Susan and I did a rigorous three day loop earlier this week and my legs are still a little sore. The Bartram Trail is a 100+ mile gem running from SC into GA and NC. New extensions pop up here and there, but I think the trail originally began at Rabun Bald in GA. Staring at the map, Susan and I dreamed up a loop from Rabun Bald to Otto, NC with a bicycle trip back to the car. The hiking was fairly straight forward, but the biking after all the hiking was quite rigorous. Here's what we did:
Sunday: drop bikes in Otto, NC. Drive to Beegum Gap, GA. Camp.
Monday: hike to the top of Rabun Bald without packs (4 miles, round trip). Hit the Bartram Trail North. Camp at Tessentee Creek. 4 miles plus 11 miles = 15 miles.
Tuesday: Tessentee Creek to campsite 2 miles above Buckeye Creek Trailhead. 9 miles.
Wednesday: Walk 7 miles to Otto, NC. Bike 16 miles back to the car.
See the map below the photos. Click on the photos for full resolution. Photos clockwise from top left: Susan on Scaly looking back at Rabun Bald, a painted Trillium, a cute salamander, a cute rattlesnake, a patch of yellow Lady's Slipper, and a lovely log.
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