Bear Creek Camping Area
Just call it heaven on earth for the average mountain biker. Bear Creek Trail, Bear Creek Loop Trail, and nearby Mountaintown Creek Trail, combined with forest roads, offer loops from seven to over 20 miles in length. To top it off, one of the largest trees in Georgia, the Gennett Poplar, is just a short distance from the camp.
Grab your Chattahoochee National Forest map (an absolute must here) and set up camp in a flat alongside Mountaintown Creek. The camp is accessed via a wooden bridge over Mountaintown Creek, making it a de facto walk-in tent campground. But don't look for picnic tables, grills, and other amenities here. The only attributes (aside from two toilets) are natural: towering white pines and shade producing hemlocks.
Mountain bikers will want to ride a half-mile from the campground to the Bear Creek Trail. Make your way to the Gennett Poplar, a massive old tree preserved by the Gennett Brothers who logged this area a century ago. Beyond the Gennett Poplar, the trail splits. Head right on the Bear Creek loop for a seven-mile pedal, or head straight to reach Forest Road 68, which returns to camp past the Barnes Creek Picnic Area. An all-day ride involves heading over to the upper Mountaintown Creek Trail and rolling down that scenic highland valley. Before you come, make sure you find a mapit'll make your trip go much more smoothly.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication