Bartram Trail

photo:  Photo by BTS. Type: Backcountry
Length: 78.40 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: The trail starts at the NC/GA border near Scaly Mountain and ends at Cheoah Bald near Robbinsville
State(s): North Carolina
Counties: Macon, Graham
Latitude: 35.32402
Longitude
: -83.68389

Spans the length of Tuskegee NF, NE of Tuskegee, N of US 80

Description

The Bartram Trail follows the path that the famous botanist, William Bartram, took in the 1700s. It traverses the path through Georgia and North Carolina for 78 miles and provides some great opportunities for backpacking. One section includes a road/trail route or a canoe route. Part of the trail is located on private lands and public roads.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 1,900
Elevation High Point: 5,342
Year Designated: 1985

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Sally Browning
US Forest Service
USFS
90 Sloan Rd.
Franklin , NC 28734
(828) 524-6441
sbrowning@fs.fed.us
http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/

 

Photos

BTS Trail crew members build new bridge on Ledbetter Creek near Cheoah Bald. Photo by BTS.

BTS Trail crew members build new bridge on Ledbetter Creek near Cheoah Bald. Photo by BTS.

 Photo by BTS.

Photo by BTS.

 

 Photo by BTS.

Photo by BTS.

 Photo by BTS.

Photo by BTS.

 

View from Wayah Bald. Photo by BTS.

View from Wayah Bald. Photo by BTS.

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower. Photo by BTS.

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower. Photo by BTS.

 

View from Whiterock Mountain on the Fishhawk Range. Photo by BTS.

View from Whiterock Mountain on the Fishhawk Range. Photo by BTS.

Bartram’s Route  1773-1776. Photo by BTS.

Bartram’s Route 1773-1776. Photo by BTS.

 

Bartram Trail at Sawmill Gap. Photo by Cliff Hardin.

Bartram Trail at Sawmill Gap. Photo by Cliff Hardin.

Reviews

MY FAVORITE TRAIL-The Bartram Trail

My first long-distance hike was The Appalachian Trail in 1989-90. I enjoyed that hike so much that I went hiking as much as possible and I now have over 12,000 trail miles

Of all the trails that I have hiked The Bartram Trail is my FAVORITE TRAIL.

I first hiked the Bartram Trail when I was preparing for my 2003 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I hiked it again, prior to my 2005 Continental Divide thru-hike. I enjoyed those two Bartram Trail hikes so much that I hiked it three more times and plan on hiking it again.

April 5, 2018

 

 



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