Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way

Mulberry Gap is a rustic haven located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Northwest Georgia with IMBA Epic mountain bike trails outside our front door! We provide cabin and campsite lodging, delicious home cooked meals and an amazing craft beer selection, shuttles to trailheads, guided mountain bike tours, and we host a variety of clinics, events, and private groups. 

The Amadahy Trail at Carter's Lake

Pronounced: "A-mah-dah-hay"

The Woodring Branch Recreation Area’s Amadahy Trail at Carter's Lake is a leisurely 3.6 mile singletrack loop, offering a lush forest canopy, small rocky creek crossings and exceptional views of the beautiful reservoir. With less than 300 feet of elevation gain and descent, it makes for the perfect mountain bike trail for kids or beginner mountain biker of any age. Hikers also enjoy this trail with their dogs. Please respect trail rules and pick up after your pup if you choose to bring Fido along.

 

Carter's Lake is the deepest reservoir in Georgia with the tallest dam East of the Mississippi River. Amadahy is a Cherokee word meaning forest water. The Amadahy Trail is just a 40-minute drive from Mulberry Gap, making it the perfect morning or afternoon activity for your friends and family. Winding roads and beautiful countryside with rolling hills, vibrant fields of wildflowers, grazing horses and donkeys will make for an enjoyable drive to the trailhead. Pack a lunch and your bathing suit and enjoy a picnic on the clay beach and a dig in the refreshing water after you’re finished with your ride.

 

Once you arrive at the trailhead, you will have the choice of starting the loop clockwise or counter clockwise. The trail offers solid soil with slightly rooted descents into the wooded areas that eventually open up to Carters Lake. There are a few bridges, one of which offers an amazing view of the dam on the opposite shore of the lake. Don’t forget your camera!

 

Plan for a 2-hour hike or 1-hour bike ride if you’re moving right along. Give yourself a little playtime if you want to enjoy the scenery, walk to the water’s edge or take photographs. Allow your curiosity to be sparked. Don’t rush the moment. Let your kids be kids and your dogs be dogs. Soak up the sun on a rock, go off path and explore, relax in a hammock by the water, and unwind in the woods. You’ll love every moment. 

Maxxis' Appalachian Summit

On the first weekend of April, we hosted Maxxis' inaugural Appalachian Summit; a media event to educate the industry about their new products and test ride the variety of tires. A few folks from the Maxxis team came up on Wednesday night to begin setup for the event. 

 Photo Credit: Timothy James Photography

Photo Credit: Timothy James Photography

Pivot Cycles came by with demo bikes and much of Thursday & Friday was spent switching over tires for a few days of trail/gravel/road riding. 

 Photo Credit: Timothy James Photography

Photo Credit: Timothy James Photography

 Photo Credit: Timothy James Photography

Photo Credit: Timothy James Photography

A hard rain came down on Thursday keeping everyone indoors and drinking Terrapin's collection of beer available. Hot tubs were enjoyed, good food was eaten and plans for the following day's adventures were made.

The heavy rains created an awesome oasis in the mountains for the group of riders consisting of Aaron & Helena from Singletracks & John & Kyle from The Radavist. They endured the grueling 13-mile, 3,000 ft climb to Mountaintown Creek and captured the misty haze of the mountains. 

Photo Credit: The Radavist

Representing Companies: click to read the write-ups.

TJ Kearns of Timothy James Photography spent the week prior to the event adding a rut track to our current on-site trail. Due to rains, the boys quickly began raking in their own loam track so there's a few fun new features on the premises. These trails were at the heart of some late nights, a lot of beer drinking, some solid crashes and a few bloody knees and elbows. 

On Saturday night, Ginni served up her infamous beef brisket dish and we all hoped in the vehicles to run up to the Cohutta Overlook near the top of Pinhoti 3 to watch the sunset. 

 

We were honored to be involved in the process and enjoyed getting to know these folks. We rode, we laughed, we drank, we joked and a few bumps and bruises were created along the way. But we've got some killer stories and epic memories of good times and good friends.

All of us at Mulberry Gap wanted to personally thank everyone involved in this event for choosing Ellijay, GA as your host for the weekend. Shout out to the cool kids over at Maxxis for putting on the first #MaxxisSummit. We were stoked to be included and hope your experience here was worth sharing with the cycling community.
 

Video Credit: Tommy Penick