Old Bucktown Road

4.6/5 (22 reviews)
Ellijay, Georgia (Gilmer County)
Last Updated: 08/03/2020
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Trail Information

Highlights

Just outside of Ellijay, Georgia, and immediately north of Amicalola Falls State Park lies Old Bucktown Road. Part of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains which extend 550 miles from Georgia all the way to Pennsylvania, Old Bucktown Road is a rocky mountain pass that cuts through from Ellijay to Nimblewill. One of the rougher Forest Service roads left in Georgia, this is a great trail for beginner offroad drivers or for someone looking to test out a new rig without being too rough or too remote. 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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (22 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Started from the first way-point and took the next connecting trail down. The trail has some spots that are mandatory that could be challenging with a 2WD or stock vehicle. In a JKU with 3" lift on 35's, I never had an issue but did use 4H. We encountered several other vehicles coming from the other direction and in some tight spots. Not a lot of space in many places for passing. Also, I have not experimented much with airing down, but parts of this trail were so rocky that I thought that it might have been a good idea to air down just a bit for the sake of the tire. Follow my Jeep adventures on Instagram: @ecriz_jku
Trail Review: Old Bucktown Road - Eric Criswell
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/13/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We took Old Bucktown Rd after heading up Nimblewill Gap Rd. You'll want a little ground clearance and 4hi, we never used 4lo in our Gladiator, maybe if we were going uphill versus the downhill direction we took. Still getting my off roading legs so I took some safer lines in the more fun sections, but the road was still lots of fun to go through. It had rained two days prior and it made for some fun puddles, but the trail wasn't muddy or sloppy. Great first trail if you're hesitant about taking your Jeep out for it's maiden voyage, nice views and more fun than the roads connecting to it.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/06/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Loved it. We did the entire Nimblewill Gap through to Bucktown Road. Bucktown was the downhill section. Careful tire placement and careful navigation will get you through. I have 2wd 4Runner.
Trail Review: Old Bucktown Road - David Schauer
Trail Review: Old Bucktown Road - David Schauer
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/15/2021

I did this trail up the mountain from west to east with my 4Runner TRD. Vehicle is stock except for some AT tires. This road is definitely on the moderate to hard end of the scale. The west end of the trail is extremely rutted. The best lines take you up against the vegetation in most places. The entire trail is very rocky with some small mud holes in spots. I did bottom out on my skid plate at one point but it did its job and we kept rolling. You definitely need a vehicle with good clearance and some sections will require 4 Low. This road is pretty challenging for beginners and much, much harder than Nimblewell Gap Road.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/08/2021

Nice trail. Beautiful views. It was dry when we went so didn't have to use 4WD but I can see where one would need to if there were weather. Definitely need good ground clearance.

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