Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Total: 4 riders
Mountain Biking Etowah River Trail
#312 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#11747 in the world
As I've already mentioned, this trail begins in the back of a campsite right at the bottom of the Hightower trail. I'm calling it the "Etowah River Trail" as it roughly parallels the beginnings of the Etowah river. Since it follows the river, the trail is pretty flat, but relatively challenging in spots. This trail is basically a hiking trail that I imagine stays worn in by the rangers, as this is entirely in the ranger camp. Some sections of it are great riding with gorgeous views of the river and some challenging technical maneuvers to keep you on your toes. Other sections aren't any fun at all due to the massive number of dead trees that are down, and some parts are very faint and difficult to follow.
Before you go
- No Drinking water
- No E-bikes permitted
- No Fat biking allowed in winter
- No Fee required
- No Lift service
- No Night riding allowed
- No Pump track
- No Restrooms
Head north out of Dahlonega on old Highway 60 (not the bypass), out past the middle school and the high school. Turn left onto Camp Wahsega Rd. and drive all the way up until it dead ends into Camp Frank D. Merril. Turn hard left and park in the church parking lot.
To get to this trail in particular, either ride the entire Hightower Loop and drop down the Hightower trail and pick it up at the bottom (at the bottom of Hightower, hang a right into a campsite and pick up the trail off the backside of the site) or drive straight into ranger camp and continue to the back of the camp and up the gravel road until it dead ends.
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