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State Route 197 (SR 197) is a 29.0-mile-long (46.7 km) state highway. It passes through portions of Habersham and Rabun counties and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Scenic Georgia Highway 197 was used by moonshiners during Prohibition in the United States.[2]

State Route 197 marker

State Route 197
Route information
Maintained by GDOT
Length29.0 mi[1] (46.7 km)
Major junctions
South end US 23 / US 441 / SR 15 / SR 365 east of Demorest
  US 441 Bus. / SR 17 / SR 115 / SR 385 in Clarkesville
North end US 76 / SR 2 12 miles west of Clayton
CountiesHabersham, Rabun
Highway system
  • Georgia State Routes
SR 196SR 198

Route descriptionEdit

SR 197 begins east of Demorest, at an intersection with US 23/US 441/SR 15/SR 365 in Habersham County. It heads north and curves to the northwest until it enters Clarkesville. At East Louise Drive, it intersects US 441 Business, as well as SR 17 and SR 385. The three highways begin a concurrency into the northern part of town. One block later, they intersect SR 197 Connector (West Louise Drive). In the northern part of town, the three routes meet Monroe Avenue, where SR 17, as well as SR 115, departs to the southwest. SR 197/SR 385 continue to the northwest until they meet Grant Street, where SR 385, as well as SR 17 Alternate, departs to the northeast. Just after leaving town, SR 197 curves to the north, before curving back to the northwest and entering Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The route continues its northwestern orientation until just before it enters Batesville. In Batesville, SR 197 intersects SR 255. Just to the northeast, it reaches SR 356. Then, the highway begins its climb into higher mountains and enters Rabun County. Sites along the route include Moccasin Creek State Park, the Lake Burton Fish Hatchery, and Lake Burton. As the highway climbs to its northern terminus, an intersection with US 76/SR 2 in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest north of the park, the road becomes very twisty.[1]

SR 197 is not part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[3]

Major intersectionsEdit

Habersham0.00.0    US 23 / US 441 / SR 15Southern terminus
Clarkesville3.55.6    US 441 Bus. / SR 17 south / SR 385 south (East Louise Street)Southern end of SR 17 & SR 385 concurrencies
3.55.6  SR 197 Conn. south (West Louise Street)Northern terminus of SR 197 Connector
4.57.2   SR 17 north / SR 115 west (Monroe Avenue) – Helen, ClevelandNorthern end of SR 17 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 115
4.67.4   SR 17 Alt. east / SR 385 north (Grant Street)Western terminus of SR 17 Alternate; northern end of SR 385 concurrency
Soque River4.87.7Unnamed bridgeCrossing over the Soque River
Batesville16.726.9  SR 255 south – HelenNorthern terminus of SR 255
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest17.528.2  SR 365 west – RobertstownEastern terminus of SR 365
Rabun29.046.7   US 76 / SR 2 (Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway)Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routeEdit


State Route 197 Connector
Length0.058 mi[4] (0.093 km)

State Route 197 Connector (SR 197 Connector) exists entirely within the southern part of Clarkesville.

It begins at an intersection with US 441 Business/SR 385 (West Louise Drive). It heads north-northeast for about 300 feet (91 m) and meets its northern terminus, an intersection with SR 17/SR 197/SR 385 (Washington Street).[4]

SR 197 Connector is not part of the National Highway System, a system of roadways important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[3]

The entire route is in Clarkesville, Habersham County.

0.0000.000   US 441 Bus. / SR 385 (West Louise Drive) – Demorest, ToccoaSouthern terminus
0.0580.093    SR 17 / SR 197 / SR 385 (Washington Street) – Toccoa, Mount Airy, DemorestNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Google (June 19, 2013). "Route of SR 197" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Celebrating Ga.'s 'Thunder Road' past March 6 2009 by Staff Access NorthGA
  3. ^ a b "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. May 8, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Google (June 19, 2013). "Route of SR 197 Connector" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 19, 2013.

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