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Georgia Hiking Trail Finder
This site is designed to provide quick, organized access to informative Georgia hiking websites. Hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on Georgia hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Appalachian Trail Official site of the Georgia AT Club. The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club is a voluntary association of individuals who have assumed responsibility for maintenance of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. This is typical of the "official" State AT orgs, which is to say, this is a fairly comprehensive site. It uses those pesky frames, but the information is here.
- Arctic Sven's 1999 Appalachian Trail Thruhike:
Pre-Hike Introduction and Plans Arctic Sven, like most, started at Springer Mountain, so we stuck this link here. Planning a thru-hike? This site includes an in-depth Gear List, guide to Tarp Structures, a Food List, and more. Uh, before you go, you may want to read the "post-hike" debriefing, and think about it before plunging ahead. Just a suggestion. Anyway, this is a terrific site for slacker and thru-hiker alike, by Loren Jay Chassels.
- Chattahoochee National Forest - Bartram Trail good step-by-step description with mileage, directions, facts, elevation notes, etc. Site by Jon Maloney also listed below in the "general" section.
- Cloudland Canyon Great photos, description, info. Site by Dennis Matheson -- see his main site in the "General" link below.
- Dauset Trails This is the Dauset Trails Nature Center's site. This is one of those environmental education, outdoor recreation, non-profit, brightly lit, rustic yet modern, visitors centers. 17+ miles of trails. They naturally accept donations, and vigorously "suggest" them for certain programs, but state that parking is free, trail use is free, etc. So, you're wondering, why do I bother to list these places on a hiker's website? Perhaps you have seniors or pre-schoolers visiting. The type of people who think that a walk down the street is their ideal type of hike, yet they insist that you take them for a hike. Places like the Dauset Trails Nature Center are ideal. It's not too much nature, it's packaged nicely, and your guests may purchase souvenirs. Plus they'll tell their friends they went on an expedition.
- General Over a dozen hikes with photos, description, info. Excellent Georgia hiking site by Dennis Matheson.
- General hundreds of trail reports, dozens of maps, links, etc. Great all-around Georgia site by Brian Tant. We especially enjoy his brief homage to the great Georgia rivers and canyons that have been drowned by dams.
- General -- Georgia Waterfalls short page with links to waterfall photos by Jon Maloney. Many are small, little-known falls along hiking trails.
- General This website is called JeepGirlTravels.com and it's primarily about a young family traveling about the southeast USA. But there's some excellent hiking content here; click on the link marked "Hiking" (naturally) on the left side of the page. Leads to a nice menu of descriptions and photos for
Georgia hiking opportunities including Keown Falls Trail, Helton Creek Falls Trail, Desoto Falls Trail, Anna Ruby Falls Trail, Horse Trough Falls Trail, Lake Conasauga Trail, Angel Falls Trail and others. Good info once you drill down to it.
- General This page on Jon Maloney's site is the menu page for about 20 Georgia hiking trails, most in Chattahoochee National Forest or thereabouts. I recommend Jon's hike narratives for people who are perhaps a bit unsure of themselves on the trail, or don't like venturing into new areas; he gives a number of landmarks, clear descriptions, and approximate mileage markers in tenths. So I guess from that point of view, his site is really great for anybody who regularly asks "how much further? are we there yet?" that kind of thing. Good info here besides.
- Kennesaw Mountain hike within Kennesaw National Battlefield Park. This page is interesting, on GeorgiaTrails.com, in that it provides sort of a running commentary from different hikers about this 2 mile-ish RT hike. Don't let the comments fool you, this is a decidedly easy stroll for even the laziest slacker.
- Okefenokee NWR - Suwanee Canal Here's a terrific page on the HikingWithChuck.com website, with complete directions and detailed descriptions of the trail, ecosystem, birds, plants, animals...a good guide to bookmark, as it will help you identify the different things you'll see in the area.
- Pine Mountain Trail this is the official site of the Pine Mt Trail Association. Located in FDR State Park. The PMTA sponsors monthly group led hikes. This is the typical, comprehensive "official" site.
- Rabun Bald Trail mile-marker description and stats for this 6.0 mile RT, 2300'+ climb to the summit of Rabun Bald. On Jon Maloney's GA hiking site.
- Tallulah Gorge Trails emphasis is on photos; informative description too. Main site is chock full of hiking info for southeast USA. Very nice site by Tony Presley.
Neon signs are flashing...
Did you know that you can buy the best Georgia Hiking Books for about a dollar? It's the earlier, out-of-print edition of
The Hiker's Guide to Georgia
by Don Pfitzer. I found it by rummaging around on amazon.com, and if you follow that link you'll find used copies for about a buck (If you don't, it means that too many people have clicked through...check back). Amazon, not to mention Mr. Pfitzer, would prefer that you pick up the new, revised, updated, improved, spiffy and substantially more pricey edition currently offered by Falcon Guides. Nothing against Falcon Guides, and I'd recommend their version if it weren't for the fact that so many low-priced copies are available. As of this writing, some are listed for 94 cents! Well, whichever way you go, Pfitzer's is the book to have.
Taxis, cabs and buses crashing through the night...
If you're on this page pondering and puzzling over an A.T. thru-hike, well, you're crazy. (Hey, we're slackpackers, remember?) Truth be told, we'd like to do it ourselves, as long as we could send somebody ahead to cook the meals and set up the tent. Lacking that luxury, we'll do well to consult Thru-Hikers Handbook: Guide to the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) by Dan "Wingfoot" Bruce. Read this book before you go. It's the definitive work to read to determine if you really want to make the leap.
Once you determine that you indeed want to NOBO the AT and you're ready for the MUDs, (see our lexicon button if you don't understand) the book to consult is
The Appalachian Trail Workbook for Planning Thru-Hikes by Christopher Whalen. This costs about six dollars and will save you a ton of grief.
It's a rainy night in Georgia. Well, not really; after four visits I've yet to see more than a brief thunderstorm. But that's about as cool as a song can get. If you knew that "Neon signs are flashing" was a line from that tune, give yourself 3 slackpacker trivia points. If you knew that the "original" and/or "best" version (purely subjective) was done by Brook Benton, give yourself another 3 slackpacker trivia points. If you're under age 50 and you know who Brook Benton was, add another 2 points. His version of Rainy Night in Georgia still sends chills up my back.
-- Rick Bolger
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