Iron Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides
"The single track portion of this trail twists and winds along the side of Iron Mountain while a forest road takes you to an old tower site with spectacular views. If the river is up, be sure to take the alternate high-water route at the beginning to avoid being swept away."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume III: A Guide to Mountain Biking in North Georgia (Milestone Press).
"The connecting trail from the Iron Mountain Trail to the Conasauga River Trail creates a challenging warm-weather loop opportunity. The connector trail includes sidehill singletrack and an exhilarating downhill, with a river fording thrown in for good measure. The trail crosses the state line and travels in Tennessee for several miles. The last section of the Conasauga River Trail runs on an old timber railroad bed along the banks of the Conasauga River for just over 4 miles. The grade is minimal, and this section makes an excellent, easy out-and-back from the opposite direction. The section along the river in Tennessee is beautiful, with several stopping places to gaze upon the river, or fish, or skip rocks. The sidehill singletrack approach to the river is freshly cut, and the preceding downhill is one of the better ones in this area. There is an overlook on the gated fire road that opens in three directions, giving beautiful vistas of the Cohuttas, and views into Tennessee."
--Alex Nutt, Mountain Biking Georgia (Falcon Guides).
"This configuration of the Iron Mountain Trail is an easier winter loop of forest roads and singletrack. The loop includes a moderate climb on a gravel forest road, which deposits you at the trailhead with 4.5 miles of singletrack ahead of you. The ride ends with a refreshing ford through the Conasauga River just below the finish point. On a hot day this ford is perfect for a postride cool-down. The first half of the loop is on gravel forest and county roads. The second half is mostly singletrack, with a series of short downhills depositing you at the river crossing. An opening in the trees along one ridge affords views of the surrounding hills. A section of the trail runs through a dense old pine forest, where the whispered sounds of your passing are hushed by the ground cover. In fall, the hardwood forested ridges offer excellent leaf-watching. The series of dozer-built water bars on the last downhill make great launching pads. Tread: 4.4 miles on gravel forest road, and 4.1 miles on singletrack, some on old roadbeds."
"This 12-mile loop follows an old railroad grade for about 5 miles on the north bank of the Conasauga River. The southern seven miles, mostly singletrack, climb up the side of Iron Mountain, which straddles the Tennessee-Georgia border. The southern section has three distinct climbs, in addition to having two creek crossings before the last ford of the Conasauga River. The occasionally steep climbs may require a push for short stretches, but the fast, smooth drops make all the work worth it. One especially nice overlook, with Iron Mountain on the left, looks down the Alaculsy Valley. Other views show the peaks of the Cohuttas jutting up on the horizon like biceps. Two river crossings are required; these are not possible at high water levels or advised during periods of cold weather."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
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