As the weather in the Southeast begins to cool and fall draws nearer, off-road enthusiasts are getting ready to head out into the woods and hit their favorite trails. Off-roading is a great way to enjoy the fall weather and scenery. If you’re looking to get into off-roading, or if you’re an enthusiast looking for new trails to explore, this edition of the SORS blog lists off some of the the most interesting and exciting trails in the Southeast.
Nimblewill Gap OVH Rd
Nimblewill Gap Road is a fairly popular trail located near Dawsonville, GA. What it lacks in difficulty and obstacles, it makes up for in gorgeous scenery. Part of the trail follows along the beautiful Nimblewill Creek before climbing up the eastern side of Amicalola Mountain reaching Nimblewill Gap, the pass between Amicalola Mountain and Black Mountain. Numerous roadside camping areas make this trail very popular with campers looking to get away from more traditional campgrounds. Additionally, any hikers or history buffs in your group will be delighted to see that this road also offers access to the famous Appalachian Trail, the 2100 mile hiking trail from Georgia to Maine. With camping, hiking, and access to other trails in the area, Nimblewill Gap Road has a little something for everyone.
Length: 4.97 mi
Forest Service Rd 333
Following the Toccoa River along the base of John Dick Mountain in Morganton, Forest Service Road 333 in Morganton, Georgia is the rarely used north western entrance of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. This trail also offers access to the the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge along the Benton MacKaye Trail. Gravel Forest Service road with ruts and large potholes starting from way point seven to ten gets muddy in wet conditions, offering challenging terrain for enthusiasts. The trail also includes one mild/medium water crossing.
Length: 3 mi
Talladega National Forest OVH (County Rd 600-1)
Talladega National Forest via County Rod 600-1 is a popular destination for enthusiasts across the Southeast. The 14-mile-long road located in Talladega, Alabama follows the ridgeline of Horns Mountain located in the beautiful Talladega National Forest. When travelling north on the trail, the road climbs up the mountain from the White Gap valley and follows the peak of the ridge north. The road is passable by most vehicles and is only rough in a few short sections. The road winds through old growth hardwood and pine forests with several excellent camping spots along the way. There are several overlooks along the trail offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. 600-1 has a lot to offer and there is something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. From camping, hiking, overlanding and exploring, this trail must be on everyone’s to do list.
Length: 14 mi
Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park – Tombstone Trail
Tombstone is a short off road trail located within Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park in Jacksonville, Alabama. This 1 mile long trail is steep, rocky and can be challenging. The park itself is located along the Choccolocco Mountain on the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. The park is approximately 450 acres of forest covered mountains with a vast trail system. The trails range in difficulty from 1 to 10 and utilize a color-coded system. Tombstone is in the mid-range with a difficulty of 4-7 and is classified as moderate within the park. Tombstone is one of many excellent trails located on the steep and rocky slopes of the park. From mild to wild, there is something for everyone.
Length: 0.8 mi
Deep in the heart of the Emory River Watershed in Wartburg, Tennesse, Schoolhouse Road, used for many years as access from the river valley to High Knob, offers a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the mountains. It’s an easy/moderate trail that will be fun for a group ride and is definitely family friendly. This trail offers great shaded pathways and a few steep grades to make the route exciting without being overly difficult. Whether you’re looking for a nice day out in the woods or heading up the mountain to connect with another trail, Schoolhouse Road will not disappoint.
Length: 3.45 mi
This trail, located on the edge of Windrock Park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, affords the opportunity to visit the scenic overlook at Panther Rock. With an amazing view of the surrounding mountains, as well as down into the valley, prepare to have your breath taken away. This is the perfect spot for a lunch picnic, or a romantic dinner at sunset. Or, if you’re an early riser, we don’t see why you couldn’t have a romantic breakfast at sunrise either. Due to the amazing view it provides, as well as the challenging aspect of the trail, the general consensus is that this is a “you need to do it at least once” kind of trail. If you’re visiting Windrock Park during the fall when the leaves are changing, this a no-brainer “must hit it” trail.
Length: 2.51 mi
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