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Level: Intermediate
Length: 19 mi (30.6 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +880/ -837 ft
Total: 48 riders

Mountain Biking Winding Stairs Loop

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#93 of 404 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#2,384 in the world

A forest road loop with gnarly climbs and incredible views. Head up on FS 28 past the 4H camp and the US Army Ranger training camp. Continue up Cooper Gap Rd / FS 80 to the top of Cooper Gap and the Canada Creek loop parking area (the Appalachian trail also crosses here). Make a left on FS 42 and ride on the ridge above 3,000 feet with great views on either side. Continue on FS 42 to Winding Stair Gap and go left on FS 77 and enjoy the 4 mile (steep) downhill back to your car. Not much traffic and great views.

First added by Jeff Barber on Apr 13, 2009. 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 Dahlonega, follow GA 52 north/west several miles to Nimblewill Church Rd. on the right. Go approx. 2-3 miles on Nimblewill Church Rd. and look for FS Road 28 on the right (just past the Jake Mountain trailhead parking area). Follow FS 28 about 1-2 miles to intersection with Winding Stairs Rd / FS 77. Park on the side of the road or at the game check station just up FS 77.
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Rider questions

Q: can a endurance athlete ride this even though the mtn bike skills a not much
A: Yes. It's all wide gravel roads. There is a steep descent on the back side of the loop but it's just a steep gravel road.