Secluded within the forests of Dahlonega, Georgia, 223J is an enticing trail that adds spice to the otherwise well-trodden Jake and Bull Mountain network. This 3-mile, intermediate-level, point-to-point route serves both as a fantastic loop connector and an equally satisfying out-and-back adventure.
Initiating from the halfway mark of the Jones Creek Ridge trail, 223J veers to the right over FS 28-1. Following a smooth 2-mile stretch, you have a choice: head right to connect with the north end of Jake Mountain trail, or continue the journey to return to FS 28-1 near the Black Branch Loop entrance. The versatility here allows cyclists to concoct their personalized cycling experience.
The flow of 223J is sublime, making it one of the best-kept secrets in the area. Recent renovations by the Forest Service have lengthened the trail and made it even more sustainable and enjoyable for long-term use.
For anyone looking to integrate a little-known yet breathtakingly flowy segment into their Jake/Bull Mountain ride, 223J is a must. Its versatility in both directional riding and technicality ensures that it caters to a broad range of cyclists. Before this hidden gem becomes a staple for every rider and their horse, it might be a good idea to work this trail into your next cycling itinerary.