Single track trail takes rider along scenic Bear Creek through forests of hemlock-cove hardwood-rhododendron. Witness the Gennett Poplar, an immense, old growth poplar standing alongside the trail. Shallow stream fords are part of the biking experience. Upper and lower trailhead parking areas. "Moderate" difficulty rating due to stream fords, narrow tread segments and steep trail sections. Caution! Be alert on this multi-use trail that is open to hikers and mountain bikers. All listed roads are open to motorized travel as well.
Outer Loop: 6.7 miles, from the lower Bear Creek trailhead, follow the trail to its end at the junction with the Barnes Creek road. Turn right and follow this road for 3.5 miles, then turn right and follow the trail for .5 mile back to the parking area.
Lower Loop: 3 miles. For a shorter loop, take the right fork just past the Gennett Poplar, then turn right on the Barnes Creek road.
Access from Upper Trailhead: from the trailhead parking area, follow the spur trail .5 mile to its intersection with the Barnes Creek road. Turn left and go about 1.5 miles to the start of the Bear Creek Trail single track.
At a Glance
Camping at Bear Creek campground is currently walk-in camping only. The vehicle crossing over the stream was severely eroded by recent prolonged heavy rains. Campers may park along the road; please do not block the gate.
The closest towns are Chatsworth and Ellijay, Ga. These communities provide ample resources for groceries, gas, and motels.