Chattooga River Russell Bridge
Hiking Trail Map & Guide
Bartram Trailhead Georgia
Mountain River Flood Plain, GA
inside of Georgia from South Carolina is the beginning of the Bartram
Trail. This ~100 mile footpath extends from the Chattooga River
along the GA/SC border, across the highland peaks west of Highlands NC
and eventually terminates on top of Cheoah Bald north of Franklin NC.
The section described
here is a short fairly level nature hike along the first section of this
trail parallel to the Chattooga River floodplain. It is a quiet
section which passes through woods, crosses the West Fork of the
Chattooga River and skirts above the Chattooga River floodplain.
To get to the starting
point, from Walhalla SC take SC 28 north to the Georgia state line
(approximately 1/2 hour - Approximate GPS Coordinates
34º55'12.43"N 83º10'09.05"W). From Highlands NC take NC 28 south into
Georgia and park at the parking area (see picture below) just before
Russell Bridge (SC state line) (about 1/2 hour from Highlands).
Summary The hike begins
on the south side of GA 28 opposite the parking area. Look for the
trail sign along the side of the road. The footpath rises a short
distance out of the road way and then levels out in the woods.
In approximately 0.4
miles, the trail reaches the footbridge across the West Fork of the
Chattooga River. After crossing the bridge, the trail turns
immediately left and parallels the Chattooga River floodplain
below. After approximately 1/4 mile the trail parallels the Chattooga
River for a short distance, and then turns away from the river.
In hiking this trail we
turned around after approximately 1 mile from the starting point.
The trail continues beyond.
Other hikes on the Bartram Trail:
Trail - Russell Bridge, GA
- Approximate Trail Profile
Chattooga River from Bartram Trail Footbridge - looking upstream
Chattooga River from Bartram Trail Bridge - looking downstream
Flood Plain Along Bartram Trail
from Bartram Trail
West Fork of Chattooga River