Bear Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.51 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 5,800 ft
↓ 6,600 ft
2,843
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Blue Ridge Mountain singletrack at its finest. This out-n-back trail weaves its way upwards through shaded valleys and semi-steep hills. The trail is an equal mix of narrow singletrack and old fireroad doubletrack. The climb to the overlook is rewarded with a wicked downhill spin that brings you back to your starting point. The lower points of this trail are nearly always a little bit damp and tacky, but the trail is rideable nearly year-round because it drains so well into Bear Creek. There are several creek crossings and switchbacks to make things fun. Stop and take a picture at the Gannet Poplar, a very old and massive tree along the trail. Numerous trailheads are in the area, but the preferred route is to park on Gates Chapel Rd and ride up FS 90 to the small parking area where the singletrack starts.


From the parking area, ride up the gravel road, bearing left at the sign for the Bear Creek trail approx. 1 1/2 miles to the trailhead (there is a small parking area at the trailhead, but we always ride the gravel road as a warm-up). There are two trails here, but take the one beside the information kiosk. The other way is not meant for humans. After crossing a small, rocky creek, stay left at the sign for the Bear Creek Loop trail. After climbing two short whoops right beside the creek, follow the hard left switchback uphill (do NOT cross the logs and continue straight). Continue up the singletrack to the forest service gate. At the grassy clearing, continue to the LEFT, uphill on the doubletrack. After crossing through a wide but shallow creek, go left downhill to the gate and onto the gravel road. Turn right on the gravel road and continue up approx. 1/2 mile to the overlook. Enjoy the view! Continue to ride up the gravel road another couple hundred yards to the sign for the upper parking lot. Turn into the lot and follow the singletrack trail downhill. There are several hard switchbacks and the trail will dump you out back at the wide shallow creek. Continue the ride back downhill the same way you climbed up!
added by RebusDoubletrack January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Any recommendations on cabins to rent close to Bear Creek Trail? Must be pet-friendly and have Internet (working vacation). -ASK_1969

A: Mulberry Gap

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Bunny Hop

November 25, 2015
spike07 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is by far the best trail I have ridden to date. The app direction do not take you to the main bear creek trail head but to the bear creek spur trail head. take Hwy 52 west to mile marker 8 (on left side of the road); turn right onto Gates Chapel; go 5.4 miles to small bridge; park on the side of the road. (Please do not use the side of the road as an outhouse or changing facility! Our local neighbors don't appreciate the sights!) ^^^ That might help!

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Gramcounter

November 22, 2015
jezones Gramcounter  
 
Review: It's a great trail in both directions, it's a great climb to the top and a even more fun to bomb down to the bottom. Lots of creek crossing and rocks and jumps. Pretty much everything a mountain biker could want.

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Gnarly


November 14, 2015
Autocrat9 Gnarly  
 
Review: Beautiful place....with some serious climbing. But you know what they say what goes up must come down.....and once you get to the overlook.....it's all downhill from there. whew!

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Trailblazer

October 10, 2015
scotkrzy Trailblazer  
 
Review: I finally made it out of Florida to ride, the climb to the overlook taught me a few lessons about long grade climbs but well worth it, going down was excellent! As a Florida boy it was white knuckle for me, loved it!!! We did Bear creek & Pinhoti 1. Was really fun. We stayed at Ft Mountain State Park. Good trails there too.

Similar Trail: None in Florida lol

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Granny Gear

September 19, 2015
Gravitt Granny Gear  
 
Review: Loved the constant incline. Awesome trail.

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Gramcounter


September 5, 2015
LeighS68 Gramcounter  
 
Review: First time riding this trail. The ride up to the overlook was a gas, but so worth the descent on the other side. Must do trail

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Granny Gear

June 29, 2015
DanGennari Granny Gear  
 
Review: I enjoyed this trail. Plenty of hard work on the way up, and a fat fun paycheck on the way back down

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Gramcounter

June 5, 2015
dcluley Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode this in a long loop with Pinhoti. Bear Creek section wasn't that great, especially considering how many reviews give it so much praise. A great deal of the trail is just gravel fire roads and 2 track. I was expecting a lot more sweet singletrack. Lots of climbing, especially a long gravel climb up to the overlook if you loop it. There are some screaming downhills, but really the only part of this trail that was great is the last mile or two of singletrack downhill on the southeast side down to the creek crossing next to the parking lot. The giant Gennett Poplar tree was cool too, but overall not worth a long trip to ride this. Pinhoti, on the other hand was pretty cool.

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Gramcounter

June 15, 2015
Guest Gramcounter  
 
Review: I can agree. I first came here for bear creek and keep coming back for the sweet pinhoti 1-4 singletrack.

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Bunny Hop

May 23, 2015
scabbydog Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great single track, good speed and you can get some nice air of the drainage channels that run into bear creek.

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Doubletrack


May 7, 2015
 
Review: Bear Creek is a classic North Georgia trail!

The descent from the Bear Creek Overlook is one of the best in the state. Little Bear Creek (the very top) has a couple of tight and technical switchbacks. After crossing the wide, shallow creek you get a ripping fast, wide open double track descent.

Once you go through the gate the trail narrows and you'll be hauling ass through rhododendron. Eventually, you'll make a 180 degree switchback and you'll descend parallel to Bear Creek. This is the best part of the trail with lots of rocks to gap and jump off of. There are little bonus ninja lines everywhere.

This lower uber-fun section is also where you're most likely to see hikers, so be careful. It's also where you're likely to see BEARS. Ride fast, but in control. Give other trail users a wide berth and be friendly!

A classic loop is to ride Bear Creek > Pinhoti 1 > Pinhoti 2. If you've really got the legs, get Pinhoti 3 as an out and back in there as well.

If you're in the area don't miss this ride.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 2, Pinhoti 3

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Bear Creek MTB Trail 4.51 out of 5 based on 93 ratings. 93 user reviews.
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