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Georgia Flood -- Trails Aftermath

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  • Georgia Flood -- Trails Aftermath

    Wellll, I won't be riding the Silver Comet Trail any time soon

    The section where a new bridge is being constructed from Hwy. 278 over the SCT to Winndale Road is nothing but a giant mud slide. Word has it that about 15 feet of mud covers that section of concrete/trail.

    A private pond overflowed into a nearby swamp and now both are one giant lake....over the path.

    The Sheriff's Dept keeps patrolling and taping off dangerous sections. Hopefully people will actually heed them and stay away

    Can't begin to imagine what Boundary Waters and McIntosh Reserve look like.

    Anyone know how the GIHP fared?
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

  • #2
    A friend talked to Mcintosh yesterday and they said it was the worse flood that they knew of there.
    I know a few years back it flooded and after the waters were down we went out and the water mark on the trees was way above our heads with us on the horses so if this is worse...WOW!

    They told her you couldn't reach the ranger station (I think they meant "ranger's home")

    Everybody remember when you do start riding the trails again it's going to take some of them a while to settle down, rocks will be loose and so on so be careful and be safe.
    You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.


    • #3
      I am think that the trails will be bad for a while. I am going to call about the Warm Springs ride and see how bad their trails are for next weekend. I hope McIntosh will be ridable in a week or so but will call first.

      Choco-You may want to do more research before you go to GHIP. I know it is a week away but so many rodes( I mean ROADS, you can see where my mind is since I have not ridden in a week!) are damaged that you want to make sure you can safely get there and ride.
      Last edited by spotnnotfarm; Sep. 23, 2009, 02:52 PM. Reason: dumb error!


      • Original Poster

        Yeah, I may do a shout out to the local folks who are in the GIHP neighborhood. Darn
        <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


        • #5
          The Pine Mountain area got nailed with rain too, not to flood stage but enough to make the trails mucky. Unless of course that particular farm has good drainage.

          There is a ride in Thomaston the first weekend in October. If you want to you can come in Friday and camp, or just come in Saturday AM and ride.

          I *think* the trails shuold be OK as we didn't get bucket loads of rain. I will be checking with the people that host the event next week.

          $20 per rider, located on about 12,000 privately owned acres. You have a view of the Pine Mountain range and ride next to the Flint River. At one point you can ride into the river with your horses.

          You couldn't pay me to go to anywhere but south of Atlanta for the next several weeks.

          The last time I rode at McIntosh the Chatahoochee was higher then I have ever seen it, but the water crossing were the lowest I have ever seen them. Weird!

          The Horse Park boarders the Yellow River, there has been flooding by it, in and around Rockdale County


          • #6
            pnalley what ride is it? Where in Thomaston?


            • #7
              It is a private farm, not open to the public. They have a ride 2x per year.

              It south of the square in Thomaston. Once I confirm that the ride is on I'll post directions. I can tell you it takes longer to go up the private drive then it does to get from the square in Thomaston to the driveway.

              It is a beautiful place.


              • #8
                Wonder how the trail along the Hooche at Boundary Waters looks?? Thank goodness I have plenty of dirt road to ride here at home.
                "We are all doing the best we can from our own level of consciousness.”
                ― Deepak Chopra


                • #9
                  I'd bet the majority of Boundary Waters is under water. The trails would have puddles about 6 inches deep after a non flooding rain.


                  • Original Poster

                    Originally posted by pnalley View Post
                    I'd bet the majority of Boundary Waters is under water. The trails would have puddles about 6 inches deep after a non flooding rain.
                    Yup. And I'll betcha ten bucks that every wooden bridge on the Red Trail, as well as the covered bridge, is gone.
                    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                    • #11
                      I did not think about the Bridges getting washed out. We had just gotten used to the covered bridge!

                      McIntosh is still having their fall festival this weekend. I may try to walk my dogs there in the next few days so I will report back what I find.


                      • #12
                        I didn't think about the bridges being wash away either. Darn. Those were nice bridges too.


                        • Original Poster

                          Yeah, they are BUT... perhaps when they're rebuilt (because let's face it, if the water can wash out/destroy bridges of asphalt, concrete & rebar, ain't no way wood is gonna survive), I P-R-A-Y that they add railings to at least the ones that go over the deep gullies. Granted, my mare did go over but not without the real hairy eyeball and a nervous me (since they were slippery).
                          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                          • #14
                            I know exactly which bridge you are talking about. When you approach it looks like it isway high, but as you get closer it is not too bad. Although one of my mares ran up that hill with me. So that is not my favorite area of the trail. She made her own trail


                            • #15
                              McIntosh is closed until the end of October. I will keep ya'll posted because I also enjoy walkingmy dogs there.


                              • #16
                                Any info on the trails at Dawson Forest or Jake mountain/bull mountain?
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                                • Original Poster

                                  Originally posted by bird4416 View Post
                                  Any info on the trails at Dawson Forest or Jake mountain/bull mountain?
                                  Haven't heard any news from out that way.

                                  I have an e-mail into the Director of Parks & Rec for Douglas County asking him to let me know what that park's status is so I can share with folks here.
                                  <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                                  • #18
                                    As of yesterday they are still planning on having the Thomaston Ride. $20 per person, ride out at 9. If you can get to the square in Thomaston, you just go south on 19 (about 30 minutes) look for the sign on the right. You will turn right onto their driveway and go about 20 minutes.

                                    If anyone is interested I'll get more info next week, I'll also check to be sure the trails are still in good shape.

                                    We are under flash flood watches again for the northern 1/3 of the state. This area is not in the flood watch, but that doesn't mean it will not unload buckets of rain on us.


                                    • #19
                                      I'll be thinking of y'all when I go ride locally--here we have sand and good drainage, even the swampy bits in the power line that I feared would have turned into horse swallowing bogs were very passable yesterday...and we had a foot of rain total over that 3 day storm period. Hopefully they will be able to rehab trails for you up north soon!


                                      • #20
                                        Sorry you guys have to deal with this, stay safe be careful.