River Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.25 out of 5
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Intermediate
5.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 900 ft
1,648
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
The trail is well marked. Start by heading south down to the Cartecay River. This part is a bit challenging. The trail comes back north from the river and connects to the Red and White loop (marked with red and white markers.) Continue on the Red and White for about 1 mile. The river loop seperates off to the left. It loops back down to the river. After about 1 mile it reconnects with the Red and White loop. Follow the Red and White loop back to the start.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Red And White Loop
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Reviews (15)
 

Gramcounter

February 2, 2017
coot271 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Very scenic with some hikers here and there. The sketchy downhill just before the Cartecay River is just that.......sketchy!! I lowered my post and gave it a try, but it got steeper, ruttier, and rockier! I got halfway, but the voice in the back of my head said "get off and walk!". So I did. The rest of the trail was in good shape with some sustained climbs and tons of roots with some rocks thrown in for good measure. The river loop is definitely not for beginners. I did enjoy the red/white as I got a chance to ride some good flow. I will definitely return and ride the boy scout loop too.

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Gnarly

July 24, 2016
spc7669 Gnarly  
 
Review: This is a very scenic trail. The river views are incredible. As stated before, there are a couple of wicked climbs and descents. Also, it has plenty of roots. If you are in the area, it's worth a ride.

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Gramcounter

January 8, 2016
 
Review: Nice begginer/intermediate trail. Directions are accurate. You need to purchase a GOPR license (galicense.olspassport.com) to park there. Short challenging uphill segments rewarded by fun downhills. Trails are marked with colors but not with maps. Needs better trail mapping at trailhead.

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Gramcounter

January 8, 2016
 
Review: Nice short trail. A lot of descent inclines with really fun downhills as a payoff. Trails are marked with colors, I prefer signs with maps. Easy to find, directions from Singletracks are accurate. Need to acquire a GOPR license from https://galicense.olspassport.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx to park there prior to going or on your mobile device.

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Gnarly


November 12, 2015
Autocrat9 Gnarly  
 
Review: Nice little trail......Gnarly Downhills....which make for some tight punchy climbs.....but the best attribute of this trail....is the beautiful views of the Cartecay River at the bottom....

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Gramcounter

September 2, 2014
 
Review: Loved this quick little trail system. I went clockwise and didn't regret it. There's a really steep, gnarly downhill about a mile into the ride - that section definitely makes the trail worth checking out on your visit to Ellijay.

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Granny Gear

August 30, 2014
crkirby Granny Gear  
 
Review: It's a user fee area and you can't pay at site. Totally lame.

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Gramcounter

August 3, 2014
 
Review: 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.

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Gramcounter

July 21, 2014
 
Review: Hopefully this link will work and it explains a lot. Thanks to Mike and crew at Cartecay Bike Shop: http://goo.gl/ulc1di

It is wonderful to have a very nice trail close to Ellijay and close to my cabin. I come here often. There is parking near the start of the ride. This is a fee area, but I get a GORP pass every year. This is a great trail to train on because it has a little of everything for a short course. A couple of the short uphills could be challenging depending on level of fitness and how fresh one is. There is hunting at this location during big game and turkey season, so it is best to stay out of here before 10 AM during those days. I think there is decent cell coverage in most of the area, and you usually aren't that far from the parking lot if there is a mechanical. The width varies between double and singletrack.

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Bunny Hop

May 24, 2012
kayaker442 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: My first ride in north ga in a while. Great ride, but i clocked it at under 4 miles, so i might have missed something. My wife did not enjoy the wheat/tall grass field we rode through. But all in all it was very enjoyable.

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