Winding Stair Gap Road

Dahlonega, Georgia (Lumpkin County)

Last Updated: 11/04/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Highlight: Winding Stair Gap Road
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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1. Northern Trailhead ( mi)
This trail starts as a southbound turn at the five-way intersection at Winding Stair Gap. There is also camping on the left near the trailhead. This is the best camping opportunity along the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Suches, Georgia or Dahlonega, Georgia

Northern trailhead: From Suches, head south on Highway 60 for about a half mile and turn right onto Coopers Gap Road. Follow Coopers Gap Road for 8.7 miles. At the four-way intersection, continue straight onto Appalachian Blue Ridge Road and proceed for 3.7 miles. At the three-way intersection, turn left onto Hightower Gap Road and proceed for approximately four miles until the five-way intersection at Winding Stair Gap. Stay straight (heading south) to enter Winding Stair Gap Road. Southern trailhead: From Dahlonega, head west on Highway 9 for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right at the fork onto Highway 52 and proceed for 4.6 miles. Turn right onto Nimblewill Church Road and proceed for 2.3 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 28-1 and proceed for two miles. Stay left at the fork to enter Winding Stair Gap Road.



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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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