Hello Georgia Overland friends,
I invite you to come on out to Decatur Garage (my friend Daniel Palazzolo's shop) on Sunday, August 26th at 8pm for a special free screening of an amazing film, One Crazy Ride.
Bring a chair and beverage and join us in supporting the work of our very talented filmmaker friend, Gaurav Jani. One Crazy Ride and Riding Solo to the Top of the World DVDs will be available for purchase as well. The official announcement and film trailer are below.
For more information about his films, visit http://dirttrackproductions.com/
We hope to see you there!
I received a trail report for the Old Bucktown Road and Nimblewill Gap Road area from Larry C., owner of a very nicely modded 2009 Hummer H3T. You may recall seeing his rig before as Larry previously sent a pic of his H3T in the Cohuttas. His H3T has the Adventure package, which includes front and rear locking differentials, 4.10 gearing and Hill Start Assist. He added a 2" torsion bar crank in the front, 1" shackle lift in rear, 35" Toyo Mt's, Rancho Shocks, Trail Duty Extended Bump Stops in front, UCP, Rolling Lock Bed Cover, removable Tire Carrier, Cobra 75 WX ST CB Radio and he will be adding a winch soon. I can't wait to see the H3T in person! Larry's report and images are below. As usual, I'm adding this to all reports...
Since I have not verified the accuracy of the descriptions, I feel obligated to state the obvious...Use the following information at your own risk.
Now, on to the report. Larry writes:
I went up and ran Old Bucktown Road, Forest Service 46 out of Amicalola Falls State Park, and Nimblewill Gap Road today. Here's a few pics and a brief description of the route I took.
I initially wanted to start on Old Bucktown Road but lost cellphone coverage and my Google Map went down so I missed the turn. Instead, I started in by going to Amicalola Falls State Park and headed up High Shoals Road / FS 46, there the road starts off paved and turns into gravel once you pass the last set of cabins in the park. For this section of road a high clearance vehicle is recommended as there are some deep ruts and puddles, but nothing too major where major modifications are needed.
This roads goes for about 3-4 miles and it looks to have been graded within the last year or so which made its pretty easy going, but bumpy.
After traveling FS 46 for a short time you eventually come out at the junction of Old Bucktown Rd and Nimblewill Gap. At this point I chose to take the right and check out Nimblewill Gap Rd. Surprisingly the road is in very good condition with hard packed gravel, the Forestry Dept. must have just graded it because it was easy to go 20-25 mph at some points. You could even take a car on it driving slowly.
About 5.3 miles of Nimblewill Rd is gravel, three miles of which is hard packed rocky gravel and 2 miles is packed Pea Stone which forms a loose pavement, then the last 5 miles is straight, smooth pavement. The total road length is about 11 miles.
After I got to the end of Nimblewill Church Rd I still had more time for exploring so I turned around and went back up Nimblewill Gap Rd to the junction where FS 46, FS 28-2, and Old Bucktown Rd meet. I went down Old Bucktown Rd, and as you had said the road had been graded sometime recently. You will need to have a high clearance vehicle because it is very rocky and when raining it will be very muddy and will have water running across the road from runoff coming down the mountain.
About 3.2 miles of Old Bucktown Road is rough gravel and after that the rest (approximately five miles) is paved right up to Roy Rd. All in all it is a nice easy ride. In the Fall the views should be pretty spectacular once the leaves fall off the trees because there is a view of the valley for most of the ride.
I hope this info comes in handy to someone, hope to have more soon. Best regards, Larry
Thank you very much, Larry, for taking the time to write the report and send the images. I'm certain it will be useful to Georgia Overland readers.