Rabun Bald

Rabun County, Georgia

Elevation Gain2,383ft
Trailhead Elevation4,692ft
Elevation Min/Max2497/4696ft
Elevation Start/End4692/4692ft

Rabun Bald

Rabun Bald is a hiking trail in Rabun County, Georgia. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 4,692 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,383 feet. The trail ends near Rabun Bald (elevation 4,695 feet).

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Georgia & South Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Steve Goodrich & Ashley Goodrich
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"This in-and-out hike starts at Hale Ridge Road and follows the Bartram Trail south to Rabun Bald with an elevation of 4696 feet. The Bartram Trail is named after William Bartram (1739–1823), an American naturalist who explored and documented the flora and fauna in several Southern states during Colonial times. The footpath named in his honor follows the route that the explorer used as he recorded and cataloged over 200 species of native plants in the Southeast."

Rabun Bald Trip Reports

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The directions are a bit confusing since Bald Mountain Road is not marked at the turn off. Rather it is shown as Hale Ridge Road. This meets Bald Mountain Road at the Y intersection noted and turns to dirt after the left turn. Also, Kelsey Mountain Rd. trailhead is reached by traveling along Bald Mountain Rd. about 1.2 miles and turning left to the end.
From Beegum Gap the trail is easy to follow. It follows a woods road uphill and joins the Bartrum trail entering from the left. then, just follow the yellow diamonds.
Since I started at Beegum Gap the rating is just for that section of the trail.

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Trail Information

Rabun County
Nearby City
Chattahoochee National Forest, Tallulah Ranger District
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USGS Rabun Bald
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