Hiking the Bartram Trail
The Bartram Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail is blazed in a yellow, vertically oriented rectangle in North Carolina and a yellow diamond in Georgia. It crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of North Carolina and Georgia, with many side trails, blazed in a blue vertically oriented rectangle, leading to views of the Blue Ridge and the Smokies.
The Bartram Trail is constructed for foot traffic only. Use of off-road vehicles, ATVs, bicycles, horses, pack animals, etc., is prohibited on the trail. The pathway, water/erosion control systems, steps, and cleared area to each side of the pathway are not appropriate for anything but foot traffic. The use of wheeled vehicles, whether human-powered or fossil-fuel-powered, is particularly damaging to the pathway.
WHAT TO PACK FOR A DAY HIKE
- Adequate amount of water.
- Rain Gear or a jacket.
- A North Carolina or Georgia Bartram Trail Map.
- Energy bars/food.
- A fully charged cell phone or communication device.
BEFORE VISITING THE TRAIL
- Let someone know where you are going.
- Check the weather to know what to expect on the trail.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Buy a Bartram Trail Map to know where you’re going.
- Consider reading Travels, (Harper’s Edition recommended) William Bartram’s account of what he discovered and encountered in the area you are traveling in.