Stanley Gap Trail

Blue Ridge, Georgia

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Previously part of the ride known as Rich Mountain, the Stanley Gap Trail is a wonderful stretch of pure Georgia mountain singletrack. The trail shares part of its length with the Benton-MacKaye Trail, one of the best hiking trails in the Southeast. After the steep, rooty initial climb, you will find yourself on a stretch of narrow singletrack cut into the steep side of the mountain. At an elevation of 3,365 feet, you’re near the peak of Rocky Mountain, the high point of the ride (this is one of the higher rides in the state). The views from the ridges make the first climbs worth the effort. If you have underdressed for cold weather, you’ll feel it here. The Benton-MacKaye Trail leaves the bike trail near this point. The narrow singletrack along the higher ridges keeps your attention focused on the trail while the scenery in any season tempts you to gaze into the distance. Just past Rocky Mountain, a saddleback ridge offers a nice area for a break, with plenty of great views. Tread: 5 miles on singletrack, some on old roadbed.
Mountain Biking Georgia

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Mountain Biking Georgia

by Alex Nutt (Falcon Guides)

Previously part of the ride known as Rich Mountain, the Stanley Gap Trail is a wonderful stretch of pure Georgia mountain singletrack. The trail shares part of its length with the Benton-MacKaye Trail, one of the best hiking trails in the Southeast. After the steep, rooty initial climb, you will find yourself on a stretch of narrow singletrack cut into the steep side of the mountain. At an elevation of 3,365 feet, you’re near the peak of Rocky Mountain, the high point of the ride (this is one of the higher rides in the state).

The views from the ridges make the first climbs worth the effort. If you have underdressed for cold weather, you’ll feel it here. The Benton-MacKaye Trail leaves the bike trail near this point. The narrow singletrack along the higher ridges keeps your attention focused on the trail while the scenery in any season tempts you to gaze into the distance. Just past Rocky Mountain, a saddleback ridge offers a nice area for a break, with plenty of great views. Tread: 5 miles on singletrack, some on old roadbed.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Blue Ridge
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,365 feet
Local Contacts: Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Blue Ridge District, 706-632-3031
Local Maps: USGS Blue Ridge
Topo Map: Stanley Gap Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking Georgia Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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12/29/2008

Walked the trail with my wife and German Shepherd. Nice mix of inclines and flat areas. Easy on dogs feet. Great vistas from many points and not too many people along the way.

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