Think of it as a "Super Epic." The Pinhoti Trail covers about 140 miles of prime terrain in northern Georgia -- nearly 100 miles of this is off-road, the other 40 are blazed road routes. The Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association (GPTA), in conjunction with the Conservation Fund, is continually acquiring land and easements to move as much of the trail to off-road status as possible.
The popular Snake Creek Gap Time Trial Series was instituted to showcase the Pinhoti and introduce it to the MTB community. It is bringing in hundreds of riders a year to North Georgia from as far away as California and Canada and has been recognized as one of the best races in the southeast. The layout of the Pinhoti allows for a cross-country point-to-point race with 17- and 34-mile options, over some very technical singletrack.
The Pinhoti crosses the Blue Ridge fault line south of Chatsworth. East of that you will find the big mountain climbs of the Cohutta. Head west for the Ridge and Valley sections, with numerous ridge climbs and long stretches of ridge-top riding. On the west side there is a current project to build 20 miles of multi-use trail on the Pinhoti at Dry Creek. There's an 8-mile loop in the Pocket area between Horn and John’s Mountain; on the east side the MTB community recognizes 4 major loop rides between Fort Mountain and Bear Creek. In short, the Pinhoti is a unique, long and extremely varied trail that could keep any mountain biker entertained for several riding seasons.
- Long distance trail
- Point to point
- Out and back
- Varying terrain
- Various skill levels
- SORBA/IMBA involvement
- Various user groups
- Various governments
- Easy access
- Sustainable trail bed
Length: 140 miles. About 100 miles of this is off road the other 40 are blazed road routes.
IMBA Region: Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA), http://www.sorba.org