Tray Mountain Road

4.7/5 (33 reviews)
Helen, Georgia (White County)
Last Updated: 12/08/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

Just north of Helen, Georgia lies Tray Mountain Road. Perhaps the most popular offroad trail in all of Georgia, this road climbs Tray Mountain to Tray Gap, a small parking area and an intersection with the famous Appalachian Trail. The road follows along the ridge so there are spectacular views off one side or the other for the northern portion of the trail, especially in the winter months when there are no leaves on the trees blocking the view. With so many things to do and it's close proximity to Helen, don't pass up Tray Mountain Road.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Tray Mountain Road can be ran in either direction. Heading north is primarily uphill while heading south is primarily downhill. The rainy winter season has really taken a toll on this trail. What used to be a smooth gravel road with some rocky spots is now full of potholes with one rutted area and a large mud hole just before Indian Grave Gap Road (Waypoint 7). There are also some rocky areas from Indian Grave Gap road up to the northern trailhead. While it is passable in 2WD in completely dry conditions with driver experience, 4WD is strongly recommended. Ground clearance is mandatory. This trail is mostly 1.5 to 2.0 vehicles wide making for easy passing throughout.

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (33 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Excellent mountain trail with mild ruts. There is a very fun rutted section about 3/4 the way up. 4WD seems mostly optional unless there is snow or ice. Most of the trail is just wide enough for two vehicles, but there are a few narrow sections. Be careful of the ledges as it is a steep drop to the forest below. The two intersects with the Appalachian trail were an excellent addition and one of the reasons we chose this trail. For those camping, an excellent source for collecting water is at the first AT intersect right below the road. Chimney Mountain Rd at the top was closed when we went.
Trail Review: Tray Mountain Road - Walter Kuck
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The road is in good condition. Very little rutting. Several of our group didnt bother to put their rigs in 4 wheel drive and had no issues. There were a couple of mud puddles to play in but nothing that offered a challenge. There were some nice views along the way.
Trail Review: Tray Mountain Road - Russell Wynne
Trail Review: Tray Mountain Road - Russell Wynne
LDW
200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Really fun trail. Beautiful mountain views throughout and it was cool to experience snow at the top today. Not super challenging, but it was icy for the last 1-2 miles towards the top. If you take it slow in those parts then you won’t have a problem. Loved it.
Trail Review: Tray Mountain Road - LDW
Trail Review: Tray Mountain Road - LDW
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Had a great time on the trail a little difficult in a few spots but nothing major!!!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/19/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail with beautiful views. Trail is wide enough to pass with no issues. All of the mud pits are passable without having to go through them. Although, if you do decide to go through them, there are plenty of places to winch out. Additionally, there are side trails with deep mud. Will definitely add this trail as a staple for North Georgia trail rides.

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