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Cohutta WMA Day Trip - Chatsworth GA to Blue Ridge GA

Only 42 miles in length this trip takes 4.5 hours because of road conditions (35MPH max speed in most areas) and stopping for pictures. Parts of these road were the original Georgia Highway 2 which was never completed back in the 1930's. The State of Georgia thought about building the highway in the 60's but Cohutta WMA was between the two sections of Highway 2 and they were not allowed to cross. You can travel the road today but all roads are single track with pull outs and no paved roads once you get out of Chatworth and Blue Ridge. The Cohutta WMA is 95,000 acres and is the 3rd largest WMA east of the Mississippi River. Only the Florida Everglades and the Okefenokee Swamp are larger Wildlife Management Areas. These Forest Service Roads (FS 64, 90, 64A, 80, 72) ride the cliffs and ridges of some of the highest mountains in Georgia. Nature is left to perform her own magic and shines with great splender on these roads. At any time you can see Deer, Black Bear, Wild Bore, Coyote, Red and Gray Fox and even a Panther or Couger will show up. There are several miles of hiking trails that will take you for even better views and more nature than what I took with my camera this day. Well worth the 4.5 hours to travel. Be sure you get a WMA map so you don't get lost or drive down a road to find out the bridge is out. Sally's (a lady who works with Linda) husband Chris is a manager with the Forest Service and he provided a map showing us the main road to Conasauga Lake was closed due to the bridge being out. Some roads will lead to the edge of a mountain and stop while others will be a loop that takes you back 15 miles where you started from or you will come off the mountains in wrong town. You can begin your journey in Ellijay, Blue Ridge, Chatsworth or Crandal/Eton. The longest and best route is the Chatsworth/Blue Ridge run. Next week I want to take a final side road that leads from where the pavements stops near Blue Ridge into Tennessee. That section, I've heard, is the steepest and most rugged of all the roads in the Cohutta WMA.
Carter's Reregulation Dam
Carter's Reregulation Dam
Carter's Reregulation Dam 2
Carter's Reregulation Dam 2
Carter's Reregulation Dam 3
Carter's Reregulation Dam 3
Lake Sturgeon Alert
Lake Sturgeon Alert
Old Highway 411 And Train Trussle
Old Highway 411 And Train Trussle
Old Dairy Farm
Old Dairy Farm
Old Dairy Farm 2
Old Dairy Farm 2
Lone Dogwood
Lone Dogwood
Splash
Splash
Smooth
Smooth
Rushing Water
Rushing Water
Relaxing View
Relaxing View
Holly Creek Bridge
Holly Creek Bridge
Holly Creek 1
Holly Creek 1
Holly Creek 2
Holly Creek 2
Holly Creek 3
Holly Creek 3
Holly Creek 4
Holly Creek 4
Holly Creek 5
Holly Creek 5
Holly Creek 6
Holly Creek 6
Rushing
Rushing
Bright White
Bright White
Old Fire Truck
Old Fire Truck
Old Fire Truck Interior
Old Fire Truck Interior
Old Fire Truck Dashboard
Old Fire Truck Dashboard
Water Rock - Slow Shutter
Water Rock - Slow Shutter
Water Rock - Normal Shutter
Water Rock - Normal Shutter
Cold Water
Cold Water
Turnstyle
Turnstyle
Looking Down The Gap
Looking Down The Gap
Water Drip
Water Drip
Lean On Me
Lean On Me
First Leaves
First Leaves
Driver's View
Driver's View
Dalton
Dalton
Woodpecker Training School
Woodpecker Training School
Top Of The Mountain Plants
Top Of The Mountain Plants
Top Of The Mountain Plants 2
Top Of The Mountain Plants 2
Scratch Marks
Scratch Marks
REAL Spring Water
REAL Spring Water
Bear Creek Sign
Bear Creek Sign
Full Bear Creek Falls
Full Bear Creek Falls
Bear Creek Trailhead Falls
Bear Creek Trailhead Falls
Bear Creek Trailhead Falls 2
Bear Creek Trailhead Falls 2
Bear Creek Trailhead Falls 3
Bear Creek Trailhead Falls 3
White Water
White Water
Water Slide
Water Slide
Small Fall - Slow Shutter
Small Fall - Slow Shutter
Small Fall - Fast Shutter
Small Fall - Fast Shutter
Veil
Veil
Over The Top
Over The Top
Over The Edge
Over The Edge
Looking Down
Looking Down
Mountaintown Overlook
Mountaintown Overlook
Looking East
Looking East
Picnic View
Picnic View
Picnic View 2
Picnic View 2
Ellijay
Ellijay
Betty Mountain
Betty Mountain
Betty Mountain
Betty Mountain
Be Sure To Turn
Be Sure To Turn
Here Or There
Here Or There
Tree From Rocks
Tree From Rocks
Tree From Rocks 2
Tree From Rocks 2
Trash
Trash
Harley Wonders
Harley Wonders
Fort Mountain Tip
Fort Mountain Tip
Backbone
Backbone
Which Way Do We Go
Which Way Do We Go
Dyer Family Cemetary
Dyer Family Cemetary
Dyer Cemetary 2
Dyer Cemetary 2
Outdoor Meeting
Outdoor Meeting
GOD Loves You
GOD Loves You
Written Memories
Written Memories
Where Is The Chicken
Where Is The Chicken
Helmet
Helmet
Blairsville
Blairsville
Watson's Gap
Watson's Gap