Bear Creek Trail and Loop

Ellijay, Georgia 30540

Bear Creek Trail and Loop

Bear Creek Trail and Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Bear Creek Trail is one of my favorites! In any season, the surroundings are beautiful. The lower, first section of trail runs along Bear Creek, crossing back and forth several times. The creek is noisy and beautiful, and the surrounding forest is dense and almost primeval. At mile 2.9 take a gander at the Gennett Poplar. This old tree’s immense size gives you a good idea of what the forest must have been like before the area was logged earlier this century. The fading roadbed that the trail follows is one of the few remaining signs of that logging. Once the trail leaves the creek, it climbs on open forest roadbed, with mostly moderate grades. The extra effort to get to the overlook is well rewarded with a view of the surrounding mountains, and a great view of Fort Mountain in the distance. If you look off to your left from the overlook in the valley far below, you can see part of the road you drove in on. The knowledge that the ride back is mostly downhill makes the view even sweeter. The descent on the return loop is a wide, open, gated forest roadbed with the singletrack line conveniently worn in for you. Put it on autopilot and hang on. One last steep downhill, and a technical creek crossing before the parking lot will wash any pesky bear scat off the bikes. Check out the campground on your way out. Tread: 3.1 miles on singletrack, 6.9 miles trail on roadbed, and 4.7 miles on gravel forest road."

More Bear Creek Trail and Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"The single track on this trail is just technical enough to test your skills, while riding across and alongside the stream is beautiful. You'll also pass the immense Gennett Poplar. Highlights: Woods roads, whoop-te-doos, great views, stream crossings, Gennett Poplar, one very steep uphill, wildlife openings"

"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 Trail and Loop Reviews

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3/18/2008
Tough uphill at first. The scenery was spectaclar, and the creek crossings fun. At the top (halfway through the ride) the descent begins with a beautiful, fast ride. The final descent back to the trail head is not for the faint at heart, but will certainly get the adrenaline going.
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10/11/2001
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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8/31/2001
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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8/25/2001
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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7/21/2001
Totally one of the most awesome trails that I've ridden. The scenery and the manic downhill return totally offsets the 1000ft climb to the top. I'm gonna need another dose real soon !
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Trail Information

Ellijay
Nearby City
14.7
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
2.5 hours
Duration
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,700 feet
Top Elevation
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Cohutta District, 706-695-6736
Local Contacts
USGS Dyer
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