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Aska trails Blue Ridge Georgia

South of Blue Ridge and east of Ellijay, the Aska area has a 17-mile hiking and mountain biking trail system.Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the trails include Deep Gap and Stanley Gap trails that ascend to near 3,200 feet, offering beautiful views of mountain ridges, and then descends to the shores of Lake Blue Ridge.

Aaron Mountain

This mountain has a rounded dome covered with rich, black soil and a wildflower display in spring. An old timber growth believed to be over 129 years old lies on the south face of Aaron Mountain. At Horse Cove, there is a good boulder field and a northern hardwood forest with some possibly record-sized, second-growth trees, especially silverbell.

Lake Blue Ridge trail

6/10th a mile. A loop trail that follows the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge and offers a beautiful view of the lake.

Flat Creek loop trail

This 5.8-mile, moderately difficult loop trail provides a range of forest as well as a brief time by a mountain creek.

Green Mountain trail

This 3.3-mile trail offers views of Lake Blue Ridge after cresting the mountaintop. A very pleasant hike or bicycle ride, including running alongside the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge. The forest is made up of a variety of southern Appalachian hardwood. The trail begins on the east side of Aska Road at Deep Gap and starts as a gradual climb toward the summit of Green Mountain. On the trail there are five short, relatively steep ascents, but they are not demanding. The Green Mountain ridge provides a bird's eye view of Charlie's Cove and Lake Blue Ridge. The trail then descends for 2.4 miles to its end on FS 711.

Owltown Creek mountain bike trail

The Owltown Creek Trail is the access point for the Owltown Mountain Trail, and, while only 4 miles long, the loop offers something for riders at every skill level: tight, rocky single track; a few creek crossings; some steep descents and ascents; grassy, double track; and a gravel road. The Ellijay Chapter of SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) and the Cartecay River Bike Shop, the bike shop in the area, hold beginner/intermediate bike clinics on this trail. True beginners might want to start the ride at the lower end of the trail where it crosses the bridge on Owltown Creek.

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Hiking trails of Rich Mountain Wilderness

Located between Blue Ridge and Cherry Log the Rich Mountain Wilderness area offers a number of well marked hiking & biking trails where you will find creeks & waterfalls. The old growth forest is home to a variety of wildlife indigenous to this area. The 13,276-acre Rich Mountains are primarily wilderness (9,649 acres) and primitive backcountry (3,627 acres) that is not heavily used.

It generally follows Murphy's stratified rock which divides the the Blue Ridge from the Cohuttas. The unaware visitor driving up US 76 in between this rock formation would miss the Rich Mountain area because the higher peaks and ridges are barely visible from the road.

Only experienced hikers should explore the Rich Mountains area and carry a compass, topographical maps, and other survival gear. Beware of the large bear population . Always let someone know your hiking plans and expected time of return.

Directions: To Rich Mountain area

From Blue Ridge go South on Aska Rd. 8 miles and go right on Stanley Creek Rd. follow to end of pavement. The Forest Service land starts .1 miles after the pavement ends where you will find the 1st of many trails this one goes off to the right and leads to a picturesque waterfall.

Activities: hiking, biking

Facilities: Varies on loaction

Fees: Varies on Loacation

Closest town: Blue Ridge Georgia

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