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If the trails in north Georgia have ever been discussed in another thread please steer me towards them. I couldn’t find one in a search

We are new to Jeeps and any off road trails. There is a course available to newbies, in Dahlonega, Ga, that we’re taking next month but wanted to try something fun and easy-ish Thanksgiving week. Our Jeep is stock everything Gladiator Rubicon. Looking for something a little more than just our former car rides until we learn more about what our Jeep and have more experience. FYI, still trying to get through reading the manual. My husband brought home my very own tool box. Very excited about his support. I will start with very basic maintenance.
Please share any recommendations for beginner trails in North Ga or near the Tn or NC border. Thank you Wish me luck!
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I do wish you luck. Post where & when, so I might join you.
 
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Tray Mountain Road - long and easy, like 1/10 (a crossover could do it) with some more difficult offshoots. I like to exit the trail by taking a left onto Indian Grave Gap, which leads back to the main asphalt road. On Indian Grave, there will be an awesome ~2.5 mile downhill hiking trail (off-roading with your feet, ever heard of it?) near the end with a couple of beautiful waterfalls called High Shoals! There is an offshoot off of Indian Grave Gap that is normally blocked off by a gate with a ROAD CLOSED sign that was open this past weekend. I went through it and encountered a couple of nice gentlemen who told me this section was open only during big game hunting season. Went down that trail to a HUGE clearing at the end. Beautiful. There may be more open Forest Service roads this time a year that I didn’t have the time to check out. At the end of Indian Grave there is a nice easy little water crossing that will clean your wheels/underbody before you get back onto asphalt. Tray Mountain is your best bet for getting your toes wet while also bringing your family along. Lots of little, low-stress areas to explore and washboard roads to habituate your potentially off-road inexperienced partner/friends/passengers/children to the harsher ride of the vehicle.

Nimblewill Gap - 3-4/10 difficulty. Very rocky and a bumpy ride so be sure to air down. But overall this is nothing your gladiator cannot handle. There are a couple of short, fun technical sections near the end (or beginning, depending on where you start the trail) with a lot of chances to take lines as easy/difficult as you like and max out your articulation. I recommend this one.

edit: Charlie’s Creek Road - now this one is very fun, as it has multiple easy water crossings, and at the end (or beginning, depending on where you enter the trail) there is an awesome water crossing that involves driving down a river for about ~100 feet. There is a fork in this trail that leads to a couple of relatively easy technical obstacles (doable if you pick a good line, but I have bottomed out my gladiator here once while not being careful. I was able to simply reverse out of it.) and has a little open off-road “playground” (mounds of dirt) near the end. This fork in the trail does continue after the playground to a very steep water crossing, but I do not recommend going past this point without a lift or recovery equipment. You’ll bottom out and it may be difficult to get out trying to get past this. But otherwise except for this fork Charlie’s Creek is an easy time!

Sarah’s Creek Road - has a significantly more difficult washed-out obstacle at the very beginning of the technical section. Before that part though, there are a lot of nice camping areas. Would not start out with this trail. Has 3 easy water crossings. I haven’t done this one fully yet because that first obstacle was SO washed out - like a 4 foot drop on the left and very steep on the right. It was too wet for me to get traction but you may fare better with lockers and dry conditions. Apparently the obstacle was recently fixed though in October by a Good Samaritan! Wanna check it out again soon.
 
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Absolutely. Thank you
 
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Aleph, thank you for taking the time to post. Writing information down!
 

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Aleph, thank you for taking the time to post. Writing information down!
No problem! I added another in an edit just now.

You can check out the trails with reviews and pictures of them on AllTrails.com.
Most of these are mapped out on Google/Apple Maps, but I recommend using the Gaia app to navigate as well when you’re out there.

I highly recommend getting a decent 12 volt air compressor and tire gauge so you can air down and up for these trails. You COULD do them with road tire pressures but the bumps will be uncomfortable and very fatiguing.

For the most part, these popular trails in North Georgia are easy. Enjoy your Rubicon and welcome to Jeeping! Get it dirty and wear the dirt with pride!
 
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Awesome! I’m testing my husband’s air compressor tomorrow.
I wanted to ask about apps for trails. You beat me to it.
Going to be a great week
 

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Embarking on the Trail North Georgia during Thanksgiving week '23 was an enchanting odyssey. The vibrant autumn hues painted a picturesque backdrop for my journey, igniting my passion for nature and storytelling. In essay format, https://essaypro.com/blog/essay-format I'd delve into the crisp air, crunching leaves beneath my boots, and the camaraderie around campfires. The trail unfolded like a captivating narrative, each step revealing a new chapter of discovery. From the majestic mountain vistas to the warm, welcoming communities, every encounter was a testament to the spirit of gratitude. This Thanksgiving trek not only fueled my wanderlust but also inspired an essay celebrating the beauty of the North Georgia wilderness.
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