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Level: Advanced
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +1,931/ -1,899 ft
Total: 50 riders

Mountain Biking Jones Creek Ridge Trail

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Update 7/11/13 by mtbgreg1:

Much of this trail was rerouted in early 2013 to be a much more sustainable singletrack trail, and now features some awesome switchbacks up to the top of the ridge. The new trail still crosses the reservoir on the doubletrack and climbs the steep doubletrack on the Bull Mountain side of the reservoir.

This trail serves as one of the main connectors between the Bull Mountain and the Jake Mountain sides of the trail system.

First added by mtbkr123 on Feb 25, 2007. 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 Atlanta, drive north on Highway 400 to GA 136. Turn left and drive 6.5 miles to GA 9, go right and drive 4.7 miles to GA 52. Turn left (toward Ellijay) and drive 7.5 miles to Grizzles Store (abandoned)on the right. Turn right at the store; there will be a sgin for Nimblewill Baptist Church on the right. Follow the paved road 3.2 miles to Forest Road 28 on your right. turn right and take the first road on the left-FR 83 and drive 1.5 miles to the gravel parking lot on the right(the same parking lot as Bull Mountain). park and pedal 0.3 miles north on FR 83 , a gated roadbed will be on your right directly across from the Bull Mountain Trailhead. Go right around the gate.
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  • Aaron Chamberlain   ✓ supporter

    If going north to south, it's a moderately tough climb. Nothing like the old Baby Heads trail it replaced. The forest has largely grown back since they built the trail, so it doesn't feel like a dirt sidewalk anymore. The descent from the top to the dam is a fun one!

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  • Brandon Conley

    Good trail just be aware. Mountain bikers have to yield to everyone and people going down will not yield to cyclist who are climbing. The winter is better because the underbrush has died down some but there are creek crossings.

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  • ktx

    Serious erosion on both sides of the dam, so choose your line wisely if descending. This trail gets a fair amount of horse traffic, and while some sightlines were opened up in early spring, there's still blind corners with dense brush making it hard to see horses on the trail.

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  • cc2012   ✓ supporter

    Great view from the Jones Creek Dam. Some great ups and downs depending on which direction you are going. More down than up coming east down from Bull. Some erosion and double track along the way.

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  • Josh L

    Part of the Jake/Bull mountain system. Depending on what direction you are traveling makes for a good climb or a fun downhill, either way always a good ride.

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  • mtndew24

    It looks like its been a while since someone reviewed this trail because it is now my favorite part of the trail system. I always ride it counterclockwise in order to enjoy the switchbacks and nice views. It does have it's climbs but nothing that takes forever like bull mountain. The folks who take care of these trails have been doing a great job!

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  • GoldenGoose

    Lots of doubletrack that has overgrown into singletrack in some areas. Currently listed as 223E on Forest Service markers. No matter which direction you ride this one, you are in for some tough climbs and if the soil isn't dry, those "tough" climbs can become fearsome. Has a short connector trail at the halfway point that allows you to cut over to the Moss Creek trail or bail out onto FS28-1. No real need for that though, bailouts are for the weak!!! Unfortunately, it looks like this trail gets some action from the horses on a regular basis. Starts directly across from the entrance to Bull Mt trail and eventually dumps you into the Turner Creek/Nimblewill Trail.

    * Review edited 7/20/2010

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    climb up the sweet section of turner creek trails and come down the jones creek trail for a really sweet, all-singletrack loop with a killer climb and sick descent!

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    one of the nicer pieces of trail in the bull mountain area... and a sweet descent!!

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  • Jeff Barber

    Good trail but short. At the fork in the singletrack (marked 1J) take the left fork - the right just spits you out at the forest road. Connects Bull Mountain to Turner Creek trails.

    * Review edited 9/7/2007

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  • rmurph4

    Would recommend doing this trail as part of the larger 11 mile Bull Mountain loop. The climb is pretty brutal, but the view and descent more than make up for it.

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  • mscaldas

    Actually, I was there to climb the Bull Mountain trail, but a wrong left turn and here I was... Did not wanted to come back, so I kept going. Made it a 11mi. loop going up the trail parallel to FS-77, Left on 77A and down the whoop-the-doos. Had to walk for the tough climbs, specially going up on the trail left to FS-77. Since most of the time, we were on gravel roads instead of single tracks, I didn't enjoy it that much. But, I'll definitely have to go back to do the Bull Mountain some day.

    * Review edited 5/24/2007

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