Significant progress made on the lower Purple re-route Saturday, March 25th. Thanks to all those who helped. The re-route is still pretty rough, and has not been blazed, but can be identified by pink ribbons tied to bushes and trees along the new section. Feel free to try it out. It traverses a beautiful section of Big Leaf Magnolias, which are just starting to bloom.
Etowah Hiking Trails - Trail System
As the map above indicates, the primary access point for the Etowah Hiking Trails system is Boling Park, a riverfront park in the city of Canton, Georgia. The Boling Park entrance to the trail system sits at the northern end of the park's parking lot, in the far right-hand corner.
The White, or Trace, trail (depicted in black in the above map) is the backbone of the Etowah Hiking Trails system. All other trails come into contact with the Trace trail at some point.
As the map indicates, the trail system largely resides on land owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers (yellow) or the Cherokee County Water and Sewer Association (CCWSA, light green). Although no marked trails exist beyond the bridge at Jug Creek (White trail) a logging road at the bridge will take the traveler further into the Trace, eventually crossing into Cherokee County Greenspace.
Recent clear cut logging operations on CCWSA property have negatively impacted many of the trails. The Orange trail, in particular, suffered a great deal of damage. The Red trail is no longer viable. While sections of the Orange trail have been destroyed, much of it has been restored, so that the trail retains a continuous link between the White trail and the New Hightower Church. (The spur leading to Huckleberry Hill has been destroyed, but plans are being formulated to restore the connection.)
Boy Scout Troop 241 and the Sutallee Trace Trail Stewards work cooperatively to restore, maintain, and expand the Etowah Hiking Trails. As of January, 2021, the trail system is comprised of 10-15 miles of footpaths. In addition to formulating plans to restore the Orange trail's patch to Huckleberry Hill, efforts are being made to re-route the Purple trail away from the clear cut. Addition of other trails is also under consideration.