Primitive Camping in North Georgia
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 1, 2013 11:51 AM Last Post By: LongIslandBob
Feb 26, 2013 12:35 PM
Primitive Camping in North GeorgiaWho can recommend some good areas for dispersed primitive camping in North Georgia (near Blue Ridge, Ellijay, etc). I'm not looking for backpacking sites; rather nice secluded forest roads with dispersed camping alongside. This would be for mid-March; and I believe there are some restrictions in the area due to overuse at certain times of year. Thanks for the suggestions!
Feb 26, 2013 1:14 PM
1I've never been camping in Georgia but I've known and read about hundreds of people who have. March is still kind of cold in the mountains, but it is kind of a traditional start to hiking the AT.
Since you want to avoid the backpacking scene, you should avoid the AT. (seriously it can be crowded in March.)
Personally I'd start or end with Cumberland Island and work that way.
I'm kind of a redneck, but i'd like to see the Okefenokee swamp (both points are southern GA so guess i didn't really answer your question.) Hat tip.
Feb 26, 2013 1:20 PM
2Agree with the redneck..the AT trail is great to camp but its also the start for the AT long hual, and March snow and cold rains/sleets in the foot hills is not uncommon, nor are bad spring thunderstorms and tornadoes, so know the weather before going off the grid, let someone know where you are going too...
Feb 26, 2013 1:22 PM
Mar 1, 2013 10:28 AM
4Yeah I definitely am not interested in the AT in March. I live in East TN so this geographical area isn't unfamiliar to me, I just have no experience specifically around Fannin County, Ellijay, Blue Ridge, and similiar areas I can easily access from Southern TN after leaving Ducktown and Turtle Town and such. I will be near the Toccoa River and was just hoping for some good suggestings for camping areas, that I might not run across otherwise. Thanks for all the help!
Mar 1, 2013 11:51 AM
5Everything I've read an heard says that part of Tthe AT can be a little crowded in March.
There are about 200,000 books about the AT. the best are (I feel like I've read half of them but the actual number is probably far fewer)
- Just Passing Through, by Winton Porter
- Walking the Appalachian Trail by Larry Luxenberg
- Walking with Spring, by Earl Shaffer
- A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. I found it really snarky and condescending of anyone who is not a northern, urban educated white liberal agnostic. And pretty much anyone else who is not a cut-and-paste carbon-copy of Bill Bryson. But, a lot of people bought it so I guess someone thinks it’s good.
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