Cartecay River - Member Hike

Hike Name: Cartecay River
Country: United States
State: Georgia
Nearby Town: Ellijay
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: From Ellijay follow GA Highway 52 East for approximately 3.0 miles to Mulkey Road (County Road 225) on the right. Follow Mulkey Road approximately 0.4 miles and turn right onto paved road at Rich Mountain Cartecay Tract sign. At mile 0.15 in a sharp curve turn right at another Rich Mountain Cartecay Tract sign. Follow this dirt road for 0.15 miles to the parking area just before the gate.
Total Hike Distance: 3.40 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Cartecey River Parking Area
Trails Used: Cartecey River Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Rivers
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770 297-3000
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This hike to the Cartecay River is located in the Aska Trails Area and follows a route in a small tract of the Rich Mountain Wilderness that is located south of Georgia 52 and just east of Ellijay. The area is popular with bikers, hikers, paddlers and hunters and the wilderness has a number of short loop hikes that are well marked and rated moderate for hiking or backpacking.

This walk along the blue-blazed River Loop Mountain Bike Trail follows an old 4×4 road through a clearing then descends to the Cartecay River. The trail continues along the river for another mile then makes a gradual climb back to the parking area. There are some nice views from a meadow and from a rock outcropping on the Cartecay which make this a pleasant day or overnight hike.



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