Looking for a trail that's as challenging as it is breathtaking? Look no further than Mountaintown Creek Trail in Ellijay, Georgia. This trail has quickly become a bucket-list ride for mountain bikers seeking the perfect mix of adrenaline-pumping descents, technical terrain, and scenic beauty.
Navigating to the trailhead can be a bit tricky. From Atlanta, the most straightforward way is to follow I-75 North to I-575 North, changing into Georgia Highway 515 as you approach East Ellijay. For more detailed directions, refer to the comprehensive guide mentioned at the end of this article.Note: The section of road known as FS 64 is closed 4 miles past Potato Patch, which means you cannot drive all the way to Buddy Cove Gap parking lot. But you can drive to the Three Forks lot.
The trail kicks off with a steep, root-filled descent that will give your arms, legs, and brake pads a good workout. Watch out for some pretty big, repeated hits; they come up fairly often and can make your ride a bumpy one.
The second part of the ride is where the trail earns its reputation for technicality. You'll be crossing Mountaintown Creek multiple times, and although some crossings are rideable, you will likely put a foot down at least once. So, pack an extra pair of socks.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can link up Mountaintown Creek Trail with Pinhoti 1 and Pinhoti 2 trails as part of the Singletracks Brutal Loop ride, extending your adventure to a whopping 32 miles. Alternatively, for a lesser forest road ride, you can opt for a 21-mile "lollipop layout" that involves the South Fork trail and the Pinhoti Trail north of Mountaintown Creek.Warning: Given the remote nature of this trail, it's advisable to have a bear bell. Some riders have reported treed baby bears and glimpses of a mother bear.
The consensus among riders is clear: Mountaintown Creek Trail is not for the faint-hearted. The climbs are steep and strenuous, but the downhill sections and natural scenery more than make up for it.
Whether you're in it for the thrill of the descent, the technical challenges, or the beautiful backdrops, Mountaintown Creek Trail offers a unique blend that makes it a must-ride trail in North Georgia. Plan your ride carefully, bring your A-game, and prepare for an unforgettable cycling experience.