CARTECAY RIVER

LOCATION: North Georgia The Cartecay River - Rich Mountain Wilderness
HIKE STARTS: Cartecey River Parking Area
HIKE ENDS: Cartecey River Parking Area
TOTAL DISTANCE: 3.4 Miles
HIKE TYPE: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Moderate
TRAILS USED: River Loop Mountain Bike Trail
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Light to Moderate
TRIP TYPE: Day or Overnight Hike

MORE INFORMATION:
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770 297-3000

HIGHLIGHTS: Rich Mountain Wilderness was dedicated in 1986 by the U.S. government and currently encompasses over 10,000 acres of terrain. The Chattahoochee National Forest Service manages the property which is named after 4,050′ Rich Mountain and where remnants of white settlements can still be seen just north of the summit. The sites date back to around 1910 and post-date some Indian camps that existed along the high ridgelines. In the valley, the well-known Cartecay River slices through the forest where a drainage of the Rich Mountain Wilderness produced the largest gold nugget ever found in Georgia.

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 a gravel 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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