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ACT: Following in Cherokee footsteps across WNC

April 27th, 2016 by NC BTS

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Many thanks to Jim Kautz for sharing a link to this article in the Asheville Citizen Times which highlights the work of NCBTS volunteer and board member, Lamar Marshall:

FRANKLIN – Crossing the green field and climbing the hill, Lamar Marshall stops and unfolds his topo map from his backpack. This wind-whipped summit overlooking a bend of the Little Tennessee River is not a natural feature, but a mound made by the land’s ancient inhabitants in a town once called Cowee.

Standing where the Cherokee council house once held a sacred fire, Marshall can point out the path below, winding beside native canebrakes into a nearly forgotten past of the Cowee Valley.

For the last eight years, Marshall has been following in the footsteps of the Cherokee along trails that once linked dozens of their ancient towns along this river and across Western North Carolina.

“These are arteries into the past that connect us with the culture of this place,” Marshall said. “When I walk along these trails, I am seeing the exact same views, the same mountains that natives have seen for thousands of years. We’re standing in the same spot that William Bartram or Dragging Canoe may have stood.”

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The New NC Bartram Trail Map is now available!

April 6th, 2016 by NC BTS


The NC Bartram Trail Society is proud to announce that our new, updated trail map is now available for purchase.

We’ve incorporated your feedback and suggestions into this full-color map which is now printed on waterproof/tearproof paper.

The new map includes:

  • An overview of the 80+ miles of the yellow-blazed Bartram Trail in North Carolina, the blue-blazed side trails and all topographic features
  • Also shows the Appalachian Trail from below Wayah Bald to Cheoah Bald as well as the Appletree loop trails and many other area side trails
  • Elevation profiles of the entire length of the NC BT; USGS topo contours at 50-foot intervals
  • Scale: 1:35,000; mile-by-mile readings for both North-to-South and South-to-North hiking
  • GPS coordinates for BT trail heads
  • Area places of interest: scenic vistas, waterfalls, historic markers, picnic areas and campgrounds
  • Many natural history facts about the biodiversity of native flora and fauna along the BT, about William Bartram and about the NC Bartram Trail Society

You can order a copy of the new map today via our online store!

Thank you!

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