Motorcyclists who have ridden this state’s best roads know why Georgia can stay on your mind. Its routes carve through beautiful mountains, along the beaches and through towns oozing Southern charm. The last of the original 13 colonies, this state also has a lot of historical points of interest for a cyclist to visit.
For those adrenaline seekers who don’t mind a little or a lot of fear mixed in with their fun, Wolf Pen Gap Road, also known as State Route 180, is a challenging twisting and turning, narrow two-lane asphalt snake that runs through Blood Mountain. This is a technical road with lots of switchbacks and elevation changes that is best left to experienced riders. Even skilled riders can lay their bikes down on this road if they aren’t paying attention and hit some wet leaves or gravel while trying to negotiate Wolf Pen Gap's sharp curves.
Wolf Pen Gap Road can be done in conjunction with US-129, which is a road full of winding sweepers that also carves through Blood Mountain. To make this 34-mile loop, start in the little town of Suches. This town was once known for its motorcycle-only campground, Two Wheels Only, but unfortunately -- as of March 2011 -- it has closed. From Suches, riders head southeast on State Route 60 to Porter Springs and then continue northeast on US-19, which will take them to US-129 and its playground of curves. Riders will ride US-129 until they reach Lake Trahlyta, where they will then take Wolf Pen Gap Road. If a rider prefers, this whole route -- which is sometimes referred to as Suches Loop -- can also be run in reverse.
Riders who would prefer a scenic pleasure ride with lots of sweepers will enjoy a portion of Route 136 that travels between Talking Rock, which is near Jasper, and Dahlonega. This is a pleasant 48-mile ride with beautiful valley and mountain vistas, sweeping turns and some elevation changes.
The Russell Brass town Scenic Byway, which cuts through the Chattahoochee National Forest in a 41-mile loop, is another beautiful ride. Motorcyclists can start this loop in the Bavarian-themed town of Helen, which is about 90 miles north and east of Atlanta. From Helen, riders should head north on Route 17 until they reach Route 180, where they will continue west. In Choestoe, riders will then head south on Route 348 until it reaches Route 75. Riders will then complete the loop by taking Route 75 north back to Route 17, which they will then take back to Helen. This byway has some nice curves and elevation changes.
Of course, life isn’t just about the mountains. Water-loving motorcycle riders will enjoy cruising on Highway 17 as it passes by pretty marshes and rivers before finally depositing them at the visitor center for Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest barrier island. This is a 68-mile-long pleasure ride through nice country and small towns. Riders can start this route in Darien and head south until they reach Kingsland. From Kingsland, they will take Route 40 east until they reach the Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center.
Georgia motorcyclists also have a number of rallies and other motorcycle-related events to look forward to throughout the year. The Southeast Victory Rally, which is held in Helen at the end of May, features bands, vendors. The Southeast Victory Rally is held in conjunction with the US Rider News’ Reunion Rally.
Angel City in Unadilla, Georgia is a western-themed town that was created just for bikers. Every year, Angel City holds a rally in the spring, and then another one in the fall. Typically, these rallies will draw over 8,000 bikers to enjoy bands and motorcycle-related games and events.
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