or sheer beauty and variety of scenery, Georgia is a natural choice for bicycle touring. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here…the challenge of mountain cycling through the Appalachian foothills, relaxing tours through rolling countryside and quaint small towns. Of course, all these attractions can best be seen and appreciated when traveling by bicycle. The open air and leisurely pace enhances the enjoyment of any trip, whether it’s overnight or an extended tour. And with the temperate climate, network of state parks and other accommodations, Georgia can be comfortably traveled by bicycle much of the year. BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) came through the 515 corridor and spent the night in Hiawassee. Towns County was overwhelmingly voted as the #1 stop from 1500 BRAG riders. They loved the scenery, the ride and our hospitality.
Towns County is one of three counties that are part of the Russell Brasstown National Scenic Byway, an area designated on the Georgia Bicycle Map as one of the State’s 14 on-road bicycle routes.
Mountain Bike Stonewall Creek
Located in Rabun County in the northeast Georgia Mountains, Stonewall Falls Loop has a lot to offer. An 8-mile ride of moderate difficulty, Stonewall offers a mix of forest roads, doubletrack, and tight singletrack. The trail is beautifully constructed and will appeal to novice and expert riders alike. The ride begins at about 5 miles South of Clayton, Georgia, with a gradual 2.5-mile climb on an old logging grade, providing an excellent warm-up for the sweet singletrack to follow. Beginners may choose to stop along the way to catch a breath and soak in the views. The top of the climb overlooks some of north Georgia’s beautiful mountain peaks. As the trail narrows, follow the well-marked trail signs and you will eventually ride a fast descent to Stonewall Creek, crossing it several times. All of the crossings are radial but scouting each one is advisable due to mud and rocks in the stream. The trail terminates at a large, scenic waterfall. From the falls take a left on the forest road and continue back to the parking area.
Be aware of all the basic safety rules for bicycling before you start and use caution at all times. Georgia law recognizes the bicycle as a vehicle, subject to the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. All bicycles are required to stay as far to the right side of the road as practical. They must also be ridden on side paths or bike lanes when available. Bicycles should travel in single file whenever traffic is present, and must never be ridden more than two abreast. When traveling after dark, bicycles are required to have a suitable lighting system.