Northeast of Clayton in the Cattachoochee National Forest, the Bartram Trail is a scenic 38 mile trail that start just over the North Carolina border and roams through northern Georgia in a horseshoe shaped route.
The Northern end of the Georgia section of the Bartram Trail begins on Hale Ridge Road near the Georgia-North Carolina line. It heads southwest for about three miles across the headwaters of Holcomb Creek. It then joins an old jeep road at Beegum Gap and follows it down a ridge one mile to Rabun Bald, Georgia's second highest mountain at 4,696 feet.
At Rabun Bald, the trail goes southwest for about seven miles following the Tennessee Valley Divide and provides several vistas with beautiful views of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains. At Courthouse Gap, the trail turns southeast and follows Finney Creek and Martin Creek for about three miles where a turn back to the west takes the trail to the crossing of Warwoman Road into Warwoman Dell Picnic Area.
From Warwoman Dell, it winds in a generally easterly direction. When it reaches Sandy Ford Road, the trail turns north along the Chattooga River for about three miles to Earl’s Ford Road. From Earl’s ford Road, the trail continues near the river corridor until it crosses the west fork and ends on Highway 28 at the Georgia/s. Carolina state line. The hiking trail is moderate in difficulty.
Note: this is not the Bartram National Recreation Trail, which is located in Alabama.
1. Hale Ridge Road to Rabun Bald - 4.2 miles
2. Rabun Bald to Saltrock Gap - 2.0 miles
3. Saltrock Gap to Wilson Gap - 3.0 miles
4. Wilson Gap to Courthouse Gap - 5.0 miles
5. Courthouse Gap to Warwoman Dell - 3.5
6. Warwoman Dell to Sandy Ford Road - 9.5
7. Sandy Ford Road to Earl’s Ford Road - 3.0
8. Earl’s Ford Road to Highway 28 - 7.5 miles
Overall, Bartram Trail is the 20th most popular hiking trail of all 22 hikes in Georgia.