Mountain Stewards
PO Box 1525 ~ Jasper, GA 30143

Mountain Stewards

Don Wells

PHONE 706-692-1565

Create and preserve an interconnecting network of trails and ecosystem study areas for increasing awareness of the unique Southern Appalachian Mountain natural, cultural and historical environment and for providing outdoor recreational opportunities.


In the fall of 2003, the Mountain Stewards began to restore some of the traditional trails that meander throughout the Southern Appalachians. The origins of some of these mountain trails date to the time of the Cherokees. Others were built by the early pioneering families. Still other were constructed by logging companies and some were put in by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. All of these trails remain in existance. Indian Trail Trees dot the region, remnants of the Native American culture before the white settlers arrived in the nineteenth century. Settlers left their mark as well. Home sites can still be located and the debris from the stills of the moonshiners that once haunted these mountains still stand in some of the hollows. Aside from the occasional sign of our ancesters' presence, these trails weave through the natural wilderness of the oldest mountain range on the planet, unchanged since the dawn of time.


    The Burnt Mountain Preserve
    The Burnt Mountain Preserve Trail is located off of Rt. 136 heading east in Pickens County just before you get to the first overlook.

    The Burnt Mt. Preserve, a county-owned 800 acre Preserve, begins at the 2,500 foot elevation on the southern border along Rt 136 and extends southward toward Grandview Lake. The land drops off steeply to the south into Champion Creek valley in the bottom land of the Preserve. This area is part of the Long Swamp Creek watershed and is protected under a Conservation Easement to preserve the property from development and from impacts on county watersupply.

    Seasonal wildflowers can be seen along the trail. The trail is an interpretive trail with many tree species identified with signage for educational purposes. more

For other trails nearby Pickens County, visit

Learn about the Mountain Stewards, Mountain History, Mountain Scenes and the Indian Trail Project visit


Support the work and be part of the efforts of the Mountain Stewards in opening and maintaining trail systems, preserving the mountain environment and educating the public about the natural, cultural and historic resources in the Southern Applachian Mountain region.


Mountain Stewards
Note Cards

All photos taken
by Don Wells.

Part of the proceeds support the work of the Mountain Stewards, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Notecards are printed on 100# Photo White stock, size A6 (4 1/2" x 6 3/8") and come with a blank interior (optional personalization can be added).

Cards come in sets of 10 ($10.00) or 20 ($15.00).



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    In this issue: Trail Tree Database; Trees of interest; Indian Heritage Sites Mapping Program, Mystery of the Trees Presentations and Book Signings...

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  • Trail Tree Newsletter October 2016 (10/5/2016)
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  • Trail Tree Newsletter - April 2016 (4/25/2016)
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  • Mountain Stewards Operations Report 2015 (12/8/2015)
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