Mountain Town Creek - TRAIL

Mountain Town Creek - Trail, Ellijay, Georgia

Just a short ride from the Bear creek campsite is the trailhead for this rocky single track climb that consists of many creek crossings (don't expect to stay dry, you wont),one small waterfall and varying grades with the steepest near the top. This trail can connect to the bear creek loop for a total ride of approx. 22 miles. This trail is not a loop so if you do Mountain Town Creek only you will have to turn around at the top and go back down to get back.

User Reviews (12)

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jfw432   Cross Country Rider [Aug 05, 2013]

We shuttled to the top of this trail and only rode down but the drive up there is like 12 miles or so and take forever on a bumpy gravel road. The first 1.5-2 miles is really fun. First mile is almost a pure gravity trail with a really cool canopy. Forget pedaling, you'll have all the speed you could ever want while cooking your brakes and hitting big bucking jumps. I enjoyed them but was holding back a lot due to the huge kickers and steep drops behind them. Really cool but first time down the trail, I'll admit I was timid to hit those jumps at more than about 15mph. Any more than that and you're gonna launch big.

Now the bad news... We went in the August 2013 and I believe the creek levels were fairly normal based on what we're used to seeing on Bear Creek the previous day. The first 5-6 creek crossing you can make it across with some technique and only a few splashes....so not bad. However the next 10+ creek crossings are just about unrideable and there is no good way to hike across either. So either suck it up and walk across up to your knees in water or keep trying to stay dry and delay the inevitable. I don't remember how many creek crossings there actually were but you can never build up any fun momentum because you're walking the bike about every 1/4 mile or so.

The trail was about 6 miles total and the further into the trail we got, the dumber and more annoying it got. Creeks you can barely even walk across, slick mud and rocks all over the trail, overgrown in areas, and downhill sections that are so trecherous that you can't even enjoy them as football sized rocks that you just broke free start rolling beside you. Took us about 1.5 hours to ride this 6 mile trail downhill with a 7 mile road ride back to camp.

I still plan to explore other trails around Mulberry Gap but with all the amazing trails in the area, this one will not be on my repeat list.

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2
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2
DirtRider36   Cross Country Rider [Jul 16, 2009]

I rode this trail back in March 09 for the first time and had a blast. True, it isn't maintained as well as the busier trails, and you'll have to hop off of your bike a bit to cross the downed trees. Awesome trail though. Didn't see a soul, brought my dogs, went for a swim and had a great time. The beginning of this trail has large jumps built into the first mile or so then it mellows out from there. Lots of rock gardens and numerous creek crossings(15+). Some too deep to ride through but none so deep that you are swimming. Plan on getting wet. Beautiful scenery, plenty of shade and rhododendron tunnels throughout the ride. I highly recommend this trail if you are looking for an adventure.

Customer Service

I shuttled with a friend from the parking lot at the top of the trail and Bear Creek Campground.

Similar Products Used: Bear Creek
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5
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3
pfran42   Cross Country Rider [Jun 25, 2009]

Trail is a complete letdown if you rode it in 2005. This trail is completely different from what I rode in 2005. I appears that the trailhead was moved towards the west (a mile or two west of Three Forks trail). Start of trail looks is no longer singletrack and it looks like a bobcat had been doing recent work. First part of the trail looks as if it was freshly constructed (meaning that it was very soft and mushy with bobcat tread marks everywhere). It also looks like there is no longer a trail maintenance, as the were about 20 times where I had to get off the bike to navigate fallen trees. If you include all the creek crossings, it feels like you are off the bike just as long as you are on it. Mountaintown still has it's moments but it is nothing like it used to be.

Customer Service

From milepost 8 on Ga 52 west of Ellijay, take County road #65 north for 5.4 miles. Continue onto FS 90 for another 1.7 miles, turn right onto FS 68 and go 2 miles to the trailhead parking area.

Similar Products Used: Those looking for an exciting downhill should check out the Pinhoti 2 trail.
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3
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2
UGAbadass   Downhiller [Mar 05, 2007]

If you're looking to make an all-mountain ride out of this thing, its long. Most of the loop is actually fire roads, but the mountain town creek trail IS the jam. The first half of the trail is probably my favorite ride on the east coast. Its a lot of steep, technical descents with mad rocks and some fun whoopdeedos. creek crossings are frequent and deep. you can ride some of them. the second half of the trail flattens out but still offers a beautiful ride!

Customer Service

we ran shuttles last time i was there, but the drive to the top (which is the same as the ride) takes forever. just drive until Gates Chapel road turns to gravel and make a right on FS 90, continue until it dead-ends into FS 68; go right. Take this to the top and make a right at the T intersection (you will pass bear creek trailhead on the way). ride/drive about 6.5 miles and you'll eventually see the trailhead on your right.

Similar Products Used: bear creek is good, not so long, really simple to shuttle if you're riding big bikes.
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4
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4
Corbett   [Oct 15, 1999]

Technical and the climate is cool, which I appreciate being from Florida. There is variety on this trail including rocky sections, somewhat smooth and rooty sections all in this one trail.

Customer Service

Same as directions. If you are doing Mountain Town and Bear Creek, I would suggest you climb Mountain Town first. The ride down to Bear creek is wide open and fast and the jumps on the single track are fun.

Similar Products Used: A local told me about a great trail, Rich Mountain Trail. You would have to get directions from the local bike shop there if this trail does on fact exist. I have not had the chance to hunt this down yet.
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4
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James   [Jan 19, 2000]

This and Windy Gap are the most technical stuff in North Georgia. Definitely a trail for the advanced rider.Climb up Bear Creek Trail, continue upwards (where Bear Creek loop goes down)on gated FS road. Go around the gate and turn right (upwards). Climb steeply for 2 miles (called Potato Patch Road)Turn right at T, roll along FS road for 8 miles. Turn right on signed Mountaintown Creek Trail (NOT Mountain town creek watershed sign). 5 mile technical downhill.

Customer Service

Do this by Climbing up Bear Creek Trail and descending Mountaintown. Mountaintown has some very cool technical sections on the downhill. It is 22 miles and the first 8 are all uphill.

Similar Products Used: Windy Gap. Bear Creek.
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5
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Rick Rudowicz   [Apr 03, 2000]

Loved the trail. That said, it needs a lot of work following the Jan ice storms. About 50 (not exaggerating) places on the 6-mile descent through the creek valley that need cleaning up. Large downed trees block the trail and we had to dismount and bushwhack for most of them. Need a work party to clean it up! Anyone wants to organize one, I'd be willing to assist...will require chainsaws and many hands.

I give the trail 4 knobbies even factoring in its condition. I love biking in the mountains...with the incredible views, I'd give the trail 5 stars if it was in proper condition, even despite the 2500 feet of combined climbing necessary to complete the loop. It took 4.5 hours to complete...probably only 3.5 if the downed trees on the trail were cleaned up. About 6 significant creek crossings that were really a challenge...only succeeded on two of them! Very fun!

Customer Service

Rode it as described in Parham's book. Started at Bear Creek parking area up FS 68 just past the picnic area and lookout. Rode up FS 68, 500 ft elevation up to FS64, turned right and rode the ridge for about 7 miles (Fast downhills, very fun, but still some more climbs! Beautiful views.)
Then dropped into Mountaintown Creek trail (2000 feet down!) to bottom of valley, turned right on paved road and turned right onto FS90. 1500 feet up from there...up FS90, right at stop sign onto FS64 and back to the car (passing the picnic area and lookout on the way). Definitely recommend having a topo for guidance just to make sure you don't screw up.

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4
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B-LIPPER   [May 20, 2000]

This trail a gem, a little peace of history is about to be lost. We stand a great chance of loosing it forever. For GOD SAKES please help to keep this trail open. If the trail is closed it will become FOREVER CLOSED contact SORBA (souther off road biking association) and start taking some action for your pleasures' volunteer, help, maintain to RIDE. If we loose this unforgetable, unforgiving beautiful gem it would be a tragic loss. For you, for me, for people who dream of riding this killer loop. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF LUNGS!

Customer Service

Parking should only be attempted in designated area's. Try Parking at/near the Bear Creek Site. problems are accuring with some different anti bike types. follow the FS roads up to the trailhead instead of following the "Parman Philosophy" take a look at a real map.

Similar Products Used: SAVE MOUNTAIN TOWN CREEK. DO YOUR PART FOR YOUR KINDRED. BEAR CREEK WILL BE NEXT.
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5
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Erik   [Aug 14, 2000]

This was my first epic, my previous long was about 15 miles and this one was roughly 23. Mountaintown was an incredible trail to come down. I don't know how much fun it would be to climb. The creek crossings are extremely technical, a couple I would say are undoable so plan on getting wet feet. Steep rocky sections. If you do the loop I did a small warning. The ride from the overlook to the top where the road deadends is the toughest 1.5 miles of fireroad you will ever ride. It is steep. The ride over to mountaintown on 64 has some awesome downhill but also has about 3 more climbs worth noting. To be fresh for mountaintown you may want to start at the top of bear creek as Parham suggests (although I rarely agree with his routes). The only thing is this will leave you alot of climbing at the end which I hate I would rather climb first even if it is 13 miles of it. The gravel rd at the bottom of Mountaintown starts with a climb and then a fast down hill with a few launching pads all the way to the paved road. Stay on the gravel rd through this section do not make any turns you are on private property. Carry your trash out, I picked up a few power bar and gel wrappers people had left. Remember on Mountaintown you are a long way from help and it is dangerous so check your "I don't walk my bike" ego at the door.

Customer Service

I started at Bear Creek campsite, went up bear creek trail all the way to overlook, up another 2miles to deadend. Right on 64 5 or 6 miles of forest rd to trailhead on right. Down Mountaintown, down gravel road to paved rd. Rt on paved rd then a few hundred yards to bear creek service rd. Up 1.5 miles to campground.

Similar Products Used: Bear creek by itself is great, Aska road has 3 great trails that aren't technical but awesome climbs.
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4
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HELLBELLY   [Aug 27, 2000]

This could be the one downhill run in GA that I would consider paying someone to drive me up to the top multiple times. Its that good. This has some the best waterbars (think huge stoopid air), rock gardens, and tricky stream crossings in North GA. It just keeps on coming as fast as you can take it. I would highly recomend dual-suspension and bringing plenty of water especially if you do the route as mentioned above. This is a very rough trail that can spank you quite well if you are not carefull. Not recomended for beginners. If you have a the hankerin' for this kind of ride go now as there are plans to close this trail to bikes in the near future. BTW if any hikers say anything to ya about bikes not being allowed on this trail, be polite and inform them that the sign at the trailhead is clearly marked open for bikes...for now. Also, ask them when was the last time they did any trail maintenance? HOO-HAA!

Customer Service

Do it the Macho Way...park on Gates Chapel just after the Bear Creek service road sign (see Bear Creek review for specific directions). Ride up Bear Creek (the second entrance) past the Gennet Poplar all the way up to the gate that will put ya on FS64. Basically you just keep going to the right on the main roads. After climbing your butt off you'll get to a T intersection with some rocks arranged in a row that are good for a rest. Again go right; down and up for awhile; past a nice overlook; up to a campground and again right about another 1.5-2 miles from here you will come up on the Mountain Town trailhead on the right. Do whatever you need to do to get ready for 7 miles of screamin' technical downhill that is apt compensation for all the climbing you just did. At the very end you head str8 out on the FS road (don't vear off as its private property and the hillbillies might gitcha) untill you are back out to the paved road. Take a right, ride back to your car, and think about who you could con into shuttling you up to top to do it again.

Similar Products Used: Bear Creek, Fort Mountain, Windy Gap, Bull Mountain, Rich Mountain.
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5
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