|Trail Length: 4.0 miles||Type of trail: In and out|
|County: White County, GA, Union County, GA||Our rating:|
|Features: stream, historic, ATaccess||Your rating:|
|Usage: Light||Added on: May 18, 1995|
|Last hiked: June 10, 2014||Updated on: July 06, 2014|
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Hiking trails in White County, GA
Hiking trails in Union County, GA
Following a turnpike to the gap, the road parallels Town Creek for most of the journey. A historical marker, on the approach road to the trailhead, designates the tollkeeper's house.
Photo: Katherine Logan (c) 1993
Courtesy The Logan Letter
In 1997 About North Georgia editors voted Frank Logan as one of Influential people in the development of today's North Georgia.
Built in 1821, the road was used mostly to transport food to markets south of Tesnatee Gap, although it was part of a much longer road that ran from Athens, Tennessee. Although Union Turnpike, as it was known then, was shorter, most travelers took the Federal Highway for reasons of safety and time. The Blue Ridge Mountains slowed the journey, and Cherokee and white relations in the area were strained.
When automobiles became popular the road served them as well, although it was uncommon to see a car with less than 3 men in it, one to drive and two to push through the mud. Cars rarely made it over the top because the hill was so steep that the gravity fed fuel system would not function. To solve this problem, cars would be backed over the hill.
Logan Turnpike ends at the Tesnatee Gap parking area on the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway. At this point turn around and retrace your steps to the car.
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