No trip to beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia, is complete without some quality time spent in the great outdoors. Whether you love to hike, go horseback riding, picnic, take scenic drives, or go mountain biking, there are plenty of ways to explore North Georgia outside. Blue Ridge has some great mountain biking trails for more experienced riders, with some lovely trails for beginners as well!
Immerse yourself in the beauty of North Georgia on singletrack rides, doubletrack rides, loop trails, switchbacks, and more. They’ll lead you through national forests, recreation areas, and mountain towns. They will wind you past waterfalls, across creekbeds, up to mountain peaks, and through the trees. Riders of all skill levels will have a wonderful time exploring the mountain biking trails in North Georgia!
Stanley Gap Loop | 14.4 miles | Blue Ridge, Georgia
Leading to just below the summit of Rocky Mountain, Stanley Gap Loop is a difficult but popular mountain bike trail in North Georgia. Begin at the Shady Falls parking area and ride along the Aska Road, heading up Stanley Creek Road, along a nice creek trail (with a few creek crossings), and over plenty of rocks and roots. Along this loop, Green Mountain Trail #165D offers an easier ascent, descending along Long Branch Loop #165G.
Stanley Gap Ultra Loop | 20.8 miles | Blue Ridge, Georgia
Difficulty: Extremely Difficult
This is a great loop trail for very experienced mountain bikers looking for a challenge. Begin – and end – the trail at the Rock Creek parking area, riding the Stanley Gap Trail #165 from Deep Gap parking area back (very difficult) or taking paved and gravel roads back along the loop. Advanced riders will come across roots, flat sections betweens strenuous climbs, and the highest point below the Rocky Mountain summit.
4×4 Long Branch + Green Mountain + Flat Creek | 11.7 miles | Blue Ridge, Georgia
Difficulty: Intermediate – Difficult
Named for its 4 impressive climbs and 4 fun descents, the 4×4 mountain biking trail is one of the best intermediate trails that increases in difficulty depending on where you go. Enjoy the best of the North Georgia mountains along a little more than 11 miles of trails, tucked away in the lush trees. It’s a favorite singletrack (part of the Aska Trail system) that will take riders along Flat Creek Loop #165B, Long Branch Loop #165G, part of Green Mountain Trail #165D, Long Branch Connector #165F, and more. Begin at the parking lot of Shady Falls (don’t forget your trail map) and get ready for a challenge!
Long Branch Loop Trail | 2.5 miles | Blue Ridge, Georgia
Not up for the full trail above? Enjoy an easy ride along Long Branch Loop! The mostly-covered trail is nice and shady, with space for multiple bikers. It will offer beginners and intermediate riders nice views of Long Branch Valley along the loop.
Tallulah Falls Rail-Trail + Shortline Trail | 3.5 miles | Tallulah Falls, Georgia
Spend a day in the Tallulah Gorge State Park with this short and easy ride. The paved path allows for riders of all skill levels while offering some gorgeous views of the Appalachian Mountains. The star here is the suspension bridge over the Tallulah River.
South Fork Trail | 6 miles | Blue Ridge, Georgia
Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate
A quick 6-mile ride (3 miles in, 3 miles back out), South Fork Trail boasts a 20-foot hidden waterfall and a challenging uphill climb on the way back out. Enjoy beautiful Blue Ridge views along this local favorite.
Cohutta Death March | 68.9 miles | McCaysville, Georgia
Difficulty: Intermediate – Difficult
If you try to conquer this ride all in one day, count it as majorly difficult! Many bikers, however, spread this ride over several days for an easier experience on the trails. While it is a long trail, it’s considered technically less difficult. Bikers can enjoy a loop through the Cohutta Wilderness and Big Frog Wilderness, with plenty of scenic overlooks. This trail system also connects to the trailheads of the Tanasi Trail System and Bear Creek/Pinhoti Trail System (in Dalton; running from the Appalachian Trail all the way to Alabama), so it offers even more singletrack riding.
Flat Creek Loop #165B | 5.2 miles | Blue Ridge, Georgia
A shorter singletrack ride provides a challenging but quick ascent, with lots of creek crossings, rocks and roots, and wide portions. The densely forested trail offers plenty of shade and a lovely day among the trees.
More Mountain Biking Trails in North Georgia
Some other nearby biking trails within a couple hours of Blue Ridge include the Ridgeway Mountain Bike Trail in Ellijay, Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails in Gainesville (with trails for beginner bikers, intermediate riders, and experienced cyclists), Blankets Creek in Woodstock, Dawson Forest Mountain Bike Trails in Dawsonville, and the Jake Mountain Trail System and Bull Mountain Trail System in Dahlonega – with a waterfall as your treat. And although bike trails are the star here, hikers will also find trails to explore when it’s time to hop off the bike for a bit! If you want even more detailed information about mountain biking in North Georgia, be sure to check out the MTB Project.
North Georgia Cabins for YOU
Ready to rest after a day on the trails? We have gorgeous cabin rentals ready for YOU. Come back to our cabins to sip cocoa by the fire, put your feet up in front of a big screen TV, rest in a king-size bed, sip moonshine on the deck, or soak tired muscles in a bubbling hot tub.