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.
off road driving
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.
Not too strenuous. Did not see much wildlife but evidence of bears everywhere--watch your step!
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
A great mountain biking trail. You'll run into horses pretty regularly here too so watch out for what they leave behind! Park at the Jake Mountain parking off of Nimble Bridge rd on the left. Take a trail map with you or you could get yourself in trouble. You can do Bull Moutain in a couple of hours and then add Jake for another 1.5 and you've got an epic MTB ride.
Lot of up and downs but fun down hills.
Great trails for horses. Get them in shape before you go though, some are rough but well worth it. Beautiful views, great primitive camping by the creeks.
This is a great hiking area. Not many hikers. Occasional biker or horse.
Nice steady climb. Beautiful views. Great Mountain Laurel.
Many different trails.
10 miles to 25 miles.
A few difficult areas.