Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy


51 Cowee School Drive
Franklin NC 28734

Hours of Operation

  • Monday : 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday : 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday : 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday : 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday : 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday : 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday : 9:00am - 6:00pm
One of many rhododendron tunnels you'll hike along the trail
View from the Bartram Trail near Rabun Bald
Trail sign along the Bartram Trail between Rabun Bald and Warwoman Dell
Trailhead sign at the northern end of the Georgia section of the Bartram Trail at Hale Ridge Road
Trailhead sign at the beginning of the Bartram Trail at Russell Bridge on HWY 28
Hiker crossing a bridge on the Bartram Trail in North Georgia
View of the Chattooga River from the Bartram Trail at Dick's Creek Ledge
View down the West Fork to the Chattooga River in North Georgia
Looking out over the Chattooga River near the Bartram Trail in North Georgia
Martin Creek Falls on the Bartram Trail near Warwoman Dell in North Georgia

In 2020, the two sections of the Bartram Trail in North Georgia and Western North Carolina were joined under the Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy (BRBTC). The BRBTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed in 1977 (non-profit status recognized in 1982) by 11 North Carolina residents and continues to be governed by a Board of Directors and Executive Director, Brent Martin. 

Today, the BRBTC has an active membership and group of volunteers who maintain the over 110 miles of the trail that starts at the Chattooga River crossing at Russell Bridge on Highway 28 in North Georgia, just outside of Clayton. The trail continues through the mountains, crossing through gorgeous woodlands, creeks, streams, and more. Notable landmarks along the North Georgia sections, described below in more detail include Rabun Bald, Pinnacle Knob, Martin's Creek Falls, Dick's Creek Falls, Becky Branch, and Warwoman Dell. 

Continuing into North Carolina are an additional 70+ miles that traverse highland terrain, rivers, and lakes, crossing notable points of interest including Scaly Mountain, Jones Knob, Whiterock Mountain, Little Tennessee River, Wayah Bald, Nantahala Lake, and the trail's terminus at Cheoah Bald where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail.

Hikers today can experience parts of William Bartram's journey along the 37-mile portion of the Bartram Trail in the Tallulah Ranger District of the Chattahoochee National Forest. 

This description takes up the trail from the North Carolina border and follows it south through Georgia. Northern Trail Head to Rabun Bald - 3.0 miles Flabun Bald to Saltrock Gap - 2.5 miles Saltrock Gap to Wilson Gap - 3.0 miles Wilson Gap to Courthouse Gap - 6.5 miles Courthouse Gap to Warwoman Rd. - 3.0 miles Warwoman Rd. to Chattooga River Trail - 9.0 miles Chattooga River Trail to Warwoman Ford - 3.5 miles Warwoman Ford to Highway 28 - 6.0 miles Total length: 37 miles The Northern end of the Bartram Trail begins about one mile east of the Commissioners Rock on the Georgia-North Carolina border. It heads southwest for about three miles across the headwaters of Holcomb Creek.

For more information, hikers can visit to learn about the history of the organization, upcoming volunteering opportunities, and trail events hosted in both Rabun and Macon counties. Anyone planning day hikes or thru-hikes can also find current hiking maps and trail guides and trail reports.
Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
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