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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2.2 mi (3.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +898/ -887 ft
Total: 28 riders

Mountain Biking Black Branch

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#75 of 397 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#1,758 in the world

Black Branch is an excellent 4-mile loop of singletrack, especially after the reroute a couple years back. If you drive in to ride this trail, this is a pretty good beginners ride, but there are still a couple of climbs that will sneak up on ya. All in all, an excellent loop with some very fun, flowy descents.

First added by Greg Heil on Apr 22, 2009. Last updated May 6, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Dahlonega head west on 52, take the slight right to stay on 52, hang a right onto Nimblewill church road, and a right at the Bull Mountain sign. Continue up FS Road 28-1 for several mile and the trailhead will be on your right behind a big stainless steel barrier with red reflectors, or access it via the Jake Mountain trails.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Dahlonega, Georgia

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  • cc2012   ✓ supporter

    One of the most fun, flowing, fast loops in the region. The first half will be a great descent, followed by a second half climb. The climb going counter-clockwise is slightly more difficult, but manageable. Go ride this loop now.

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  • cc2012   ✓ supporter

    Fun, flowing loop. The first half will be a great descent with the second half a manageable climb. The climb riding counter-clockwise is slightly more difficult. The steam crossing is where the descent/ascent changes. This is one of the fastest, flowing loops in the region. Go ride it now!

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  • MTB Crackfox

    another great ride at Black branch. from the Jake mountain parking lot is just a quick ride down a sweet two mile downhill.it's never a disappointment it's always fun to take the loop.

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  • MTB Crackfox

    Great Ride today. The Muddy trail made it a little more challenging. The trail had some leaf cover but nothing too bad. It's Singletrack right? It was a blast bombing down it and the uphills make you question your manhood. Great Trail

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This trail still starts and ends in the same spot, but like the Jake Mountain Trail and others in the trail system, this was recently redone (spring 2011) to be much more sustainable and have much better flow! Some of the old sections of trail are used, but much of it is new, and is nice and bench-cut, and is built to last. This is a super fun trail!!!

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  • GoldenGoose

    This loop enters and exits FS 28-1 just South of Camp Wahsega. Much more singletrack than the majority of the trails at Bull/Jake Mt. The current Forest Service markings list it as 223N. If your map still lists it as 28G, your map is old. Pick up a new one at the Jake Mt parking lot. The climb out after the creek is a lung buster and the GA red clay will really make your wheels feel like cinder blocks. Luckily, it seems this trail doesn't get much horse traffic and the condition of the trail shows it.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    again, pick up the bull mountain trails map printed by milestone press as your crucial naviagational resource.

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