Bartram Trail

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This information is a public record of the 1985 NRT application and may be out of date if it has not been updated by a trail manager --
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Bartram Trail

USDA Forest Service Backcountry Trail
  • Length
    78.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain
  • Route Type
    out & back
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  • View from Whiterock Mountain on the Fishhawk Range. Photo by BTS.
  • View from Whiterock Mountain on the Fishhawk Range. Photo by BTS.
  • Bartram Trail at Sawmill Gap. Photo by Cliff Hardin.
  • Bartram’s Route  1773-1776. Photo by BTS.
  • Wayah Bald Lookout Tower. Photo by BTS.
  • View from Wayah Bald. Photo by BTS.
  • Photo by BTS.
  • Photo by BTS.
  • Photo by BTS.
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Location: The trail starts at the NC/GA border near Scaly Mountain and ends at Cheoah Bald near Robbinsville

  • States: North Carolina

The Bartram Trail follows the path that the famous botanist, William Bartram, took in the 1700s. It traverses the path through Georgia and North Carolina for 78 miles and provides some great opportunities for backpacking. One section includes a road/trail route or a canoe route. Part of the trail is located on private lands and public roads.

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Cliff"Cliffhanger" Hardin
Cliff"Cliffhanger" Hardin
Apr 5, 2018

My first long-distance hike was The Appalachian Trail in 1989-90. I enjoyed that hike so much that I went hiking as much as possible and I now have over 12,000 trail miles Of all the trails that I have hiked The Bartram Trail is my FAVORITE TRAIL. I first hiked the Bartram Trail when I was preparing for my 2003 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I hiked it again, prior to my 2005 Continental Divide thru-hike. I enjoyed those two Bartram Trail hikes so much that I hiked it three more times and plan on hiking it again.

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Other Activities

  • Camping
  • Fishing

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More Details

  • Elevation (low): 1900
  • Elevation (high): 5342
  • Elevation (cumulative): --

  • Part of a Trail System? No
  • Surface (primary): Soil
  • Surfaces (additional): Soil

  • Tread Width (average): 48"
  • Tread Width (minimum): --
  • Running length (minimum): --

  • Tread Grade (average, percent): 8
  • Tread Grade (maximum): 15
  • Running length (maximum): --

  • Cross-slope (average, percent): --
  • Cross-slope (maximum): --
  • Running length (maximum): --
  • Certified as an NRT
    May 11, 1985
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