Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail

From the Ellijay town square follow GA Hwy 52 West 8 mi.
Turn R onto Gates Chapel Road 5 mi to FS 241
Take FS 241 up to the lower trailhead .
Alternately: Park on the side of Gates Chapel Road just past FS #241.
FS  241  1.2 mi.
Take L fork 2.0 mi. to
Lower Bear Creek trailhead. Continue straight along the creek going upstream on  Bear Creek trail (do not take the Bear Creek loop at this point).
Mile 2.5  Old logging road enters from left. Veer to the right and cross Little Bear Creek.
Mile 2.8  Cross Bear Creek.
Mile 2.9  Gennett Poplar tree on the left.
Mile 3.1  Turn right onto Bear Creek Loop.
Mile 3.3   Turn left onto gravel doubletrack.
Mile 3.9   Pinhoti trail exits to right continue straight on gravel doubletrack.
Mile 4.6   Gate across road, go around gate and continue straight on gravel doubletrack.
Mile 4.7    Primitive camping site.
Mile 5.7    Bear Creek Loop / Bear Creek Trail intersection

Turn L.  and descend back down via the Bear Creek Trail.

OR turn R   climbing another 1.5 mi.s to the Bear Creek Overlook


Bear Creek Trail — 3 Comments

  1. Looking at directions of Bear Creek Ride …….what is the total distance? ok for intermediate rider fron the flatlands of Florida? Are ther ways to get off at the different sections? Looks interesting but don’t want to get over my head!

    • It is what we locals consider an intermediate ride. From the trailhead on FS241 the trail is about 4 mile climb to the overlook. This is staying on the main trail and not turning right on the Bear Creek Loops. It is a moderate climb, you go thru two Forest Service gates then turn right on the gravel road and climb another 150 yards and you are at the overlook, great photo opp. Then bomb back down.
      We have a free map at the Cartecay River Bicycle Shop in downtown Ellijay.

  2. I got to see what real mountain biking is like when we visited Ellijay and rode Bearcreek. Pinhoti 1 and 2 were great and for a Florida boy our hills are man made and at best 60 feet of climbing. We didn’t know what to expect. What a workout climbing for 3.5 miles before going down at all. The down side of Pinhoti 2 was a fast ride. Great time and look forward to coming back. Thanks to Cartecay bike shop and Larry Alonso for info.

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