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Bartram Trail: Wilson Gap to Rabun Bald

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Clayton, Georgia

Bartram Trail: Wilson Gap to Rabun Bald is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 2,132 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

Take Warwoman Rd out of Clayton, GA. Turn left at Tuckaluge Creek Rd. Bear right onto Dan Gap Rd (155). Turn left onto Wilson Gap Rd. You'll see a Dead End sign.Continue to trail head.

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Joe Innis
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HikingGreat!

Be sure to take note of the directions provided in the app. Google took us to Sarah's Creek and we had to drive back into Clayton to get cell signal so we could screenshot the actual directions in the app. Also, the washout in the road before the trailhead is a giant rut that only a vehicle with high clearance get get over. We tried with a Kia Sorento and it just wasn't happening, so we parked and walked .8 miles to the trailhead (we would agonize over this distance on our way back lol) This was mine and my wife's first moderate trail without the kids. Truly enjoyed the hike itself. We stopped for lunch at the little overlook about a mile and a half in and enjoyed a gorgeous view of the mountains. Most of the hike to Rabun Bald is up hill and we were definitely feeling it by the time we reached the top. That last two miles to the top were slow going for this inexperienced duo, but we pushed through with only a couple of stops to rest. This isn't a very technical trail. It's just up hill most of the way. The scenery isn't jaw dropping, but we enjoyed spending the day in the forest and trying to identify all the various wild flowers we came across. Rabun Bald lookout is your reward. You get a 360° view of the mountains from the lookout tower and on a clear day you can see for miles. However, what I didn't realize, is that it can be accessed by a short 1.5 mile hike. We reached the top only to find crowds of people, so we wandered off to the side and found a place to sit on the rocks until the crowds died down a bit. I was under the impression that we were hiking to a location that could only be reached from the trail we choose. I will be sure to do my homework on the destination next time. All in all, this was a perfect first long hike for us. The highlight wasn't the top, but the overlook along the way where we stopped for lunch.

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Terry Andrew
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Praveen Prabhakaran
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Thomas Olson
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Great view at the top. Road up is rough, definitely have a truck

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Claire Jarvis
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HikingGreat!Washed out

The road was washed out shortly after the dead end sign. However, there was a good parking spot at a fork in the road a little before then. I didn't measure mileage, but a leisurely hike to the bald and back with a couple snack breaks was six hours. Amazing September display of goldenrods, asters, gentians, and fungi. Even some fruiting chestnuts! Can't wait to return for a spring wildflower foray.

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Terry Andrew
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Holly Nichols
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Disclaimer: we only hiked as far as Wilson Knob, but we loved the parts of the trail we saw! Even at peak summer foliage there’s a nice view off Wilson Knob. We saw plenty of mushrooms both large and small, and the rhododendrons were still in bloom even though it’s August! We had trouble finding the correct road to the trailhead since we were going off a map from 2009. It seems the names of the forest service roads have changed since then, so map users beware! Trust the directions on AllTrails. The only thing I would add is that when you bear right on to 155 for the first time, the sign says 155-A. The roads are very well maintained until a deep wash 1 mile from the trailhead that stopped our Subaru Crosstrek in its tracks. However, there’s a great place to park right before this wash at Black Stump Gap (the road curved sharply to the right here) and it’s an easy mile walk on the road to the trail.

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Tony Kraus
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Really enjoys this hike, very eclectic. You get a little bit of everything from boulders to dense forestry to open woods. There is one really good view point at mile 1.2 but the spectacular views are at the top. Well worth the hike. We cooked it at 8.6 miles. The road is tricky and I would not recommend trying to get there in anything other than something that can handle off road. 6 miles of gravelly pot holed roads

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John Stembel
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Great hike - no other people until the top! If there once were trees down on the trail, there are zero now. My track said 8.8 miles total. It is a long gravel road to the parking area, but the hike is worth it.

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Grant Wall
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Made a short overnight trip of this trail. Fantastic views along the way and an awesome payoff at the fire tower. Very quiet hike...only saw one other hiker on the actual trail. There were several people at the bald itself but they had all come via an alternate route. There were a LOT of trees down and several overgrown areas; several places were impassable and required some minor bushwhacking to get around. All in all, though it was a great hike.

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Dave Cappi
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Decent day hike - the view from the fire tower at Rabun Bald is awesome. Some decent ascents but never overly burdensome - ample water along the way too. Summer time rains left some portions highly overgrown, it’s not a highly travelled trail (which was wonderful - as much as I love the AT it’s a busy place these days). I can imagine the views on the way up are quite spectacular in late fall - summer time was lush and quiet. The road in from warwoman rd had a fair bit of ruts and washout 4WD highly recommended.

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Jeff Russell
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Wonderful hike from Wilson Gap. Had the trail all to ourselves. Tons of leaf litter which made seeing rocks a bit tough. At higher elevations the leafs have fallen which made for great views of the surrounding mountains. Getting through Warwoman WMA on the forest service roads was a bit tough. Glad we had a 4 wheel drive truck. All in all, a great hike!

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Pat Topo
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Michael I
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Troy McConaughey
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Randall McPherson
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Alison Delaney
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Jason Schweitzer
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jan pomi
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Bill Lee
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Jeff Russell
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