Carters Lake: Amadahy Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Volunteers from the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association played a key role in building the
Amadahy Trail, and while the path primarily draws bikers, it has become much more popular with
hikers. Amadahy is a Cherokee word meaning “forest water,” and much of the gently rolling path
runs within sight of Carters Lake, whose shores are free of boathouses and other human-made
structures. In some spots, you walk right near the water, and in others the trail runs high through forests of chestnut oaks and hickories. The wooded slopes in some areas are free of underbrush, as prescribed burns have reduced the fuel load to prevent extremely hot fires. The burns also supply nutrients to the soil, which will support vegetation that provides habitat for deer, songbirds, and other animals."