“A long ridgetop ride.”
— Brian Hard on Jun 25, 2013
DescriptionThis is an overlooked section of the Georgia Pinhoti Trail, a 100+ mile long-distance multiuse trail shared by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians and cooperatively maintained by all. If ridden from south to north, this section starts at a large parking area with facilities. It begins as singletrack, climbing roughly 600 feet over the first 1.5 miles. The trail then joins a forest service road. The trail turns right, but left leads to a radio tower at High Point. However, the actual trail turns right and follows the service road for about 2 miles.
After this, the service road turns right off the ridge and the singletrack continues straight along the narrow ridgeline for the next 4 miles or so. There are 2 side trails to the left into Sloppy Floyd State Park, but these are officially for hiking only. In winter there are beautiful views of the lakes of the state park.
Although this is by and large a ridgeline ride, it is by no means flat. There are some relatively steep climbs especially toward the end of the singletrack. Overall the tread surface is not greatly technical other than just a couple of spots, most significantly a rock garden at the very end of the singletrack.
Once the singletrack ends, the trail turns right onto service road and makes an immediate rapid descent down the ridge, making a left to stay on the correct service road, well-marked. This then winds on down to a moderate-sized parking area without facilities right on US 27 at Mack White Gap. The trail continues on across the road to parts north.
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