ATL Babes Ride Bikes was formed organically through a Mulberry Gap Ladies MTB Clinic in October 2016 featuring Sue Haywood and Shanna Powell. After spending the weekend with other MTB babes, a few of us decided there was a need for a MTB specific ladies group in ATL and regionally. This was the moment I took the reigns and decided to form the group.
We are a group of MTB ladies who love to hang out, ride bikes and have fun. We are anAtlanta based ladies mtb group featuring regional events including group rides, clinics, races, travel and more. We hope to bring more ladies who love to mountain bike together and be the main vein for information.
Don't shred lightly
Ride Bikes, Have Fun, Kick Ass.
- Thanks to Sue Haywood for this quote, we have decided to make it our mission.
The 18.5 Mile “Bearhoti” loop is a Mulberry Gap staple and a must ride during your visit. However, regardless of the length of your stay, repeating the “Bearhoti” route is not your only option.
Continuing southwest out of Mulberry Gap along the Pinhoti trail system are sections P3, P4, P5 and Dennis Mill. Characteristically similar to the “Bearhoti loop”, this route is a muti-use, multi-directional trail, connected by current use and closed gravel road sections. Each trail segment has sections of singletrack, broader previously designated OHV trail and retired logging roads. The descents within this trail section can be steep and worth every foot of earned elevation.
Methods of Riding
Least strenuous: The least strenuous way to experience this route is to be shuttled twice. The first shuttle can be used to skip the moderately difficult climb within the P3 segment. The shuttle will drop you off at the beginning of P4. Then, upon finishing the route, a rider can choose to be picked up at the lower trailhead of the Dennis Mill section located off Dennis Mill road or at The Stallion gas station located on HWY 52. Approximately 23 miles
Moderately strenuous: The second option is to complete each section, starting from Mulberry Gap and climbing P3. Again, upon finishing the route, a rider can choose to be picked up at the lower trailhead of the Dennis Mill section located off Dennis Mill road or at The Stallion gas station located on HWY 52. Approximately 28 miles
Moderately strenuous: Another option is to shuttle to the P4 trailhead and complete the ride to the Dennis Mill lower trailhead. From the Dennis Mill lower trailhead, you can turn right onto Old Federal Highway, cross Hwy 52, stay straight and the road switches to Cool Springs Road. A few more miles on pavement, headed north, and you’ll intersect with Old CCC Camp Road. From here, you’ll hang a right, stay straight when pavement turns to gravel and you’ll be back to Mulberry within 5 miles. Approximately 38 miles
Most strenuous: The longest option with the most amount of climbing will save you from having to shuttle completely. This option has a rider leaving from Mulberry Gap, climbing P3 and continuing through the Dennis Mill segment. From the Dennis Mill lower trailhead, a rider will pedal north on a few local highways until they reach Old CCC Camp road. Continuing west on CCC Camp will bring you back into Mulberry Gap after a few miles of gravel road. Approximately 42 miles
Nestled in a valley about 35 minutes from Mulberry Gap is a local gem, The Cartecay Vineyards. As you pull into the gravel parking area you are greeted by rows of endless grapevines, an inviting stone paved patio with an original 1800s brick fireplace, a gazebo overlooking vast rows of vines and a quant bridge on a small creek that runs along one side of the property. You park in front of the rustic 1890s Tasting Barn which has been refurbished using most of the wood from it’s original days. The lower level of the barn is where you start the tasting. The upper level has a comfortable deck where you can stand and admire the vineyard from one side of the property. The barn has a very warm and cozy feel, with the walls covered in local art, adorable locally made jewelry, and the Vineyards apparel. The wine tasting is $10 dollars for 5 samples and they have the option to add a delightful platter of cheese and summer sausage for an additional $20.00. There is a great selection of in-house wines to choose from and the staff are very knowledgeable of all the varieties, along with the best food to pair with your wine. If you are looking for a relaxing day trip, Cartecay Vineyards is a great place to sip some wine, kick up your feet and relax.
Beyond Cartecay’s vineyard is The Chateau Meichtry, offering beautiful mountain views and an excellent selection of Muscadine wine. The Chateau Meichtry is a family owned and operated winery with the main residence above the winery itself, inside of a breathtaking multi-story home, with the entire lower level devoted to the passion of wine making. A cosy tasting room lies on the edge of the lawn, facing beautiful mountain ridges that lay across an open valley of cattle. The inside is equally beautiful, with flowers and a large portrait of the family matriarch who originally introduced the family to wine making. The tasting for this vineyard was 7 dollars for 5 glasses. They had several varieties of Muscatine wine, which is exactly what I was looking for during our visit. The hostess was hospitable and friendly, and we sat and chatted with her about the pressures of modern life. The music was relaxing; she shared with us the history of her family’s vineyard and provided us with some background of the area, which led us to our next destination during our days adventure.
Mountain Valley Farm
We followed windy backroads which offered breathing taking views on the mountains and various small family owned farm operations. After a few miles we pulled up to Mountain Valley Farms, a general store with a couple friendly cows, munching on corn stalks in an adjacent pole barn. Joy and Goofy were their names and they seemed happy to have us.
We ventured over to pet the numerous different types of goats, while bunnies hopped around the property freely. Shaded pens almost completely surround the parking area, where a variety of traditional farm animals wait to greet you. The store sits among the shade as well and offers homemade Ice cream and gourmet snacks to help ease the discomfort of the summer heat. It does the trick, and even if you’re already feeling the burn of the southern heat, the spicy mustard and hot sauces for sale and for sample are a delicious way to pass the time and explore your taste buds further.