Bartram Trail

Rabun County, Georgia

Elevation Gain3,768ft
Trailhead Elevation4,039ft
Elevation Min/Max3230/4687ft
Elevation Start/End4039/4039ft

Bartram Trail

Bartram Trail is a hiking trail in Rabun County, Georgia. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 4,039 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,768 feet. Rabun Bald (elevation 4,695 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bartram Trail.

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"William Bartram, for whom this trail is named, collected seeds and plants in northeast Georgia in the spring of 1776. He was traveling alone, after his Indian guide failed to return, on a trip across the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Overhill towns, where h"

Bartram Trail Trip Reports

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The trail appears to be an out and back, or if it isn't then it is not clear where it picks back up when it dumps into a camping area. Lots of fallen trees and old bridges. A bit overgrown at times, so watch for snakes.
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Terrible trail, difficult to see where it even begins, no blazes, totally unmaintained & grown over. If you still want to hike it, tape your pants to your ankles, the chiggers are ruthless & you will be miserable for days afterwards. However the campgrounds @ Lake Sinclair are wonderful, plenty of lakeside sites to camp at
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I agree with the previous reviewer on the trail markings. The bridges looked like they were in good repair. However, due to poor (non-existent) marking on the trail, I didn't go very far at all. Getting lost in the Georgia woods and waiting for the banjo music is not my idea of a good day.

I have very mixed opinions about this trail and area. Because it was closed, I let the dogs off leash, and they had a grand time. They could swim, something they haven't been able to do in Georgia before. (I don't let them in the ocean, they are not smart enough not to drink the sea water) I gave it three stars because they had a five star day.

On the other hand, I had a one star day. (Other than enjoying watching my dogs play, which is always fun) I drove for three hours to get here, only to find the gate locked. The guid said the campground was closed, I didn't think that meant the whole site would be locked up. I walked in, and it was a bit eerie being the only one there, in a completely deserted area. I couldn't find the trail head. The guide said to start at Camp Loop B, I finally found it at Loop A, and then had to turn back shortly because there were no trail markings.

The scenery is quite nice, and reminded me quite a bit of New England, with the rolling hills and stands of hardwoods, but in all, it was disappointing for me.
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We drove over an hour to reach this trail and were very VERY disappointed. We first encountered old campsites that had trash littered all over. Then we started the trail and found it to be in desperate need of maintenance. The bridges were rotting and had missing planks. There were dozens of trees lying across the path and the trail was very overgrown. If you plan on hiking this one I recommend calling the Lake Sinclair Rec offices ahead and asking if it has been cleaned up.

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Trail Information

Rabun County
Nearby City
USGS Rabun Bald, Rainy Mountain, Whetstone, and Satolah
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