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John Ray would like to share some information on four guides they have available for trails in the Southeastern U.S. We have four trail guides available. Three of these are in 8.5x11 spiral bound booklets. These 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. We use the Appletree Camp trails 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. The trails are interconnected with one another.

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.). These 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. 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 trailhead is at the termination point of the GA Bartram Trail on Hale RIdge Road.

3. Chunky Gal/Fires Creek Rim Trail Guide. Covers the Chunky Gal Trail (22 mi.) starting near Deep Gap 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 trails 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. Maps for the Appletree Trails but no detailed discussion is given of the Appletree Trails that are used to connect Fires Creek to the NC Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

4. This guide contains the maps and detailed discussion for the trail in the Appletree Camp Area (26 mi.). The guides have detailed trail descriptions along with GPS generated TOPO maps (made with Terrain Navigator Pro from of the trail with the mileage denoted along the trail. The mileage is obtained by rolling a wheel. Water sources, campsites, and other features discussed in the guide are tied to the mileage markers on the maps. The maps are on 8.5x11 sheets with between 5 to 10 mi. sections shown on each map. There is a set of overlapping maps to cover the entire trail along with an overview map of the entire trail. Road access points are described to allow for day hike shuttle arrangements. Elevation profiles of the longer trails are included.

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