Bear Creek

Ellijay, Georgia 30540

Bear Creek

Bear Creek Professional Review and Guide

"The Gennet Brothers decision to spare a tulip popular, during the Depression, from the teeth of their crosscut saw resulted in another record. The Gennett Poplar, sporting an 18-foot girth at the bottom, is the most remarkable feature (among many) found on the 2.5-mile out-and-back singletrack (5 miles total) and the two loops (3-mile singletrack, plus a 7-miler, which uses some doubletrack).

The Atlanta REI restored this singletrack in a 1992 project, with help from its many friends. Save some extra time to ride up to Potatopatch Mountain for the wide view of the Cohuttas; Bear Creek is one of the oldest official mountain bike trails in Georgia."

Bear Creek Reviews

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Bear Creek trail is a fast trail if you are coming from the top of the mountain. It does offer plenty of room for riders till the last mile or so then it tightens up. There are some realy good jumps including one near the bottom by a popular campsite. there are also alot of rocks on this trail so you have do with thoes. if you go the other direction(uphill) you are in for a real hard cardiovascular workout.
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This is one of the best trails in North Georgia, well maintained by SORBA and the Cohutta Rangers, and always a great ride. The first two miles are climb, climb, climb and the rest is more of the same. Recommend riding to the top gate, follow the FS road a mile up to the overlook, then head on up another 1/2 mile to the upper parking lot and descend back down from there. The free ride down is worth the price of the climb. Otherwise ride up Bear and cruise around to Mountaintown Creek for a 20 mile grunt.
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This is my favorite N Ga ride. The climb is doable for fit beginners the views from the overlook are awesome and the downhill, I love that downhill. It flows better than anything else in the area. This author rates Bear creek as "easy" technically. For the climb I agree, but obviously they never let go of their brakes on the way down. As buff as the trail is, once you hit 20 MPH it gets very technical especially the creek crossings. Just watch out for oncoming traffic if you ride on weekends.

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Avoid hunting season, mid-fall to early winter. High water makes stream crossings ill-advised.
Cohutta Ranger District, National Forest Service, 706-695-6737
Local Contacts
Purchase the Chattahoochee National Forest map. USGS: Dyer Gap.
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Aug 2018