Nimblewill Gap

Dahlonega, Georgia (Dawson County)

Last Updated: 08/05/2020
4.4 / 5 ( 10 reviews )
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Highlight: Nimblewill Gap
Situated in a mountain range spanning 550 miles from Georgia to Pennsylvania called the Blue Ridge Mountains is an easy trail known as Nimblewill Gap Road. 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.


Route Information

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1. Northern Trailhead (0 mi)
The northern trailhead is at Nimblewill Gap, an intersection between Old Bucktown Road, Nimbewill Gap Road, the Appalachian Trail and the permanently closed Forest Service Road 46 that leads into Amicalola State Park.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Southern Trailhead - Dahlonega Northern Trailhead - Ellijay

Southern Trailhead: Head west on Highway 9. In approximately four miles, bear right onto Highway 52 at the fork with Highway 9. Follow Highway 52 for 4.6 miles and turn right onto Nimblewill Church Road. Continue straight at the 2.4-mile mark onto Nimblewill Gap Road where Nimblewill Church Road turns left and reconnects with Highway 52. In 2.2 miles at the boundary of the National Forest, the pavement turns to gravel and this trail begins. Northern Trailhead: Head east on Highway 52. In 6.2 miles turn left onto Big Creek Road. In 1.8 miles turn right on Holt Bridge Road. In 0.3 miles continue straight at the fork onto Roy Road for 5.5 miles, then turn right on Parker Drive. In 0.7 miles turn right onto Tickanetley Rd. In 1.0 mile turn left on Old Bucktown Road. Continue for 2.5 miles to the boundary of the National Forest where the offroad trail Old Bucktown Road starts. Follow Old Bucktown Road for approximately 3 miles to where it ends and Nimblewill Gap Road begins.



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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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