Taylor Ridge (Georgia)

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Taylor's Ridge
James H. Floyd State Park Taylor Ridge.JPG
Taylor Ridge viewed from James H. Floyd State Park
Highest point
Elevation1,665 ft (507 m)
Prominence585 ft (178 m)
Coordinates34°26′49″N 85°18′57″W / 34.44694°N 85.31583°W / 34.44694; -85.31583Coordinates: 34°26′49″N 85°18′57″W / 34.44694°N 85.31583°W / 34.44694; -85.31583
Geography
LocationSummerville, Georgia, U.S.
Parent rangeRidge and Valley

Taylor Ridge is the most northwestern ridge in the state of Georgia within the Ridge and Valley physiographic region and is approximately 40 miles (64 km) in length.[1] To the west the ridge is bordered by the Cumberland Plateau region and to the north Taylor Ridge becomes White Oak Mountain at Ringgold Gap although technically part of the same ridge.[2] The western foothills of Taylor Ridge are also the western border of the Chattahoochee National Forest.[3] Taylor Ridge is part of the Armuchee Ridges which also consist of Little Sand Mountain, Dicks Ridge, Johns Ridge, Horn Mountain and Rocky Face.[3] Taylor Ridge runs south to north through Chattooga, Walker, Whitfield, and Catoosa counties[4] along the towns of Summerville, Trion, Lafayette and Ringgold. The highpoint of the ridge is 1,665 feet (507 m) where the ridge buckles with Dicks Ridge. An area labeled high point is 1,432 feet (436 m) at the ridges southern terminus along GA highway 100.[5]

History[edit]

The ridge was named in honor of Richard Taylor, a Cherokee Indian chieftain.[6]

A Civil War skirmish occurred at Taylor Ridge on November 7, 1863.[7]

Hiking and Recreation[edit]

There are several hiking opportunities along the ridge mostly via access the Pinhoti Trail.[8] The Taylor Ridge Trail is a brief view of the ridge available off GA 136 directly west of Villanow, Ga.[9] The most historical view of the ridge may be within James H. Floyd State Park to the Marble Mine.

Geology[edit]

Marble Mine

The ridge and valley area is unique in the fact that either sides of the ridge vary greatly. On Taylor Ridge the western face is sandstone, while the east facing cliffs are hard chert, a noncrystalline quartz.[1] Because of this difference in soils types and sunlight either side of the ridge boast a diversity in flora and fauna as well. Other aragonites may be found along this portion.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sherpa Guides | Georgia | Mountains | the Armuchee Ridges".
  2. ^ http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Multimedia.jsp?id=m-9769[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "MyTopo Map Store: Waterproof Maps Shipped in 24 Hours".
  4. ^ http://www.digital-topo-maps.com/county-map/georgia-county-map.gif[bare URL image file]
  5. ^ "Mountains in USA".
  6. ^ "Catoosa County". Calhoun Times. September 1, 2004. p. 34. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  7. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 223. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  8. ^ "Pinhoti Moving & Storage | Atlanta & Nashville Local Movers w/ Affordable Prices".
  9. ^ http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/5673
  10. ^ "Taylor's Ridge, Summerville, Chattooga Co., Georgia, USA".

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