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Best of Ellijay: The Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia

Ellijay is the self-proclaimed "Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia," but their claim holds water!

Description

Gilmer County, whose main city is Ellijay, has proclaimed itself the “Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia.” While perhaps assigning oneself that title may be a touch pretentious, the claim holds water. Fantastic singletrack spans the Cohutta mountains outside of Ellijay, with smaller trail systems situated in other locations throughout the county.

The vast majority of the riding near Ellijay consists of sinuous backcountry singletrack running up and down the steep North Georgia mountains. Tucked away beneath the deep forest canopy, some sections of singletrack are flowy hardpacked red Georgia clay, and other trail sections are filled with brutal boulder gardens and sketchy root webs.

Key trails include the Bear Creek Trail, one of the original IMBA Epics. Many of the other best mountain bike rides utilize segments of the Pinhoti Trail, a long-distance point-to-point trail running from north of Ellijay all the way to the Alabama Border. Add in burly moto descents and under-the-radar backcountry trails, and the mountain bike scene in Ellijay can go head-to-head against the best destinations in the Eastern USA!

Bear Creek -> Pinhoti 1 -> Pinhoti 2
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Bear Creek -> Pinhoti 1 -> Pinhoti 2

Ellijay
34.1 km
1,108 m
1,108 m
An epic ride on some of the best singletrack North Georgia has to offer.
Difficult
Private
Mountaintown Creek Loop

Mountaintown Creek Loop

Ellijay
31.3 km
1,053 m
1,053 m
One of North Georgia's longest, gnarliest, and most remote singletrack descents.
Severe
Private
Pinhoti 3 Loop

Pinhoti 3 Loop

Ellijay
15.0 km
469 m
469 m
A short, twisty singletrack descent beginning at a beautiful vista.
Moderate
Private
South Fork Loop

South Fork Loop

Ellijay
10.7 km
353 m
353 m
An isolated singletrack loop at the Pinhoti Trail's northern terminus.
Moderate
Private
Tibbs -> Milma -> Windy Gap Shuttle

Tibbs -> Milma -> Windy Gap Shuttle

Ellijay
11.7 km
223 m
825 m
A technical, remote shuttle in the Cohutta Mountains.
Severe
Private
Windy Gap Shuttle

Windy Gap Shuttle

Ellijay
6.3 km
54 m
630 m
An epic descent on a gnarly moto trail.
Severe
Private
Bear Creek Out-and-Back
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bear Creek Out-and-Back

Ellijay
19.8 km
628 m
628 m
A classic North Georgia singletrack ride along a rushing mountain stream.
Difficult
Private
Trail 301
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Trail 301

Ellijay
21.9 km
880 m
887 m
A classic mountain bike loop through Fort Mountain State Park with plenty of views, challenging terrain, and plenty of history.
Moderate
Private