Hickory Nut - TRAIL

Hickory Nut - Trail, Helen, Georgia

Graded forest road, ungraded forest road, singletrack, pavement

User Reviews (6)

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Patrick   Cross Country Rider [Oct 15, 2007]

Just rode Hickory Nut last weekend, for the first time. I have ridden Tennessee Divide quite a few times (the same climb up most of the way), and I like Hickory Nut better. A long brutal climb on forest road to the top, to where the AT crossed the fireroad. From there, take the washed out jeep road to the right, this is still Forest Road 79, a very rocky downhill. Turn right at the T-intersection and keep going. Then, after that, to get to the singletrack, look for the dirt mound (behind the shot up adandoned white minivan!)and the trail is behind it. It does not look like a trail at first, but it quickly changes to singletrack. And there are rocks, rocks and more rocks, but that is the unique great feature of this trail.

Customer Service

Start at Woody's bike shop, go downhill, turn right on the highway, then right on Forest Road 79, then see above. Total about 19.5 miles.

Similar Products Used: Upper Hooch, with Jasus Creek thrown in. Park down near the road next to the river, take a left on Jasus and left when you come back out to the forest road. The downhill at the end of Upper Hooch is a blast.
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5
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5
thubeav   Cross Country Rider [Sep 21, 2007]

I haven't ridden this trail in a while but it is one of my all time favorites because of the long climb to start.

It is not a trail to ride solo but that's how I've done it several times. It's amazing to read about the wildlife in other reviews. I haven't seen that, but all the other trail conditions are familiar.

One of the things that I like about this trail is that it isn't polished and maintained. Yeah it could be a faster, cleaner downhill but the obstacles are part of nature, life and reality and all that zen stuff.

Customer Service

Basically you go up and you ride down. Clockwise, but I'll bet the counter clockwise or ride up the down trail and then descend it again would be good rides too.

I have turned left half way up 79 to the ?? something waterfall area. Then if you go to the highway at the bottom you can climb the road and descend back to Helen. That was fun to see the faces on the road riders.

Similar Products Used: There are other trails near here but I don't know the names.
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5
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4
keithd   Cross Country Rider [Aug 09, 2007]

Nice long climb. Its august and I have seen five black bears on FS 79. Bring spray if you have it. Downhill is very overgrown in some places. Plan on briars getting you. Very remote.

Customer Service

clockwise

Similar Products Used: chico, TN divide (nicer route, same FS 79)
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4
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4
Chris Dusack   [Aug 24, 2002]

Trail starts off at bike shop and soon heads north on GA 75. You'll start the climbing at mile 1.2, after turning right onto FS 79. Trail climbs for about 8 miles with only a few small breaks. The climb is on loose gravel and parts are not shaded. You'll pass a few campgrounds, go over some whoop de doos then hit a more technical section. At mile 9.3 you'll hit Tray Gap, which is the highest point of the trail, at 3800 feet. You started at 1500 feet. The next few miles are on some rough gravel road. I hope you have a dual suspension bike if you've made it this far. The ride down is very fast and very bumpy. Eventually the forest road appears to end. You'll go around a pile deadfall and hit some singletrack that looks like it has not been ridden in months. It probably hasn't. Get ready for dozens of branches in the face, logs you'll have to carry the bike over, and an abundance of spider webs. If that is not frustrating enough, look down and you'll see plenty of poisen ivy. Most of the water bars have large rocks for a landing area, and sticks to bash your head if you get any air. This part of the trail is obviously NOT maintained, but at least it is all downhill. At this point I decided to never ride the trail again. After a while the trail opens up a bit and you can finally enjoy some of the downhill. Eventually, you'll come out to a paved road. Go left back to the bike shop. Its a shame, this trail could easily be a great trail only if the fallen trees were removed, the poisen ivy uprooted, branches cut back, and a few rocks removed. I would have given it only 1 star, but the climb was a great workout, and the second portion of the singletrack was very fun. Overall I would suggest to ride elsewhere.

Customer Service

Thebest route is too not ride it at all, but if you must:
Clockwise according to Jim Parham's Off the Beaten Track.

Similar Products Used: Anything but this trail. Other trails in Falcon Guide Mountain Bike GA by Alex Nutt and Off the Beaten Track N GA by Jim Parham.
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2
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HELLBELLY   [Aug 29, 2002]

I have to disagree with Chris below on a few points. First and foremost I would not change a thing as far the rock sections go on the trail. This trail has the most continually demanding tread of any in GA. You and your bike will be rattled silly. I can say this with authority after having ridden it twice in one afternoon aboard a 40+ lb freeride tank of a bike in full armor. I used this as warm-up ride before a recent trip to B.C. If anyone thinks that this trail is too rough do not even think about going up to B.C. Just about every trail I rode up there was made up of this kind of tread, but far steeper.

I will agree that some selective trail maintance would go along way towards making a very good trail a great trail, but it is very tough for Woody to get help with this as accesability is tough and volunteers few. I really love this ride, but I acually wish it was even tougher on the way down. Still it is alot of fun.

Customer Service

Have a 4 wheeldrive or a good frontwheel drive to haul you up to the top from Woody's(I know he'll laugh at me for saying that) or climb up that 9 mile crusher to Tray gap. Head on down the road to the single/double track and rip it on down. Take a left at the paved road to get back to Woody's.

Similar Products Used: Mountain Town Creek/Bear Creek, Windy Gap, Bull Mountain, Man's Hell
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4
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Chris P.   [Oct 16, 2002]

This trail was a thigh burner. The first 9 miles is all up hill. Loose gravel with little shade. It was tough but a good workout.

The downhill was the best or sometimes the worst part. The fire road portion was very rocky but good lines were there. The singletrack downhill was tough. Many roots and rocks(boulders) were hidden by plants and other brush. Got very slick in the rain.

I recommend this trail if ya want a good workout, great views and a ride to remember.

Customer Service

clock wise

Similar Products Used: Helen, Tsali
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4
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ClydesdaleDave   [Jun 17, 2003]

Needing to train, I pulled this ride out of the Falcon guide because
of it's sick elevation profile. The FS road up is typical FS road
tread. At mile 3-5 there is some steeper sections but rideable
even for even a big guy like me. The FS downhill requires
absolute attention because its littered with baby heads. One cool
note - for about 25 yards I was chasing a big bobcat. The
singletrack downhill is not well maintained and baby heads and
logs are hidden under growth. This would be a better downhill on
a longer travel bike. I'm going to give it a medium rating for XC
riders...I might rate it higher for DH with a shuttle to the top.

Customer Service

The typical route...see some other descriptions for the exact
directions. Leace from woody's and climb, climb, climb. NOTE:
When you get to the end of the FS road, the trail is to the right but
slightly tricky because a hiking trail goes to the right upwards.
The correct trail is parallel but just about 25 yards past, not
ridden very much so it's hard to see.

Similar Products Used: Unicoi / Helen MTB Trail...excellent, fun trail. Bull Mountain. All
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3
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