|Bear Creek Trails General Information
|Mountain Bike Riding - This double-loop trail follows scenic Bear Creek through hemlock-cove hardwood forests and passes by the Gennett Poplar, an immense, old-growth yellow poplar tree. The 2-mile round trip to the “Big Poplar” makes a great family outing. Sections of the trail are narrow, steep, and the path crosses several streams. Mainly singletrack loop trail for intermediate to advanced riders. Some doubletrack. Great downhills and Whoop-de-doos. 2 mile dual track lead in to 4 mile single track loop with cross trails. There is no charge to use this popular trail.
Note: Hikers and campers use this area. Please use caution. Area includes graveled parking lot and vault toilet. Dispersed camping and garbage bins are available.
OHV Length: 22.7 miles
Reservations Reservations are not required. Campsites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees: Free limited dispersed camping and mountain bike trails.
Open: January 1
Restrictions: Helmets are required for motorbikes by State law.
Water: None - Restroom Facilities: 1 Vault facility
|Contact & GPS Location
|USDA Forest Service, Conasauga Ranger District office - Phone: 706-695-6736 Address: 3941 Highway 76, Chatsworth, GA 30705
The Conasauga Ranger District covers the western third of the Chattahoochee National Forest. A diverse set of landscapes make up the Conasauga district, from the ridges and valleys west of Interstate 75 to the Cohutta Mountains northeast of Chatsworh, GA. This part of the forest offers some of the best scenery and outdoor recreational activities in north Georgia.
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests - Phone: 770 297-3000
Address: 1755 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501
Office hours: Tuesday - Friday at 9 - 12 & 1-4 - Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
Directions to Bear Creek Trail: From Atlanta take I-75 N to I-575 N toward Ellijay. I-575 turns Georgia 5 (US 76) and leads to E. Ellijay. Turn left at the second light in E. Ellijay (past the Ingles and McDonald's) and cross the railroad tracks. Turn left onto GA 52 West. Take GA 52 Wt from Ellijay for 5 miles. Turn right at the Bear Creek campground sign onto Gates Chapel Rd and go 4.6 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 241 and go about 2 miles to the trailhead parking lot at the end of the road.
Bear Creek Trail GPS Location: Latitude at 34.819973 and Longitude at -84.565002.
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