August 3, 2014
On Sunday, 3 August 2014, I rode the River Loop near Ellijay in the North Georgia Mountains. Portions of the River Loop are along the beautiful Cartecay River. (Portions of the River Loop also are identical with some fun parts of the Red & White Loop.)
A GORP pass (user fee pass) is required to use this area. Today I was actually stopped by a very polite Enforcement Ranger (good guy) who checked to make sure I had my pass. The annual cost for the pass is approximately $21. Since I like to train in this area, the pass is well worth it for me.
This well marked River Loop is a very nice trail and is quite close to Ellijay. There are some technical spots on the trail for sure. The combination of roots and steep incline/decline may force a foot (or more) to go down here and there. On the weekends, expect to see a few trail walkers and runners, but often I've been the only person on the trail when I've trained here.