Nottely Dam Trail

This trail is completely in the woods with parts meandering along the shoreline. The trail could be hiked or biked in a figure 8 instead of a standard loop. In the spring, keep an eye out for the illusive pink lady’s slipper – an orchid native to this area that requires acidic soil. Wild turkeys and white-tailed deer can also be seen slipping through the woods.

Amenities: Parking, hiking, biking

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Location

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Latitude: 34.954419 Longitude: -84.109169 Elevation: 1949 ft

Vertical Gain or Loss

moderate

Trail Distance

2.5 mile loop

Eco-Friendly Notes

TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices.

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA accessibility available

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

How to Get There

This trail is located on the Nottely Dam Reservation which is about 3.5 miles off of HWY 11 on State Route 325, about 9 miles north of Blairsville, GA.

https://www.google.com/maps?daddr=34.9544,-84.10867

Comments

Great trails, need more benches.

Henry, 10/15/2017

Hello, First, please let me say that Nottley Dam Reservoir Trail is a nice resource and I am thankful to have access to it and use it regularly. We are glad you enjoy the Nottley lake area. Thank you for sharing your concerns about the trail. We will send staff to the site to determine how best to address your concerns. Please feel free to call our public land information center 1-800-TVA-LAND for more information. Unfortunately the “Green” section of this trail has several spots that are holding a lot of standing water that neither drain nor evaporate and won’t until some remedy is taken. First, there are two places that need culverts where the path essentially dams an active creek bed. These result in constantly standing water several feet deep in the uphill side of these places and which overflow the trail during especially wet, rainy times. Second, there are several low, soggy, shady spots with constantly standing water as well as one very large such spot at least 20 feet wide and 50 feet long where hikers can either slog through mud up to their mid shins or traverse through the briars and mushy woods to get around it. Yeah, no biggie for me (until chigger season rolls around) but this detour is hazardous for our elderly or less healthful hikers. These low, soggy, shady spots are being aggravated by a pickup truck being driven on the trail thus creating deeper and deeper ruts, causing the holding of more and more standing water. As much of an unnecessary nuisance as this all is, please be aware that of greater and more immediate concern is that mosquito season is around the corner. If left unaddressed, these areas of standing water will become a big time mosquito breeding ground and a serious health hazard. Would it be possible to send in a crew to handle the following? Add two culverts beneath the path to allow the creeks to flow unimpeded into the lake (the locations are obvious) Fill in the tire ruts in the soggy areas Add drainage in the soggy areas Stop driving the maintenance truck on the Green trail Thank you for your attention in this matter. Sincerely, Bill Phillips Mr. Phillips: We are glad you enjoy the Nottley lake area. Thank you for sharing your concerns about the trail. We will send staff to the site to determine how best to address your concerns. Please feel free to call our public land information center 1-800-TVA-LAND for more information.

Bill Phillips, 4/20/2019

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