The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society was organized in 1977 to construct a hiking trail honoring the Philadelphia naturalist William Bartram who explored the southeast in 1775. In North Carolina, the trail parallels Bartram's original route and makes connections with the Bartram Trail in Georgia and South Carolina.
The Scaly Mountain trail is a short segment of the Bartram Trail Section 1. The trail head is across the highway from the Osage Overlook and begins at a set of steps. For the first .8 mile the trail climbs up to an old logging road. Turn right and follow this rocky road .6 mile to the short spur trail on the left which goes to the top of Scaly Mountain, 4,804 feet. On top of Scaly mountain, there are three overlooks with views of the Tessentee Valley and surrounding mountains. The trail ends at the third overlook.
The Bartram-Overflow loop combines a 1.2 mile section of the Bartram Trail and two spur trails, Hurrah Ridge and West Fork. This trail starts from the Osage Overlook by going down to a ridge line where the trail intersects with the West Fork and Hurrah Ridge Trails. Go .4 mile past the West Fork Trail and turn left onto the Hurrah Ridge Trail, which was a road used by former residents of Blue Valley to drive livestock up for grazing on the "Flats." This is a steep trail which goes down to Overflow Creek. Cross the creek and go past the Forest Service gate and look for the West Fork Trail on the left. The trail goes up along the West Fork Creek and is rocky and wet in some places. At the intersection with the Bartram Trail, turn right and return to the Osage Overlook on the original trail. On the return, some hikers may want to try an alternative route which is marked with a double blaze. This trail is narrow and has not been maintained to standards of the main trail.
Directions: From Highlands, NC, From US 64 and SR 106 in Highlands, drive west 5.7 miles to the Osage Overlook. OR from the Scaly Mountain community, take SR 106 east for 1.5 miles to the Osage Overlook.
Elevation: 4,804 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Distance: 5.5 miles
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