93G - Nelson Cove

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5/5 (1 reviews)
Blairsville, Georgia (Union County)
Last Updated: 07/17/2023

Trail Information


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Mud Category Icon Mud

Located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Nelson Cove is one of the more difficult trails within the Beasley Knob OHV Trail System. Deep trenches, steep climbs, and sticky mud holes await those brave enough to attempt the drive. Spinning tires and roaring engines will leave mud splattered across windows like abstract art. With perseverance, determination, and in some cases, a little luck, you can conquer this trail and proudly earn a portion of the Badge of Honor designation. Combine trail 93G with several others in the network to fully complete the Jeep Badge of Honor.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Nelson Cove is a straight-through, U-shaped trail that ends not far from where you started. This 2.7-mile-long trail closely resembles the story of Jekyll and Hyde. The northern half and the southern half couldn't be more different. The northern half of the trail is a relentless onslaught of steep hills and treacle-like mud holes smothered in burnt orange clay that wraps itself around your tires like a stubborn lover. Be prepared for body damage at the first obstacle, as it leans your vehicle extremely hard into a dirt berm with tree roots sticking out. As you continue traveling west towards the top of Beasley Knob, a heavy right foot, good wheel speed, and aggressive mud terrain tires will be needed. As the trail makes a slow, 180-degree turn back toward the east, you begin your drive along the southern half of the trail, where you find yourself suddenly driving down a hard-packed, smooth, and well-maintained dirt road as if being teleported to an entirely different trail. If attempting this trail in its entirety, be sure to have a winch and a buddy. This trail is best suited for modified vehicles with larger tires and skid plates. Lockers will be extremely useful in aiding traction if the terrain is holding any moisture.

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

5/5 (1)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/13/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Definitely a hard trail! The mud is crazy slick, and we went on a dry day where it hadn't rained for about three days. The off-camber tree obstacle at the beginning took out a mirror on the LJ in our group and about ripped off a door handle on the JKU. It took everything both motors had to beat the mud on the first hill climb. It was an awesome, mud-slinging good time!
Trail Review: 93G - Nelson Cove - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: 93G - Nelson Cove - Ryan Boudreau
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