Having a house in North Georgia gives us access to some amazing hikes. On Saturday afternoon, we left Charlotte to head down to Tiger, Georgia for an evening in town at Fortify and a 10 mile Sunday stroll along a part of the Bartram Trail.
The Bartram Trail is named after naturalist William Bartam, and follows his approximate route as he explored the Southern states of what is now NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MI, and LA. There is an established hiking section approximately 115 miles long that stretches from the North Georgia mountains into North Carolina that has been designated as a National Recreation Trail.
We decided to take Moose with us for a leisurely 10 mile stroll along the trail, starting near the beginning at a trailhead off Hwy 28 in Clayton.
Right from the get-go, we were reminded that we were in the South when a big black snake was right near the trailhead sign. After cautiously getting Moose around the snake, we were ready to be on our way.
The section of the trail that we hiked semi-followed the Chattooga River (famous for being the location where they filmed Deliverance), so there were plenty of water stops along the way that Moose took advantage of with every opportunity.
We began our hike around noon, grateful for the tree cover that made it feel so much cooler than in the direct sun. Readjusting to the humidity has been hard, and this was Moose’s longest hike in the South. She laid down and walked through every stream and river-source we found, looking so incredibly happy. She truly is a mountain dog, and I love taking her out on any trail possible – especially when it’s isolated and she can be off-leash.
The Bartram trail is a fairly isolated trail – we only saw three people the whole afternoon. Two were fishermen angling for trout along the river, and towards the end we met a man who had just began a solo hike along the entire trail. We stopped and chatted with him and told him where he could find a campsite for the night.
I wore long leggings, fearful that I would get too hot. I ended up being grateful for the protection, as the trail isn’t well-wandered. There were several times overgrown thorn bushes would grab at our ankles, and poor Matt got a nice gash across the back of his leg.
My tennis shoes got caked in mud as we walked through areas that were wet from the heavy rains that had happened the night before. I was reminded again that I need to get new trail shoes – especially for the trip we were planning to the west coast during this hike. I’ll begin researching a part of the Pacific Crest Trail for us to go and do a long weekend exploring. Hoping to do part in Northern California if anyone has any advice!
This also was my chance to hike in my new Landmark Project shirt, and the perfect way to announce that I am their newest Outreach Guide! This is a brand I have been obsessed with since I found out about them last year. (you may remember me putting their Tents & Trails sweatshirt on my Christmas Wish List)
I ran into the company at TuckFest, got to talking with them, and signed on to represent their brand. This means I get to give them feedback into designs I want to see, recommend retailers to carry it, and I get to connect with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts over our love of wilderness and comfortable clothes.