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Bear Creek

Average Rating:    (4.16 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 62

Fire roads, Spectacular Views, stream crossings, technical singletrack, Gennett Poplar (400 year old tree...very big)
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Latitude
34.78632502623082
Longitude
-84.55059885978699
Trail Directions
From Atlanta, take 575 north to GA 52 west. From milepost 8 on 52 west, take County Road #65 north for 5.4 miles. After crossing small bridge at 5.4 mile mark, park in grass on the side of the road. Take FS 68 to the trail head...singletrack begins here.
Trail Length
12 miles?
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Ellijay
   


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Review Date
June 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: gsnyderxc ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Mountain



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Review Date
February 19, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Kona Green ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bull Mountain in Dahlonega



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Review Date
September 11, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: willevans ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
No clue. Please, feel free to tell me about others in the area.



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Review Date
July 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: GaMTBr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
March 26, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ajondanielson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
March 2005: Trail in good condition.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



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