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!
A Guide to William Bartram's Travels
An Outdoor Guide to Bartram's Travels
The Bartram Trail Conference