|About Our Trail Guides and How to Purchase|
We have four trail guides available. Three of these are in 8.5x11 spiral bound
booklets. The three guides cover trails that are long enough for backpacking trips
of several days. The fourth shorter guide is for the trails in the Appletree Group
Campground area. These latter trails are used to connect the Chunky Gal/Fires Creek Trail system to the NC Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail at either Cheoah Bald near Robbinsville,
NC or Wayah Bald near Franklin, NC. Click sample to look at text in guides. Here is a sample of
one of the maps. The maps have a grid of UTM coodinates which allows picking off coordinates of any point along the trail. A brief description of the guides:
1. GA Bartram Trail Guide. Covers the GA Bartram Trail (37 mi.), GA Chattooga River
Trail (11 mi.), GA Three Forks Trail (3 mi.) and SC Chattooga River Trail (20 mi.).
There trails are all connected. By doing the SC Chattooga River Trail, part of
GA Bartram Trail and GA Chattooga River Trail one has a 40 mile backpacking trip
along the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.
2. NC Bartram Trail Guide. Covers the NC Bartram Trail (60 mi. plus 14 mile road walk
across Franklin, NC) from its southern end near Highlands, NC to its termination
on Cheoah Bald. The southern trail head is at the termination point of the GA Bartram
Trail on Hale Ridge Road. Intersects the Appalachian Trail at Wayah and Cheoah Balds.
3. Chunky Gal/Fires Creek Rim Trail Guide. Covers the Chunky Gal Trail (21 mi.) starting
near Deep Gal near Standing Indian Mtn. west of Franklin, NC to its termination
point on the Fires Creek Rim Trail on Tusquitee Bald (5200 ft.). Also the Fires
Creek Rim Trail (26 mi.) and open side trlails down into the Fires Creek Basin.
The road structure of the main roads in the Basin are also shown to allow for day-hike
explorations. Also the Old Road Gap Trail which leads down from County Corners
to Junaluska Gap is included. Old Road Gap Trail connects to the Appletree Trails and
to the NC Bartram Trail. Maps for the Appletree Trails but no detailed discussion
is given of the Appletree Trails which are used to connect to the NC Bartram Trail
and the Appalachian Trail.
4. Appletree Trail Guide. This contains the maps and detailed discussion for the trail in the Appletree Camp Area (26 mi.). These trails are associated with the Group Campground and can be used to connect Fires Creek to the Bartram and Appalachian Trails.
The guides contain GPS generated TOPO maps with the mileage shown on the maps.
The TOPO maps are constructed using Terrain Navigator Pro from MyTopo.com.
Highlights are tied to the mileage and have a resolution of tenths of a mile.
You may purchase the guides at some outfitters stores in GA, SC, and NC and at some
other locations in the area. Please check before you go because they sometimes run out.
You may also order by USPS mail directly from John Ray by sending a check or money order for the amounts quoted below. The prices quoted below include shipping and handling.
The guides are also carried on amazon.com (higher price) if you want to order by credit card. You can also pay with paypal if you have a paypal account, email me for information about how to order using paypal..
Make payment to John Ray.
John R Ray
1190 Old Seneca Rd
Central, SC 29630-9593
GA BARTRAM GUIDE $10.00
NC BARTRAM GUIDE $10.00
CHUNKY GAL/FIRES CREEK $10.00
APPLETREE GUIDE $5.00
FOR ALL FOUR GUIDES $33.00
All prices include shipping and handling.
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