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Author: riverbum
Date: 3 Sep 2006 3:38:55 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Georgia (GA)
Distance: 3.73 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 899 ft
Total Loss: 1107 ft
Net Change: -208 ft
Difficulty: 3 / 10
Tags: Backpacking, Georgia, Gray, loop
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The Hitchiti Trail is part of the Ernst Brender Demonstration Forest. It is a woodland trail that traverses a variety of woodland areas, granite outcrops, and several stream and riverviews. 4 mile loop trail with white blazes. During the summer and fall, ticks can be bad on this trail. Please read the information at the trailhead and sign-in on the hiker's logbook. From I-75, north on US-23 (near Macon) to GA-18. R on GA-18 for 3 miles. Left on Jarrell Plantation Rd for 1.2 miles.

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Points of Interest

DSC00210

Location: 33.033123, -83.707146
Trail sign for the Hitchiti Trail on Jarrell Plantation Road.

DSC00224

Location: 33.033184, -83.710060
This portion of the Hitchiti Trail crosses land that was once farmland. Today, it is a mix of loblolly pines, hardwoods in the coves, and a variety of midstory trees and shrubs.

DSC00232

Location: 33.033688, -83.713539
Falling Creek has many small ledges and cascades, depending on water level. It varies from a slow running brook to very minor whitewater when in flood conditions.

DSC00245

Location: 33.035355, -83.716133
The gneiss outcrops only have small amounts of soil and do not retain water well, except in depressions. As a result, only specialized plants and mosses are found in these locations. Along the edges where soil is found, you can find shortleaf pines, hawthorns, and other small hardwoods.

DSC00259

Location: 33.032379, -83.722641
A view down Falling Creek.

DSC00277

Location: 33.027561, -83.722969
The writers enjoy a break at the confluence of Falling Creek and the much larger Ocmulgee River.

DSC00283

Location: 33.026699, -83.719849
In this floodplain, the trail can be tricky to follow. Look carefully for the white blazes. Also, this section can be quite muddy if recent rains have fallen, and also tick and mosquito ridden during the summers. All the same, it offers a completely different hiking experience and should not be missed.

DSC00289

Location: 33.025211, -83.719490
As you rise out of the floodplain of the Ocmulgee River, note the large boulders on your left.

DSC00300

Location: 33.027027, -83.713692
The red cockaded woodpecker, a federally protected species, has a number of colonies in the Piedmont Wildlife Refuge, including one along Forest Service Road 108 on the Hitchiti Trail. Look for pine trees that are marked with rings at their bases for the nesting trees.

DSC00303

Location: 33.027355, -83.713158
In this tree, you can see an artificial nesting box that has been inserted into a large pine tree for the red cockaded woodpeckers to use. By doing so, it offers more nesting opportunities for this endangered species. Also, look for pines with active sap flows high up. These probably are natural nesting sites.

DSC00308

Location: 33.029137, -83.712471
Follow the road to the right to return toward the parking area. If you wish to return to the river, you can follow the road to the left (Forest Service Road 908).

HIT001

Location: 33.033367, -83.707184
Parking lot is 1.3 miles north of GA-18 on Jarrell Plantation Rd

HIT002

Location: 33.032848, -83.707718
Trailhead is across the road from the parking lot

HIT003

Location: 33.033318, -83.710403
R at T at the 108 Loop Trail sign

HIT004

Location: 33.033516, -83.713203
Falling Creek with granite outcrops. The large rocks in Falling Creek remind you of the mountains.

HIT005

Location: 33.033466, -83.713768
R at Trail 108 loop sign and across small bridge.

HIT006

Location: 33.035583, -83.716003
Granite outcrop with interesting moss growth.

HIT007

Location: 33.035282, -83.716469
An even larger granite outcrop with interesting moss growth. The stone is biotite gneiss.

HIT008

Location: 33.031334, -83.722900
Another rock ledge crosses Falling Creek.

HIT009

Location: 33.030506, -83.722198
Trail crosses the dead end of forest service road 908. Look for white blazes across the road as the trail continues south.

HIT010

Location: 33.027283, -83.722984
Confluence of Falling Creek and the Ocmulgee River. Good swimming hole or picnic site.

HIT011

Location: 33.024784, -83.719551
Huge boulders of biotite gneiss on the left.

HIT012

Location: 33.021282, -83.720787
Woodland trail ends, go left and follow Forest Service Road.

HIT013

Location: 33.027618, -83.711952
Left at minor intersection

HIT014

Location: 33.028767, -83.712265
Right at the T

Hitchiti 020

Location: 33.027084, -83.723122
A view of the Ocmulgee River where Falling Creek enters.


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