Pinhoti Trail

4.34 out of 5
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↑ 18,100 ft
↓ 17,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Epic mountain bike route from Alabama west to the start of the Appalachian trail. All but one section is open to bikes, though currently about 40 miles of the 140 mile route are on paved roads. Tread ranges from fast and mild to technical and wild. Great climbs and connections to other epic north Georgia rides like Fort Mountain and Bear Creek.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ July 21, 2010
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (10)
System Trails (10)
Pinhoti Trail: Mountaintown Creek Segment
Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap To Dug Gap
Pinhoti Trail: Sloppy Floyd
Pinhoti Trail: P1 / Bear Creek Pinhoti
Pinhoti: Tatum Lead
Pinhoti Trail: Armuchee To Snake Creek Gap
Pinhoti Trail: P2
Pinhoti Trail: P3
Pinhoti: P4 and P5
Pinhoti Trail: South Fork to Mountaintown Creek
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Reviews (14)

August 19, 2014
Review: Another great dissapointing Georgia trail system. If this review was rated on singletrack alone it would be a 4-5 star. Most of the trail is out and back. P1 and P2 can be made a loop with a lot of gravel roads. Who likes gravel roads? Just another dissapointing example of what Georgia has to offer.

Similar Trail: None, go to another state if you want good trails.

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August 29, 2014
Review: Hate to break it to ya, but many of the best sections of singletrack in the nation--this means outside of Georgia--are out-and-backs. So many epic segments of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide trail that are absolutely mind-blowing: out-and-back. Maah Dah Hey? Out and back. Tons of backcountry, forest service-style trails that aren't a part of a long distance trail? Out and back.

Having ridden all of the Ellijay sections of the Pinhoti as well as the Snake Creek sections, I have to say that if you don't like this trail, are you sure you just don't like mountain biking?

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August 29, 2014
Review: You're not riding the right sections - plain and simple. You're doing it wrong. Ride the sections in the snake gap time trial series

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June 10, 2014
Review: My group based out of Mulbery Gap bike resort and we rode Pinhoti 1 & 2 in conjunction with Bear Creek. We had a great time and the trail was much better than I had imagined. Definitely worth the trip.

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April 28, 2014
Review: Pinhoti 6543
You can get 20 miles one way on single & two-track by doing this apparent rerouting of Pinhoti 6-5-4 if you add P3. Start from the obvious new parking lot on Dennis Mill Road (about 1 mile north of Hwy 282/76, nearer to Chatsworth than Ellijay). As an out-and-back this makes for what Earthdog calls a "Fat Forty", a real endurance ride with a lot of rolling climbing, multiple creek crossings, fast two-track downhill and some gravel road. We did it on singlespeed, and I wished for more than a 19 tooth in back. The initial climb of mile is seriously stout, and it seems about 60/40 climbing/descending starting from this direction. While the "new" singletrack seems limited to about 3 miles, thereupon connecting the old two-track, it is a pleasant and challenging endeavor. Here is the trail beta:

I-75 North - Exit 393
Hwy 411 North (for 25 miles)
Right on Hwy 136 (0.25 miles)
Left on Dennis Mill Road (1 miles)
Obvious large gravel parking lot on right. Small Pinhoti trail blaze on North side
(if you opt over from Ellijay, it is 16.5 miles along 282/76 to the turn-off)

"Fat Forty Ride":
Go about 3/4 mile up very challenging tight switchbacks
Turns to machine cut for about 1.5 miles, nice rolling up
At about 2.5 turns to old logging road two-track. Rolling up for a while
At 8 miles cross a creek (we flushed an actual pinhoti [turkey] off the trail; special effects)
Roll up then down to FS Rd 3A (ATV trailhead)
Down left and start going up the gravel road, keeping an eye for Right Turn down to stay on trail
Arrive at "Ten Mile Meadow", 10 miles to here, and cross it
Go through multiple creek crossings, staying pretty much on main track while passing a number of campsites.
Head up, up for a couple of heinous miles and top out about 13 miles in
Down a dirt road, but just at the bottom before it turns uphill, look right (you'll be going fast) and turn in onto P4 at a silver gate (about 13.5 miles) [Note: if you miss this, you'll end up going up the gravel road to 52, and Ft. Mountain State Park is about 2-3 miles left on 52]]
After only 300-400 feet angle down left onto tight, fun P4 singletrack (going fast, and may miss)
Enjoy this all the way to Hwy 52, turn Right and go about mile to the top of P3 (obvious sign on left)
Ride down perhaps the best singletrack in GA for 3.5 miles and come out near Mulberry Gap (19.5 miles)
Turn Left for mile up the gravel road and down to refreshments at Mulberry Gap mtb center (20 miles)
Now Turn it Around to finish your "Fat Forty"

It is significantly more uphill starting at the Dennis Mill Road parking trailhead, that 60/40 split since you basically will climb all the way to 52 near Ft. Mountain State Park, before hitting P3 downhill. So you'll really like starting there when you're on the way back. We had perfect weather on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Ultra Endurance Options:
Add P2 and P1 to get another ten miles out or so (multiply by 2), and make this into a sick challenge (we are adding it to our 66.6 [Sick-Psych.sic] Series for sure).
Another alternative is to head to Ft. Mtn State Park after you hit 52, and rip some of that trail for more fun and adventure. I bet you could get really pumped.

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November 16, 2013
Review: From around Bear Creek: P1 can be quite challenging, P2 is just fun, and P3 could end you.

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October 17, 2013
Review: So great to have a long distance trail in Georgia! The Pinhoti is quite diverse along its length: everything from flow-style trails to sustained rock gardens; ridge riding to killer descents and climbs; and even gravel road grinds. I would love to be able to check off all sections one day.

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September 28, 2013
Review: I wrote P1 review under Bear Creek. P1 awesome trail. P3 Sadistic. P2 just right. P2 by far my favorite it seemed like one long pump track. Once on the downhill I just pumped most of the way, caught air and it is just a blast.

Similar Trail: P1 is most similar

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December 27, 2012
Review: P1 and P2 are incredible

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October 17, 2012
Review: Awesome place to ride. Especially the 1st Saturday of Jan, Feb and March. Snake Gap Time Trials

Similar Trail: Racoon Mtn

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October 10, 2012
Review: It is a 3 hour travel from where I live to get to these trails, and it is worth it everytime. Mulberry Gap is the place to stay for sure. P1 and P2 are the best IMO. The climbs are long and fun, and the downhills can be as fast as you can handle. Environment is wonderful and views are awesome. Trails have been perfect everytime I have been. This is awesome mtbing! RIDE IT!

Similar Trail: Nothing I have ridden.

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November 28, 2011
Review: ride the bear creek sections , you wont be dissapointed. great single track good downhills .

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Pinhoti Trail MTB Trail 4.34 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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