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.
I'm proud to relaunch Georgia Overland on an entirely new platform and I am excited to announce The Georgia Traverse waypoint and track .gpx files. If you are receiving this blog update via email, you will need to resubscribe on the new Georgia Overland site. Enjoy!
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!