Archive for the ‘Mountain Biking’ Category
Are you bringing your bike with you to see the sights in North Georgia? Our luxury cabins are just a few miles away from some of the best mountain biking trails in Georgia.
The Pinhoti Trail
The Pinhoti Trail is less than a mile from our cabins. This trail is part of the Eastern Continental Trail, which includes the famous Appalachian Trail. The Pinhoti’s southern terminus lies far south in Alabama, with 164 miles of trail running through Georgia. In total, the trail is over 250 miles long, and joins the Benton McKaye Trail just north of our cabins, and finally connects into the Appalachian Trail on nearby Springer Mountain.
The section of the Pinhoti Trail that runs through north Georgia is an excellent, scenic destination for both mountain biking and hiking.
Fort Mountain State Park
Fort Mountain State Park, just two miles from our rental cabins, is one of the best-kept parks in Georgia and offers miles of biking trails inside the park for the beginner, intermediate, or expert mountain biker. These trails have some of the best scenery of any mountain biking trails in North Georgia.
Some of the trails at Fort Mountain include:
Lake Trail Loop (beginner)
The Lake Trail is a beginner-rated trail that loops around the lake at Fort Mountain State Park. The Lake Loop makes for a relaxing ride along the lake banks, and is a great place to introduce beginners to trail riding.
Gold Mine Loop (intermediate)
The Gold Mine Loop takes you up and down some tough climbs and technical descents across 6.3 miles through what were once gold mining roads. A relatively long climb ends the loop leading back to the parking lot.
Cool Springs Loop (intermediate to advanced)
The Cool Springs Loop runs 7 miles through the park, with great views including some small streams and waterfalls. The trail offers technically challenging downhills, dropping about 800 feet over a mile, with a tough uphill climb back to the trailhead.
East-West Loop (advanced)
The East-West Loop, a 14 mile trail around the park, is the most challenging trail in Fort Mountain State Park and is only recommended for experienced mountain bikers. This trail is almost entirely singletrack, with steep downhill sections, hairpin turns, and long, challenging climbs.
Bear Creek Trail
Bear Creek Trail is a nearby 6.5 mile loop, and one of the most popular mountain biking trails in the area. It’s accessible from Gates Chapel Road, which is just 7 miles from our cabins. This is another great mountain biking trail through wooded trails and old logging roads. The trail is also home to the second largest tree in North Georgia, the Gannett Poplar, named after the family that originally owned the land. The chance to see the tree is reason enough to ride this trail.
The Pinhoti Trail connects into the Bear Creek Trail, making it possible to see both on the same route.