Jake Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Jake Mountain Loop Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Directions from Dahlonega: Take GA Hwy. 52 west for 8.5 miles to Grizzle Store. Turn right onto Nimblewell Road and continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 28-1 and follow signs for the Bull Mountain parking area on Forest Service Road 83.

hiking
4 minutes ago

quiet beautiful trail.

mountain biking
15 days ago

mountain biking
15 days ago

Trail well maintained overall. Had 2 spots where there were downed trees that required carrying the bikes over. Both looked quite newly fallen.
It's not as technical from a root and bump perspective as what we have in south Florida, but it's much more challenging in the cardio aspect. Definitely a lot of climbing, so if you're not in top shape, you'll likely be pushing the bikes up the hill at some points like we did. However, the downhills were awesome.
The second creek crossing (going clockwise) is quite deep, so unless you plan to carry the bike, be sure to switch into a real granny gear to get through and climb out other side.
If you're not familiar with this trail system, be sure to look at the maps for the corresponding letters to the route you want. We didn't do so, resulting in a roughly 1 mile detour onto the Beaver Pond trail before we realized and had to back track.
Overall a great trail that was a lot of fun.

hiking
27 days ago

mountain biking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Not too strenuous. Did not see much wildlife but evidence of bears everywhere--watch your step!

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Friday, January 08, 2016

trail running
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Trail Run: ran in clockwise direction - very nice trail, well maintained. Has some good elevation changes (ups & downs), generally less strenuous than Bull Mountain climbs. 2 wide creek crossings, didn't see a way to keep from getting wet, but only knee deep. Will definitely do this trail again. Makes me want to get back up there for some mtb'ing.

Two things to note about the trail: 1. Alltrails lists it as 7.6 miles, it is actually 10 - when following the Orange blazes. 2. The location of the trailhead is way off in the map on Alltrails. It is not located on Black Mountain Rd, it is off 52 on Nimblewill Church Rd - just west of Dahlonega.

trail running
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Great mountain trail! Ran in fall, covered with leaves but had a blast. Started on Bare Hare in counterclockwise direction, connected to Bull Mtn trail about half way around. Be ready for climbing, elevation profile is basically uphill 6 miles, then downhill 6 miles. Has a bit of everything, rocks, roots, single track, FS road, and several creeks. Now to try Jake...

hiking
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, September 07, 2015

mountain biking
Saturday, November 30, 2013

I loved the trail. I did it in late November and it was beautiful. Plan some time and enjoy the little creeks and cool downhill rides. The Bull Mountain loop is not for beginners but is also not super advanced. The pin head is on the wrong spot, actually pretty far away. It took me 40 minutes to find the trailhead. Hear are the directions:
In Dahlonega, take GA52 West. Turn right on Nimblewill Church Rd....proceed 3-4 miles. Next, turn right on FS 28,(gravel rd.) continue on this for .4 miles. Make your first left on FS 83. It's 1.8 miles to the trailhead

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Not the little 3-minute hills at your grandmother's, but long sustained climbs. A course that will put hair on your chest. Zero cell coverage, so beware.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

mountain biking
Friday, December 07, 2012

Great MTB trail. In all fairness I only did half the trails because I was running out of light but enjoyed every bit of it. This is part of the Bull Mountian/Jake Mountain trail system. Get a map before you go and look out for horses and stop so you don't spook them. Despite the mess they leave behind the riders are polite and will help you if you get turned around. Park at the Jake Mountain parking area. Don't follow the signs for Bull Mountain connector unless you want to get a 20 mile ride in.