Grassy Gap Road

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4.6/5 (44 reviews)
Dahlonega, Georgia (Lumpkin County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2023
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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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4.6/5 (44)
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/03/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail was a blast. There is a sign at the southern end that says the road is closed 0.8 miles in, but I found the gate open. There are pretty deep ruts that were fun to cross in my Gladiator Rubicon. A Subaru Crosstrek behind me did the whole trail, but had to be very cautious about its line. It also had to bypass a water pool that was 1 to 2 feet deep. Overall this trail was a blast and had gorgeous views.
Partially Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/11/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

There's a sign on the trailhead stating that it's closed 0.8 miles in, but I decided to see - made it past several downed trees and the gate further in was open so I kept going. There are a few spots where a really deep gulley has formed on the trail, making it to where you really had to concentrate (but not difficult). Then, I came up a fallen tree in the trail - not across it - almost to waypoint 3 (~2 miles). Way more difficult to deal with and I didn't have a chain saw, so I had to turn around.
Trail Review: Grassy Gap Road - Kevin Lewis
Trail Review: Grassy Gap Road - Kevin Lewis
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/06/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

There was a temporary sign indicating road closure 0.8 miles in, but the trail was open all the way through. It was definitely tough in spots, with large ruts deep enough to cause problems for my stock Rubicon XR had I misstepped. There were also a couple large trees down that I barely made it under with just 35" tires and the stock 1.5" lift. Overall, this trail was a blast, but it's definitely got some dodgy sections with little room for navigation and huge dropoffs.
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Visited: 12/01/2023

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Visited: 09/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Out for a drive on Cooper Gap Road and popped my head down to look at the gate. OPEN!! I rode the entire length. It had been almost 2 years. There is pink flagging tape every so often that I couldn't figure out why. At this particular time, there were a few large trees that had fallen and rested against others, but I did not have any issues passing underneath. My last venture was in a 3" lifted Jeep (body/puck lift, not suspension) with 33" a/t. 4x4 was needed, but the navigation wasn't too difficult. I'm in a bigger Jeep now with proper suspension but my stance is more tall than wide. The established cracks and ruts are much deeper and wider than prior and hard to see the difficulty with some early fall leaf accumulation. I have never had to scout my lines before this trip, and once I chose a line that had me tilting too much for my nerves. Backed out and went a slicker line, but no tilting. I'm by myself a lot when I decide to randomly veer off the normal forest roads. I will not do this one again by myself. In conclusion, I do not know the overall status of this road availability. It happened to be open this particular day.
Trail Review: Grassy Gap Road - Michelle Cofer

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