Seeing history in it's natural state is always an amazing thing, so since we camped at Enota Family Retreat for Thanksgiving (blog post coming soon!) we took a short road trip to the Track Rock Gap Petroglyph site since this is a small site and wouldn't be worth the 2 hour drive alone. These drawings were believed to be created by the Cherokee Indians over a thousand years ago, and it's amazing that they are still mostly legible today.
Accessing the Petroglyphs
There is no entry or gate fee, but the parking area for accessing the trail to get to the petroglyphs is pretty small, and was maxed out at about 5 cars, so plan on flipping around or parking on the opposite side of the road if the lot is full. Once you park, you will go up the trail to the left of the US Forest Service marker.
Hike: yes, it is about a 10 minute hike up hill (if that long) but it is up hill before it flattens out for the last bit of trail before you reach the rock site. My toddler was able to do the hike herself with minimal complaining, but it was slippery with leaves for the descent and we had the occasional "ninja root" jump out and snag our feet. It may be intense on someone with bad knees but doable if you take your time.
Deciphering the Petroglyphs
The US Forest Service did a really good job at placing plaques at the site to help you see and understand what you were actually looking at. The carvings were really difficult to see when direct sunlight was hitting them, but I was able to see them much better in the pictures I took. On the official website, I read how people have vandalized the area or have taken some of the history, so that was a shame to see. You can definitely tell that these carvings are very old and being worn down by natural weather events (or idiots touching them), so there's no time like the present to get out and see them before you aren't able to decipher what the images are anymore.
We had ventured to this site and then down a different trail, but did not find any other areas to view more petroglyphs. After looking at the website, I saw pictures of other rocks (with some type of metal protective grate on them) so I wish I knew this before we left. I recommend you look online first to see all of the rock locations, as there wasn't any other obvious land markers, so you can make the most out of your visit.
Regardless of the short visit, it was really neat to take my girls to see a piece of history in our beautiful state of Georgia. Visit while you can!
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES VISITING TRACK ROCK GAP? I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!