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New Scenic Highway to Ellijay, 1933

From The Atlanta Constitution
Aug. 13, 1933


Editor Constitution: I believe I have seen most of the beauty spots of Georgia, but I wish to call to the attention of your readers a trip made last Sunday over a highway not yet described by the Pathfinder traveler of your paper.

The trip was over the new state highway from Chatsworth to Ellijay. It is only 200 miles around this circle from the time you leave Five Points until the return and can easily be made in an afternoon. The road is not yet completed on the Gilmer county side, but hundreds of cars are already using it and anybody making the trip will find it well worth the time. The distance from Chatsworth to Ellijay is 23 miles.

"The glory that was Greece and the Grandeur that was Rome," has nothing on the Cohutta mountains as seen on this highway. Leaving the last residence at Chatsworth it is 15 miles to next residence in Gilmer county. Leaving the foothills at Chatsworth it is a constant ascent for the next ten miles. On the left is nothing but hills of earth, while on the right are valleys and mountains. After reaching the top of the mountain the scene changes and hills are on the right, with the hills and valleys on the left. It would not be an exaggeration to say there are 100 mountains and at each 50 feet the scene changes and you get 100 different pictures of each mountain. Among the highest peaks are Cow Pen, Fort and Ball. If you are subject to fainting spells better not make the trip. It is 23 miles between filling stations.

It is said this highway will be completed within 60 days, but it is usable now. I don't know who the engineers were who designed this masterpiece, but a monument in marble on the Cohutta's highest peak should be erected to their fortitude and courage and to the men who brought this road into being. Tell your readers by all means to see this wonderful Cohutta range, for there is nothing like it in the state of Georgia.

Yours very truly,
M. L. Chambers.

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