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Old 12-14-2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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VivaLaVida in NW Georgia (update 12/20/13)

Still waiting on the administration to deliver my Georgian driver license, I'm actually discovering Appalachians in North-West Georgia since three days.

The two first were sunny and I enjoyed some nice places.

I leaved Lake Lanier in a cold morning...
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I spent the first night in Tallulha River campground, about three miles downstream frome Tate City. A nice primitive campground just next to the river (34.92643, -83.54255).
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They are two other campgrounds upstream of that one, Tate Branch campground (34.95525, -83.55221) and Sandy Bottom campground (34.96320, -83.55900), also next to the river but closed for the season. Tate City is a retired beautiful and quiet place.

Then I crossed the river to drive a 4WD road along Flat Branch Creek. The ford was about one and a half feet deep and 50 yard long since it doesn't just cross the river but go upstream of it. The beginig of the road wasn't very difficult and I saw many nice boondocking places along (34, 95488, -83.56811), (34.95839, -83.57140).

After about three miles, the road had some washed out places where VivaLaVida could proove his capability!


First axle crossing
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Steep section
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Leaning curve
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Real axle crossing... ;-)
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Even in that position, no need to lock differentials. Rear axle travel is so impressive that three wheels were still on the ground!

I then went to the Brasstown Bald, the highest point of Georgia. Short hike to the summit to enjoy the gorgeous sighting.


Nice river on the way to Brasstown Bald
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From the summit...
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Ice along the road
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An interested guy...
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I then visited some waterfalls.


Dukes Creek Falls (34.70204, -8379129)
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Horse Trough Falls, in Upper Chattahoogee River (34.79218, -83.78754)
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All the Upper Chattahoogee River area is definitely beautiful. I drove some nice forest roads and found a nice boondocking place along 44B (34.77681, -83.80370).
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The rain came down all the night and the trail was quite mudy in the morning, even with a falling tree I had to cut. Some steep downhills where really slipery and sceary but I aired down VivaLaVida and go through without problem.
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That's it for now, I will continue that thread later. Hope it will motivate some of you to come discovering that definitely beautiful region!
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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Fantastic…

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Thanks for sharing your adventure!!!

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Great story and terrific photos!
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Could not have said it better!
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Thanks guys.

It's not far away from your home Scotty, you should definitely discover that beautiful area..! ;-)
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Very nice! Love the twisty shots!
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Claude, are those icy roadside shots on the way up to Clingman's Dome? I have taken practically that same shot on the road up to Clingman's Dome, and that ice hangs around there all winter.
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Loved the pictures! Liked the trip report too but great pictures. I need to travel and see some of the sights in the East. Your pictures make me want to explore a little further from home!

Thanks for sharing!

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You know how to frame a shot
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