Blue Ridge has some great mountain biking trails in North Georgia for the beginner and more rugged terrain for the experienced riders. The 2 most popular mountain biking trails are the Aska trails and South Fork Trail and Loop ride in the nearby Cohutta national forest just west of Blue Ridge. These are also incredible Blue Ridge hiking trails.
The trails at Aska are the older of the two and mostly singletrack, which requires more concentration for some of the higher elevation trails. These Aska trails were previously hiking trails that were opened up for biking. The Stanley Gap trail is very tight near the top of Rocky Mountain and can be even more challenging if there is some winter snow on the ground like earlier this week. But hey most mountain bikers live for singletrack, so you`ll love the challenge and can relax in the hot tub when you return to your mountain cabin retreat! The 2 major Aska trails are Deep Gap on Aska Road and Stanley Gap on Stanley Creek Road, which runs between the two if you have the energy and time.
In addition to the hardcore mountain biking trails, there is a short 2.3-mile beginner trail called Turkey Farm Loop just across the road. The Turkey Farm Loop is longer but is mostly a gravel trail along the Forest Service roads.
|The Aska Trails include Long Branch 2.3 mile loop, Flat Creek 5 mile loop, Green mountain Trail, Stanley Gap and Loop Trail and Lake Blue Ridge Trail. The area is accessed from Aska Road parking area at Deep Gap and from Stanley Gap and Shady Falls Road. A mixture of single track and former logging roads with elevations changes of 1,700 feet area encountered. The trails offer gentle to moderate hiking grades, but are challenging for mountain bikes.
Directions: From Blue Ridge, go east 0.25 mile on Old US 76 to Aska Road. Turn right (south) and continue 4.5 miles to Deep Gap. The trail crosses the road just below gap. To reach Stanley Gap, go on Aska Road an additional 3 miles to Stanley Gap Road. Turn right on a gravel road and travel 4.2 miles to the trailhead. To reach the lakeshore, go 2.5 miles on the Aska Road and turn left on Campbell Camp Road. Travel 2 miles on forest Service Road 711 to the trailhead.
Long Branch Loop
Easy 2.3 miles on old roadbed and doubletrack (estimate time .5 hours) Highlights - Green Mountain views, creek crossing, fantastic beginner loop
Flat Creek Loop
Moderate 5.9 mile singletrack with some roadbed (estimate 1.5 hours) Highlights - water lovers will enjoy the creek crossings, many rocks, and great views
Green Mountain Trail
Extreme 7.7 miles of singletrack (estimate time 2 hours) Highlights - enjoy overlooking Lake Blue Ridge, descend to the lake, and then climb back up
Stanley Gap Trail
Extreme 5 mile one way on
singletrack with some old roadbed (estimate 1.5 hours) Highlights - awesome singletrack, fun downhill and you get to experience a 3,365 elevation
Stanley Creek Loop
Easy 1.4 mile gravel Forest Services road and 1.4 mile singletrack with some roadbed (estimate 1 hour) Highlights - excellent scenery along Stanley Creek, with long singletrack gradual climbs to help you guild up your leg strength
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Lake Blue Ridge Trail
|Easy 0.6 mile loop trail follows the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge and offers a beautiful view of the lake. It is a relatively flat trail that is perfect for families with young children.
Directions: Take Aska Road to Dry Branch Road. Turn left and go 3 miles to the entrance of the Blue Ridge Recreation Area. The trail begins and ends in the picnic area.
Cohutta National Forest District Trails
South Fork Trail & Loop Ride
Moderate 2.9 miles singletrack on old logging roadbed and 5.2 miles on gravel forest road (estimate time 1.5 hours) Highlights - awesome waterfalls, mountain vistas, long forest road downhill
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