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Bartram Trail is a 34.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 34.1 miles Elevation Gain: 7,903 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Plenty of fishing spots and access to the water. Several backpacking campgrounds as well. Fun for a short or long hike. About 2 miles south from the trail head, the Bartram runs into a series of equestrian trails. This gives you lots of different directions to go and makes it a fun area to explore.

1 day ago

Beautiful. Did about 6 miles between Laurel Branch and Sandy Ford Road along the Chattooga. Lots of camping spots and water sources with streams nearby. Loved Dick’s Creek Falls. So remote and little foot traffic.

8 months ago

Hiked this trail (southbound) from Hale Ridge Rd to Warwoman Dell. Trail was in great shape few blowdowns closer to Warwoman Dell but easy to navigate around. Plenty of campsites and only a short portion of the trail where there is no water. Waterfalls,great views, and lightly trafficked would definitely recommend doing this trail.

Thu Dec 27 2018

I was disappointed. we started at Hale Ridge and the first two miles took us 4 HOURS! There were trees down and it consisted of us on our hands and knees climbing under them or going off trail trying to avoid them. We only made it to Rabun Bald and then decided to camp and leave the next day due to not knowing how the trail would look past that and being on a time limit.

Mon Oct 22 2018

Janet and I thru hiked the Bartram Trail. On Sunday 10/7/18, We drove up the Forest Service road to less than a mile to the trail and camped on Cheoah Bald in NC. Monday 10/8/18-Tuesday 10/16/18, we hiked south to Russell Bridge in GA, with a shuttle by Michael Newton from Wallace Branch to Hickory Nut. Trail maintenance was best at day hike areas and worse far from road crossings. Every day in GA and NC involved multiple large trees across the trail and blow downs. The hike up Wolf Mt in NC was difficult due to 6 days of food, poor maintenance and steep terrain. Speed Gap in GA has a huge blow down just beyond the etched Bartram Trail Rock. It completely obscured the trail for hikers coming from Russell Bridge toward Warwoman Dell. We had a great time. Other than the beautiful Saturday on Rabun Bald and parking areas, we saw 4 hikers in 9 days.

Tue Sep 11 2018

Slow uphill. Steep slope to rock overlook. Robe on trees to hold

Thu Aug 16 2018

Great hikes to lovely waterfalls with pools to lie in. Clayton, Ga

Fri May 19 2017

I have hiked this trail twice. Heavy weekend use around Earls Ford but was not a problem. Stayed at campsite on Warwoman Creek. Small single tent site but really nice. I hiked from the bridge.

Thu Mar 23 2017

The Bartram Trail is a nearly 40 mile point-to-point trail located in Rabun County, Georgia that features several waterfalls, Rabun Bald (Georgia's second highest mountain), and several miles of pleasant ridgeline and river views. My dog and I backpacked this trail over three days and two nights one weekend in mid-March. First, if anyone says that this trail is easy, they obviously only hiked a short section and did not complete the entire route. Outside of Rabun Bald, the mountains here are not incredibly tall, but there are more than enough ascents and descents over the 40 miles to make this a daunting challenge nonetheless. Do not believe anyone who calls this hike "leisurely." Water is incredibly scare on this trail, particularly between Warwoman Dell and the Chattooga River. I went a stretch of more than seven miles without finding any springs or streams where I could successfully filter water. These sources may be better during wetter months, but for my trip, it was quite dry. Highlights on this trail include the fire tower on top of Rabun Bald, Becky Branch Falls and Martin Creek Falls. There's also a spur trail nearby that leads to Dick's Creek Falls, which are particularly impressive and worth the extra mileage. This is not a trail that you can do in a single day. I'm an avid backpacker and was only able to muster 15 mile days or so, including a few short side trips down spur trails to see extra sights. Plan on carrying more water than you may feel necessary, especially in drier months. I highly recommend this trail, but it is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to climb and descent more than a dozen mountains, many of which are close to 3,000 feet or more. As this is not one of Georgia's most well-traveled trails, be prepared to climb over quite a bit of fallen debris. There were plenty of fallen trees blocking the trail that I had to traverse.

Mon Nov 21 2016

It was a nice leisure hike - not difficult at all. We did an over-nighter and camped in a clearing near the old farm remnants. Clean water/creek by the old farm.

Sat Jul 03 2010

Terrible trail, difficult to see where it even begins, no blazes, totally unmaintained & grown over. If you still want to hike it, tape your pants to your ankles, the chiggers are ruthless & you will be miserable for days afterwards. However the campgrounds @ Lake Sinclair are wonderful, plenty of lakeside sites to camp at

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