Project Description: Volunteers will be rerouting areas on the Bartram Trail ranging from 200′-500′. Work will include (1) Bynum Branch Reroute – remove gully and decrease erosion; (2) Bob Gap – fall-line move trail to side hill to stop gully formation of water diversions; (3) Raven Knob – reroute on side slope and cut out woody area to eliminate gullying; and (4) Flat Top South and Southeast – remove water diversions installed by machines and put in reroute/switchbacks.
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 2 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Moderate
Minimum Age: 12
Area and Attractions: Georgia's national forests are a hiker's paradise. Winding trails lead visitors through scenic mountains and rolling hills, by wild rushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. Ten wildernesses, 1,367 miles of trout streams, and 430 miles of trails enrich the Chattahoochee National Forest. This project in Rabun County, GA "Where Spring Spends the Summer" is located in the northeastern corner of Georgia in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in the Athens YMCA cabins which house up to 14 volunteers. Each cabin has a bathroom located in the building and twin sized bunk beds. Hot meals will be provided by the YMCA staff for breakfast and dinner. Camp staff will pack lunches daily for volunteers to take with them. Volunteers should bring their own bedding (or sleeping bag) for a twin sized bed, towels, and personal gear.
Climate Information: The average temperature is 48.9 degrees in January and 79.8 degrees in August. Annual rainfall exceeds 70 inches and accounts for the lush forests and wild mountain flowers, including rare orchids. Laurel blooms along creek banks, in coves, on cliffs and on hilltops in late May and June.
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from Hartsfield International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 8