ATV Trails – Some excellent Georgia ATV trails can be found in:
Chattahoochee National Forest. The Locust Stake OHV Trail System is just west of Toccoa. This 9.4 mile (15.1 km) trail is suitable for motorcycles, 3, and 4 wheel ATV vehicles, but nothing over 48 inches (1.2 meters) wide. These trails can be very difficult. Only licensed vehicles with licensed drivers are allowed. Open April1 – December 31. www.atvfan.com/Georgia_ATV
Oakey Mountain – Oakey ORV trail is follows a long mountain ridge high in the North Georgiamountains. This trail has about the highest altitude in of any trail in Georgia except Wind Gap Cycle trail which if for dirt bikes only. The trails is has a few difficult hill climbs. www.atvtrails.org/Oakey.html
Moates Knob – Available for 3 & 4 wheel ATV’s and motorcycles, the 3.5 mile Moates Knob ATV Trail is rated moderate. Primarily a spur of the Oakey Mountain ORV Trail, Moates Knob ATV Trail forms a loop at the Habersham/Rabun counties line. www.mountaintravelguide.com
Mountain bikers of all levels flock to Rabun County too for its challenging array of trails. Single track, double track, and forest roads combine to create numerous trail options. A few local favorites include:
High Bluff Trail – Located within Tallulah Gorge State Park, the 4 mile (round trip) the trail is rated moderate and is available for hiking and mountain biking.
Stonewall Falls and White Twister Trail: This 7.8 mile mountain bike loop is comprised of a mixture of old US Forest Service roads, old logging roads and single-track. The trail crosses Stonewall Creek four times and takes riders by the beautiful Stonewall Creek Waterfalls. The Saga Mountain lookout point provides an awesome view of mountains including Rabun Bald (Georgia’s second highest mountain), Standing Indian, Tiger Mountain and Black Rock Mountain. The White Twister Trail gets its name from the 4.5 miles of winding, twisting, roller coaster route it flows. Enjoy stunning views of the Stonewall Falls and the cooling, protective canopy of the forest on this exciting and rewarding trail. www.fs.usda.
High Bluff and Stoneplace Trails at Tallulah Gorge: Located at Tallulah Gorge State Park, this moderately difficult out-and-back trail system has a 2 mile moderately technical section of trail called the High Bluff trail. It terminates into older road beds which become the Stoneplace trail and descends to the Stoneplace boat ramp on Lake Tugaloo. Once you get to the boat ramp, the ride back is all ascending. Lake Tugaloo is a primitive lake formed by the Chattooga and Tallulah rivers. www.fs.usda.gov
For more information on local riding routes and trails, call or visit the welcome center, or contact the SORBA Northeast Georgia chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Road Biking – Exploring Rabun County by bicycle is the perfect way to soak in all the natural beauty of the area. Road bikers will find a vast number of possible routes. The steep terrain provides difficult climbs and thrilling down-hills – all surrounded by the incredible vistas for which Rabun County is famous.
Lake Burton Ride – this is 21 miles of fun, scenic cycling with only one short steep hill. There are plenty of stores for stopping. www.sadlebred.com/maps/lake_burton.pdf
Lake Rabun Ride – a ride that is fun and fast but not difficult. There is a two-mile long climb near the end that goes over Glassy Mountain but is not steep. Total ride: 38 miles. Take extra water as there are no stores until near the end. www.sadlebred.com/maps/lake_wp_.pdf
Little Tennessee River Valley Ride – A great ride, short but fun with no traffic. Locals describe this as the most beautiful and fun short ride inRabunCounty. The valley is beautiful, the terrain is not very hilly and the road is a winding, twisting roller coaster. The ride is approximately 18 miles long. www.sadlebred.com/maps/little_tn_valley.pdf