Part of the Chattahoochee National Forest
Stanley Gap Trail
This trail offers a moderately strenuous 5-mile hike (one-way) or a difficult 12-mile bike ride which includes the mileage along the roads to return to the trail head. The forest is unmatched in its diversity throughout the country. Views of surrounding mountains, and winter view of Lake Blue Ridge, add to the outdoor beautify of this trail.
The trail begins at the corner of the parking lot at Deep Gap and starts as a gradual climb toward the summit of Davenport Mountain. There are several short, relatively steep ascents, but they are not demanding. The trail along the south side of Davenport Mountain provides an overview of the mountains to the south and west. From the top of Rocky Mountain, the trail descends for 2.9 miles to Stanley Gap.
For the mountain biker, this is one of the most difficult bike rides in the area, but an incredible view greets you at the top, particularly in the winter and spring when there are fewer leaves. Once you descend to Stanley Gap, make a left off Stanley Creek for 2 miles, make a left on Aska Road, ride for 2.5 miles, and you are back at your car.
It's always important when you ride—particularly on a remote trail like this one—that you ride with someone and let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. In addition, the mountain biker survival motto is "always eat before you're hungry and drink before you're thirsty." Less-experienced riders on this trail especially should heed this bit of advice.
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.
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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