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My friend and i are going to be heading up to the mountains next month for about 5 days. we are going to be staying just north of atlanta. We plan to travel around northwest GA, north carolina, Pisgah area, maybe Tennessee. So within 5 days, what trails do we HAVE to ride?! We are looking foreward to riding the most fun and advanced trails this area has to offer. We also want to ride trails with good scenery, nice view, waterfalls, stream crossings, you know. So go ahead and show off what you know about this area and let us know what we DONT WANT TO MISS! Please give us some good directions to the trails you suggest as well. Thank you!
 

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Some of the best riding can be found in Western North Carolina: Pisgah, Dupont State Forest, Bent Creek and Tsali so many trails, all skill levels... good stuff

check out this site HERE

or check the North Carolina Regional Forum for info!:thumbsup:
 

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Some ideas for you in North Georgia, and just across the Tennessee border:

  • Bull Mountain (near Dahlonega, GA) - lots of options - avoid if wet, site of one of the IMBA epic rides. http://www.mindspring.com/~keithmc/rides/maps/festival2a.pdf
  • Stanley Gap with Flat Creek (Blue Ridge, GA) - lots of climbing, rocky, rooty, views, no map that I know about - get directions from the Cartecay website below.
  • Tanasi - (near Copperhill, TN) don't miss the Thunder rock express downhill, also one of the IMBA epic sites. http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=42
  • Bear Creek/Pinhoti (near Ellijay, GA) - not technical, unless you count the switchbacks, lots of climbing, great downhills - Also in this area are Mountaintown (go there for stream crossings) and Windy Gap/Tibbs/Milma. (go here if you like climbing) - get directions from Cartecay

links to maps and stuff:

Cartecy Bike shop - http://www.cartecaybikes.com/rides/trails.htm

SORBA Chattanooga trail guide - http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php

have fun
 

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Al. said:
Some ideas for you in North Georgia, and just across the Tennessee border:

  • Bull Mountain (near Dahlonega, GA) - lots of options - avoid if wet, site of one of the IMBA epic rides. http://www.mindspring.com/~keithmc/rides/maps/festival2a.pdf
  • Stanley Gap with Flat Creek (Blue Ridge, GA) - lots of climbing, rocky, rooty, views, no map that I know about - get directions from the Cartecay website below.
  • Tanasi - (near Copperhill, TN) don't miss the Thunder rock express downhill, also one of the IMBA epic sites. http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=42
  • Bear Creek/Pinhoti (near Ellijay, GA) - not technical, unless you count the switchbacks, lots of climbing, great downhills - Also in this area are Mountaintown (go there for stream crossings) and Windy Gap/Tibbs/Milma. (go here if you like climbing) - get directions from Cartecay

links to maps and stuff:

Cartecy Bike shop - http://www.cartecaybikes.com/rides/trails.htm

SORBA Chattanooga trail guide - http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php

have fun
I plan to be out this way later this month; how well are these trails marked???
 

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Cyclopod said:
I plan to be out this way later this month; how well are these trails marked???
Of that group, I think Tanasi is the best marked, you can follow right along with the map.

Bull Mountain has markers that match the ones on the map I have referenced above, can be confusing in spots but the map helps.

Bear Creek is not too well marked and some intersections confuse those that are first timers there. Look at this thread on the SORBA forum for a map a local made of all of the trails and forest service roads around Bear Creek - https://www.sorba.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=84192#84192

I'd recomend a guide or picking up Alex Nutt's Mountain Biking Georgia or Jim Parham's off the Beaten Track guide books if you want to ride Stanley Gap. The Stanley Gap portion is an out and back, but adding Flat Creek can be a little confusing.

heres my Stanley gap video to get you ready for your trip - (right click to download)
Low Quality Video- 46.7MB
High Quality Video -118MB

and my Bear Creek/Pinhoti Video -
right click to download

FWIW, I love the Bear Creek and Pinhoti trails. They are not the most advanced as the original poster requested, but based on your other post, the climbing here is doable, the views are great and the downhills are fun.

Bear Creek overlook:
 

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If you google Pinhoti trail there's also topo maps of the Pinhoti/Bear Creek area on the Pinhoti Trail Association (or something like that) website. I think its sections 15, 16, and 17a.

But Snake Creek Gap is much better. :)
 

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Al. said:
Of that group, I think Tanasi is the best marked, you can follow right along with the map.

Bull Mountain has markers that match the ones on the map I have referenced above, can be confusing in spots but the map helps.

Bear Creek is not too well marked and some intersections confuse those that are first timers there. Look at this thread on the SORBA forum for a map a local made of all of the trails and forest service roads around Bear Creek - http://www.sorba.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=84192#84192

I'd recomend a guide or picking up Alex Nutt's Mountain Biking Georgia or Jim Parham's off the Beaten Track guide books if you want to ride Stanley Gap. The Stanley Gap portion is an out and back, but adding Flat Creek can be a little confusing.

heres my Stanley gap video to get you ready for your trip - (right click to download)
Low Quality Video- 46.7MB
High Quality Video -118MB

and my Bear Creek/Pinhoti Video -
right click to download

FWIW, I love the Bear Creek and Pinhoti trails. They are not the most advanced as the original poster requested, but based on your other post, the climbing here is doable, the views are great and the downhills are fun.
Thanks for the vids. They look awesome. BTW, how was the wack in the head?
 

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wooglin said:
Ill second this one, Pinhotti has become my favorite trail in the region.

If I where you I'd head strait up from Florida and hit Pinhoti out of Dalton GA (Its right of the interstate), then cut over and stay by Tanasi, hit up an early morning tanasi loop then swing by Tsali for a later in the day ride. From their its not far at all to Brevard. This sets you up to be in Pisgah for 2 solid days then swing by DuPont for your last day on your way back home. That's 5 distinctly different and classic southern Appalachian trail systems with minimal driving in between them, good camping opportunities near all of them (motels by most of them). That should be enough climbing to kill a Floridian.:D
 

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thanks for the help!

Thanks everyone for the input, its been very helpful. I've been doing alot of research and these are the trails ive been looking at:

Bear Creek - GA
Bull Mountain - GA
River loop - GA
Carters Lake - GA
Pinhoti - GA

Laurel Mountain - NC
Black Mountain - NC
Du pont National Forest - NC

I need to narrow that down some, Which ones should i scratch off that list? River Loop and Carters lake looked like short trails so i thought i might be able to do those the same day as another trail. I've been getting alot of great feedback on Pinhoti, but the MTBR trail reviews dont make it out to be anything great, And they dont give good directions either. Is this trail new or something? how do i get there? Same thing with Tanasi.
 

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Here is the Snake Creek Gap area of the Pinhoti. Nice and remote as well as techy. Its a keeper.




And the Laurel Mtn/Pilot Rock/Slate Rock loop is also a keeper.




And Dupont's eastern slickrock loop.




I'll try to get some pics of Bear Ck/Pinhoti this weekend. :)
 

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Dude, of all the trails there to ride, DuPont should be high on your list. If you're going to ride Dupont, just spend your time riding there and also in Pisgah National Forest. The trails in PNF trump anything on your list in my opinion, and there are some awesome trails you've listed.
 

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raceface9465 said:
Thanks everyone for the input, its been very helpful. I've been doing alot of research and these are the trails ive been looking at:

Bear Creek - GA
Bull Mountain - GA
River loop - GA
Carters Lake - GA
Pinhoti - GA

Laurel Mountain - NC
Black Mountain - NC
Du pont National Forest - NC

I need to narrow that down some, Which ones should i scratch off that list? River Loop and Carters lake looked like short trails so i thought i might be able to do those the same day as another trail. I've been getting alot of great feedback on Pinhoti, but the MTBR trail reviews dont make it out to be anything great, And they dont give good directions either. Is this trail new or something? how do i get there? Same thing with Tanasi.
Pinhoti is fairly new, Tanasi is not. All of the Tanasi info you need is here, including maps and directions: http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=42

There are two Pinhoti sections near Dalton, Georgia that wooglin is talking about - everything you need should be here: http://www.nwgasorba.org/

There are four sections of Pinhoti near Bear Creek, (section one connects to Bear Creek) which are not mapped that I know of. Contact Cartecay Bikes in Ellijay if you want to ride that trail - they can tell you what's up. http://www.cartecaybikes.com/

I have on a couple of occasions ridden River Loop, (plus the Red/white and boy scout loops which connect with River loop) eaten lunch at Poole's BBQ, then ridden Carters lake in the afternoon. That's not a bad day, IMO. (There's a race at Carters Lake on Saturday, FWIW)

for more local knowledge check out he SORBA forum here: http://www.sorba.org/modules.php?name=Forums
 

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I love the fact that no one has said Tsali.

Obviously the MTBR crew knows where the real trails are. Pisgah and Dupont with a little N. Ga thrown in is the ticket.

Here is what I say.

1) Pisgah (camp at davidson river)
2) Dupont (no camping but close to Pisgah)
3) Bear Creek

Jim lets go to Pisgah in 2 weeks. We roll out of town wed PM go to ATL. Thursday ride Bear Creek or some N Ga trail then go to Pisgah. Camp. Friday Pisgah. Camp. Saturday Dupont then back to ATL. Sunday come back. I'm serious. Now.
 

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Acme54321 said:
I love the fact that no one has said Tsali.

Obviously the MTBR crew knows where the real trails are. Pisgah and Dupont with a little N. Ga thrown in is the ticket.

Here is what I say.

1) Pisgah (camp at davidson river)
2) Dupont (no camping but close to Pisgah)
3) Bear Creek

Jim lets go to Pisgah in 2 weeks. We roll out of town wed PM go to ATL. Thursday ride Bear Creek or some N Ga trail then go to Pisgah. Camp. Friday Pisgah. Camp. Saturday Dupont then back to ATL. Sunday come back. I'm serious. Now.
Yeah those three are a definate im sure. As far as Tsali goes, the trail reviews made it out to be spectacular but it seemed like it was reviewed by a bunch of family vacationing tourists. And your right no one mentioned it on this thread, so i never bothered to check it out much.
 

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raceface9465 said:
Thanks everyone for the input, its been very helpful. I've been doing alot of research and these are the trails ive been looking at:

Bear Creek - GA
Bull Mountain - GA
River loop - GA
Carters Lake - GA
Pinhoti - GA

Laurel Mountain - NC
Black Mountain - NC
Du pont National Forest - NC

I need to narrow that down some, Which ones should i scratch off that list? .
I'd drop River Loop and Carters Lake if you had to remove some. And I'd add Stanley Gap, which has, I believe, the highest point on a legal bike trail in GA.

Just my .02.
 

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Acme54321 said:
I love the fact that no one has said Tsali.

Obviously the MTBR crew knows where the real trails are. Pisgah and Dupont with a little N. Ga thrown in is the ticket.

Here is what I say.

1) Pisgah (camp at davidson river)
2) Dupont (no camping but close to Pisgah)
3) Bear Creek

Jim lets go to Pisgah in 2 weeks. We roll out of town wed PM go to ATL. Thursday ride Bear Creek or some N Ga trail then go to Pisgah. Camp. Friday Pisgah. Camp. Saturday Dupont then back to ATL. Sunday come back. I'm serious. Now.
So 2 weeks as in the 27th and 28th? I'll see if I can get the time off. Did you tell Adam about it? Maybe we can get him to come with.
 
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