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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +925/ -872 ft
Total: 31 riders

Mountain Biking Pinhoti: Tatum Lead

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#168 of 397 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#4,477 in the world

This ride consists of two offroad sections of the Pinhoti Trail , P4 and P5,
connected by the Tatum Lead Rd 4WD trail. It can be done as an out and
back or connected to the Rock Creek ORV trails in the area for a longer 15
mile lolipop shaped loop. P4 is the section of singletrack starting from Ga
52 and heads southwest until it reaches the Tatum Lead Road 4WD trail.
At this point, make a left and head south on the Tatum Lead Rd 4WD trail
for about 2 miles until the second section of the Pinhoti, P5, comes in from
the west (your right while riding).

You now have two choices.

Option 1. Head west, downhill, on P5 for two miles until it ends at FS 3. At
this point you can either turn around and head back OR make a left and
ride to the Rock Creek ORV trails to loop back around to the Tatum Lead Rd
4WD trail and ride back to your car.

Option 2. Keeping heading south on Tatum Lead Rd 4WD trail. After 2.3
miles you will reach the Rock Creek ORV Trails. There will be a wooden sign
telling you to make a right for the ATV loop. This loop will take you downhill
to the Rock Creek parking lot. From here, head north on FS 3 until you
reach the southern end of P5. Make a left on P5 and head up it to return to
the Tatum Lead Rd 4WD trail. Once back on Tatum Lead, make a left and
head north to return to your car.

First added by GoldenGoose on Dec 1, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Ellijay, take GA 52 west for 12 miles until you reach the Cohutta overlook
on your right. Park there. The Tatum Lead-Pinhoti will be on the south side of
GA 52 about 1/2mile west of the overlook.
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  • Aaron Chamberlain   ✓ supporter

    More of a road than a trail, but still fun. Plenty of things to boost off of and a few chundery spots for good measure.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This section of the Pinhoti trail was absolutely aerobically grueling! Steep grinds one direction and a steep hike-a-bike the other way, prepare to both work your legs and work your brakes. As Golden Goose mentioned, the whoops on the way back down were sweet, and there was about 1 mile of actual singletrack. Beyond that, this ride was just a lot of work.

    This was a good ride to do once, but I don't think I'm ever going to come back and do it again.

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  • GoldenGoose

    Rode a 15 mile lolipop loop like the described above which included the Rock Creek ORV trails. However, this review will be strictly for P5, Tatum Lead Rd 4WD, and P4. There is a good amount of climbing involved in these trails and they will challenge you aerobically. P4 was fantastic singletrack but at only 1 mile, we all were left wanting more. It's basically a long climb when starting from the parking lot and a sweet descent when returning. The section of Tatum Lead Rd 4WD trail connecting P4 and P5 was basically semi boring fire road other than several well placed whoops which are good air opportunities when descending. Nothing too steep. P5 is a steep descent when ridden from Tatum Lead to FS 3 and a grueling climb in the other direction. While it's not the same tight singletrack as P4, it is still well maintained doubletrack that is a good ride. P5 also has several creek crossings so be prepared to get your feet a little wet. Don't forget, the Pinhoti trail uses two kinds of blazes to mark the trail. A white diamond with a turkey print in it and a white square blaze. Keep your eyes open for them.

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