Located at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, the Bull Mountain trail network includes more than 50 miles of great riding. The IMBA Epic route covers about 30 miles - nearly all of it singletrack. The trails include a little bit of everything - red clay singletrack, loose rocks, a few stream crossings, and some steep, sustained climbs. This is a multi-use trail system and you can expect to meet horses, especially on weekends.
Update: In partnership with SORBA and local equestrian orgaizations, the USFS completed the first major rerouting and maintenance project on this trail system in 2011. The new upgrades make for a flowly and fast experience on the Jake Mountain trail, Mossy Creek, and Black Branch trails within the Bill Mounatin system.
Season: Nearly year round, occasional closures in winter due to snow or heavy rain. Hint: the combination of red clay and rain does not equal good mountain biking. Trust us.
Details: "Off the Beaten Track, Volume Three," by Jim Parham and "Biking Georgia," by Alex Nutt.
IMBA Region: Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA), http://www.sorba.org
Shop: Cartecay River Bicycle Shop, 123 North Main St, Ellijay, 706-635-2453, http://www.cartecaybikes.com
Camping: Etowah River Campground in Dahlonega
Lodging: Dahlonega has everything from cheap rooms to bed and breakfasts, http://www.dahlonega.org/index.php/where-to-stay.html
Travel & Tourism Association: Dahlonega/Lumkin Chamber of Commerce, http://www.dahlonega.org
Brew: Caruso's, a.k.a Curly's for post-ride pizza and a beer in Dahlonega.
More: Southern-style sweet tea at almost any place in town - iced, of course.