Nestled within the enchanting landscape of Blue Ridge, Georgia, Green Mountain Trail is a 3-mile out-and-back trail that's more than meets the eye. Although tagged as an intermediate level trail, it dishes out enough variety to get the adrenaline pumping. Starting from the Deep Gap trailhead, the singletrack route culminates in the mesmerizing Lake Blue Ridge, rewarding riders with not just a physical but also a visual feast.
From GA 515 in Blue Ridge, head south onto Windy Ridge Rd. Make a left at the stop sign, onto East 1st St. About 300 yards later, turn right onto Aska Rd. The Deep Gap trailhead parking lot is about 3.5 miles from this turn, and the trail commences right across the street.
The trail forks at Aska Rd; each path offers a distinct experience. The left path is steeper and more eroded but adds a technical dimension that can be a fun challenge for those looking to test their skills. These two paths converge at the one-mile mark, setting the stage for the subsequent sections. Erosion is noticeable at parts, lending a rugged authenticity to the trail.
Post the initial climb, which amounts to about a 300-foot gain, riders can brace themselves for a joyful 800-foot downhill ride that ends at Lake Blue Ridge. A tip: Do pause to soak in the lake views; they're truly something. If a loop ride is what tickles your fancy, an option to divert onto the Long Branch connector trail at 1.6 miles is available.
For the loop enthusiasts, continuing straight onto FS 711 is the way to go. Follow this until it ends at Campbell Camp Circle. A left turn and a quarter-mile ride later, Campbell Camp Rd connects you back to Aska Rd. This loop is roughly 7 miles, providing an extended adventure for the ambitious.
Green Mountain Trail offers an all-rounded biking experience—technical sections, steep inclines, exhilarating downhills, and arresting lake views. Whether you opt for the out-and-back or the loop, you're in for a satisfying adventure. Pair it with Stanley Gap or Flat Creek Loop for an epic biking day in Blue Ridge, Georgia.