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Corbin Creek Road

Helen, Georgia (Towns County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2020
4.2 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 2-2
Length: 10.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 3683 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Helen
Nearest Town w/ Services: Helen
Official Road Name: 698
Management Agency: Chattahoochee National Forest
District: Chattooga River District
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Highlight: Corbin Creek Road
Just north of Helen, Georgia lies Corbin Creek Road. Twisting and turning all the way to the top of Tray Mountain, this popular trail is the northernmost and smoothest way to Tray Gap, a small parking area and the intersection with the famous Appalachian Trail. In addition to some great camping spots, there are stunning views to the northwest overlooking the Chinquapin Ridge - especially in the winter months when there are no leaves on the trees blocking the view. So whether you're out day hiking the Appalachian Trail, looking for some secluded camping, or just out for a beautiful mountain drive, give Corbin Creek Road a look.



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Route Information

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Recommended Vehicle:
2WD Vehicle with High Clearance
Basic gravel Forest Service road with some rutted areas due to recent rains.

Technical Rating: 2-2

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 8" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 9" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 12" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep but with good traction.
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Corbin Creek Road can be ran in either direction. Heading north is primarily downhill while heading south is primarily uphill. This formerly smooth gravel road has been worn down from use and weather over the years and is now quite rocky with a few small ruts. Grades are slight and the road is adequately wide with plenty of passing areas. Although passable by most passenger vehicles in all conditions except snow and ice, ground clearance is helpful and makes for a much more pleasurable ride.


1. Southern Trailhead
The southern trailhead is a three-way intersection with Corbin Creek Road to the north, Tray Mountain Road to the west, and Chimney Mountain Road to the southeast. There is also an intersection with the Appalachian Trail, a small parking area and a very small clearing commonly used for camping.
2. Camping Area (0.70 mi)
On the left is a small camping area.
3. Fork - Stay Right (5.20 mi)
Stay right at the fork with Forest Service Road 305 to the left. There is also a large clearing for camping here.
4. Intersection - Continue Straight (6.00 mi)
Continue straight at the intersection with Forest Service Road 698A on the right.
5. Northern Trailhead (10.30 mi)
The northern trailhead is an intersection with Highway 75.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.799570, -83.690780

Starting Point: Helen, Georgia

Southern Trailhead - head north on Highway 75/17 for approximately two miles. Turn right onto Tray Mountain Road. Follow Tray Mountain Road for approximately eight miles. Turn left onto Corbin Creek Road. Northern Trailhead - head north on Highway 75/17 for approximately 14 miles. Turn right onto Corbin Creek Road.


Dispersed camping is available along this trail such as Waypoints 2 and 3. Dispersed camping is also available along the connecting trail Tray Mountain Road. While there are no improved campgrounds in the area, Unicoi State Park is only 10 miles away and offers powered campsites that are suitable for tent, trailer and RV campers along with cabins for rent and rooms at the lodge.
Camping: Corbin Creek Road

Trail Reviews (7)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Train in excellent shape, pretty much all potholes and rutted or uneven areas recently repaired. 10 times smoother than the connecting road Tray Mountain Road.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Nice initial creek crossing from the north end entrance. Overall good road condition with some hit and miss wash out areas. No issues for any truck. The 2.5 mile High Shoals Waterfall hike off this road is a nice section to stretch your legs.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This trail was the second half we took starting out out of Helen and heading North. Vehicle used was a Subaru Crosstrek and it did just fine on this trail. Very scenic and relaxing drive. Rain washed out sections in the road but still easily passable.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail in good shape, rut in middle and rut at the bottom (north end) have NOT been repaired. Ground clearance needed.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran North to South. Enjoyed the trail found a few camping spots that I'll be adding to the list.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Medium rut closer to the northern trailhead as seen in the video, might give regular passenger vehicles trouble. Should be repaired soon.

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Writer Information

Dave G.

Mapping Crew - Georgia

Dave is more of an explorer than a wheeler who loves to find remote locations to hike and kayak fish. Born and raised in Chicago for 21 years before moving to Atlanta, backroads and forests and mountains were a whole new experience and now he just can't get enough. When he's not fishing for stripers on Lake Lanier, you can find him in the mountains of North Georgia, Tennessee or South Carolina exploring and mapping backroads. Just look for the guy with the kayak on the top of the truck!
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