Bear Creek - Trail, Ellijay, Georgia

Bear Creek - Trail, Ellijay, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

Fire roads, Spectacular Views, stream crossings, technical singletrack, Gennett Poplar (400 year old tree...very big)

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 11, 2010]
gsnyderxc
Downhiller

Me and my friends decided to shuttle this trail since the uphill is pretty grueling. Ever since then it has been my favorite trail in North Georgia. Very beginning is slightly technical, then opens to fire road for a bit, and then the fast downhill. Rocks and ledges to jump are everywhere downhill.

Customer Service

Drive to the very top and on right is a parking lot, and at the very bottom of the trail is a parking lot. Bring two cars if you don't want to do the uphill.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 19, 2009]
Kona Green
Cross Country Rider

Its all been said. This is my my favorite ride in North Georgia so far. A long climb, though not terribly technical, then you turn around and bomb it back down. Beautiful views from the top.

I'm mainly writing this to help people find this trail. If you enter the following address in Google Maps it will get you there. 4000 Gates Chapel Rd, Ellijay, GA 30540

Customer Service

Ask any other bikers you see on the trails where to go. I haven't seen a map of this place that is worth a darn.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 11, 2008]
willevans
Racer

This is a unique monster. 14 miles, 7 up and 7 down. The best stream crossing I've ever done. You can literally ride for an hour without touching your brakes even once! It took me and my ride buddy 55 minutes to get to the top and we aren't hill slugs. A great trail for testing your fitness.

The downhill was straight from a ride video. Jumps and whoops you didn't see on the way up become spring boards on the way down. 55 minutes up, 18 minutes down. What a place of contrast! Next time I'm camping out here and doing all the trails in the area.

Customer Service

Park on the road like everyone else and just head straight up.

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No clue. Please, feel free to tell me about others in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 18, 2007]
asa
Cross Country Rider

bear creek loop was a very staep climb but at the end on pinhoti was very good and flowing and good jumps man those jumps were sick we got awesome pics dude the best

Customer Service

take bear creek loop then leave it and take pinhoti down the mountain

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 01, 2006]
JJ
Cross Country Rider

I love this trail. I think you should cross the creek first and attempt the lungbusting climb at the start, which is a counter clockwise loop. It ends up with the downhill that goes by the poplar tree and is more flowy throughout the ride than going the other direction. There are several places for nice jumps in that 2-3 mile stretch and it is fast with a couple technical spots but you can just bomb most of it. Everyone says to go the other way because the initial climb crossing the creek feels like it goes straight up and never ends, but the second half of the loop is awesome. The mileage is around 7, I think so try it both ways and I guarantee you will like it more the way I mentioned.

Customer Service

Woops, already included that.

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This is the only one I have tried near Ellijay but Bear Creek and Bull Mountain are my favorite in Georgia so far. Tribble Mill is a great trail that most people don't talk about....You have to do some exploring to find the fun stuff but it is worth it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 05, 2005]
GaMTBr
Weekend Warrior

Rode Bear Creek Loop and Bear Creek Trail (July 4, 2005). The loop seemed to be in good condition. The ATV roads were a little overgrown, but the part near the creek was fine. No problems on Bear Creek Trail.

Customer Service

We parked just over the small bridge on the side of the road in the grass. There is an entrance to the park on the right hand side of the road as you cross the bridge. Follow this road either by bike or car to the trail head: Bear Creek Trail. Do not make the fisrt right onto the trail as you come up on the parking lot, you will regret it. (it is a 400 foot climb straight up hill) Continue straight and take Bear Creek Trail until you come to a fork in the trail. You will see signs for both Bear Creek Trail or Bear Creak Loop. For the Loop: Go right at the fork it will take you to an ATV road. Hang and right and follow until you see a trail leading back into the woods. This will take you down the 400 ft part I talked about earlier and loop you back to where you started. Very cool DH. For the Trail: Go left at the fork (actually continue straight). And keep riding. You will come to Bear Creek loop or FS68. Take FS68 for some spectacular views, but be ready to climb. We continued on FS68 until a T intersection at or near the top of this mountain, then turned around for an amazing downhill ride. Elevation at T-intersection 3170ft. Elevation at car 1300ft.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 26, 2005]
ajondanielson
Cross Country Rider

March 2005: Trail in good condition.

Customer Service

Ride Bear Creek loop to the top of the Forest Service Road, take Bear Creek Trail on the way back for some good singletrack.

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Mountain Creek Trail is supposed to be in the area but couldn't find it. There is a good bike shop in town in a shopping center after Walmart (coming from Atlanta) Stop by there for some maps and good advice.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 12, 2004]
jbvell113
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a medium workout for an avid rider.I have rode it about three times and it is a beatiful area full of rhodadendrums.It reminds me of a rain forest its kinda dark and somewhat wet in some areas but certainly worth the trip.In some parts the rhodadendrums are so thick its like going through a tunnel.Keep a lookout for the giant poplar tree and please dont carve your initials in it like some have done.

Customer Service

Dont start off going through the creek.Go north.IT is about a 2 or 3 mile climb or so that crosses several creeks(Be prepared to get your feet wet).When you get to the top and you have 2 choices of trails go left and head for the upper parking lot about 2 or 3 more miles.There is a gorgeuos overlook on the forest service road.Go back the exact same way for an amazing down hill rush.Dont take the forest service road all the way back cause its boring.Have fun and be safe.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 26, 2003]
Tmack
Racer

Very good trail system, lots of good views and sights to see. Good training type trail with lots of climbing and downhills. Note that there is a new trail. The previous review mentioned the FS guys clearing a trail, Im assuming this is the one talked about. It does not directly connect back to the main loop, instead it goes over the ridge and connects to a FS road you can take back up to the overlook area and upper parking area, or back to the bear creek parking area. See this map: http://tmack.net/~tmack/bike/newtrail.jpg where I scribbled the approx. route (approx as in I had this map with me when I rode, and marked a few points where I thought I was along the way, no GPS). It goes up for a long time, then has some steep downhills with waterbreak logs to slow you down. Its mostly old logging road converted to trail, so moslty already hard packed, but there is still some fresh cut areas. Only has 2 small creek crossings and is about 5mi (lotsa switchbacks).

Customer Service

Head in, take the second left fork (marker 4 on map, first left is the new trail), stay left, going up to the overlook and back down, take the right that cuts across the loop (pt 5), turn left to go back towards parking area, turn rt on new trail. Turn left on FS road to get back to parking area via main road (FS road to parking area is on the left about .5-1mi past where the pavement starts). Plan ahead, its a long one with lots of climbing...

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 23, 2003]
Scott
Cross Country Rider

Wednesday...I could hardly believe the Cartecay Bike Shop was closed on a Wednesday! Thank God for the Gilmer County Library on GA 52 and their temporary library cards (I had to gain internet access to this site so I could find out how to get to this trail). Speaking of which, the directions provided by the bike shop in the address listed previously are very accurate in all regards. The trail is clear, no obstacles, trees or junk, contrary to the aforementioned review, and it was a blast. The climb to the top was nearly too much for this flat brained rider from Central Florida, but the effort was worth it. The descent was quick, rapid and clean (barring massive amounts of dried leaves on the ground) and it was dry. It is well marked and well defined. I will be back to this trail, soon.

Customer Service

Get the info from the Cartecay Bike Shop in Ellijay and follow it.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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