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post #1 of 18 Old 01-05-2014, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb NORTH GEORGIA: (Athens, Jefferson area) what's a great place to go primitive camping?

Good morning, everyone.

Some of you may remember me from about a year ago. I had just moved to the area and had no idea where to wheel safely/legally.

to be honest, I could probably *still* use some advice on that.

However, this thread is about camping in general. Preferably primitive camping. Looking for good places to hike or drive out to, set up a tent, and be at peace. No facilities. No lots. Just what you can bring and what you can find.

Having some camping buddies may be cool too. Since i made the mistake of getting my best friend gainfully employed at the same job as me, we can't easily get time off at the same time. But hey, at least he can buy gear now?

So, let's talk about good places to camp and maybe get to know each other a bit. Maybe we can talk about great camping gear, or general even share knowledge.


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This place is far from you, but fun to explore. They use to have a free paper map there. Do not really need a 4WD, but lots of trails, creek crossing, gun range, & you can camp at the creek.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/W..._Range_Alto_GA


If you want to wheel & camp, try Beasley's Knob.
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This place is far from you, but fun to explore. They use to have a free paper map there. Do not really need a 4WD, but lots of trails, creek crossing, gun range, & you can camp at the creek.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/W..._Range_Alto_GA


If you want to wheel & camp, try Beasley's Knob.

so... um... i'm going to sound like a complete idiot when i ask this... but is that a 3-in-1 shooting range/campsite/hunting area?

WHY DIDN'T THEY HAVE THIS KIND OF AWESOME IN FLORIDA?

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No, it's spread out over a couple of hundred acres.
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I pulled the forestry road map off of their website (link below). the roads themselves aren't to crazy, a little slick if it has been raining but there is all kinds of camp sites along the way check out my write up on Sheep Wallow Rd and some of the forestry rds. Also If you look on the forest rd write up click the google link to the map and you can see the other forest roads.

Forest RD write up: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f332/...ga-ga-1317760/

map link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fs...Forest-%20Maps
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I pulled the forestry road map off of their website (link below). the roads themselves aren't to crazy, a little slick if it has been raining but there is all kinds of camp sites along the way check out my write up on Sheep Wallow Rd and some of the forestry rds. Also If you look on the forest rd write up click the google link to the map and you can see the other forest roads.
He said legal, Sheep Wallow is illegal. You are probably also ignorant to the fact that your thread is the first thing that comes up in google along with a argument of why public lands needs to be closed. Yet there is your **** bouncing around in the stream in video. It would be wise to request to have that thread deleted and do the same with the videos.

misterpookie I can fill you in a little. My favorite spots are Wildcat Creek RD by lake Rabun and the Red Lands at the end of Oconee National forest. We will be going to Durhamtown Plantation sometime this month if you want to tag along.
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He said legal, Sheep Wallow is illegal. You are probably also ignorant to the fact that your thread is the first thing that comes up in google along with a argument of why public lands needs to be closed. Yet there is your **** bouncing around in the stream in video. It would be wise to request to have that thread deleted and do the same with the videos.

misterpookie I can fill you in a little. My favorite spots are Wildcat Creek RD by lake Rabun and the Red Lands at the end of Oconee National forest. We will be going to Durhamtown Plantation sometime this month if you want to tag along.
What do you base this on?
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The fact that the county has been trying to abandon that road scone 2009 due to lack of utilization if they haven't already, basis one. I have heard rumors that gates have been put up in certain spots, basis two. The fact that the National Forest starts on the other side of Hwy 52, meaning that the property on either side of Sheep Wallow is privately owned even if the road is still maintained by the County. If you don't have permission from the land owner you are trespassing, basis three. The fact that the stream that people keep trespassing through is causing excess sediment into the downstream water supply and the Georgia Water Colation has gotten wind of it and labeled the area as illegal, basis four. For future reference this type of activity is illegal in the National Forest as well. You have to stay on the designated roads reguardless if it is public land. One of the solutions is to shut down access to the National Forrest because people won't stay on the roads. Continuing to visit this property and post videos up is only starting a battle no one is going to win from. Maybe they haven't already gotten your video and deside to make an example of you to prove their point.
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The fact that the county has been trying to abandon that road scone 2009 due to lack of utilization if they haven't already, basis one. I have heard rumors that gates have been put up in certain spots, basis two. The fact that the National Forest starts on the other side of Hwy 52, meaning that the property on either side of Sheep Wallow is privately owned even if the road is still maintained by the County. If you don't have permission from the land owner you are trespassing, basis three. The fact that the stream that people keep trespassing through is causing excess sediment into the downstream water supply and the Georgia Water Colation has gotten wind of it and labeled the area as illegal, basis four. For future reference this type of activity is illegal in the National Forest as well. You have to stay on the designated roads reguardless if it is public land. One of the solutions is to shut down access to the National Forrest because people won't stay on the roads. Continuing to visit this property and post videos up is only starting a battle no one is going to win from. Maybe they haven't already gotten your video and deside to make an example of you to prove their point.
I haven't been there since the day of the original post and I promise you if there had been any gate or signs on the way there I wouldn't have gone on the road. I was going off of the bases that it was still a county road that is listed on the map. Also before going on the road I spoke with a resident at the bottom of the hill who told me that it was still a county Rd but that the bridge had washed out years ago. We also never got off of the road which I followed on my gps. I know that the adjacent power lines are often ridden on but we did not because I didn't want to deviate from the county road. I'm not trying to get in an argument believe me I won't chance it again. If you could expand on some better places please let me know. I can't afford to have anyone "make an example" out of me. And as far as the Forrest service roads go I pulled the map of them straight off of their website. We even got to a gate and turned around. Hope you don't get the wrong impression believe me I am not one to break the law.
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Good morning, everyone.

Some of you may remember me from about a year ago. I had just moved to the area and had no idea where to wheel safely/legally.

to be honest, I could probably *still* use some advice on that.

However, this thread is about camping in general. Preferably primitive camping. Looking for good places to hike or drive out to, set up a tent, and be at peace. No facilities. No lots. Just what you can bring and what you can find.

Having some camping buddies may be cool too. Since i made the mistake of getting my best friend gainfully employed at the same job as me, we can't easily get time off at the same time. But hey, at least he can buy gear now?

So, let's talk about good places to camp and maybe get to know each other a bit. Maybe we can talk about great camping gear, or general even share knowledge.
Look up Beasley Knob in Blairsville. You can camp there. Legal. $5.00 a day to ride/camp. All kinds of trails. Easy to difficult. It shuts down in Dec. And opens up again in March (don't quote me on that) Again, it is Legal to ride there. Or go to One of the OHV parks in AL or TN. Morris Mtn., Chocolocco Mtn, Adventure Off Road, even Duramtowm out towards Augusta. Not sure why you would want to ride a county road anyway. Just my opinion.
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He said legal, Sheep Wallow is illegal. You are probably also ignorant to the fact that your thread is the first thing that comes up in google along with a argument of why public lands needs to be closed. Yet there is your **** bouncing around in the stream in video. It would be wise to request to have that thread deleted and do the same with the videos.

misterpookie I can fill you in a little. My favorite spots are Wildcat Creek RD by lake Rabun and the Red Lands at the end of Oconee National forest. We will be going to Durhamtown Plantation sometime this month if you want to tag along.
AW CRAP. I missed this post. Sadly, my work has not been kind to me lately, though I'm finally starting to get some free time. I would have loved to have met up with some local jeepers and checked out Durhamtown. I've heard a lot about it, but going with just one jeep feels a bit depressing. Also, I appreciate you trying to keep me on the good side of the law. I'm not really a fan of making people angry for no good reason, or damaging unsuspecting ecosystems.

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Look up Beasley Knob in Blairsville. You can camp there. Legal. $5.00 a day to ride/camp. All kinds of trails. Easy to difficult. It shuts down in Dec. And opens up again in March (don't quote me on that) Again, it is Legal to ride there. Or go to One of the OHV parks in AL or TN. Morris Mtn., Chocolocco Mtn, Adventure Off Road, even Duramtowm out towards Augusta. Not sure why you would want to ride a county road anyway. Just my opinion.
I've been thinking about Beasley. What is the camping like there? Would I have to worry about passing ATVs at odd hours, and the like?

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You can camp at certain places at Beasley. You will see some ATV's out there but I would not worry about them running up and down trails at midnight or anything like that. The camping is primitive if you are ok with that? Personally that is my style of camping.
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I like Beasley also. Been there more times than I can count. I think there was only one time some ATV's came up the trail at night but I wouldn't worry about it. They opened March 31st so it should be a good time.

If it rains they may close. If it rains while you're there, good luck going up some of the trails. Especially 93B.

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Be cautious at Durhamtown. It is a mud pit. At least make sure you have your doors and top on.

Yes, there are dry trails. But there are more mud trails than I care to deal with. I'm still trying to wash out all of the mud I gathered from there last month.

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