If the Pinhoti's full trail system seems intimidating but you're eager for a sample, Stover Creek Loop is the answer. This 7-mile route offers an eclectic mix of landscapes, challenges, and thrills. Traversing Middle Mountain and touching Hurricane Mountain, the loop is an epitome of balance—a testing uphill climb, some technical rocky stretches, and finally a rewarding 2-mile downhill ride.
Getting to Stover Creek Loop is pretty straightforward. After taking exit 326 from I-75, head west on Carbondale Road for a mile, then make a right on Redwine Cove Road. After another 2 miles, take a right onto Stover Creek Road, which eventually turns into gravel road FS 207. A gated parking area about 1.5 miles in welcomes you to the trailhead at FS 207A.
Getting StartedTo locate the loop, climb up the 207A gravel road until reaching the top. There, make a right onto the Pinhoti Trail singletrack. Miss the turn and you'll soon find yourself descending or crossing a creek, thus losing the loop. But even if you do, a fantastic out-and-back trail experience along Middle Mountain Ridge still awaits you.Trail Highlights
Stover Creek Loop serves as an abridged yet substantial rendition of the larger Pinhoti trail system. It brings together a bit of everything—elevation changes, technical skills, and a good share of adrenaline. Though the trail's upkeep might require attention, especially post-storm, it is an exciting blend of challenges and scenic beauty. For those living in or traveling through Dalton, this loop is not to be missed.