Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Resaca, Georgia
• Horses: 0
I finally remembered my maps.. so I will tell you how to get to the trail heads from pulling out of the road at Whisperwood Cabin. You need to go to the little store on down the road (about a mile) toward the park from where you turn into Johnson Place rd(I think that is the name of the road that Whisperwood is located) They have the big nice park maps and you really need one. Or you can drive up to BandyCreek Ranger station and they have them plus they are EXTREMELY knowledgeable about the trails.
1st trail we love-- turn to the right out of Johnson Place toward the park. go approximately 2 miles to the small store on the right, immediately past it is the "Cumberland trail head". You turn immediately past the store and go down the small dirt road 1/2 mile. The first part of the trail is flat and sandy. When you get closer to the river you will drop of fairly quickly. some of the downhill spots are semi steep. I have not gotten off my horse to walk any of these. When you get to the river you can turn left/right and ride the river. It is beautiful. you can do loops but you need to look at a map and decide how much your horse and your butt can take.. we usually just ride the river and then turn around and go right back out.
2) out of Johnson Place go toward the park. once you pass into the park boundary you start slowing, you will see a sign that marks a county boundary (scott/Fentress county I think) you should also see a Horse crossing sign and almost immediately you will see a small road that turns right. It is a driveway type turn in that parks just about 50 feet off the road in a large turn around area. park and tack up.. Travel on down the road and follow it toward the right. This is a good road for wagons so there may be some. follow this trail (North White Oak loop) you can detour off to some of the overlooks or you can follow the trail toward the river.. Cumberland Valley loop. there are a couple of huge rocks and rock cave type places. There is a couple of steep downhills and there is one I sometimes get off and walk (about 50 feet) at the bottom there is another steep spot (about 25-30 feet) that I have walked. the bottom is where we usually eat lunch called Coyle Branch. Beautiful and it has hitching post for the horses. If you go to the left down river (I think) you will travel along the river.. you can cross it and go over to the O &W Bridge. This is a great ride. the river is an easy crossing unless it is high water. The bridge is old and great views. We then turn around and go right back out the way we cam in. there are a couple of loops and overlooks that you can do but we usually don't
3)Going to Charit Creek. WONDERFUL!! A MUST DO!!!
turn left out of Johnson Place road back toward Jamestown. When you get to "sharps Place" or the junction of hwy 154 (look at map) turn right toward Pickett state park. travel along until you see that middle creek trailhead/Equestrian center or Divide Road. look on a map and you will see that purple trail off this road.. it is actually a road called Fork Ridge Road and trail. follow this till you get to the power lines (huge) and you will see the parking lot. saddle up and keep riding following signs to Charit creek. Some of this gravel road is extremely steep (to me) I get off my horse, it is not a bad walk and I usually walk about 1/2 mile down hill. (I ride up hill) follow the horse trail to charit creek (it is the road) when you get to charit creek tie the horses and walk around.. it is very beautiful and fascinating. when you get back on to ride.. go up the trail behind charit creek lodge, go to the left up to the hatfield ridge trail( very steep uphill but you don't have to come down it). there is a overlook that is short and well worth the trip. then go on down the hatfield ridge trail toward the river. when you get to the river there is a short steep downhill that I don't usually get off and walk. you can go to the left at the river and cross over if you choose. when you turn around and go back toward charit creek lodge follow the Station Camp Creek Trail. it is on a lower elevation and lots of creek crossings. it goes back to Charit Creek lodge. then you go back up the road to the truck/trailer.
4) to to the left out of Johnson Place rd, turn again to the left at a sharp turn to "Timber Ridge Campground" I cannot give you info on how to get there. just look it up so you know before hand. They will allow you to park free but ask for a donation for the trails.. Go to the office and they will give you a paper map and tell you about the trails.. well worth the $5 we donated. ride out the back of the camp and make the loop. some of the loop has beautiful caves/creek caves on it. but there is also some road riding thru pasture/houses. If you want ask and they can show you on the map where you could turn around and not ride in the road/houses. I would suggest that. The caves are well worth the trip. They also have a obstacle course set up you can play in.
5) Drive to East ForkStable (look up where they are) they will allow you to park for a fee (cant remember how much) they have a beautiful trail along a river but the one I like the best is going to a waterfall with a great overlook. ask them for a map and about this particular trail.. it is to the north of the stables.
There are more trails and variations of doing them but this is the trails we (hubby and I) ride each and every time we stay at whisperwood.!!!
Be sure to let me know what you think of them, and I do use shoes on all 4 feet!!! I know there are several places there is a steep drop in the trail but most are short and easily walked if you want to. I can only think of a place or two that is a "cliff" type are where you ride beside a steep drop off, most of the trails are wide enough that you can make your horse go to the inside.