BEST RIDES IN THE STATE
GA 197 If the wild twisty roads are not your thing, or if your are looking for a nice road to get you to the mountains, then give this road a try. GA 197 runs for 37 miles between Clarkesville and US76. You will pass through farmland and heavily wooded areas along the Squee River.
Georgia's Dragon - The Suches Loop The ride is about 42 miles and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains & Chattahoochee National Forest. This ride goes around the base of Georgia's Blood Mountain. You will find beautiful scenery, a challenging road and the TWO Wheels Only Motorcycle Resort.
Wolfpen Gap - Twelve Miles of Smiles. This is GA 180 between Suches and Vogel State Park. It is included in many different loops of the area.
Ellijay,Suches,Dahlonega, GA The ride is roughly 105 miles in length and about 3 hrs. long if you take your time. It offers plenty of curves on Hwy 60 out of Morganton, GA and provides a nice breaking point at the TWO resort in Suches.
North GA into Tennessee and Back This ride starts in Ellijay GA goes through Chatsworth and up to Ocoee, TN where you ride alone the Ocoee River, then on to Ductown,TN and back down into GA. The ride is roughly 110 miles in length and about 2 1/2-3 hours long depending on stops.
Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway This ride is 38.5 miles in length and starts just outside of Helen, GA which is a little Bavarian town worth a visit. You'll ride along the Chattahoochee River, experience hairpin turns, and twisty roads. There are scenic overlooks, sweeping curves, and you'll enjoy climbing and descending through the mountains.
GA Hwy 60 Tight-turning mountainside roadways, gentle rolling hills, sweeping turns, and panoramic scenery make this one of the most popular roads in the US. You leave Dahlonega and begin the climb up the super twisty section on the side of Cedar Mountain.
Skeenah Gap Road. - entrance off hwy 60 between Suches and Morganton
Dial Road, entrance off of hwy 60 between Suches and Morganton. Note, as you are heading down Dial rd. from 60, turn left on Newport Rd.(bridge over river), to avoid gravel part of Dial road. Newport goes by Aska Rd., and eventually deadends into Doublehead Gap Rd.
Roy Road. - Between hwy 52, (near Ellijay) and Doublehead Gap Rd. On Doublehead Gap Rd., you can take a right and eventually turn left on Newport Rd. Towards Dial.
Aska Road. - out of Blue Ridge, Ga. - eventually runs into Newport Rd, near Dial
US Hwy 129 Over Blood Mountain
Hwy Alt75 from intersection of hwy 129 in Cleveland to Helen. In Helen, pick up hwy 75 and go to the intersection of Hwy 76 near Lake Burton.
Hwy 197 from hwy 76 near lake Burton south to Clarkesville
Hwy 76 from Hiawassee to Clayton
Hwy 52 from Ellijay to Chatsworth, over Fort Mountain.
SR 52 Chatsworth to Dahlonega, 63 miles good twisties
Warwomen Road This 14 mile road runs from Clayton to Hwy 28
Germany Road - Off Hwy 76, Just West of Clayton.
Skylake Road Just past Unicoi State Park, this road will take you past some very pretty scenery over hills and between mountains. This road ends at GA 255 take a turn to the left here, go a short distance around the bend in the road and see a covered bridge.
Burnt Mountain Road - out of Jasper. It eventually becomes hwy 136. After reaching the top of the mountain and going down the mountain ridge for a little ways, take a left on Sunrise Ridge Rd. It eventually becomes Burnt Mtn. Road again before it runs into Hwy 52.
Get out of Atlanta Trade the city for Southern charm on this 178-mile loop, exploring historic and natural attractions to the south of the city.
Hwy 57, The Wiregrass Trail Scenic Gateway to the Georgia Coast from Atlanta. Highway 57, is its fastest and most scenic way to get from Atlanta and North GA to The Golden Isles. Beginning at exit 98 on I-16, it passes through exit 58 on I-95 and ends on Highway 17. The Wiregrass Trail will not only shave 42 miles and 30 minutes off of your trip, it also allows you to take a quiet trip past antique stores and Revolutionary War sites, over glinting rivers and through historic coastal hamlets and family farms.
Andersonville National Historic Site Civil War Site
Cumberland Island National Seashore Georgia's Offshore Islands
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Civil War Site
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE / DESTINATIONS
Old Mill Motorcycle Museum Located in Historic Juliette, GA Open Sat & Sun 12-5. They also have cabin rental on the Ocmulgee River. Juliette, GA was where the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed.
Cloudland Canyon State Park - Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains of northwest Georgia, Cloudland Canyon offers a great variety of outdoor activities. And what better way to get there than a fun backroad motorcycle ride! Kennesaw to Cloudland Canyon State Park Motorcycle Ride Directions
Helen "Little Bavaria", This little Alpine Village town is surrounded by some great motorcycling roads. Try SR356
Unicoi State Park Located 2 miles northeast of Helen via Ga. Hwy. 356.
Anna Ruby Falls
Riders Hill Located in historic Dahlonega and at the gateway to North Georgia's best riding routes, Riders Hill is the perfect place to meet your friends before riding our beautiful mountains. Have lunch at the Six Gap Cafe.
Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders:
- Amicalola Falls - Located in the heart of the Chattahoochee Forest in the North Georgia Mountains. The highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi, Amicalola Falls’ seven cascades drop 729 feet to the base. Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge
- Tallulah Gorge - Located in the North East Georgia Mountains. Two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep, Tallulah Gorge is one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States. Tallulah Gorge State Park
- Stone Mountain - Just ten miles northeast of Atlanta is the largest exposed mass of granite in the world. A 3-acre carving of Confederate heroes Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis highlight part of the mountain. Stone Mountain Park
- Warm Springs - Located on the lower slopes of Pine Mountain in Meriweather County, Warm Springs had long been known for its healing waters. But it was during the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt that Warm Springs became internationally known. Warm Springs
- Providence Canyon - Located in West Georgia near Lumpkin, it's known as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon. Providence Canyon State Park
- Radium Springs - The largest natural springs in Georgia are found just outside of Albany. There was once a casino there.
- Okefenokee Swamp - The largest swamp in North America, covering 700 square miles in Southeastern Georgia, located near Waycross. Stephen C. Foster State Park & Okefenokee Swamp Park
Motorcycle-Friendly Restaurants in North Georgia
A few favorite places to eat while out riding. These places all have something unique and interesting, plus they are known to be extra friendly to motorcyclists. Some of them are “out of the way” and we recommend you call first to make sure they are open on the day you are riding.
Two Wheels Only Resort aka "TWO" -706-747-5151. Located on hwy 60, in Suches, TWO is without a doubt the most famous North Georgia motorcycling destination. On a pretty day during riding season, the parking lot is completely filled with all types of motorcycles, from offroad dualsport bikes to cruisers. Well known for their “Big A%#” hamburger, steak sandwiches and Onion Rings. CLOSED 3/22/11
Owltown Market - 706-835-5695. Owned by fellow motorcyclists and situated nicely on 129 at Lower Owltown Rd, the Owltown Market has gas, a deli that serves fresh meat (we've even seen ALLIGATOR on the menu!), an espresso bar, and a full menu ranging from burgers to sandwiches.
The Foothill Grill - 706-864-0863. A family owned and operated business, the Foothill Grill is truly a treasure. Settled just south of downtown Dahlonega on Hwy 9, the Grill is a great place to grab breakfast before heading north.
Cooper’s Creek Store - 706-838-4514. Located on hwy 60, in a bend in the road at the intersection of Cooper’s Creek Rd. It’s between Suches and Morganton. It’s a country general store, but they typically sell some good barbecue and hotdogs. There are some picnic tables outside and a great place to watch the motorcycles go by on 60. The owners are motorcyclists themselves and are always very welcoming to fellow riders. Note: They also sell premium gas which is few and far between in this area.
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant - 706-632-7891. 8055 Aska Rd. Blue Ridge. - not far from the old Shallowford Bridge. Overlooks the Toccoa River. Casual place, but has a full menu - Fresh trout, Crab Cakes, Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Vegetables etc.
Poole’s Barbecue - 706-635-4100. 164 Craig Street, East Ellijay. This is the place with all the cut out pigs on the hill, off hwy 515. One of the most well known barbecue places in North Ga.
Rib Country Barbecue 706-781-3530. 373 Kousin’s Drive, Blairsville. Known for their smoked Turkey and deserts. Some of the best desert cobblers in North Georgia.
Pappy’s Riverside Restaurant - 706-745-9885. 2749 Pappy’s Plaza, Blairsville. Nice river setting. Barbecue and various country type foods.
Lorena’s Food and Spirits - 706-265-2008 Next door to Moto 400, in Dawsonville. A popular restaurant with motorcyclists, right off hwy 400. Full menu.
Wurst Haus - 706-878-2647. Located on Main Street in Helen. Usually full of motorcycles right on the main street. Great German food.
Crimson Moon - 706-864-3982. Located on the Square - 24 North Park Street, Dahlonega. Cool little funky place in an old historic house. Known in the motorcycling community for their Saturday and Sunday brunch. Live entertainment on the weekends.