Flatlands Road with David and Jess 1.25.21
Date: Monday, January 25th, 2021
Time: 10 – 4 pm
Leader(s): David Govus and Jess Riddle
Location: Flatlands Road, Suches
Outing Description: Road problems that are damaging streams. We will visit Flatlands Road, the poster child for an eroding road that is damaging streams. We’ll walk up a Forest Service Road that is supposed to be closed to the badly degraded Flatlands Road. There, we’ll examine the road’s erosion problems, talk about what led to the problems, and discuss what we can do to prevent it from doing further damage. Along the way, we’ll discuss reporting issues with the Avenza app, general road maintenance, illegal motor-bike trails, and the Forest Service Road system.
Meeting Place Directions: The start of Forest Service Road 33B (Mart Helton Branch Road; 34.74383 -84.03296). From Suches (the intersection of GA 60 and GA 180), take GA 60 north 7.5 miles. Turn right onto Cavender Gap Road (turns to gravel) and follow it 3.1 miles. FSR 33B will be on the right. From Blue Ridge (the intersection of GA 515/US 76 and GA 5), take 515/76 north/east 3.9 miles. Turn right onto GA 60 and continue 0.5 miles. Turn left to stay on GA 60 and continue 1.4 miles. Turn right to stay on GA 60 and continue 18.8 miles. Turn left onto Cavender Gap Road (turns to gravel) and follow it 3.1 miles. FSR 33B will be on the right.
Distance and Difficulty: Round trip about 5 miles with moderate difficulty.
What to Bring and Wear: Lunch, plenty of water, raincoat, and sturdy shoes. Download the Avenza app and the Suches USGS topo quadrangle map.
Cancellation: If Outing is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify you via email by 6:00 pm on the evening before.
Pet Policy: No pets this time please
Participation Limit: 10