Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Dahlonega with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Rode a 14.2 mile route option. Roughly 6 mile climb to summit and alternating downhills and some climbs for the return. Beautiful creeks and falls along 224A and 77A trails.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great trails.

Trail was easy to find. The porta potty had a sign on it that said due to lack of donation they are unable to keep up with the maintenance. Started walking the trail, and it was very pleasant, but NOT clearly marked. There are no trees marked in between trail markers and it is very easy to end up off course. We ended up miles off the loop turning a 9 mile loop into a 13.5 mile hike before we finally called forestry because we were running out of light.

Fantastic very diverse trail system. Time flies while hiking it. Lots of surprises along the way.

Good easy/moderate hike to just be outside. Trail was in decent shape but no views. No indication in description that we would have to cross a creek. Found a tree that had fallen across upstream & climbed over that way.

mountain biking
11 months ago

The trailhead location is accurate on this site and easy to find. It has a detailed map, parking and even a porta-potty.

The trails have a good mix of downhill sections, climbs and flowy single track. There is probably 50miles of riding out there.

I like to think I'm in good shape but haven't been on my bike in a long time. Even riding a heavier bike (trek remedy 8) I was able to ride continuously and had a good time.

I will definitely return and met some locals who say they ride there nearly every weekend without getting bored of it.

hiking
11 months ago

Great Autumn hike. The Jake Mountain Trail Loop has moderate downhills and uphills. Nothing too strenuous. We encounters two Jones Creeks crossings, One was mid shin (we removed our hiking boots to cross) and the other we used rocks to cross.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

quiet beautiful trail.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's a great trail, plenty of elevation and it's pretty remote. The only downsides are there's a lot of poison ivy and a lot of ticks. If you're bringing a dog, make sure you give them tick medicine ahead of time, and that you use a lot of deet on yourself. Otherwise, great hike!

mountain biking
Friday, June 09, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

I responded to the rong one sorry. This a great experience and it pushes you to your limits.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

I give this a 3 star because it wasnt what I was expecting it was suppose to be a chalenge but it wasnt.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Definitely a nice but challenging trail

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

LOVE riding horses here!!

We had a blast out here biking! Definitely challenging at some points but tons of fun as you ride from west to east.

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...

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Love these trails! It has everything you want in a mountain bike trail. Climbs, views, creek crossings, descents., etc. The local bike group and horse community have done a great job. It is well marked and a blast!

Great single track! Did blue trail first but had to stop about a mile in - creek too wide and too deep to cross without soaking shoes (too cold for that). The purple trail has steady climb but well worth it. I bike with my dogs - this trail looks like it has lots of horse visitors.

The Climb Up Bull Mnt Trail in Counter Clock Wise Direction has some technical and Steep Parts!!

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.

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.

mountain biking
Friday, December 07, 2012

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.

hiking
Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lot of up and downs but fun down hills.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2012

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.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2011

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.

Beautiful streams.

A few difficult areas.

Stream crossings.

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