The 6 best mountain biking destinations in Georgia
In the world of mountain biking, the West Coast gets all the love. We’re not here to assert that, as the history of mountain biking has its roots firmly in Marin County, California, or Crested Butte, Colorado (depending on who you ask). We’re also not here to claim that some of the best trails in the country (if not the world) call out to places like Moab, Park City, and Sun Valley. Still, you shouldn’t be sleeping on the east coast, and you above all should not sleep on the best mountain biking destinations in Georgia.
In fact, when the folks at Cannondale Bikes gave us the opportunity to test drive their latest top-of-the-line trail bike, the Scalpel SE LTD Lefty, we couldn’t think of a better way to bring the new all-carbon machine to the market. ordeal than a proper visit to all of our favorite places in the State of Peach.
Whether you’re from Georgia and just starting your journey into the world of mountain biking, or you’re a seasoned vet looking for the best places to stop on a cross-country biking trip, the Mountain biking destinations below are not to be missed.
Pinhoti and Bear Creek Trail System
Georgia’s best mountain biker can be found in the Chattahoochee National Forest, a vast expanse of over 750,000 acres with some of the most epic views and challenging trails you’ll find anywhere on the coast. is.
The crown jewel of Chattahoochee is widely regarded as the Pinhoti and Bear Creek trail systems, which are typically combined into the infamous “Bearhoti” Loop, an approximately 18 mile ride through some of the most varied singletracks and trails. more entertaining on this side of the Mississippi. .
While in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the Mulberry Gap ATV Station. This family-friendly Georgia mountain biker’s mecca nestles right up against the Bearhoti Loop and also connects cyclists with over 150 miles of trails within an approximate 50-mile radius. Mulberry Gap also offers everything from trailhead shuttles (for people who prefer to keep their climbs to a minimum) to food, beer, and even accommodations for bikers who want a memorable weekend in Georgia. North.
There is something for bikers of all disciplines here, from gravel to gravity, and if your legs need a break, the nearby town of Ellijay has no shortage of things to do, from breweries to tree houses. rental of sweets.
Jake Mountain and Bull Mountain Trails
Home to Georgia’s only IMBA EPIC rated trail, the Jake Mountain and Bull Mountain trail systems are a must-see mountain biking destination for serious enthusiasts.
Our last climb to Jake Mountain included just about anything you can imagine, from big single track descents to technical climbs, a few stretches of gravel and even a few stream crossings that we had to do a little barefoot bike ride for. to cross.
While traffic is fairly light on these well-maintained trails, be aware that they are all two-way and multi-use, so you may run into a few bikers heading in the opposite direction or even a horse or two (we passed two of them) along the way.
We also love this Georgia ATV destination as there is plenty of parking on the Jake Mountain and Bull Mountain trails as well as plenty of opportunities for hiking or car camping within walking distance of one. either land. Go early, ride all day, stay the night, then start over.
One of the great things about mountain biking in Georgia is that you don’t have to drive far from the city to ride a bike if you don’t want to. Blanket’s Creek is one of our favorite examples.
Blankets Creek is pretty compact, with only about 15 miles of trails inside the park, but the variety of terrain packed into the small area is what makes Blankets truly awesome.
Inside you’ll find excellent flow trails, a unique downhill track with eminently tear-off berms, roller sections, and even a one-way gravity loop suitable for hot laps with an exciting jump line on it. along the Quehl Holler trail. It’s pretty much the perfect local trail system for people to take a ride or two during the week after work, but the quality of the trails themselves (which are meticulously maintained) make Blankets a great stopover for any ATV tour in Georgia.
Allatoona Creek Park
Located about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, Allatoona Creek Park is another little mountain biking oasis tucked away just off the beaten track in the town of Acworth.
We use the term ‘small’ objectively here, as Allatoona’s impressive 1,450-acre footprint is no slouch, especially since it’s perfectly wedged between a large suburban area and a public dog park.
Inside the park, you’ll find over 35 miles of excellent single-track trails, all of which are one-way but alternate every other day of the week to add variety to your runs. Similar to Blankets Creek, Allatoona gets high marks for its wide variety of terrain and difficulty levels, as well as for its incredibly well maintained trails.
Once a year, Allatoona hosts the popular ‘All-A-Toona’ race, which involves just about every aspect of the park, from extended XC sections to jump lines. You don’t have to wait for the race to experience it, and if you’re in the mood for a long day in the saddle, check out the 32 ‘All-A-Toona Loop. miles on your mountain bike trail. app of choice.
We also love that there is a small bike-park style section of the park that adrenaline junkies will certainly appreciate, which includes everything from large tables to a wooden swing in the skill area just outside the building. outside the parking lot.
5 point trail system
Located next to the popular Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia, the 5 Point Trail System is an approximately 20 mile network of fast, low-difficulty single-track trails with challenging and technical sections dotted around if you know where. to look for.
The Cloudland Canyon Connector section is arguably the most popular 5-point route, and the 3.4 mile stretch from the west to the Ascalon Road trailhead is an especially enjoyable route. Where you go from there is entirely up to you, but technically you can hike these trails all the way to Tennessee if you feel like it.
Again, this area is full of multi-use trails and you are sure to come across a few hikers during the busiest times. There are plenty of less traveled routes to explore, and there is no shortage of fantastic mountain views at the top of every climb.
Honestly, all the mountain biking scene in Georgia lacks is a real bike park, but it won’t be for long.
That’s because Jarrod’s Place, which is also just outside of Ellijay’s mountain biking mecca, is slated to open to the public in spring 2022. The park is still under construction but will include everything from fast-paced trails to lowering. races and jumps of dirt. Jarrod’s Place is also planning to provide proper shuttle service to trailheads, making it Georgia’s first bike-shuttle park when it opens. The park does, however, plan to be a members-only destination, so keep an eye on its progress via Facebook or Instagram for the opportunity to claim your spot.