Hike 0.4 miles on the easy Warwoman Dell Nature Trail in Rabun County, Georgia, to see a small waterfall and spring wildflowers.
By TIM HOMAN
This footpath, which was once an excellent interpretive trail, has fallen on hard times. There is no longer a pamphlet in print, and the numbered posts are gone or are rotting away. The Forest Service is hopeful that they can refurbish the trail in the future.
The trail enters the forest over a wooden walkway beside Warwoman Creek. After it crosses a bridge, its loop begins and ends immediately before the picnic tables. The direction of travel is no longer important. The loop passes beside a small waterfall at its midpoint, then curls back toward its beginning.
From late March through April, the moist area between the pavilion and the waterfall has a good wildflower display. Bloodroots and violets bloom in late March. A month later, in late April, Vasey’s trillium, with their large leaves and carmine-colored flowers, bloom along the path.
In addition to having a trail of its own, Warwoman Dell Picnic Area serves as an easily accessible starting and ending point for those walking either of Georgia’s two long segments of the Bartram Trail, which crosses Warwoman Road and passes through the picnic area at a point nearly midway along its 37-mile length.
Throughout: Good spring wildflower display. Mile 0.2: Small waterfall at the halfway point.
In Clayton, where US 76 turns west, turn east onto Rickman Street (locally known as Warwoman Road). If you are traveling north on US 441, the turn will be to your right near the Hardee’s, which is the second building to the right on Rickman Street. Continue a short distance on Rickman Street, then turn right onto Warwoman Road at its sign.
After traveling approximately 3.0 miles on Warwoman Road from the turn off US 441, turn right into the sign-posted recreation area and continue 0.3 mile. The gravel road ends at the picnic pavilion parking lot, where a carsonite sign marks the trailhead.
This hiking guide to the Warwoman Dell Nature Trail is adapted from The Hiking Trails of North Georgia by Tim Homan and is published in cooperation with the publisher Peachtree Publishers. With his meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, Homan has long been recognized as the authority on North Georgia hiking trail by serious hikers. His other books include Hiking Trails of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Creek Wilderness, Hiking the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness and others. For a complete inventory of his books see his Amazon Author Page.
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