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NE Georgia Biking
Tiger Creek Falls Inn not only gives you a chance
to relax but exploring the area by bicycle gives you the opportunity to take in
all of the surrounding beauty in this area. When bicycling please remember the
following tips and rules:
Always wear a helmet when biking
Dress for the weather conditions
Carry enough drink for the trip
Wear highly visible clothing during hunting season
Ride on open trails only
Leave no trace
Always yield to other trail users
Always maintain control of your bike
Never spook animals
Plan ahead; be prepared
The following is a list of many trails located within a reasonable distance
from Tiger Creek Falls Inn:
State Park (Dawsonville)
miles of singletrack that loops. Good for intermediate level.
Extremely easy to get lost so get a map. Directions: Turn
right out of driveway onto Hwy 441 S (13.8 miles). Turn right
towards GA-385 (0.1 miles). Turn left onto GA-385 (5.2 miles).
GA-385 becomes GA-197 (0.1 miles). Turn left onto N Washington
St/GA-197 (0.1 miles). Turn right onto Monroe St./GA-115 (27.5
miles). Turn left onto Long Branch Rd/GA-115 (4.7 miles). LONG
BRANCH RD / GA-115 becomes US-19 S / GA-400 S (5.8 miles). Turn
RIGHT onto GA-136 / GOLD CREEK HWY / AURARIA RD. Continue to follow
GA-136 (17.3 miles). Stay STRAIGHT to go onto GA-183 / ELLIOTT
FAMILY PKWY (1.1 miles). Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto GA-52 (1.5 miles).
Turn LEFT onto HIGH SHOALS RD (0.1 miles). Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto
SERVICE RD (.4 miles) Contact: 240 Amicalola Falls State Park
Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534 - (706) 265-4703
Bull Mountain Multi-User Trail (Dahlonega)
Suitable for hiking, bicycles and horses
Description: This trail features a 4-mile single-track experience
with 11 additional miles of lightly traveled dirt and gravel Forest
Service roads to complete the loop. Elevations range from 1700 to
2500 feet. The single-track trail is shared by mountain bicycles
Contact: Toccoa Ranger District, Blue Ridge, GA - 706-632-3031
Directions: Take GA 52 west from Dahlonega for 8.5 miles to Grizzle
store. Turn right onto Nimblewill Road and continue for 2 miles.
Turn right onto Forest Service Road 28-I and follow signs for the
Bull Mountain parking area on Forest Service Road 83.
Chicopee Woods Trail System (Gainesville)
Suitable for mountain bicycles.
Description: 10 miles of 80% singletrack and 20% doubletrack
trails. A well maintained (by SORBA) example of what makes mountain
biking so much fun. Lots of great twisty rolling wooded single track
with a few water crossings and some easy riding sections. A great
workout at the center on Zig Zag trail or a more easy Outer Loop.
Contact: (770) 297-8319 - Call first for times, fees and directions
Directions: Go South on 441. Hwy 441 becomes 985. Take 985 to exit
4. Turn right and follow signs to Elachee
Tallulah Gorge State Park (Tallulah Falls)
Description: 11 miles of out and back forest roads. The trail is a
multi-use hiking and mountain biking trail. Great scenery in the
Directions: Start from the Interpretive Center at Tallulah Gorge
State Park which is turning right at end of driveway to Tallulah
Contact: (706) 754-7970
Unicoi State Park (Helen)
Description: 6 miles of singletrack loop trails. Fast and neat
trail with some swithcbacks and berms. Some tough climbs and nice
scenery. Easy access and not too crowded!
Directions: Go to end of driveway and turn right at end of driveway
and take Hwy 441 S. to Unicoi State Park exit (approx. 27 miles). Enter state park and go to the
front desk at the lodge and pay fee.
Contact: (706) 878-3982
White Twister (Clayton)
Description: 4 miles of singletrack loop trails. From the main
parking lot, backup 100 yards on the road you came in on. Loop
starts on the lower side of the road. Follow the trail and you will
cross ridges and realize the trail name is appropriate. Just before
the exit to the pay station, you will have some aggressive climbs.
From the top of the ridge you now go from the highest point on the
trail to the lowest. Cross the bridge, go through the ferns, along
root ridge and down to the old railroad bed. The last section
travels an old railroad bed along Stonewall Creek. When the trail
intersect with US Forest Service Road 20, turn right and return to
the parking lot.
Directions: This trail is located in the Stonewall Falls Loop area.
From Clayton, travel South on Hwy 441/23/15 for 2.5 miles and turn
right on the Tiger Connector. Continue 1 mile and turn left at the
4-way stop. Go South on Hwy Old 441 for 2-1/2 miles and turn right
onto US Forest Service Road 20. The parking lot is 1.25 miles on US
Forest Service Road 20.
AG Center Trail System (Gainesville)
This trail is a race course rollercoaster. About 8 miles of fast,
exciting singletrack. This trail demands your attention at all
times. There are numerous log piles and mini ledges waiting to throw
you. Enjoy the rock pile and big jump. Despite the obstacles, this
trail has great flow. You can get into a great groove. There's one
very challenging climb and at least two others that will get your
attention. This trail was built by SORBA and they've done an
incredible job. It is 8 miles of Singletrack and an advanced skill
level is recommended. Take Hwy 441 S. turning right out of
driveway. Hwy 441 S. becomes I-985. Take right to exit 20, turn left onto
Hwy 60. Turn right at first light onto Calvary Church Rd. Go approx.
2 - 3 miles, past the Agriculture Center on your left, and look for
a large grass parking lot on the left with white fencing.
Bull Mountain Trail (Dahlonega)
This is an 11-mile Singletrack & fire road Trail for Intermediate
skill level. This is a 1.8 miles to the trailhead. There is a three
mile climb at the start (all Singletrack). Many small streams
crossings, technical downhills, rocky climbs. To make a longer loop,
take Bare Hare Trail (will join back with bull mountain trail). From
Dahlonega, take GA52 West. Turn right on Nimblewill Church Rd.
Proceed three to four miles. Next, turn right on FS 28 (gravel road)
continue on this for .4 miles. Make your first left on FS 83. For
more info, contact Toccoa Ranger District at (706) 745-6928
Chicopee Woods Trail System (Gainesville)
This 19-mile trail is an excellent singletrack with some technical
sections and some fast sections, but it is not very well marked
though. Intermediate skill level recommended. Take 441 S. turning
right out of driveway. Hwy 441 S. becomes I-985. Take I-985 to
exit 4 , go right, and follow signs to Elachee Nature Center, you will
see signs for parking area, you drive past a few golf course holes.
Closed when raining.
Davenport Mountain (Blairsville)
This trail loops around Davenport Mountain with some moderate
grades, and offers views of Nottely Lake. This trail is recommended
for riders accustomed to riding on flat to rolling terrain, young,
or inexperienced riders. Cross country riding is not allowed and
riders must stay on the trail. This five miles trail is suitable for
ATV's and motorcycles and mountain bicycles. Turn left out of
driveway onto Hwy 441 and go North. At 3rd traffic light turn left.
At next light go straight. This is 76W. Beginning at the
traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 76/APD Hwy 515 and U.S.
19/129, go west on U.S. 76/APD Hwy 515 for 7.0 miles. Turn right
onto GA 325 and go 2.3 miles to the STOP sign. Turn left, still on
GA 325, and go 2.5 miles until you see a Christmas tree farm on the
right. Go another 0.3 miles and turn right onto Davenport Mountain
Road. At the foot of the hill, turn right onto Forest Service Road
#143. Follow the gravel road 1.1 miles to the parking lot on your
right. The ATV trail begins at the back end of the parking lot.
Dawson Forest (Dawsonville)
There are three separate trails on the property. Two are around 7
miles long and one (the blue trail- my favorite) is around 13 miles.
These trails are well marked, and will provide a good Aerobic
workout. Trails are shared by horses, but are good shape. Does get
muddy after rains. $5 daily use fee or $50 annual pass. Please
respect the rights of other users, Horses can become spooked, but
talking to them as you approach helps. There are 27 miles of trails
which are Singletrack and Fire Roads. Advanced skill level
recommended. Take Ga 400 north out of Atlanta.. Just above Cumming
Ga the road will no longer be limited access, but start having
intersections and a few red lights. Continue North on 400 6.4 miles
past the 1st red light. Make a left on Dawson Forest Road.( just
before you get to North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall) Continue on
Dawson Forest Road 5.5 Miles. You will Pass a gate and the parking
is 100 yards on the right.
Gainesville College Trails (Oakwood)
The Gainesville College trail is a Singletrack loop. It is a fun,
little trail (about 3.5 miles in and out of the woods) with lots of
twists and turns. The best way to take this trail, and the more
challenging way, is to start at the bottom by the pond. If you start
this way, then most of the trail is uphill (if you can call it
that). A great place to introduce someone to MTB. The trail can be
muddy at times. It is a Singletrack and is great for beginners.
Turn right out of driveway onto Hwy 441S. Hwy 441 S becomes I-985. Travel
south on I-985 until you get to exit 16 which is Oakwood. Get
off on that exit and then take a right. At the third light you will
see Gainesville College on the right. I recommend entering the
college at the first right after the light. Take a right into the
college here and drive past the tennis courts and the first building
on the left. After the building on the left, take a left into the
parking lot. This is where you park, and the trails are towards the
woods and building at the end of the driveway.
GMA Trails (Cumming)
From Atlanta, take GA 400 (US 19) north towards Cumming. Take exit
9, GA 141, to the right. Shortly after exiting right, take the first
left just before the Waffle House. Continue on this road until it
intersects another road at a "T" intersection. Turn right. Continue
on this road for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Trammell.
Continue on Trammell until it becomes a dirt road. GMA entrance on
Hickory Nut Trail (Helen)
This trail is 19. miles long with 2500 feet of climbing. Trail type
is Singletrack and Fire Roads. Advance skill level recommended.
From Bridge in downtown Helen, go west on GA 75 for 1.1 miles, then
turn right on GA 356. Go .1 mile and turn left. Park at bike shop.
Hickory Nut Trail Loop (Helen)
This is a 7+ mile loop, most formerly jeep trail, which has grown
back almost to Singletrack status, bridged creek crossings (no wet
feet). It is Singletrack and Fire Roads and Intermediate skill level
is recommended. Take Chattahoochie st. NE from downtown, look for
signboard on left less than 1/4 mile from downtown. Follow red
blazes on trees.
Jake Mountain (Dahlonega)
This trail is 7.6 miles in length and is a loop with extension. It
is a combination of Singletrack and Fire Roads. Intermediate skill
level recommended. Take highway 400 to Highway 60 north to
Dahlonega. At KFC, turn left onto 52 W. Follow 52 west to Nimblewill. Turn right onto Nimblewill Road 1.8 miles. Jake
Mountain Parking is on the right.
Jones Creek Ridge Trail (Dahlonega)
This trail features a moderate 5.9 mile single-track experience
connecting the Bull Mountain Trail system with the Turner Creek
Trail system with a beautiful view of the Soil Conservation Service
flood control dam and its immediate environs. Elevations range from
1600 feet at the dam to 2320 feet at the ridge top. This trail is
shared by bicyclists, equestrians, hunters and hikers. USGS map
Nimblewill Quad. From the parking area on FS 82, continue north on
FS 83 to where the trail turns right at the trail marker sign
directly across from the entry onto the Bull Mountain Trail. Ahead
is a gated road going east. Follow this level road to the Soil
Conservation Dam. Cross dam and begin ascent to the ridge above
Jones Creek. Follow trail past several wildlife food plots and along
the wooded ridge. After the last food plot, descend along graded
trail to FS Road 77A where it intersects FS Road 77. Cross FS Road
77 and go about 50 feet north and turn right onto Turner Creek
Connector. USE EXTREME CAUTION AT THIS CROSSING! Follow connector
south and east to Turner Creek Trial in about ľ mile. For more info,
contact Toccoa Ranger District at (706) 745-6928
Lady Slipper Look at Lake Russell (Cornelia)
This trail is a seven mile loop of Singletrack and Fire Roads.
Intermediate skill level recommended. Mostly Singletrack with a one
steep climb and a couple of fast descents. Trail needs some work to
improve drainage; ruts in trail at some points, but downhills are
pretty safe, with one tricky "butt on wheel" section. It is located
within the Lake Russell Recreation Complex on the Chattahoochee
Natl. Forest. Near mile marker 48, take exit for GA 197. At the end
of the exit turn right. Go past Habersham Central High School,
through 4 way stop, then another 2 miles to stop sign. BP
convenience store will be on your left. Turn right and go approx 3/4
mile. Just past the railroad bridge, turn left into Lake Russell
recreation area. Go 2 miles to bottom of hill, take first left, pay
fee, and park. To trailhead, take gated road around left side of
Nancytown Lake. Take first right and go to end of parking area.
Trailhead is here. . For more info, contact the Chattooga Ranger
Lake Russell WMA (Cornelia)
This is one of the states largest Wildlife Management Areas. Do not
confuse this WMA with Lake Russell, the reservoir of the same name
on the Savannah River. This maze of gravel roads, logging roads,
and Singletrack (mostly horse) trails are enough to keep a mountain
biker happy for days. While not having the dramatic elevation
changes of the mountains further north, the undulating terrain is
still quite rugged and challenging. Anyone not familiar with this
area is advised to have a good map and navigation skills, as all
roads and trails are not marked, nor are they on most available
maps! Some parts of this area have been extensively logged, so many
new roads have been cut recently, while others that were once open
to traffic, are now gated.
Be aware that this area is quite popular for equestrians, so
remember to be courteous. And, as with all state WMA's, avoid this
area during managed deer hunts! Directions: Turn Right
out of driveway onto Hwy 441 S. Turn right onto GA-197. Turn left
onto US-123 toward Mt. Airy, and look for the signs for
Lake Russell Recreation Area and turn left.
Most trails and roads are easily accessible from the parking area
located at the dam on Nancytown Lake. There is now a $3 parking fee
for vehicles in the main recreation area.
Moates Knob ATV Trail:
Directions: To north
parking lot: From Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles.
Turn left on Charlie Mountain Road and proceed until it dead ends.
Turn right on Bridge Creek Road and go 2 miles, where the road dead
ends at Lake Burton Dam Road. Turn right and drive 1.6 miles to the
entrance road on the left. To south parking lot: From
Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn left on Charlie
Mountain Road and proceed until it dead ends. Turn right on Bridge
Creek Road and go 2 miles, where it dead ends at Lake Burton Dam
Road. Turn left and drive 4.4 miles to Flat Creek Road. Turn right,
below Seed Lake Dam, and go 2.1 miles until the pavement ends.
Continue on the gravel road for 0.8 mile to the entrance road on the
Oakey Mountain Trail:
To north parking lot:
From Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn
left on Charlie Mountain Road and proceed until it
dead ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Road and go 2
miles, where the road dead ends at Lake Burton Dam
Road. Turn right and drive 1.6 miles to the entrance
road on the left.
To south parking lot: From
Clayton, go west on U.S. 76 for 6.8 miles. Turn left
on Charlie Mountain Road and proceed until it dead
ends. Turn right on Bridge Creek Road and go 2
miles, where it dead ends at Lake Burton Dam Road.
Turn left and drive 4.4 miles to Flat Creek Road.
Turn right, below Seed Lake Dam, and go 2.1 miles
until the pavement ends. Continue on the gravel road
for 0.8 mile to the entrance road on the right.
Popcorn Creek Trail:
Located 11.0 miles west of Clayton at the intersection of US 76 and
Sandy Ford Trail (Clayton)
This trail is 7.75 miles and rated as strenuous. Drive 6.0 miles
east of Clayton on War Woman Road and turn right onto Sandy Ford
Road. Park near the creek 2.25 miles away.
Stonewall Falls Loop (Tiger)
This trail is an 8-mile loop, rated moderately difficult and take an
average of two and half hours to complete. The elevation change
varies from 1,875 feet to 2,380 feet. Start from the parkinglot and
ascend forest service road for approximately two and one-half mile
to the lookout point on Saga Mountain. From here the trail begins to
narrow and ascends and descends around Crunkleton Ridge. From
Crunkleton Ridge the trails start and descends.
Bikers may choose difficulty paths Singletrack. At approximately
mile 5, the trail descends ? the Stonewall creek. Upon nearing the
creek, continue easy biking for the next two and one-half miles
while crossing the creek four times to the Stonewall Creek
Waterfalls. From the waterfalls, turn left onto the old ? road and
continue the loop for another one-quarters mile back to the parking
area. For more info, contact the Tallulah Ranger District
Stoneplace Trail (Tallulah Falls)
This trail is 10 miles in length and is for intermediate skill level
riders. The trail is all fire road from the top of Tallulah Gorge
to Lake Tugalo. The trail is 90% downhill on the way in; so you you
do the math on the way out! At Tallulah Gorge State Park, go to the
Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center and get a permit for the ride
(itís free). They will show you to the trailhead from here.
Turner Creek Trail (Dahlonega)
This trail features a moderate 1.7 mile single-track experience with
approximately 6 miles of lightly traveled dirt and gravel forest
roads to complete the loop. Elevations range from 1650 feet at FS
29-1 to 1800 feet at the north end of Turner Creek Trail (FS 280A).
The Singletrack trail is shared by mountain bikers and horses. The
remaining 6 miles is subject to motor vehicle traffic. For more
info, contact Toccoa Ranger District at 706-745-6928.
Upper Chattahoochee Loop (Helen)
This trail offers over 20 miles of Mountain Bike, hiker, and horse
trails. This area is just north of Helen on the Chattahoochee Natl.
Forest. For more info, contact the Chattooga Ranger District
White Twister Loop (Tiger)
This four mile Singletrack trail is located in the Stonewall Falls
Loop area. From Clayton, travel South on Hwy 441/23/15 for 2.5 miles
and turn right on the Tiger Connector. Continue 1 mile and turn left
at the 4-way stop. Go South on Hwy Old 441 for 2-1/2 miles and turn
right onto USFS Road #20. The parking lot is 1.25 miles on USFS Road
#20. From the main parking lot, backup 100 yards on the road you
came in on. The White Twister loop starts on the lower side of the
road. Follow the trail and you will cross ridges and realize the
trail name is appropriate. Just before the exit to the pay station,
you will have some aggressive climbs. From the top of the ridge you
now go from the highest point on the trail to the lowest. Cross the
bridge, go through the ferns, along root ridge and down to the old
railroad bed. The last section travels an old railroad bed along
Stonewall Creek. When the trail intersect with USFS Road #20, turn
right and return to the parking lot. For more info, contact the
Tallulah Ranger District 706-782-3320.
For more information including hiking maps, extensive file of
individual trails contact Rabun County Welcome Center at (706)
782-5113 or visit them on the web at