As a Tennesee local, Lowery speaks highly of the area trails, especially those accessed from Mulberry Gap. Located 12 miles from Ellijay, GA. near the Chattahoochee National Forest, Mulberry Gap is a mountain bike destination resort featuring cabins, camping, and everything a mountain biker needs to survive, including a bike wash, a bike stand, tools, and a hot tub.
The restaurant at the resort is also ready to cater to a mountain biker’s needs with delicious food. The resort provides access to over 80 miles of Ride In – Ride Out trails with access to the Georgia Pinhoti trail system. Lowery lists Pinhoti #1 (P1), Pinhoti #3 (P3), and Bear Creek as some of the best riding in the area.
Another riding area is at the Ocoee Whitewater Center, which hosts the start of the Cohutta. The trail system includes approximately 35 miles of singletrack, 25 of which is included in the Cohutta.
Even with year round temperate weather and many miles of trails, the region is seldom acknowledged by mountain bikers outside of the area. As more riders are drawn to events like the Cohutta 100 and word of the area spreads, this is very likely to change.
Be sure to check back before each of the NUE Series races for tips on equipment and the scoop on the course.
Eszter Horanyi lives and mountain bikes in Crested Butte, CO. She has dabbled in road racing, cyclocross racing, and cross country mountain bike racing, but has gravitated towards ultra endurance and multi day self supported racing in the more recent past. She firmly believes that nothing tops a good ride with good friends on good trails, thus she spends her life in search of all of the above. All articles by Eszter.