Georgia Overland will have an entirely new look and feel very soon. Stay tuned.
I debated whether I should include this section as you must travel a substantial distance on pavement between the Cohutta WMA and Taylor Ridge. I included it because I appreciated the completeness of the route. I started the Georgia Traverse project on the east side of the state at the Georgia/South Carolina border and I really wanted to wrap it up on the west at the Georgia/Alabama border. It took some time to find suitable, connected roads to include in the final section of the Traverse and I'm happy with the results.
Download the Cohutta WMA to Taylor Ridge .kmz file.
I have updated the ArcGIS Online Map to show all the features and linework that represent the East-West Traverse across North Georgia. The map contains over three hundred features and many, many miles of dirt and gravel to explore. Special thanks to my good friend Daniel over at Decatur Garage for the 'East-West Traverse' name! Soon I will offer the data available for download in a variety of formats, beyond the current .kmz files. In the meantime, enjoy the new map!
It was inevitable, I suppose. It appears the formatting that once allowed users to select a waypoint or route section when viewed in Google Maps is no longer fully supported. That is unfortunate and I'm not sure when I will have this corrected. It's actually been an issue for some time. In the meantime, I encourage users to download the .kmz files and view them (correctly) in Google Earth.
Great news Georgia Overlanders,
I have begun the final route cleanup and conversion process. Stay tuned for the release of a GPS-friendly .gpx file. Soon you will be able to easily load the Georgia Overland route into your favorite GPS device and start your exploration of the North Georgia Traverse.
As you can clearly see, I had to take a break from the Georgia Overland project. This year has proven challenging with an overwhelming number of important family issues to contend with. The plan was to be finished with the final route by now...and that simply is not going to happen until late summer or early fall.
Come back soon and, hopefully, I will have a great route to share with you!
I've been quite busy with a lot of non-Georgia Overland, non-offroad activities with the family. I apologize to all my readers for not getting the data wrapped up and publishing the final route. I still have much to do...but it WILL get done. Once I make a final, complete pass of the route I can provide all of the exact route distances. Until then, please enjoy the .kmz files available for download on the Maps and Downloads page.
I receive many emails from readers regarding route and device suggestions. I wanted to pass along a few course offerings at the Buford REI (other locations have similar offerings) that may be useful.
If you enjoy using your GPS device while traveling the backroads of Georgia, but are not completely comfortable with it, you may want to give the GPS Navigation Basics class a try. And if you happen to be one of the many Garmin device owners, you may want to check out the GPS & Computer Class: Utilizing Garmin's Mapping Software.
The complete Buford REI class and event calendar is found here.
I should also add that I strongly encourage everyone to take a map and compass navigation course just to have a basic understanding of how to use a map (you do carry a map with you, don't you?) and compass (pack one of those, too). While a GPS is extremely useful, they are not foolproof and still rely on batteries and/or external power.
Well folks, the route is still not wrapped up and I've been busy enjoying life. Back in June I mentioned the final scouting trip to areas west of the Cohutta Wilderness. I'm rather disappointed in what I found and I'm now left with a dilemma. I originally intended to build an off-pavement route across the northern section of Georgia but I'm finding the gaps between pavement and non-pavement are a bit too large to consider for the route. Do I link together the bits and pieces of dirt and gravel road, even if there is an undesirable amount of pavement, just to complete the route 'across' Georgia to Alabama? Or, do I end it on the west side of the Cohuttas and be done with it? Anyone have any thoughts on this?
I'm also now considering the creation of a loop into Tennessee and North Carolina, rather than the East-West route I initially intended. Why not? Loops are more fun, right?
Stay tuned and maybe, just maybe, I will get this finished up with a nice set of cleaned up .gpx/.shp/.kmz files to share with everyone. And perhaps, a fancy printed map too.
Another reason I have not made more progress is I choose to squander my time doing fun stuff. Here's a few pics from the 2012 Overland Rally...