Families of trekkers have been gracious to drive their would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to Georgia's Springer Mountain to give them a loving, supportive send-off. It can be a lonely ride back home without their company.
Cheer up! Here's a cool place you can visit before you hit the trail.
Mark of the Potter is truly down by the old mill stream on State Route 197, not terribly far from Clarkesville, GA. (No, you can't take the last train from Clarkesville to Mark of the Potter. Nice try.)
If you're saying to yourself, "There's no way I'm taking Myrtle there ... I'd be bored out of my gourd." Ha! There's even something for the most "Pottery? Really? A store filled with pottery?" kind of guy.
For many years, trout as big as your legs have been fed from the porch overlooking the waterfalls on the Soque River below. For a quarter you can feed them yourself, as I have been doing for 20 years with my daughters and granddaughter.
When you get tired from all that exercise, sit on the porch swing and watch the water flow by.
For those who are astute enough to appreciate the artistry and ingenuity of potters, you'll love the functional artwork on display and for sale. You might even find a real-live potter throwing pots! (Don't worry. You won't be injured. That's a real-live artist word for "making" pots.)
You won't find prettier roads anywhere than the many paths through the Northeast Georgia "Mountains" to the Mark of the Potter.
Be sure to bring some quarters for the kids to feed the trout and for a cold bottle of pop to sip in the cool breeze.
The former Grampa Watts' Mill is the perfect way to spend time when you're near the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Mark of the Potter might become a happy place for your family too.
Tags: Robert Sutherland Travel Writer
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