Georgia State Route 197
|Maintained by GDOT|
|Length:||29.0 mi (46.7 km)|
|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|
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.
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.
|Habersham||0.0||0.0||US 23 / US 441 / SR 15||Southern terminus|
US 441 Bus. / SR 17 south / SR 385 south (East Louise Street)
|Southern end of SR 17 & SR 385 concurrencies|
|3.5||5.6||SR 197 Conn. south (West Louise Street)||Northern terminus of SR 197 Connector|
|4.5||7.2||SR 17 north / SR 115 west (Monroe Avenue) – Helen, Cleveland||Northern end of SR 17 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 115|
|4.6||7.4||SR 17 Alt. east / SR 385 north (Grant Street)||Western terminus of SR 17 Alternate; northern end of SR 385 concurrency|
|Soque River||4.8||7.7||Unnamed bridge||Crossing over the Soque River|
|Batesville||16.7||26.9||SR 255 south – Helen||Northern terminus of SR 255|
|Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest||17.5||28.2||SR 365 west – Robertstown||Eastern terminus of SR 365|
|Rabun||29.0||46.7||US 76 / SR 2 (Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway)||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
|Length:||0.058 mi (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).
US 441 Bus. / SR 385 (West Louise Drive) – Demorest, Toccoa
|0.058||0.093||SR 17 / SR 197 / SR 385 (Washington Street) – Toccoa, Mount Airy, Demorest||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Google Inc. "Route of SR 197". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=34.7408429,-83.6038193+to:GA-197+N&hl=en&ll=34.729198,-83.526306&spn=0.600437,0.883026&sll=34.872922,-83.565356&sspn=0.001171,0.001725&geocode=FWRmDwIdbf4F-w%3BFWoaEgIdlU4E-ynhDFoPKDVfiDEpWPoB-xf4aA%3BFfEeFAIdOOME-w&oq=Clay&dirflg=h&mra=dme&mrsp=2&sz=19&via=1&t=m&z=10. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Celebrating Ga.'s 'Thunder Road' past March 6 2009 by Staff Access NorthGA
- "National Highway System: Georgia" (PDF). United States Department of Transportation. May 8, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Google Inc. "Route of SR 197 Connector". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=W+Louise+Dr%2FU.S.+441+Historical+N&daddr=W+Louise+Dr%2FU.S.+441+Historical+N&hl=en&ll=34.60276,-83.519062&spn=0.001175,0.001725&sll=34.602835,-83.519051&sspn=0.001175,0.001725&geocode=FWL9DwIdzJgF-w%3BFaYAEAIdUZkF-w&oq=Dem&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=19&t=m&z=19. Retrieved June 19, 2013.