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By Nathan Fitts | Broker in Blue Ridge, GA
  • A Steal of a Deal in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mtns. of North Georgia - Mtn. Cabin

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Blue Ridge, Home Selling in Blue Ridge  |  December 23, 2011 6:23 PM  |  246 views  |  1 comment

    Escape to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia - only 15 minutes from historic downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia.  This is a great deal on this cabin - Great future investment or vacation rental property.  Owners MUST sell!!  PRIVATE & PEACEFUL ...this "real LOG" cabin features large screened-in porch, stone wood-burning fireplace & spacious open floor plan. High vaulted ceilings with lots of large fixed glass windows bring in lots of light. Open staircase to catwalk overlooking Great Room looking down w/ loft & upper level suite. 2 Bedrooms on main level, original hardwood floors, & lots of wrap around decks. Lovely Approach thru Covered Entry over Private Pond to End of the road privacy in great neighborhood. All wood interior with built-in shelving. Butcher block island & spacious dining room area. FURNISHED w/chic leather "Rustic" decor. Private & Secluded with nice seasonal mountain views. Well-Maintained & close to both Lake Nottley & Blue Ridge. Covered Gable "Adirondack" Entry. A steal of a deal!  $169,900  Contact Nathan Fitts 706-455-9968
  • History of the Appalachian Trail

    Posted Under: General Area in Blue Ridge, Parks & Recreation in Blue Ridge, Home Buying in Blue Ridge  |  December 23, 2011 6:10 PM  |  237 views  |  No comments

    Here is a little history of the Appalachian Trail.  The Appalachian Trail begins in Georgia at Springer Mountain and leaves the Peach State 79 miles later at Bly Gap. The rugged, often rocky terrain reaches a height of more than 4400 feet and never dips below 2500 feet. The high point of the trail is at Blood Mountain (4,461 ft.) while the low point is Dicks Creek Gap (2,675 ft.) Access to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail is by foot from Amicalola Falls State Park.

    Springer Mountain sign - The conservation movement in America was launched from Teddy Roosevelt's "Bully Pulpit" shortly after the turn of the 20th century. In the northeast numerous proposals had been made prior to 1921 to create a "super" trail.  It began to move towards reality with the creation of the Appalachian Trail Conference. The proposed route was extended to run from Maine to Georgia, originally to "Cohutta" Mountain. Since little was known by the developers about the North Georgia mountains they planned the trail from maps. Roy Ozmer, woodsman and friend of Georgia Ranger Arthur Woody was put in charge of exploring the area from Virginia to Georgia. These men felt that Mount Oglethorpe, east of Jasper, was a better choice for the end of the Appalachian Trail.

    Once the route in Georgia from Bly Gap to Mount Oglethorpe was established, Woody assisted personally and assigned Forest Service employees to assist in the construction which was completed in 1931. In 1937 the trail was completed with the clearing of the last 2 miles between Spaulding and Sugarloaf Mountains in Maine. At the time the trail stretched from Mount Katahdin in Maine's Baxter State Park to Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia. The trail, as envisioned, was a "sky-line" trail, going from high-point to high-point, along the highest route available.

    During the next few years the trail fell into disrepair because of hurricanes, war and neglect. In 1938 a hurricane that swept up the coast did heavy damage to America's "First Trail." The connection of the Skyline Drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the 1940's displaced a section of the trail 120 miles long. Slowly, portions of the trail were being reclaimed by nature.

    In the early 1950's interest renewed in the trail. The designation of the Appalachian Trail as a National Scenic Trail was a long political battle lasting 15 years, ending with President Lyndon Johnson signing the National Trails System Act in 1968. This act, originally intended to protect the land near the Appalachian Trail was rewritten to include any footpath designated as a National Scenic Trail. Today "America's Trail" and others in the National Scenic Trail System, with few exceptions, are on land that is federally protected.

    From its start 8 miles north of popular Amicalola Falls on Springer Mountain, the Appalachian Trail winds north past mountains with names like Blood, Trey and Big Cedar and through gaps named Addis, Neels and Woody. Snow is not uncommon on the Trail beginning in October and cold weather is a concern through April. Late fall is hunting season, so special care must be taken during that time.

    The trail is a microcosm of the natural history of the North Georgia mountains. It follows the high eastern ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. Much of the trail is covered with snow in the winter. Spring melts give way to many of the wildflowers common throughout the mountains including bloodroot, trillium, and azalea. Laurel and rhododendron "hells" bloom in the early summer and cover much of the clear areas of the trails. Forests are mostly second-growth hardwood with hickory, oak and poplar dominating.  This trail is one of the most popular attractions on the east coast.

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