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Carters Lake: Oak Ridge Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide
"With only short stretches of moderate or steep terrain, the Oak Ridge Trail is one of the easier walks in the Carters Lake area. Beginning on a ridge in shady hardwood forest, the path descends to the bank of Carters Lake where a peninsula provides a broad view of the water and forested shoreline. The trail then climbs back up the ridge and passes an odd natural feature that is the subject of debate. Beside the path is an “Indian trail tree,” or a tree whose trunk bends dramatically near the base and runs horizontally before stretching skyward. Some say Native Americans altered trees into such odd shapes to serve as directional signs, but some experts say there’s no evidence to support this."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
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