Rocktown Hikes
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Hike 1
March 13, 2011  (Me and Lizz)
Hike 3
Hike 2
Hike 4
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Rocktown – not a real town but instead, a magnificent display of sedimentary geological formations of sandstone
boulders created some 200-400 million years ago when this area of Northwest Georgia was once covered by an
ancient ocean and layers of sea bed and coastal deposits were then folded upwards when the
tectonic forces in play at the time created the Appalachian Mountains.
As the eons of time passed
and wind, rain, and running
water did their magic on the
landscape, a visitor to the
area now is rewarded with
house and building sized
boulders that tower above
them as they wander around
what looks like pathways
winding their way through an
ancient stone-fortified city.

Georgia is divided into four
distinct geological areas.

Starting at the coast, the
first section is the Coastal
Plain up to about Columbus
over to Augusta.

Then the Piedmont section is
from there up to Rome over
to Gainesville, followed then
by the Blue Ridge section of
mountains across the top of
Georgia and last but not
least, the Ridge and Valley
section of Northwest Georgia.
These series of flat valleys
and followed by flat topped
ridges (limestone and
sandstone covered that are
about 1000-1500 feet above
the valley floor) are part of
the Cumberland Plateau.

This plateau stretches from
mid-Alabama, across the
upper left corner of Georgia,
continues on up through
Tennessee and ends in
eastern Kentucky.  

Crossing this 50-100 mile
wide series of ridges and
valleys, one right after
another, presented a
tremendous obstacle to the
earlier settlers in our new
country as they tried to head
west with horse and wagons.

Except  in a few places where
there were natural gaps,
westward migration by
wheels came to a sudden halt.
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