93C - Nicholson Gap

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4.5/5 (7 reviews)
Blairsville, Georgia (Union County)
Last Updated: 01/02/2024
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Located just east of Blairsville, in the Chattahoochee National Forest of north Georgia, Nicholson Gap is one of the main trails into the heart of the infamous Beasley Knob OHV Trail System. This narrow, single-lane trail will get the blood pumping like an amusement park ride as you twist and turn through the dense foliage, climb up and down steep grades, and sling bright orange Georgia mud down the sides of your vehicle. Combine this trail with several others in the network to fully complete the only Jeep Badge of Honor in the state of Georgia.

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Trail Navigation

Nicholson Gap starts at the westernmost trailhead for the Beasley Knob Trail System. This straight-through trail follows road number 93C through the entire length of the trail system, west to east. The 3-mile trail gains over 1,300 feet in elevation. In addition, drivers can expect to encounter slick clay, sporadic mud holes, steep inclines, and one rock obstacle along the drive. Nicholas Gap is suitable for any driver skill level and can be completed by most high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Before traveling this trail, there are several rules you must be aware of.

  • The trail system is subject to closure during periods of wet weather. The status listed within this guide is not meant to be updated on a day-to-day basis. For the most current, up-to-date gate information, call the Blue Ridge Ranger District Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, at 706-745-6928.
  • The trail system is open from sunrise to sunset. The gates do not close, but off-roading is not allowed during nighttime hours.
  • A day pass or OHV Annual Pass must be obtained before using the trail system. Passes can be purchased online using the QR code posted at the trailheads or purchased at any Forest Service Office.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (7)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 01/02/2024

Seasonal Closure is now in effect for the Beasley Knob trail system. Trails will re-open in March, weather permitting.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/18/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I completed this trail today and it is not nearly as quick as advertised even being completely dry. You gain roughly 1500ft of elevation if you do the trail from start to finish. The beginning isn't bad at all until you get to the intersection where most of the trails meet. Then, it gets steep tight switch backs for a bit and then it's just a continual climb on tight trails until you're around 3300ft. There are some technical parts in this trail but not overwhelming. The views up top were great. We could see many towns in various directions up the top. We had mostly a stock Jeep with us and he had a harder time in the ruts of the trails. They were pretty rutted out. Overall I had a great time. Just expect some steep climbing on tight trails and a much slower ride than the stated one hour, especially if you have less capable jeeps in your group,
Trail Review: 93C - Nicholson Gap - Erik Taylor
Visited: 11/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

It is best to go when it's dry. If it has rained a good amount within 24 hours the clay turns to mud and it is infinitely more difficult to complete the trails.
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Visited: 10/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I did 93C from Satterfield trailhead to waypoint 4 then took 93A to Bluerock Trailhead.. Trail was dry, very steep with some deep ruts. I was able to straddle most ruts but one was to close to a tree so I did slide in and bang my skid plate. Did it in a stock 2003 Jeep TJ with no lift and 30" tires. My first time in Beasley and enjoyed it.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Good trail. Very steep ascents, but maintained well enough that the ruts are not too deep.

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