The maintenance and development of trails at Garland Mountain has been taken over by a new group, the Friends of Garland Mountain Trails
Garland Mountain Trail Development
The Garland Mountain Trail Project, 13 miles of public horse and hiker trails, is the first of its kind in Cherokee County. The Garland Mountain Green Space was purchased in late 2005 by Cherokee County through Green Space SPLOST Funds (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax–a one-cent sales tax which funds a diverse list community projects.)
To fund development of the trail system, Cherokee County allocated $50,000 from its general fund budget for the project and contributed some ‘in kind’ donations as well. The county also received a $75,000 grant from the Georgia DNR (Department of Natural Resources) Recreational Trails Program for the construction of the ADA compliant trail head, parking area, restrooms, signage and the purchase of trail building equipment. Currently money spent on the Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails comes out of the County’s operational budget through the Parks Division.
Since 2007 the Cherokee County Saddle Club has been lucky enough to be working under contract with Cherokee County to provide and coordinate volunteers to design, flag, construct, and maintain the trails at Garland Mountain.
400 acres adjacent to the Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails Park was donated to Cherokee County in 2013. The county anticipates that this will be a Garland Mountain Park expansion in the future.
Cherokee County Green Space property can only be used for passive recreation such as trails for hiking, horse back riding, biking, and picnicing. No motorized vehicles, or ball fields are allowed.Garland Mountain Horse and Hike Trails are special use trails for hiking and horseback riding only. Green Space property is investment in our preservation of nature because it can never be developed for commercial or residential use.
The following is a letter to Steve Ralston, Parks Superintendent of Cherokee County Steve, On November 13, the Board of Directors of the Cherokee County Saddle Club voted to terminate, effective January 1, 2015, the Partnership Agreement between The Cherokee County Saddle Club and Cherokee County Board of Commissioners to maintain and develop horse trails [...]
The workday for this month was canceled. This was due to the lack of commitment of volunteers and the fact that the county had not gotten to the machine work that was supposed to be completed on the Dapple Trail due to other projects and wet weather.
Again the Garland Mountain work crew endured some pretty warm temperatures but had a successful workday. The crew installed five new hitching post at the Sorrel Trail picnic area. This will help alleviate horse riders from tying up to trees. Horses will sometimes chew on the tree bark causing damage, and sometimes killing trees. The [...]
With the July heat, we worked hard, but we kept the physical labor down a little bit on this workday. The crew worked to spruce up the gazebo and parking lot area. A truckload of mulch was spread around the gazebo. We sprayed for weeds and did a lot of weedeating in the parking lot [...]
This months volunteers endured some hot and sticky weather to complete some much needed work on the trails. One team went out to complete hand work on the Dapple trail and caught up to where the county had left off with the machine work. Another team went out and removed fallen timber on the Palomino [...]
The Cherokee County Saddle Club will be holding its' monthly Garland Mountain Workday on Saturday June 21 starting at 9am
Had a great workday! Got as far as work had been done by the county on Dapple Trail, then split into two groups. Ellen's group did maintenance on the greenway down toward the creeks removing rocks and diverting water flow off the trail. The second group made 5 water diversions on chestnut then a little [...]
Details and pictures from the Mountain Goat Adventures Run at Garland Mountain.
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