What to expect

The Bartram Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail is blazed in a yellow, vertically oriented rectangle in North Carolina and a yellow diamond in Georgia. It crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of North Carolina and Georgia, with many side trails, blazed in a blue vertically oriented rectangle, leading to views of the Blue Ridge and the Smokies.

The Bartram Trail is constructed for foot traffic only. Use of off-road vehicles, ATVs, bicycles, horses, pack animals, etc., is prohibited on the trail. The pathway, water/erosion control systems, steps and cleared area to each side of the pathway are not appropriate for anything but foot traffic. Use of wheeled vehicles, whether human-powered or fossil-fuel powered, is particularly damaging to the pathway.


What to Pack

  • Plenty of water
  • Rain Gear or a jacket
  • A North Carolina Bartram Trail Map
  • Bug Spray
  • A light snack
  • A fully charged cell phone or communication device

Before Visiting the Trail

  • Let someone know where you are going
  • Check the weather to know what to expect on the trail
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Buy a North Carolina Bartram Trail Map to know where you're going
  • Consider reading Bartram Travels, William Bartram's account of what he discovered and encountered on the trails