Charlies Creek Road

Clayton, Georgia (Towns County)

Last Updated: 01/07/2022
4.7 / 5 ( 27 reviews )
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Highlight: Charlies Creek Road
About halfway between Hiawasee and Clayton lies Charlies Creek Road. One of the most popular off-road trails in all of Georgia because of it's many water crossings and rough terrain, this trail follows along Charlies Creek and Flat Branch Creek through the valley between River Mountain and Wheeler Knob and even crosses over the famous Appalachian Trail. With it's proximity to some of the best camping in the state, it's easy to see why this trail is one of the favorites.


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1. Eastern Trailhead (0 mi)
The eastern trailhead starts at the water crossing over the Tallulah River off Tallulah River Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Clayton, Georgia

Head west on US-76 for approximately 8 miles, and turn right onto Persimmon Road. Proceed for 4.2 miles and turn left onto Tallulah River Road. Proceed for 3.7 miles and turn left onto Charlies Creek Road at the water crossing.



Land Use Issues

This trail is on the verge of being closed permanently due to people leaving the main trail. There is only one legal side trail - waypoint 4 of this guide. Any other side trail is private property and should not be taken under any circumstances. Additionally it is asked that this trail not be taken in wet weather to avoid doing further damage to the road itself.

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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: doing a overland trip, my driving a jeep jk on 35's pulling a 5x8 offload trailer w/ 35's, is it doable?
–hector diaz (07/13/2021)

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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