As the name suggests, the Black Branch Connector is the lynchpin that holds together several exciting trails in the Dahlonega area. Serving as the gateway between Jake Mountain trail, Black Branch, and No Tell, this short but flavorful 1-mile stretch should be on every cyclist's route when riding in this region.
Expect a dynamic experience on this connector. Though it's a short ride, it packs a punch with some short, steep climbs, adding an element of challenge. What the Black Branch Connector lacks in distance, it makes up for in quality. With excellent flow and immersion in deep forest terrain, it’s a fantastic little trail that has earned its status as "near-perfect" among regulars.
Be aware that the Forest Service rerouted much of this trail section in Spring 2011. For those familiar with the old layout, the general consensus is that the new path maintains the spirit of its predecessor—it's still good.
One of the major benefits of this connector is its ability to tie together larger loops for a customized riding experience. Consider pairing it with Black Burn, No Tell, and Nimblewill Branch for about 8 miles of continuous fun. Being conveniently located about 10 minutes from certain work locations, it's a frequent pick for after-work rides among locals.
The Black Branch Connector may be short, but it's a versatile gem that enables longer, more varied routes. For riders seeking flow, connectivity, and a touch of challenge, this trail consistently delivers on all fronts. Whether you're a local or just passing through, missing this connector would mean missing out on an essential part of the Dahlonega trail network.