Guidebook

The Best Off-Road Biking in Dahlonega, GA

Explore singletrack trails and gravel roads in the Appalachian Mountains above Dahlonega, Georgia.

Description

Dahlonega, Georgia, is best known as the town closest to the southern terminus of the famed Appalachian Trail. The AT may just be the most famous trail in the world, with thousands of hikers attempting to thru-hike it in its entirety every year.

While Dahlonega is first and foremost a hiker town, the beautiful Appalachian Mountains also offer superb opportunities for cyclists seeking to leave the traffic behind and head off the pavement, deep into the forest. The best singletrack mountain biking in the area is found in the nearby Bull and Jake Mountain Trail System, with a myriad of possible ride combinations available. But if you’d prefer to pedal gravel roads instead of trails, the options quickly become limitless!

Two of the best-known routes near Dahlonega are the Winding Stair Loop and the Noontootla Loop, a longer version of Winding Stair. But after exploring the best-known options, you’ll soon find yourself pulling out maps and planning your own gravel routes heading deep into the rugged mountains. The only limit to the intriguing routes you can create with a gravel bike is your imagination!

Bull and Jake Mountain Trail System
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bull and Jake Mountain Trail System

Dahlonega
44.1 km
1,348 m
1,348 m
Explore the southern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains on hard-packed Georgia clay in this IMBA Epic trail system.
Difficult
Private
Jake Mountain
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Jake Mountain

Dahlonega
26.5 km
699 m
699 m
The Jake Mountain trails are fast and flowy, but the short, steep climbs will keep you honest.
Moderate
Private
Bull Mountain
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bull Mountain

Dahlonega
26.8 km
860 m
860 m
One of the original iconic mountain bike rides in the Southeastern US still ranks among the best!
Severe
Private
Winding Stair Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Winding Stair Loop

Dahlonega
32.0 km
919 m
919 m
One of the most popular gravel rides in the North Georgia mountains.
Difficult
Private
Montgomery Creek Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Montgomery Creek Loop

Dahlonega
13.7 km
304 m
304 m
A beginner-friendly doubletrack ride in the North Georgia mountains.
Easy
Private
Noontootla Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Noontootla Loop

Dahlonega
64.2 km
1,756 m
1,756 m
A tough North Georgia gravel route that forms the basis for the popular Southern Cross race.
Difficult
Private