Bear Creek Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Bear Creek Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ellijay, GA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.1 miles 2863 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Downhill track for the bear creek trail system. Top speeds get up to 30+ The uphill is continuous but the overview look is well worth it. The downhill back down is blistering fast and has many air opportunities on the way down. Watch out for other trail users.

hiking
2 months ago

Hard to find but worth the drive. I encountered only two people (both on bikes) while hiking. Very dog friendly. My pup loved the creek crossings and laughed at me when I lamented wet shoes. Full loop took us only 3 or so hours. Beautiful forest and quiet. The Gannett poplar was amazing but horribly scarred by others carving the trunk.

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful but I would rate the hike as a black skiing mountain! Trail not well marked. Got lost and ended up hiking a total of 11.4 miles. Some very steep inclines. Not for kids unless you want to end up carrying them or shooting yourself from the whining.

hiking
5 months ago

Well, me and my uncle decided to go for a hike to Bear Creek Trail. While hiking the trail we heard loud screams. Thinking nothing of it we kept moving until we got to the Gennett Poplar Tree. While looking at the tree that we came here to see, I started taking pictures while not noticing that there was something up in the tree. Walking down to the tree I started to read sketching sick people wrote into the tree. Examining the beauty of the tree, as I looked up I saw a baby bear cub up on one of the limbs. Usually meaning the mama was really close by. While this bear was looking into my soul, I instantly took off. Keeping in mind that it would have taken the bear a few minutes to get down that tree. Let's just say we hightailed it out of there! We now understand why it is called bear Creek Trail. LOL!

7 months ago

Bear Creek Trail is a seven mile loop trail located in North Georgia. The trail features some interesting scenery, such as Bear Creek, countless stream crossings and the giant poplar tree.

The trail itself is not particularly exciting on the second half of the loop, but the first section is quite lovely as it follows the creek closely. The second half of the loop is essentially a fire or service road and is not particularly exciting. A few views along the way of the valleys below make this section bearable (get it?).

Mountain bikers love this trail, which is fine, but I always prefer to hike without the fear of being runover in the middle of a blind curve. This almost happened to my group twice on our hike.

I will likely not return. It's a fine trail, well-maintained and clean. But it's not what I want from a day's hike.

8 months ago

Take the Bear Creek Trail to the big Poplar tree. It is a 7 mile loop. Very beautiful. We came in April. Awesome temperature. My dog loved it too! be careful on the streams. I fell walking on a log.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the best hikes I've done in Georgia! I had an absolute blast here. The trail is dog friendly, but I would advice your furry friend to be larger, as the creek crossing are hard with a smaller dog. The trail is slightly longer than it states here, as I clocked in a total of 7.5 miles at finish. There are some places there are poorly marked, so I'd advise downloading the topo map

11 months ago

Be prepared to get your feet wet. Other than that it was great!

11 months ago

Gorgeous! Love it!

hiking
2 years ago

I'm always impressed with this place because it's home to a pretty big tree, as far as the Appalachians are concerned. Yes, it's a forest road. It isn't a big deal if you like off-roading like I do. Yes, it's hard to find. It's because they don't want people to find it. Yes, I'll repeat it and will do so for three reasons: tree, jeep, creek. Don't worry if you don't have a 4-wheel drive. I've made the drive in the summer months in a Nissan Stanza. Do worry if you have a problem finding your balance. There are several stream crossings over slick rocks. I had the pleasure of hiking this trail with my grandma once, and she showed me up crossing the streams. I had wet feet, and she had a grin on her face, but she grew up five miles from here. I think she wins. Grandmas usually do.

2 years ago

Ok. Forest Rd much of
The time. Beautiful trail along the creek. Found a perfect ENO spot along the river by the loop trail. Not
A repeater, but it has some nice spots.

hiking
2 years ago

Was not impressed. The trailhead itself is a bit hard to find and may require a 4x4 during wet weather. As said before,the hike to the tree is easy and enjoyable, and the tree is a must. Other than that, I suggest you hike in for the tree and back out. We ended up taking a left instead of a right (sign said both were the loop), alas not so. After walking a long while on a logging road, we hit a dead end and turned back around. Guess we should have gone right.

hiking
2 years ago

I used a gps mapping app and it recorded 8.38 miles. The trail was easy and we completed the loop in about 3 and 1/2 hours. Beautiful creeks. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Be vigilant of mountain bikes on trail.

hiking
2 years ago

Trail to the poplar and back is an easy going trail. The tree is something to see. The actual full loop trail is not marked very well and if you are not careful, you will end up off the trail. Very nice area though.

hiking
2 years ago

The map for this trail is awful! The scenery is fabulous and the trail is easy to moderate, but you will not know for sure where you the first time and there's always the fear that you won't make it out before dark. Go with someone who knows the trail the first time.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy/moderate trail with shaded loop and a couple creeks.

hiking
3 years ago

The forests are beautiful, and Bear Creek is home to Georgia's 2nd largest tree, too. Also, there are lots of creek-crossing, so bring waterproof shoes or sandals. The wildlife is beautiful and the trails are moderate on difficulty. One of my favorites. Also, the parking lot and the road there is small (not even two cars can drive in opposite directions). So, be cautious of that.

hiking
4 years ago

Hiked the trail this past weekend! Going back soon but with a mountain bike. There is an awesome 3.5 mile down hill section that is accessible by car. Just take two vehicles or your can use a shuttle service that is available. A must if your already near fort mountain!!!

mountain biking
4 years ago

This trail was great!! The climb wasn't too bad and when you get to the top it's a good resting spot with a great view.

Going down was a lot of fun. There are small jumps and berms that you can hit at 20mph - 30mph.

I would definitely do this trail again as well as recommend it to friends.

But pay attention to your surroundings, me and my friend saw a black bear with some cubs, not really what you want to run into.

hiking
4 years ago

Nice trail and some unique views for Georgia. We only did about 1.6 miles in since we were with our 18 month old son. First half mile is beautiful. Very lush green old forest that comes down to a beautiful water crossing. Rest of loop until we turned back was not particularly interesting, although there's probably some great views in the fall and winter when there's less leaves on trees. Note that it's a fairly long drive up The mountain to get to the trail. It's a nice scenic drive though. There's a waterfall and picnic area on the way up worth stopping at too.