Forest Service Road 287

Blairsville, Georgia (Union County)

Last Updated: 12/08/2021
3.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.91 miles
Highest Elevation: 2096 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Blairsville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Blairsville
Official Road Name: 287
Management Agency: Chattahoochee National Forest
District: Blue Ridge District


Highlight: Forest Service Road 287
Just south of Blairsville right outside the Coopers Creek Wildlife Management Area can be found Forest Service Road 287. Following along the ridge of Bowers Mountain this short trail is often overlooked because of the remote location of the trailhead. Surrounded by sights and sounds of nature the entire way this easy trail is a great addition to any day out exploring the mountain forests.


Route Information

Technical Rating

( EASY )

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1. Trailhead ( mi)
Forest Service Road 287 starts as an intersection with Owltown Road. There is a water crossing immediately at the trailhead usually between six and eight inches deep. This is the only obstacle on the trail, as it is quite smooth after this.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Blairsville, Georgia

Head southeast on Highway 19 for approximately 3.5 miles and turn right onto Hutson Road. Proceed for 0.2 miles and turn left onto Lower Owltown Road. Proceed for 0.4 miles and turn left onto Owltown Road. Proceed for 2.5 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 287.



Trail Reviews (2)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How do I download a GPX file to Dropbox, etc? I have a GPX viewer app but I can’t get the file to download from trails Off-road (it try’s to download to iTunes and then I get a message that I don’t have permission). TIA
–Danny Thompson (10/23/2020)
–Dave G. (10/23/2020)

Writer Information

Dave G.

Mapping Crew - Georgia

Dave is more of an explorer than a wheeler who loves to find remote locations to hike and kayak fish. Born and raised in Chicago for 21 years before moving to Atlanta, backroads and forests and mountains were a whole new experience and now he just can't get enough. When he's not fishing for stripers on Lake Lanier, you can find him in the mountains of North Georgia, Tennessee or South Carolina exploring and mapping backroads. Just look for the guy with the kayak on the top of the truck!
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