Chattooga River Trail - Sandy Ford Rd. - Rabun County - GA

April 23, 2013

Today's hike was on the Chattooga River Trail. The hike started from the trail crossing at Sandy Ford Rd. and proceeded southward for 4 mi giving an 8 mi. round trip.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Bill Hunt, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Bruce O'Connor, Don Preece, Vic Robson and Geri Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - The trail is in good condition. However, the Forest Service has placed several large boulders at the area where we usually park on the north side of the road at the top of the hill east of the ford. You can still park a few cars (between the boulders) there but not as many as we used to. So, we parked further to the east where the Chattooga River trail crosses the road. We hiked from there south to the river.

Directions: Take Warwoman Road 5.9 miles from Clayton, GA, turning right onto Sandy Ford Road and traveling 0.6 mi. down Sandy Ford Road, turning left and crossing a concrete bridge, then procede 3.3 miles further on Sandy Ford Road to a ford of Dick's Creek, after crossing the ford, continue on Sandy Ford Rd. to the trail crossing.

Another great day for a hike! Sunny and cool with temperatures ranging from 43 TO 65 degrees F.

Distance hiked - 8 miles. Difficulty: Moderate to easy.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Catesby's Trillium, Green and Gold, Pinkster Azalea, Dog Hobble, Star Chickweed, Bluet, Iris Verna, Iris Cristata, Sweet White Violet, Purple Violet, Birdsfoot Violet, Florida Dogwood, Halberd-leafed Violet, Phlox, Foam Flower, Hooked Buttercup, Robin's Plantain, Cinquefoil, Rue Anemone and Barren strawberry.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: American Tree Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Tufted Titmouse, American Crow, Robin, Vireo, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Pine Warbler, Towhee, Oven Bird and Junco.

Parking on Sandy Ford Rd.
Sign near Sandy Ford Rd.
Another great day for a hike!
A sure sign of Spring! What kind of bird nest is this?
Another sign of Spring! Dwarf Iris
Lots of great views of the Chattooga River!
Native Azalea - Pinkster.
Another sign of Spring!
Getting closer to our lunch spot!
Beautiful Catesby's Trillium!
Just a beautiful trail along the Chattooga River.
Lunchtime on the Chattooga River!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Bill Hunt, Geri Whitaker, Vic Robson, June Bellamy, John Bellamy, Bruce O'Connor, Jim Driggers, Greta Driggers, Don Preece, Bob Magee and Dick Metzgar.

Sandy Ford - Chattooga River Trail 4-23-13

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