August 1, 2014
On Friday, 01 August 2014, I rode the Pinhoti - South Fork loop in a remote area of the Cohutta Mountains. The nearest towns are Blue Ridge and Ellijay. I chose to get to the trailhead by traveling west from Ellijay 9 miles and passing by Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way (see first of 15 photos here https://flic.kr/p/ogJFpi ) .
I parked at a rather nice trailhead parking lot at Buddy Cove Gap: https://flic.kr/p/owc2hC
The Mountaintown Creek Trailhead is also co-located: https://flic.kr/p/ogJp55
It is necessary to ford the South Fork of the famous Jacks River about 2.9 miles into this loop route: https://flic.kr/p/ogHPmL
The trail also passes by the northern terminus of the Pinhoti Trail: https://flic.kr/p/ogJeqf
The photos in the 15 photos series all contain additional information: https://flic.kr/p/oydJAe
The trail(s) were in good shape. Perhaps avoid this loop after heavy rains? It has been relatively dry and the boggy areas were still quite soggy; I almost had to put a foot down a few times.