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A trail combining Forest Service road with tight, rocky singletrack; great views and some history.


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2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Singletrack

1,089' 332 m

High

756' 230 m

Low

384' 117 m

Up

159' 49 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

There is no closure of this area, but the area is in the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area and is subject to the restricted hunting season for the area. Consult the hunting schedule at the Georgia DNR site here: georgiawildlife.com/sites/d….

Description

Coming from the parking lot on the Frady Branch Parking Spur Trail #234A, you connect with the trail at the first intersection. If you continue straight on the FS Road (FS389B) this is one portion of the Leatherwood Creek Trail. You'll continue on the dirt road for roughly 1/2 mile where the road dead-ends into an undeveloped camp site. The trail continues straight ahead for another 100 yards or so where it intersects with the Frady Branch Loop Trail.

Taking a left at the intersection coming from the parking lot, you'll travel on a FS road (FS389A) for approximately 3/4. Along this section, you'll go up and down hill a couple of times. On your right at the crest of one hill, you'll see a historical marker for the Ferabrew Cemetery. After 3/4 miles, the road will dead-end and you'll continue on the singletrack trail at the end of the road.

The singletrack will begin climbing up the top of a ridge. You'll then see a trail marker that will direct you to the right onto a recent reroute (Forest Service maps and trail apps may not be updated to show this reroute). The trail will descend in a nice flow then take a hard right curve and begin climbing. You'll be climbing for approximately the next 1/2 mile. There are sections that climb steeply followed by a short reprieve, then climbing again.

In the middle is a steep switchback to your left. Along the way, you'll notice that the trail travels through several rocky sections. During your climb, take a short break and enjoy the view, especially when the leaves are off the trees. At the top of the climb, there is a shaded open area on top of the hill - a nice place to take a break.

The trail continues to climb, but more gradually with more short downhills. This sections offers fairly tight singletrack with a meandering flow to keep it interesting. You'll again encounter several rocky segments along the way. After about 1/2 mile from the top of the climb, you'll go over a small berm and emerge on a Forest Service road. Continue straight ahead and you'll encounter the Pear Orchard Trail #234C exiting to your left. Continue straight ahead for about 50 yards and you'll intersect the Frady Branch Loop Trail.

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Shared By:

Keith Owen

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Photos

Leatherwood Creek Trail features a flowing descent with a few switchbacks, or a fun climb if ridden clockwise.
Feb 22, 2017 near Mount Airy, GA
Enjoy this nice rock outcropping on the Frady Branch Loop Trail.
Feb 8, 2017 near Mount Airy, GA
Enjoy this pleasant view from the Leatherwood Creek Trail.
Feb 3, 2017 near Mount Airy, GA

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