connor, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dan Ross and Pom Sinnock .
TRAIL INFORMATION - This portion of the Bartram Trail is very nice with quite a bit of flat terrain for the first couple of miles followed by some rolling hills. The trail is well maintained with only a few downed trees that were easy to step over. Several nice river views along with several mountain creeks add to the beauty of the trail. Difficulty - moderately easy
Today's hiking distance - 10 miles
Directions: The highway 28 bridge is located on the GA/SC border between Walhalla SC and Highlands NC. Easily accessible from Walhalla, SC (Highway 28), Highlands, NC (Highway 28), or Clayton, GA (Warwoman Road).
Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy, mild with temperatures ranging from 60 to 65 degrees F.
FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Blue Aster, Bushy Aster and Mountain Gentian.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Chickadee, Blue Jay, Pileated Woodpecker and American Crow.
Scroll down for photos and video from today!
Getting ready at the Highway 28 Bridge parking area!
Headed down the Bartram Trail along the Chattooga River.
A National designated "Wild and Scenic River".
Early into the hike, we cross the bridge over the West Fork of the Chattooga.
Looking from the bridge down the West Fork to the convergence with the Chattooga River.
Mushroom of the week...
This is the boater access point for rafts and kayaks.
The trail follows the river for a couple of miles..
We pass the remaining rock chimney of this farm house from the 1930's.
The first couple of miles has lots of flat walking along the old farmland.
Resurrection Fern growing on this tree.
A reminder that the Bartram Trail is not for horseback riding.
Lunchtime on the Bartram Trail!
The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r) Vic Robson, Phil Brownrigg, Pom Sinnock, John Bellamy, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, June Bellamy, Jeanne O'Connor, Donna Presley and Pam Euliss.
MORE PHOTOS BELOW!