North Georgia is well know for road cycling, a very popular ride is the Fort Mountain Challenge that this map shows it starting at Cartecay Bike Shop but you may start anywhere along the route and just go. Cartecay Bike Shop also rents out bikes so if you start there then just drop off the bike when you are finished.
Distance : 62.5 miles
Terrain: Rolling mountains and ridges, one steep climb and descent on Fort Mountain; overall, a strenuous ride.
Traffic: Use caution when in any city limits and on all the highways, there are blind curves.
Miles & Directions:
0.0 Start at Cartecay Bike Shop or the public parking downtown. Go south on Old Highway 5. At the traffic roundabout take the fourth exit, staying on Old Highway 5.
1.1 At the traffic light cross Highway 282 near the Dairy Queen.
4.7 Turn right onto Highway 382. Green’s County Store is on the right corner.
14.9 Highway 382 ends; turn right onto Highway 136.
20.2 Turn right at the green sign for Lake Recreation Area. There may not be a street sign.
26.4Turn right onto US76.Highway 282 East; use caution this is a busy windy road.
26.9 Turn left onto Dennis Mill Road.
29.6 Turn right onto Old Federal Highway.
34.7 Turn right onto Highway 52 (old 76) back to Ellijay. There is a store here, start climbing.
41.8 Turn left into Fort Mountain Park, if interested.
42.2 Main climb, King of the Mountain, begins Fort Mountain.
The Red asterick is where we are located.
44.7 Downhill. 4 Miles – Use caution, watch your speed!
58.5 Arrive in Ellihay.
61.5 Turn right onto First Avenue.
62.5 Arrive at the Bike Shop
Our owner, Robert enjoys road cycling a few times a week, he does not do the full Fort Mountain Challenge but he goes from our office to the roundabout in Ellijay, but he does take back roads.
He starts out at The Overlook Inn
5.2 miles to Pleasant Hill Rd
2.1 miles to Mountaintown Rd
2.6 Miles to Craigtown Rd
4.1 Miles to Chatsworth Highway
3.0 To roundabout Downtown Ellijay
Robert always welcomes anyone that would like to join him on this beautiful ride. Just ask.
Here are a few pictures from his ride.
Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea on November 22, 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals followed by noon memorial service. Call for directions. Free. Donations appreciated. 478-986-5172.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
3.5 mi. south of junction Juliette-Round Oak Rd. & Jarrell Plantation Rd.
711 Jarrell Plantation Rd.
Juliette, GA 31046
Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 10 AM to 1 PM
The Civil War re-enactment will feature Period Sutlers villages, demonstrations, and camps. Skirmishes between the Union and confederate “armies” will re-create some of the war’s most interesting battles. The event will feature living history demonstrations and re-enactors from across the country.
The re-enactment will be at the Helen River Park on Edelweiss Strasse in Downtown Helen. For more information e-mail Al Platt at email@example.com.
- November 10: 10:00 AM
- November 11
Helen Riverside Park, Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545
Voices will echo once again in Oak Hill Cemetery as the Bartow History Museum and StageWorks, Inc. presents “An Evening at Oak Hill.” Become acquainted with some of Georgia’s most fascinating figures. This tour through one of Bartow County’s most important historic sites will give visitors the opportunity to learn about some of the area’s fascinating residents of days past. Costumed actors will portray various “residents” of the cemetery, highlighting the people and stories of the Civil War. Call for tickets. Meet Mj. General PMB Young, the youngest Major General in the CSA and Warren Aiken, the only Confederate to rise to a cabinet position during reconstruction
Antiques & Hand Made Items, entertainment and great food, musical entertainment, Singers, Dancers, Civil War Living History, and Marsh House Tours. Food cooked on site by Cow Camp Cook Frank Wood as seen on the Food Network!
Vendor booths open early – 9:00am
Marsh House and Heritage Day events – 11:00am – 3:00pm
308 N. Main Street, Lafayette, GA
Arts and crafts festival in the town that witnessed Andrews’ Raiders Civil War escapade. Today the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy arts & crafts booths, historical exhibits, musical concerts and entertainment, carnival rides and 40 food booths. Little Mr. & Miss Festival Pageant Friday at 6 p.m. Grand Parade Saturday 11 a.m. Miss Festival and Junior Miss Festival pageants held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Street dance on Friday & Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. Gospel singing on Sunday. Don’t miss the special festival activities inside the depot at the Age of Steam Rail Depot Museum open for tours on Friday and Saturday. Special heritage crafts demonstrations can also be seen at the Militia Courthouse. Take I-75 Exit 306, GA 140 west one mile, cross US 41 and turn left onto Main Street, one mile to Historic Public Square.
October 5 – 7
Historic Adairsville Public Square, 16 Public Square, Adairsville, GA 30103
Phone: (770) 773 – 3451
On the third weekend in September, the War Between The States Day in Chickamauga transports visitors back to 1863. Reenactors come from all over the country outfitted in authentic union and confederate uniforms and set up camp in front of the Gordon Lee Mansion. Visitors get a glimpse of what the area was like when the Civil War came to this part of the country. The Battle of Chickamauga got it’s name from the nearby Chickamauga Creek and was the last great Southern victory. Much of the battle took place a short distance to the North in an area that is now designated as the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park – the first and the largest in the country. Both armies suffered greatly. Casualty estimates were 18,000 Confederate and 16,000 Union soldiers. The War Between the States Day in Chickamauga commemorates the sacrifice that these soldiers made at that turbulent time in our country’s history.
Reenactors will be exhibiting living history activities throughout the day in front of the Gordon Lee Mansion and Crawfish springs areas including encampments, marching, cooking and cannon demonstrations. In addition to the all day living history events, sutlers and craft vendors are also there so that visitors can browse and maybe take home a piece of history. Other activities will also be taking place at nearby areas including the Lee and Gordon’s Mill and the Chickamauga Coke Ovens Park. Come visit the War Between The States Day on the third weekend in September and step back in time to a brief but monumental time in our country’s history.
September 15: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
217 COVE ROAD
CHICKAMAUGA, GA 30707
Phone – (706) 375-4728
Fax – (706) 375-9499