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Cohutta Wilderness - Tearbritches trail maintenance & hike
Winter is a great time to get into the wilderness and enjoy all the views through the bare trees from the trail. Join us this month on the high-elevation Tearbritches trail as we work on water bars and dips to maintain the trail. If we get enough volunteers participating, we should be able to hike and maintain the 3.4-mile Tearbritches trail down to its confluence with the Conasauga river. Plan on a 5 to 7 mile hike with a steep climb back out to the trailhead. What to Bring? Work gloves, sturdy footwear, lunch, 2 liters of water, personal meds, appropriate layers of clothing, and a daypack to carry it in. Long pants are recommended. Directions: - From Chatsworth, GA, at the Hardee’s restaurant, continue on Hwy 411 north about 5.9 miles to just past where the 4-lane turns to 2-lane, then turn right on Grassy St. -Go about 0.4 miles, cross the railroad tracks and you will come to a T- intersection. Turn right, go about 200 feet, then turn left onto Forest Road 630 (Mill Creek). -Travel on Forest Road 630 about 9 miles to the intersection with Forest Service Road #17. -Take a sharp right onto FS 17 and drive about 3.2 miles to the T- intersection. -Turn left onto FS 68 and go about 0.4 miles to the Tearbritches trailhead on the left (parking on the right). - From Atlanta, take I-75 north to I-575. - Take I-575 north to Ellijay. I-575 turns into Hwy 515/5. - In Ellijay, go to the second traffic light at the Hardee's and turn left. - Go to the stop sign and turn left onto Hwy 52 west. - Stay on Hwy 52 West around the square and out of town. - After about 9 miles, turn right onto Conasauga road, CR 299 (there is a green sign pointing to Lake Conasauga here) and drive about 1.5 miles. CR 299 runs into Forest Service road 18 just after the road turns from paved to gravel. - Stay straight on Forest Service road 18 and go about 2.2 miles. - Bear right onto FS 68, where the road forks, and travel to the top of the mountain. - At the top of the mountain, at the T-intersection, turn left onto FS 68 and travel about 3.7 miles to the Tearbritches trailhead on the right (parking on the left). Car pooling and caravan opportunities are available. (email Robert at [masked] or Larry at [masked])

Tearbritches Trailhead

34.8615, -84.6356 · Eton, GA

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    If your interested in wilderness hiking, adventure, and giving back through volunteering, we are the group for you. Since 1990, Cohutta Wilderness Trail Volunteers have answered the call as the sole maintainers of the nearly 100 miles of trails within the Cohutta Wilderness, the largest Forest Service wilderness in the southeast. In partnership with the Chattahoochee National Forest, we plan a monthly trail maintenance event somewhere in the Cohutta's. No experience is necessary. Besides the satisfaction that comes from giving back, you will learn little-known secrets of the Cohutta Wilderness from Forest Service rangers and seasoned volunteers. Join us for just one volunteer event and we think you'll get hooked on the adventure, camaraderie, and fun.

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