Grassy Gap Road

4.7/5 (28 reviews)
Dahlonega, Georgia (Lumpkin County)
Last Updated: 05/15/2021
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One of the less frequently traveled Forest Service roads, Grassy Gap Road is another entrance to the popular Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Climbing 1200 feet up Gooch Mountain, there are stunning views overlooking the ridge, especially in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees. Connecting to Coopers Gap Road which offers access to the famous Appalachian Trail, Grassy Gap Road is a fun way into the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area for those looking for a rougher ride than the average Forest Service road.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (28 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very fun trail, not too technical. I did it in a 100 series Land Cruiser in 4 low the whole way. As mentioned before, stay to the left on the first mud hole coming up, or to the right on the third mud hole going down. It's very deep on that side, I slipped partially into it and the water came over my hood. It's also very narrow in some places because of fallen trees where I had to get some assistance from a friend to pass through without scraping either side. Took us about 4 to 5 hours and pretty heavy rainfall, it was a ton of fun and I recommend it.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was my first time ever taking my 21” 4runner The trail was pretty easy, however about 3/4 of the way up there is a large tree blocking the rest of the trail. We went after about 8 days of torrential down pour and never had to go into 4WD
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Most fun route into the mountains. Definitely need higher clearance. Not sure 4wd is needed though There’s a huge puddle that looks fine but is deceptive. It’s the first big puddle you would come to coming up the mountain. If you are heading up, you can make it though the puddle but you must ride as close as you can to the left side. There is an extremely deep rut on the right side. Like, maybe 5+ft deep of muddy water. There’s also a bypass to the left, but it’s pretty full of roots and it’s really wearing down the land. Other than this first puddle, everything else is fine and handled with ease in a stock Rubicon. This trail may be a little much for one’s first time off-roading due to some of the ruts. But it’s a very manageable challenge with little risk (just stay left). Great way to have fun with a capable vehicle
Joe
100
Status: Open
Visited: 05/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The trail is no longer passable without a 4c4 with high ground clearance, and good off-roading skills. It’s is great for challenging off-roading. Rain has put ruts down 80-90% of the trail.
Trail Review: Grassy Gap Road - Joe
Trail Review: Grassy Gap Road - Joe
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I drove this road from north to south, so mostly downhill. The rating of 3 is, in my completely novice opinion, waaaaay off. I took two other trails rated '1' and '2' respectively to get to this one, and the jump from that '2' to to this '3' was huge. This was my first off road adventure, so take it with a grain of salt, but if the trail before this one was a '2' then this one to me should have been rated at least a '4'. My truck is a 2019 Off Road Tacoma 4x4 with stock 30" tires. I drove the trail in 4Lo the whole way. I found the crawl function very useful in a couple of places. One place was the side 'trail' around the deep mud hole (first if you come from the south, third if you come from the north). I watched a lifted F150 with big tires drive straight through it and the water almost reached the hood. My hood would have been underwater. I talked to him after he was through it and said, except for the mud hole, because his truck was as big as it was, he had been able to drive it 2W. I could possibly have driven through it too if I was careful and able to stay on the ridges instead of slipping into the ruts, but if I had slipped into those ruts, it would have been over. So, I went around. However, it's rutted and narrow so it's a good idea to walk it first to make sure you can get between the trees and around the deep muddy ruts. Crawl was also useful for getting around the large boulders that had fallen into the trail about 1 mile from the north trailhead, and when hugging the edges of the road to get around some of the deepest ruts that left little other space. I went through the two more shallow mud holes without difficulty. Aside from the boulders and the mud holes, the other big obstacles were a couple of stretches of DEEP ruts that looked to be up to 18" to 24" deep. I got through without incident, but larger tires and more lift would definitely have been useful and given this novice more confidence. But it was a heck of a lot of fun.
Trail Review: Grassy Gap Road - Trae Cutchin
Trail Review: Grassy Gap Road - Trae Cutchin
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