Did you know that Ellijay is the Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia and has over 50 trails and is still growing? Looks exciting and a huge adrenalin rush, but this woman is not quite ready to take this on.
However, for those of you who are, try out these 7 trails while traveling in our area.
Jackrabbit Mountain is located along the shores beside Lake Chatuge in Hayesville, NC near Hiawassee, GA. This is a purpose-built trail system which is very well designed and is laid out in a “Stacked Loop” formation. The trails are for beginners to intermediate and are fast – flowing and have lots of rolling dips that take you along the shores and hills of Lake Chatuge. All the trails are open to mountain biking and hiking.
Located in Dahlonega, GA, this trail is a three-mile intermediate trail. It is known for its’ great single-track. The trail features more than 400 feet of smooth and flowy elevation gain . Always changing, this trail is not a bore. There are climbs, descents, tight turns, switchbacks and lots of scenery.
Located in Ellijay, GA, this intermediate trail is a 10-mile single track loop, with a 4,700’ elevation gain. This loop is part of the Pinhoti trail and is primarily ridden downhill. There are a few creek crossings and the trail overall is fast and flowy. The highlight of this loop is the Gannet Poplar, a giant poplar with a girth as wide as 6 adult wingspans.
Another great trail in Dahlonega, GA, this trail has improved greatly over the years. Formerly washed out, it has recently been revamped and is now a favorite among bikers of all skill levels. This 7-mile single track network that gains 600’. While much of the trail is flowy, it is considered intermediate because it enters a deep creek crossing, Jones Creek, and the climb back out is famously steep.
Picture courtesy of: Blue Ridge Outdoors
PINHOTI TRAIL: ARMUCHEE TO SNAKE CREEK GAP
Known as one of Georgia’s’ epics, the Pinhoti Trail starts around Ellijay and finishes in Alabama. This trail is fast and flowy but the difficulty depends on which area you are riding. This particular area is classified as an intermediate ride. This single track gains 2800′ and is an out and back trail.
This is an extremely difficult trail and includes some bombing descents. This advanced trail includes 10 miles of out and back single track with 2100′ of gain. Make sure your lungs can handle the challenge as there are some tricky ascents that require some serious lung power and be prepared for some chunky downhills.
PINHOTI TRAIL: MOUNTAINTOWN CREEK
Mountaintown Creek, transformed from an old logging road, this advanced single track trail is 5 miles long with 3000′ gain. This trail features a lot of back country riding and know, you may get wet and end up with some bruises but it will all be worth it just to ride one of the best descents in North Georgia. This trail has several great views of waterfalls so don’t miss out along the way.
Since you will be riding in and around Ellijay, why not stay at one of our cabins.