Logan Turnpike Trail Workday (6-20-15)

The Lumpkin Coalition is sponsoring a maintenance workday for the Logan Turnpike Trail, just east of Turner’s Corner, on Saturday, June 20th. All are welcome to join. This will be a CoTrails/Lumpkin Coalition/USFS-sanctioned volunteer trails maintenance event. We have kept this beautiful trail alive for the last three years, and we really need your help to keep it going!

We will meet at Turner’s Corner Cafe (intersection of US19 and US129, west of Cleveland GA, north of Dahlonega GA, coordinates below) at 8 for breakfast (if desired), and depart for the trailhead at 8:45. We’ll knock off the work no later than about 2PM.

Logan Turnpike is a USFS designated hiking trail in the Raven Cliffs Wilderness. The 1.9 mile trail begins along Town Creek in Kellum Valley, and ends at Tesnatee Gap where it connects with the Appalachian Trail. The trail follows the route of an early 1800′s toll road. John Muir describes hiking it in his writings (see links below). The trail suffered tornado damage in 2011 (now cleared), but the new sunlight has caused a bloom of weeds along the trail. Maintenance needed is primarily sling blade work to keep the weeds from taking over the tornado section. We will also be removing some small blowdowns using zip saws. If a cross-cut saw crew is available, we’ll tackle a few bigger blowdowns. No motorized equipment can be used (no chainsaws, string trimmers, etc.).

The last half mile of the road to the trail head is very rough, vehicles should be 4WD or at least high clearance, so we will do some car pooling. I don’t recommend trying it in a car that sits low.

What to bring:
Sturdy footgear, waterproof if you have them. Some of the work areas will be very wet and muddy.
Long pants – there will be poison ivy in some areas. No shorts, sandals, crocs, etc.
Spare dry socks.
Rain gear if forecast warrants.
Work gloves.
Bug spray.
If you are allergic to bee stings, etc., bring whatever you need to manage.
Water, sack lunch as desired. We’ll provide some snacks and water.

Tools – bring if you have, don’t go buy – we will provide some – sling blades, branch lopers, small zip saws, trash bags, hard hats, safety glasses,  water, bug spray, etc. if you have them.
Please don’t bring brush axes or machetes – not allowed by USFS safety rules.

Please let me know if you plan to attend, but if you decide to join us last minute, please do!

Looking forward to a fun event, hope to see you there.

Jack Rogers


Turner’s Corner Cafe  — N34 39.8′  W83 54.1′
Trailhead — N34 42.0′  W83 50.9′
John Muir Connection to the  Logan Turnpike stuff below:
Excerpt from “A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf,” 22 September entry, thanks to Dan Styer at Oberlin College:
“Traveled in the wake of three poor but merry mountaineers — an old woman, a young woman, and a young man — who sat, leaned, and lay in the box of a shackly wagon that seemed to be held together by spiritualism, and was kept in agitation by a very large and a very small mule. In going down hill the looseness of the harness and the joints of the wagon allowed the mules to back nearly out of sight beneath the box, and the three who occupied it were slid against the front boards in a heap over the mules’ ears. Before they could unravel their limbs from this unmannerly and impolite disorder, a new ridge in the road frequently tilted them with a swish and a bump against the back boards in a mixing that was still more grotesque. I expected to see man, women, and mules mingled in piebald ruin at the bottom of some rocky hollow, but they seemed to have full confidence in the back board and front board of the wagon-box. So they continued to slide comfortably up and down, from end to end, in slippery obedience to the law of gravitation, as the grades demanded. Where the jolting was moderate, they engaged in conversation on love, marriage, and camp-meeting, according to the custom of the country. The old lady, through all the vicissitudes of the transportation, held a bouquet of French marigolds.”