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    According to my A.T guide, situated between Tray Mountain and Indian Grave Gap in Georgia, there is a a small blue blazed trail that leads to the former site of a cheese factory? Has anyone seen this and is it worth the side trip to go there?

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    The key word here is "site" of the old Cheese Factory. It is nothing more now than a clearing suitable for a delightful lunch break or good campsite (flat and shady). When I first saw it years ago I was so disappointed. . . I'd hiked for miles looking forward to seeing stone ruins of a building, maybe old equipment, a sign. . . but I do remember fondly removing my boots for two hours and having a great lunch, cool drink, and good conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra Echo View Post
    According to my A.T guide, situated between Tray Mountain and Indian Grave Gap in Georgia, there is a a small blue blazed trail that leads to the former site of a cheese factory? Has anyone seen this and is it worth the side trip to go there?
    The AT goes directly through the site. The blue blaze leads to a spring @ 70 yards to the left.

    Good place to camp. The spring is quite often dry in Summer.
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    Camped there on my Georgia section hike in March '04. Nice place to camp as long as the spring is flowing.

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    Some scouts were cooking cheeseburgers there once when I passed through.
    The spirit of cheese lives.

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    Great place to camp! If you go through the patches of Rhodeddendron (don't know how to spell that), there are a few smaller spots that are simply beautiful.

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    But I wanted a building to run screaming around in like a 5 yr old! How disappointing! *sniff*

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    camped at the cheese factory 3 times in my life, great tenting & good water
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra Echo View Post
    But I wanted a building to run screaming around in like a 5 yr old! How disappointing! *sniff*
    That pretty much describes how thru-hikers behave in shelters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra Echo View Post
    According to my A.T guide.....
    See what you're missing...
    Cheese Factory Site—In the mid-1800s, an eccentric New Englander established a dairy
    near Tray Mountain, about 15 miles from the nearest farmhouse. Other Georgians,
    who received parcels in the mountains after a government survey of former Indian
    lands in the 1830s, opted to sell their land to speculators rather than attempt to tame
    the untamable. For several years, the man ran his dairy successfully and reportedly
    produced a superior cheese that won several awards at state agricultural fairs. Little
    evidence of the dairy remains today, although the spot is a designated campsite with
    a spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sly View Post
    See what you're missing...
    Thanks for the background info Sly!! I wonder why the dairy was closed if the cheese was that good. Or they just renamed the cheese "kraft singles" and made it somewhere else! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra Echo View Post
    Thanks for the background info Sly!! I wonder why the dairy was closed if the cheese was that good. Or they just renamed the cheese "kraft singles" and made it somewhere else! LOL
    You can get all that background info in the Companion.

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    Right?....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidsteer View Post
    You can get all that background info in the Companion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sly View Post
    Heh, heh... speaking of bennies, your check is in the mail.
    Woot! ....
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    Skids - How easy is it to just walk by the Cheese Factory and miss it? I've only done that section once and wanted to at least stop there for awhile. Once I thought about it I realized I had passed it already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinMusic View Post
    Skids - How easy is it to just walk by the Cheese Factory and miss it? I've only done that section once and wanted to at least stop there for awhile. Once I thought about it I realized I had passed it already.
    Pretty easy if you're in the zone and bebopping along. It's a grassy area maybe 100' x 150' with trees dotted around.

    One of those places that you would say, "Oh, what a nice place to camp" but continue on unless you were ready to stop for a break or at the end of the day.

    I've camped there several times by myself and had a wonderful time. There is a decent Winter season view about 200 yards South with a nice little campsite as well. Saw a bear at that one once.

    Most hikers plow through there hellbent on Tray Mtn shelter about a mile and a half North.
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    not a side trip, A.T. rolls straight thru. just a big grassy area a few trees, nearby road & water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra Echo View Post
    But I wanted a building to run screaming around in like a 5 yr old! How disappointing! *sniff*
    I was disappointed too!
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