A better title might be: How I managed to drive quite a few miles and still did not find the elusive route across the Chattahoochee National Forest between Highway 76 / Highway 2 and Highway 75 / Unicoi Turnpike...but that is just too long.
Keep in mind, this trip contains a number of paved miles that are not represented in the .kmz. Notations are made when pavement is reached, but the user should consult a good map to find the paved roads that connect the dirt and gravel sections.
The first section of the Tallulah River Road to West Wildcat Creek Road route begins at the water crossing off Tallulah River Road, providing access to Charlies Creek Road. This section is approximately 8 miles of dirt and gravel road and includes a couple miles of dead end / return trip side road travel. Pavement is reached at Upper Hightower Creek Road. After traveling briefly on Upper Hightower Creek Road, a turn on to Barefoot Road yields a short section (< 1 mile) of dirt road and ends at the intersection of Barefoot Road and Hwy 76 / Hwy 2.
The second section consists of approximately 21 miles of main and side trails including, but not limited to, Dicks Creek and West Wildcat Road in both directions. I began this trip with two goals in mind. First, to retrace previous drives across the Tallulah River Road to Upper Hightower Road portion and confirm that it is still open. The second goal was to find a complete and open route across the Chattahoochee National Forest between Hwy 2 / Hwy 76 to the east and Hwy 75 / Unicoi Turnpike to the west. At the time of this trail collection, the route across the Chattahoochee National Forest is not open, though it may be possible. West Wildcat Road ended at a closed gate. I need to follow up with the Chattahoochee National Forest stewards and attempt to secure permission to continue on through the gate. I suspect that it is closed year-round, but only contacting the Chattahoochee National Forest will confirm this to be the case.
Download the Tallulah River Road to West Wildcat Road.kmz file.