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The Bartram Trail

Explore the natural history of Georgia through the eyes of William Bartram. Considered by many to be America's first native-born naturalist, William Bartram traveled extensively in Georgia from 1773-1777 cataloging the diverse flora and fauna of the region. Bartram was also an artist and storyteller and one of the first writers to portray personal as well as scientific experience.

There are two trails named for William Bartram in Georgia. First we'll visit a 14-mile multi-use trail that tracks along the southern perimeter of Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta. Later, we'll visit the Georgia Bartram Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Rabun County. This is 37 mile hiking trail and provides a great 4-5 day through-hike or a number of picturesque day-hikes. This trail meets up with the North Carolina Bartram Trail at the state line and continues another sixty miles through the Natahala National Forest.

And lastly we'll embark on a pioneer-style hunting trip using a weapon common in the 1770s the flintlock rifle. Not that our hunter, Dr. Al Freeland, minds. Dr. Freeland is a former history teacher and the Principal of Screven County Middle School where the students have created a living museum called A Walk Through Time. All this and more on Georgia Outdoors!

Related Links

A Guide to William Bartram's Travels

Read Brand Sanders book A Guide to William Bartram's Travels. You can purchase a copy of this book from Amazon Books and help GPB at the same time through Amazon.

An Outdoor Guide to Bartram's Travels

An Outdoor Guide to Bartram's Travels by Charles Spornick, Alan Cattier and Robert J. Green is also available at Amazon Books.

You can order a copy of one or all of the Bartram Trail Guides by John Ray and Malcolm Scove just write to John at To read more about the guides visit the website.

Chattahoochee National Forest and The Bartram Trail

Here you can learn more about all the recreational opportunities available including The Bartram Trail

The Bartram Trail Conference

Visit the official site of The Bartram Trail Conference.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Infomation about visiting a Wildlife Management Area, including Tuckahoe WMA on the Savannah River.

You can buy your Georgia hunting or fishing license by phone, by mail or online.

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