Bear Creek

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10
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 4,700 ft
↓ 4,200 ft
2,843
elevation (ft)
5.3
avg mph
284
ridden
225
wishlist
2:12
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
4.51 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Rebus Doubletrack on December 31, 2002
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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!
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Roy Cohutta on September 6, 2014
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Review: I screwed up and crashed on my last outing here and had to go to the ER. I was at the end of a few hours of riding and quite close to the lower trailhead in the Bear Creek Loop, having already done the Bear Creek Trail going up and the Bear Creek Loop coming down. (I've ridden down the Creek Trail before.). Anyway I crashed on something fairly easy. Here is the result: http://flic.kr/p/oLithw

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Lesley Hart on September 4, 2014
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Review: This is an awesome trail. It is a hell of an up hill but worth it when you come back down it.

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Hilton on August 19, 2014
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Review: The mileage is way off, I dont understand. The description says 10 miles. It's actually a 4 mile out and back. This is one of the best trails in the state? How can a 4 mile trail be one of the best? This is a great downhill run that is it.

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Matt Wooddy on October 22, 2014
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Review: 4 miles up, 4 miles back plus extra 2 miles near the trailhead that you probably didn't ride = 10 miles
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manreet on August 18, 2014
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Review: Great loop in the Pinhoti system

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 1 and Pinhoti 1

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j.ewing on August 9, 2014
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Review: Great trail. Hell of a climb to overlook, but awesome downhill.

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Roy Cohutta on July 30, 2014
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Review: I rode Bear Creek on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Bear Creek Trail is in outstanding shape. It is very well marked with signage and there are good maps on the trail.

If you are new to this trail, just remember that there is the Bear Creek Trail and the Bear Creek Loop. Bear Creek LOOP is an additional trail generally located to the east of Bear Creek TRAIL. I only did Bear Creek Trail as an out and back / up and down.

Started at Gates Chapel Road (lower elevation) and rode up FS 241. (I also took a detour on purpose by going to the camp-ground.) There is a sign where Pinhoti I goes to the west. You cannot miss the Gennett Poplar - there are even railings / signs. I did the little loop at the top where you can check out the overlook on FS 68.

My trip odometer showed 12.6 miles, starting and finishing at Gates Chapel Road, short detour at campground, out and back on Bear Creek Trail. Since I did it that way, my odometer did not match the easily seen mile markers on the trail.

This wonderful trail is nothing to be afraid of if you know and follow your limitations on the few technical spots. Be prepared for a few rocks and small stream crossings. As far as fitness, it is about 5-6 miles uphill, but it is very doable if you stay within yourself. The warm up on FS 241 is a good idea.

I will try to add some photos on this site, and also on my flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbinv/ shortly.

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pikletreestem on July 6, 2014
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Review: These trails are great once you find them... I choose to drive up the FSR to the small parking area at the base of the trail. It was a little muddy w/ all the rain of the past few days but my 2004 Ford Taurus Made it just fine! The initial ride is great up until I got to the FSR and took a right into some very tall grass and thorny branches that were over growing the trail. Guess I should Have gone left? So be careful and check for ticks! Once I got to the "top" there was no real "overlook" that I could see through the trees. I must have gone the wrong way? The back downhill section was amazing! Just watch out for the low laying tree about half way down, trust me there's no way riding under it. A few wet crossings to round it all out and this place is a lot of fun!!

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cavermatthew on June 25, 2014
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Review: uphill is a great workout! 5 miles of just up hill in one part. And near the upper trail head GREAT views. switch backs, fast downhill challenging maneuvers through creeks and rocky terrain AWESOME trail. also if your looking for a longer trail it hooks up with the Pinhoti trail. highly recommend it.

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cavermatthew on June 25, 2014
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Review: uphill is a great workout! 5 miles of just up hill in one part. And near the upper trail head GREAT views. switch backs, fast downhill challenging maneuvers through creeks and rocky terrain AWESOME trail. also if your looking for a longer trail it hooks up with the Pinhoti trail. highly recommend it.

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robkiser on June 18, 2014
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Review: Great trail took my 8yo son and we had a blast. Up hill is a long way but well worth it for the long fun downhill. The creek crossings were my sons favorite parts we stop and played in the water for a bit and it made for a good rest for dad.

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Peresite70 on June 11, 2014
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Review: Long flowing double and single track trail! Very scenic with only a couple technical spots. A few creek crossing which are really fun to. Riding Bear Creek into P1 & P2 is a super fun time!!

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Fit4Life28 on June 10, 2014
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Review: This trail is amazing and more fun than I had imagined. My group stayed at the Mulberry Gap bike park and had them shuttle us to the Bear Creek trail head from there we linked into Pinhoti 1 & 2. I was very impressed with how well this whole trail network is put together and maintained. Can't wait to come back!!

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foodlover36 on May 26, 2014
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Review: Great ride. Started at the trailhead at the top. Great downhill along bear creek to the lower parking lot, passing gannett poplar. Climb up other side and around bear creek is great. In order to show respect to the ride you have to do the climb.

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Daniel Loudermilk on May 13, 2014
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Review: Man this was a fun trail. We were shuttled to the top by the nearby bike resort. All downhill from there (In a good way). Tons of jumps and some fun creek crossings as well.

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nohyphens on April 7, 2014
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Review: While Pinhoti trail systems in the nearby region are certainly more challenging, Bear Creek is definitely much faster and provides many more opportunities for airtime than most other trails in the area. Mostly fire road, especially near the summit, but the views are spectacular and the downhill can't be beat.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti

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mtnchemist on March 9, 2014
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Review: Awesome trails!!!! Had Wes at mulberry gap drive us up. (We are from Florida, and was very limited on time). Took the DH on my epic and my wife took them on her stunt jumper. It was so much fun! Skinny trails, at times, awesome creek crossings!! By Wes recommendation we jumped on P1 and P2 next. Which was also great the P1 climb was a challenge, a very hard one.

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redwine.jon@gmail.com on November 4, 2013
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Review: Small amount of technical. Great workout going up, it's a blast going down. In answer to questions about bike rental- Cartecay Bike Shop in Ellijay. Mike's a great guy.

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jbond352 on October 21, 2013
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Review: All in all GREAT Georgia riding. We stayed in Mulberry Gap and chose the option to climb 5 miles up the fire road to get to the trailhead. Great descents, and tough climbs. I gave this trail a 4 out of 5 because I wished that it had a few more technical spots. Overall, it was a blast!

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MTI on September 28, 2013
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Review: Wow what a lot of fun. I started at Mulberry Gap MTB. Getaway and rode up to the trail. First section seemed very technical but after that one section I swear I caught more air than in all my year riding and I was at the back of the group on the downhill.

We connected with P1 with a super sweet climb than just fabulous and of course that led us to a super sweet downhill smooth the way I like it. After riding through a shallow stream it was uphill once more than another fine downhill to MG Road. What a great ride. Bear Creek alone I would say is a 4 but with P1 a 5.

Similar Trail: Other Pinhoti trails

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toprodtn on September 2, 2013
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Review: Do not take "Bear Creek Loop". This is mostly forest service road and is overgrown with weeds over your head and downed trees. If you start at the top (ie the parking lot above the Overlook on FS 68) and go down about 1.8 miles you will see a sign "Bear Creek Trail Head" and "Bear Creek Loop". Go to the right on Bear Creek Trail head and NOT left. But if you should go left it is FS road and 2.3 miles from the signs you will see a connector trail on your right that goes back to Bear Creek Trail (this is Pinhoti Trail) and comes out just above the Gennett Poplar. Do not go straight on Bear Creek Loop as you will run into completely over grown road and trail.

Similar Trail: nothing like it

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chraty on May 29, 2013
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Review: Lots to explore.

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Gtguy13 on January 2, 2013
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Review: Bear creek by itself is just OK, but when you pair it up with pinhoti 1 and pinhoti 2 (and pinhoti 3 if you're more of a masochistic) it really shines. My favorite route is to start by parking at mulberry gap because it is a good point to create a loop but also they let you use their nice shower and bath facilities they just ask that you make a donation. This route is tougher and not for a beginner.
So from mulberry gap I make a left and and head down the gravel road. I think it is the 2nd right but I can't quite remember. Anyways after the right turn it is close to a 5 mile up hill gravel grind you will pass a split or two but keep left. You will also pass the bear creek overlook. Then just a short ways after you pass a gated road on your right look for a road on your right and this will be the beginning of the bear creek trailhead. From there you blast all the way down the trail a few miles past the gennett poplar and through a few streams crossings until you see a sharp right turn going almost back up the way you came. If you hit the lower bear creek trail head you went too far. This is p1 which you can link to p2 and back to mulberry gap for a tough 20ish mile ride.

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain

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coldfusion01 on October 13, 2012
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Review: Great ride every time! It's a bit of work riding up from the parking lot at the base of the Bear's Creek Loop Trail head, but well worth it once you turn around and ride back down. There are several options here. You can ride to the top of the mountain and back down the way you came, which is rather fast since you more or less ride straight up and then straight back down. You can also take the "Loop" going clockwise, if you follow the sign just after the metal service gate and hang right at the fork. The loop provides a bunch of fast rolling hills after the initial strenuous uphill, there is a narrow technical portion at the end of the loop quickly running down the side of the mountain to the parking lot / trail head.. I more or less brake the whole ride down. Afterwards I typically ride down and back on the dirt road coming up the mountain. There is also a portion of the Pinhoti trails here which I haven't had a chance to ride. Overall a great trail.

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knight11ind on July 1, 2013
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Review: Can you rent bikes here?
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knight11ind on July 1, 2013
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Review: Can you rent bikes here?
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bugmenot on October 13, 2012
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* Review edited 10/13/2012

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Guest on September 25, 2012
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Review: Uphill is really easy considering how much elevation you actually gain. Coming back down is pretty fun but honestly with pinhoti 1&2 right there I don't see riding bear creek again. Pinhoti 1&2 are significantly more challenging and more fun both on the ascent and descent.

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toprodtn on September 24, 2012
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Review: So beautiful and so much fun. Camped at Mulberry Gap (http://www.mulberrygap.com/) and enjoyed their tremendous dinners and breakfasts and the staff shuttled me to the top and left my truck on Gates Chapel Rd. (when you figure gas and time $5 per person or $10 to $20 a trip should be the tip) Did the downhill twice and it helped me move from beginner to intermediate.

Similar Trail: Tsali

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chuckxxx on July 15, 2012
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Review: All trees are clear. Awesome ride if you like constant uphill beside beautiful mountain creek and dont mind forest roads. The downhill is the best. Can be tricky with the slope and river rocks. Your bike will get dirty.

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StreakMTB on July 10, 2012
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Review: Beautiful trail. Follow the advice of other reviews and stay off "Bear Creek Loop", which is a relatively boring fire road. Be prepared for a long continuous uphill, followed by a long continuous (fun) downhill. I'll be back to ride the connected Pinhoti sections. I'd give it a week or two after this review was written for it to get cleaned up. There was a pretty serious storm, and there were a few trees blocking the way and a lot of misc. debris.

* Review edited 8/21/2012

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buffalogerl on May 11, 2012
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Review: Love this trail! It has it all, great climbs, stream crossings, speedy downhills, beautiful scenery and mud lots of mud! We shuttled up to the trailhead, smart move! The folks at Mulbery Gap will valet your car for a small fee- well worth it!

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 1 and 2.

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jkey6 on April 30, 2012
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Review: This trail is really secluded and beautiful and is well worth the drive to find it. Be prepared to climb! My recommendation is to take the Bear Creek Trail as an out-and-back instead of taking the Bear Creek Loop back to the beginning. Turning around at the top will give you some fun and fast downhill singletrack, but if you take the "loop" back from the top it takes you down some rather uneventful doubletrack. This trail hooks up with the Pinhoti, if you're interested.

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miketike on March 26, 2012
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Review: Rode this trail back in august of 2011. We shuttled to the top from MulberryGap the ride in/ride out facility that services the whole area including IMBA epic Pinhoti Trails. We combined Bear Creek with Pinhoti 1 & Pinhoti 2 for a good several hours of riding. Bear Creek has some of the most beautiful landscape i've ridden. We are going back to mulberry in a couple of weeks & I'm looking forward to a full weekend of good riding, food, and fun.

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fredsparky on March 9, 2012
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Review: lots or fun. long downhills and long uphills to pay the price. excellent riding in a beautiful area, You can still average 8 or 9 mph since the climbs are awesome if you work for the, Other places like Stanley creek make yo work a hell of a lot harder with 1100 foot climb in mile 1, or Rich mtn 9 miles up nd 9 miles down. Whatever you want we have in north ga

Similar Trail: pinhoti 1,2,3; rich mtn, flat ck, staney gap, geen mtn

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KEITH_BASS on January 24, 2012
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Review: Awesome

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Greg Heil on January 6, 2012
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Review: It's been a couple of years since I've been here, and I just have to say, wow: what a descent! I remembered that this was a rip-roaring drop back down the trail, but DANG is it fun!! Once every two years is not often enough, I've made a mental note to get over here and ride every couple of months! Ellijay is truly blessed with some awesome singletrack!

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Sizzlin_Weasel on January 2, 2012
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Review: This is one of my all-time favorite trails. We parked at the bottom of the mountain and road up the gravel road. It had recently rained and the streams were full. Also, it was 29 degrees outside with a slight wind. We usually take fire road 68 to view the lookout. Then we race downhill. It takes us about 1 hour and 15 minutes up and 22 minutes down. I would recommend a hat that covers your face and ears and an extra pair of socks during the winter.

Similar Trail: Raccoon Mountain, Bull Mountain

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inbody06 on November 27, 2011
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Review: pedal up then blast down hill, great trail to enjoy some good downhill in north ga , not to rough , several stream crossings, upper section in more advanced

Similar Trail: iron mountain

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wbernest on September 17, 2011
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Review: Decent trail, not very difficult. Mostly forest service roads. Bear Creek Trail is the single/double track section and Bear Creek loop is all service road. There is a nice little technical downhill section at the very top parking lot near the over look. The best thing to do if you want some single track is to add the pinhoti sections and get some really good single track in. Bear Creek w/o pinhoti is about 10 miles, w/ pinhoti 1& 2 is about 17 miles, next time i will do 1, 2, & 3.

Similar Trail: Chillhowee, but smaller

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calebgaines on September 3, 2011
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Review: Just got off the trail and I must say that it will linger in my memory for a long time. This trail is awesome!

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Sizzlin_Weasel on June 26, 2011
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Review: Great ride. Bring plenty of water!

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain

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zeus2188 on June 10, 2011
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Review: DOWNHILLS are very fast! Fell very rough twice. The whole uphill is not very inclined but its a long way to the top. Very fun trail. I would much rather have a downhill bike for this trail. Great scenery also.

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delphinide on June 6, 2011
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Review: Exemplary singletrack. I find it hard to describe this trail because it has a little of everything: long techy downhills, steep prolonged climbs, technical river crossings, fast flowy bumpy sections, and very little flats. Definately best ridden one way unless you subscribe to masochism, so find a friend and get a shuttle. You can stay at nearby Mulberry Gap, an awesome biker retreat with salient cuisine and friendly owners/staff and they will shuttle you for FREE. IMHO, best route is starting from the upper Bear Creek parking lot, riding downhill staying on the 'Bear Creek Trail' (not the Bear Creek Loop), then following signs to and doing Pinhoti 1 and 2. Pinhoti 2 puts you out on a gravel road 1.5 miles from you camp at Mulberry, but you may still have the legs to ride P3 as an out and back for an Epic Day. Bear Creek: 13mi. Bear +P1+P2: about 22 miles. I saw 2 black bears there last weekend, so make sure you take some honey so you can smear it on your buddies and ride faster than them! It stays cooler here in the summer than most other places in GA(5-10 degrees), and there are miles of nearby trails and comfortable summer camping. Check at the Cartecay bike shop: those guys know the meaning of Southern Hospitality. You can pull up a barstool and find yourself palavering for hours without noticing the time. They've got some high end stuff in there too: Jet 9s, Tallboys, and some good road toys. Make sure you check them out. The burgers across the street at 28 Main are awesome too! Bottom line: my favorite trail in the Southeast behind Tsali.

* Review edited 6/6/2011

Similar Trail: Tsali, P1, P2, P3, FATS all rolled into one.

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jshooie on March 24, 2011
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Review: This is one of the best trails in NWGA! My favorite ride anywhere is to link the Bear Creek trail with Pinhoti 1 and 2 and make a big loop, which ends up being somewhere around 23 miles. It has three pretty big climbs, but it also has 3 of the best and most rewarding downhill sections around! Its an awesome trail in a beautiful location! It is a must ride for everyone!

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 1, 2, & 3

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shovelchop73 on September 28, 2010
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Review: excellent trail i usually skip the loop from parking lot go up on bear creek trail than jump on 68? where it splits, head up fire road than ride to the lookout than down bear creek trail. pinhoti is awesome singletrack too.

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jbster13 on August 21, 2010
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Review: This loop has an incredible downhill with good bumps, river crossings and unbelievable scenery. The uphill side is challenging, but not impossible, and totally worth it.

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GoKite5 on July 25, 2010
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Review: Fantastic trail, although a little more fire road and really old fire road that is almost singletrack than I would like. Two choices, the driving directions lead you to the summit, you can run mostly downhill and combine with Pinhoti 1,2,3 if you have a shuttle. Second is to park at the Bear Creek camp near the alternate trailhead shown on the map. This is near the valley floor and lets you earn the downhill by running the 20+ mile loop. I recommend clockwise to leave more singletrack on the downhill. This is definitely a workout.

* Review edited 7/25/2010

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Greg Heil on April 24, 2010
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Review: Bottom Line: Bear Creek may be the best mountain bike trail in Georgia. Having been featured in several prestigious mountain bike magazines, I had great expectations when I came to ride the trail, and I wasn’t disappointed! It has it all: great singletrack, awesome views, climbs, fast descents, technical riding, buff trail, and plenty of air opportunities! For a long, full blown review complete with formatting (can't do that in this box), click here: http://www.gregridestrails.com/2010/04/bear-creek-ellijay-georgia.html

Similar Trail: Stanley Gap

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Godsracer on December 28, 2009
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Review: This is flat out my favorite mtb trail in North Georgia. It has a little of eveything...great climbs, bombing downhills, and some forest road riding. If you are looking for a trail that dishes up the best of North Georgia...this is the one! Be sure and check out the views on Potato Patch Mountain into the Cohutta Wilderness.* Review edited 12/28/2009

* Review edited 12/28/2009

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain

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kstoddart on November 19, 2009
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Review: Huge climb to get to the top, but the reward is worth it when you get to come back down. This trail really put me to the cardio test. I felt a sense of accomplishment getting to the top.

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santacruztestpilot on July 30, 2009
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Review: I ride Bear Creek a couple times a week. You'll be hard pressed to find a better trail. Lots of climbing then fun downhill.

* Review edited 7/30/2009

Similar Trail: Pinhoti 2

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mountainbikeguy8 on November 29, 2008
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Review: This is a great trail!!! but it is VERY easy to get lost. Make sure you have a gps or someone who knows the trail with you.

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Guest on August 15, 2008
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Review: Now I love this sweet MTB trail! Was up their a few months ago and ready to go once more in a month or maybe two. Something for everyone by far! Great downhill & some real technical challenge.

Similar Trail: Too many to post, but Alafia & Santos are the bomb!

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GoldenGoose on August 12, 2008
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Review: Sweet trail. Riding back down is an absolute JOY. Maybe 30 seconds of pedaling for a 10-15 minute, FAST-paced ride down the mountain. I found the trail in Alex Nutt's Mountain Biking Georgia and followed his route for the ~14 mile loop. Too much forrest road in his loop for my blood but the extra distance made it a challenge. Wish I had treated it more like an out and back staying on the singletrack most of the time. I will be back for more.

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zsnau734 on June 29, 2008
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Review: Started at the lower parking lot. Past the Poplar then right onto the Bear Creek Loop trail. Took a left on the forrest road (long forrest road climb), then left back on Bear Creek Trail. This provides for one long continuous and very fun downhill back to your starting point.

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain and Jake Mountain

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zsnau734 on October 19, 2007
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Review: Climb, climb, climb... then a wicked fun and fast downhill back. Can be easy to get lost. Make sure you know which way you want to go and where you'll need to turn. The first time I rode this trail, I turned around several times thinking that I was going the wrong direction in places. Great loop is to ride up past the big ole tree then hang a right. When you get to the forest road, take a left. You'll climb the forest road for several miles, then left back onto the trail and hold on for the roller coaster down!

* Review edited 10/19/2009

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rmurph4 on September 3, 2007
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Review: Like everyone else said, it's pretty much straight up and straight down. Enjoy the singletrack in the deep woods; it's some of North GA's best.

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain

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mscaldas on July 5, 2007
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Review: Wow... you climb... and climb... and climb... When you get up there, you gotta climb some more :-) But all worth it. The ride in the middle of the forest, the creek crossings, the view! All well worth it.

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Rebus on May 22, 2007
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Review: UPDATE: Not sure what's going on up Bear Creek trail about 2 miles. It looks like someone took a tractor to the little field areas starting at about 2.1 miles. All the dirt is turned over and it looks like someone is either going to plant a garden or build something. This is right before the first gate, and the trail itself is pretty beat up. The rest of Bear is awesome.

Similar Trail: Chicopee maybe, Bull Mtn

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randy_schneider on December 13, 2006
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Review: not ebing a native to the area I might have started the trail on the wrong end beacuse it started on an intense up hill. I don't know where the other started on a downhill. When you turn on the road that reads bear creek and park at the trailhead there's two trails perhaps I choose the wrong one. i did see the huge tree though. I would recommened a suped up bike I destroyed my derailer going up and had to ride down with the abilty to anything but use my breaks. i wish I had a better experience because the place is beautiful coming from florida. I own a cabin in the area would love to hear what you think of other trails i could ride.

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deesnats on October 3, 2006
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Review: Has a lot to offer for beginner all the way to advanced. There are some really challenging tech climbs that will put a hurtin on anyone. There some fun run in to small streams and creeks that will cool you off in the hot summer. You don't need to be an advanced rider to enjoy the whole thing.

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R3 on September 10, 2006
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Review: One of the best trails in Georgia. Great mix of single track and fire roads. Huge network of split offs to other great area trails. Elevation gain to the overlook is actually closer to 2,000 feet.

Similar Trail: Mountaintown Creek Trail, Pinhoti and Windy gap are good splits offs from this trail.

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ATLChris on September 4, 2006
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Review: This trail is long and hard, but very much enjoyable. I had to walk a large portion of the up hills. The trails climbs for about 6 miles up about 1300 feet. While the up hills are challenging and tiring, the outlook at the top and the ride back down are awesome. The outlook alone is well worth the hard trip up.

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Rebus on January 3, 2006
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Review: A Great trail, one of my must-rides. A lot of mixed climbing (some technical but mostly old fireroad) but if you swap things around the trail is nothing but tech climbing. Some of the best singletrack I've ridden in Georgia, and one of the best scenic rides in the country.

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain

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Guest on July 16, 2005
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Review: This guy doesn\\\'t know anything about mountain biking or good trails. He probably has never been in the country. Bear Creek 7 miles of technical climbing with several great stream crossings. It is like being in a Rain Forest next to a rushing stream.

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hardtailer on June 13, 2004
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Review: Bring your fishing rod for the trout and your goat for the climb. This is a great trail. The best downhill I've been on yet. Climb the fire road for the view and hit the singletrack downward. It's a hike from Atlanta, but well worth it. You could grab some Blankets Creek on the way up by taking 575 north.

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain and Kilimanjaro:)

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Guest on February 20, 2004
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Review: Hey WeaverD: What are you--a pansy? Let me recommend a trail for you that maybe you can handle: The Beginner\'s Loop at Blankets or Big Creek/Mansell ought to do you well. If you\'re gonna whine then stay home. Bear Creek is fo\' real.

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Guest on December 1, 2003
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Review: This is great ride! I don't know what that guy at the beginning was talking about. I have been riding this trail for over 10 years and it is one of my top 3 of all times. I like to ride from Gates chapel road, up past Bear Creek Campground, to the trail head. Ride up past Gennett popular (2nd largest in the state) take a right at the cut off, go up and around. I make a few laps of the top loop before bombing out the rest of the way. This is an awesome ride, PLEASE take care of these trails, this trail has eroded trememdously over the years. If you get a chance, try to volunteer some time to do trail maintenance with the Cohutta ranger district, they have a volunteer corp that is very active.

Similar Trail: Tsali, Blankets, Iron Mtn

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Guest on July 11, 2003
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Review: I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion. My opinion of Bear Creek is 100% opposite of "weaver". Bear Creek is one of the best trails in N. Georgia. It is a challenge...it's not for the faint of heart. I would advise 'weaver' to get in shape first, then go back in the fall or winter (when is VO2 level is higher) to see how spectacular it is.

Similar Trail: Carter's Lake

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Guest on July 7, 2003
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Review: Bear Creek is an awesome trail, especially for working on your hillclimbing. The trail is about 4.5 miles of uphill, but there's a great lookout at the top, and you can either go further to head onto the Mountain Town loop or turnaround and cruise down 4.5 miles of downhill!

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: OH MY GOD !!! The second ride of the day, (Bull Mtn. 1st). Slow gradual incline(great coming back)beginning off as single track through streams and nice(NOT)uphill walk around newly fallen tree. Difficult rocky uphill past beautiful Poplar Tree. right to Bear Creek Loop to Lookout. Good fast descents, extremely rocky and narrow. Don't slip, long way to the bottom. Nice rolling rhotodendron single track before hellacious rapid descent making an immediate 120 degree turn across a creek at the bottom. If you think it stinks, you either have never ridden or are in terrible shape. I couldn't make the entire trail...but what I did do was incredible. A must for any enthusiast. I'll be back !

Similar Trail: Try Bull Mountain. not as technical and can be a slower pace.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: i also do not agree with the original write up about this trail. i think the 6 mile up approach is well worth it with the reward one would get at 2800 ft. at the top.

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: For a map of the trail go to www.mtblink.net After reading the description above I started laughing because I made the same mistake - once. Bear Creek is excellent moderate trail if you start from the road. If you start at the loop the trail is a little to short (9 miles at the most)especially since its 2 hours from Atlanta.

Similar Trail: A similar trail would be Bull Mountain if you start at the church and ride the F/S road for the first 7 miles.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: hey for the dude who is wimpering about the trail if you don't like to climb take up golf. this is a great ride especially in the fall. I have trouble climbing right after the turn but the uphill is ridable

Similar Trail: Tatum lead or windy gap

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: If you ride this trail with the climbing first(in other words you rode it backwards), this trail can be a blast. The climb at the beginning can be a somewhat of a lung buster due to the grade of the trail, but the payoff is well worth it! The downhill at the end kicks! You should definately hit this trail if you are in the Elijay area.

Similar Trail: Mountaintown Creek, Owltown Creek

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: great trail. you rode it the wrong way. ride up first. you can park on the paved road at the bottom and ride the gravel road to the trailhead. all downhill from here.

Similar Trail: Mountaintown Creek

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Just rode the trail last wk for the tenth time this year and its getting better. I park on Gates Chappel rd and ride the forest road up to the trailhead. Iclimb the single track and then use the mountain rode to check out a killer over look the same way down as I go up. Killer down hill with at least 30 good launches. Taisty!

Similar Trail: Bull Mountain, Stonewall Creek trail

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: great trail. you rode it the wrong way. ride up first. you can park on the paved road at the bottom and ride the gravel road to the trailhead. all downhill from here.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: If you ride this trail with the climbing first(in other words you rode it backwards), this trail can be a blast. The climb at the beginning can be a somewhat of a lung buster due to the grade of the trail, but the payoff is well worth it! The downhill at the end kicks! You should definately hit this trail if you are in the Elijay area.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: hey for the dude who is wimpering about the trail if you don't like to climb take up golf. this is a great ride especially in the fall. I have trouble climbing right after the turn but the uphill is ridable

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: For a map of the trail go to www.mtblink.net After reading the description above I started laughing because I made the same mistake - once. Bear Creek is excellent moderate trail if you start from the road. If you start at the loop the trail is a little to short (9 miles at the most)especially since its 2 hours from Atlanta.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: i also do not agree with the original write up about this trail. i think the 6 mile up approach is well worth it with the reward one would get at 2800 ft. at the top.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: OH MY GOD !!! The second ride of the day, (Bull Mtn. 1st). Slow gradual incline(great coming back)beginning off as single track through streams and nice(NOT)uphill walk around newly fallen tree. Difficult rocky uphill past beautiful Poplar Tree. right to Bear Creek Loop to Lookout. Good fast descents, extremely rocky and narrow. Don't slip, long way to the bottom. Nice rolling rhotodendron single track before hellacious rapid descent making an immediate 120 degree turn across a creek at the bottom. If you think it stinks, you either have never ridden or are in terrible shape. I couldn't make the entire trail...but what I did do was incredible. A must for any enthusiast. I'll be back !

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Bear Creek MTB Trail 4.51 out of 5 based on 81 ratings. 81 user reviews.
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