Winding Stair Gap Road

4.2/5 (10 reviews)
Dahlonega, Georgia (Lumpkin County)
Last Updated: 11/04/2021
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Trail Information


About halfway between Suches and Dahlonega lies Winding Stair Gap Road. This trail is the western part of a popular off-road driving loop through the Blue Ridge district of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Connecting Winding Stair Gap, a five-way intersection of trails, to the southern entrance of the forest - Winding Stair Gap Road follows the ridge overlooking Penitentiary Cove to the east and Jones Creek to the west. So if you're looking for a shortcut through the mountains or just out for a scenic drive through the forest, check out Winding Stair Gap Road.

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Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (10 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We rode this trail North to South and never left 2WD. However, it was muddy and some ice, so if traveling South to North, 4WD may have been needed as it there is a long steady incline.
Status: Open
Visited: 04/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Today was my first time out offroading. This was an easy enough drive that it could be done with 2WD, but 4Hi is what I used most of it, and 4Lo in a couple of places. I went south to north, all uphill. It was a bit bumpy in some locations but overall very easy to handle.
Dave G.
Official Crew
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/04/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail is in decent shape. There are no ruts, rocks, large potholes or other obstacles on the trail. However, it is still a steep trail - especially towards the top - and the gravel is gone in most of it leaving muddy spots. 4WD is necessary going up in wet conditions or tires may spin.
Trail Review: Winding Stair Gap Road - Dave G.
Trail Review: Winding Stair Gap Road - Dave G.
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/06/2021

Was on a split between Winding Stair Gap and FS 28-1 when I saw a minivan come down from Winding Stair Gap Rd. and decided to give it a try. The trail was just rough enough for light off roading. About 3 or 4 rocky spots towards the top where my FWD Atlas experienced a little bit of slippage but no real issues making it to the top. I wouldn't recommend it in a sedan due to lower ground clearance or a non 4WD or AWD vehicle on a wet day. On a dry day like today, it was a lot of fun. I was more worried about getting a possible flat tire more than anything else.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/24/2020

This has quickly become one of my favorite trails in the area. The views are great and its just technical enough to not get bored. Few spots towards the top of the mountain where 4wd and good ground clearance is recommended. Go to the top of the mountain and take a left on FSR 42 to make a trip past Springer MTN and head out through Doublegap Road to make it a longer trip.
Trail Review: Winding Stair Gap Road - Jason

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