Last week we tried to walk part of what is left of the Unicoi Road or Unicoi Turnpike in Stephens County and we got pretty far, but navigating the road today is much different than it was three years ago when we walked it with a group of friends and county leaders.
Then we hiked around a bend and we were done! The photo does not tell the actual story. The ruts in this part of the trail were about eight feet deep with spring fed mud holes at the bottom. It is so sad to see this area in such disrepair!
But on the way back, I wanted to record that there were short glimpses of the way the turnpike once looked. Truly, it’s history and it is a gift to Georgia and really to America. The road was one of the first native American footpaths, an Indian trade route and later a trade route for American settlers and a toll route for people traveling north. It is one of the early Cherokee roads through Georgia and was known as the “White Road” or Unicoi Trail.