Monday, December 11th, 2017

The Secret of Trail Trees in Big Canoe


Several examples of these very unusual trees, which are also know as bent trees, can be found throughout the Big Canoe community and other areas of North Georgia.  Their dramatic shapes start out with a vertical trunk that turns horizontally, at a fairly uniform height above the ground, with a prominent nose-like feature protruding horizontally where the trunk turns upward at almost a right angle toward the crown.

The tree pictured below is an example of a classic Trail Tree located in the Big Canoe community just off Wilderness Parkway near the North Entrance. Note its resemblance to a horse’s head.


Folklore has it that Trail Trees were tied down by Native Americans who inhabited this territory until around the mid 19th century. Supposedly, they bent oak saplings along trails to serve as route markers or directional signs to mark the way to important meeting places. 

If you would like to see more of these fascinating trees and perhaps be guided to low priced properties in peaceful and pristine Big Canoe or other North Georgia mountain communities, call us at (706) 268-6426, or e-mail us.


2 Responses to “The Secret of Trail Trees in Big Canoe”
  1. Alice says:

    Thanks – and WOW! Interesting stuff. Learn something new every day I guess.


  2. Dan says:

    Interesting topic Peter!

    The Trail Trees really are interesting features of North Georgia. There is a group here in North Georgia that has done some detailed research on the trees:

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