To this great group of explorers and travelers, please consider sharing your recent Georgia Traverse experiences with the community. If you have relevant information regarding road conditions, closures, trees down, difficult terrain, etc. along The Georgia Traverse, please leave a comment below. Users will be able to visit the comment section and get a sense of what to expect as the road conditions along the Traverse change quite frequently.
Safe travels, David.
Clearly it's been too long since I last published a blog post. Here's where we stand with the Georgia Overland site and the Georgia Traverse...
Tens of thousands of users have visited my humble project. Hundreds of emails received. Countless hours spent answering questions and supporting folks wishing to get out there and explore North Georgia and now I will leave it to you, this great community of explorers and travelers, to help each other. Rather than over-complicate the issue with a forum, I will simply post another blog entry for users to comment on. If you have recent Georgia Traverse experiences to share with the community (road conditions and/or closures, trees down, difficult terrain, etc.) please feel free to post a comment. Users can visit the comment section and get a sense of what to expect as the road conditions along the Traverse change quite frequently. I've also added a FAQ page. While the Georgia Overland site is a labor of love, the costs associated with keeping the site up and running (I neither receive advertising income nor do I sell a product) and the hours spent responding to questions are taking a toll. I hope the blog comments and FAQ will help to reduce the time spent on this project, keep the site content relevant and allow me to shift focus to another project that I've wanted to pursue.
PS. If you would like to join the small, yet extremely appreciated, family of supporters that help keep the hosting bills paid, a donation is always welcome!
Many of you use the standard version of Google Earth in the office and at home. As of January 20, 2015, Google Earth Pro no longer requires the annual $399 license fee. Google Earth Pro is now free.
Comparison between Google Earth and Google Earth Pro
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Georgia Overland recently received a feature request from Georgia Overland user, Jake. Jake was looking for The Georgia Traverse in geospatial .pdf format for use in the Avenza PDF Maps app, as well as other applications. Visit the Download page and take a look!
For 2015, Georgia Overland has started fresh with a brand new website and the official launch of The Georgia Traverse and The Georgia Traverse .gpx file. The Georgia Traverse is a collection of county, state and Forest Service roads that comprise a (mostly) off-pavement route across North Georgia. It was designed to be traveled east to west, beginning at Burrells Ford Road along the Georgia / South Carolina border. The Georgia Traverse visits North Carolina and Tennessee before ending at the Georgia / Alabama border. The total mileage of all paved and unpaved sections is 390 miles, with 226 miles of unpaved road surfaces, 164 miles of pavement (40% of the paved miles found west of the Cohutta and Big Frog Wilderness Loop) and The Georgia Traverse includes over 500 waypoints.