“Climbing and descents, creek crossings, waterfalls, and historical sites - this trail has it all.”
— Keith Owen
There is no closure of this area, but the area is in the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area and is subject to the restricted hunting season for the area. Consult the hunting schedule at the Georgia DNR site here: georgiawildlife.com/sites/d…
Beginning at the end of Leatherwood Creek Trail #234B
, take a left turn onto the Pear Orchard Trail. The trail winds along for a short distance before crossing an old road bed. The trail now begins to descend a little faster with some twists and turns, then heads even steeper downhill.
After a hard right-hand bend, it continues downhill even steeper through a series of grade dips. Watch for a hard left at the bottom of the grade dips which deposits you in a flat creek bottom. Here you'll cross the Big Leatherwood Creek. The crossing on the trail may be a foot to two feet deep, but there is a shallow crossing downstream a few feet if you don't mind dismounting.
Across the creek just a few yards is an unmarked footpath to the left that takes you to the Roman's Den, a historical site dating back to the Civil War. Back on the bike, take a right up the hill paralleling a noisy branch. You'll climb for less than 1/4 mile then go down a short downhill to an opening with an open rock surface. Here are the Joanna Gibson House historical site and Mary Steele Waterfall. Stop and take a break and enjoy the day!
From the opening, you'll cross the small stream above the waterfall and begin to climb steeply for a couple hundred yards. The trail will then level out in a pine thicket, make a gradual downhill, then begin climbing again on an old roadbed for 200 yards. Once again, the trail will level out and continue to follow the old roadbed. Eventually, you'll pass the John Lathan home site on your left. Soon you'll ride over the top of a berm. This is the end of Pear Orchard Road as it intersects with the Latham Cemetery Trail #234D