This 120 mile Dahlonega loop has a variety of challenges. Stonepile Gap is at point (B) and the route intersects the Appalachian Trail at Neel's Gap, about 2 miles south of point (C). See the full Appalachian Trail map. Point (C) to (D) is Hwy 180 aka Wolf Pen Gap Rd, which joins GA Hwy 60 at Suches and then heads north for even more twisties. See larger map with directions.
Georgia State Road 60
"... Georgia State Road 60's most scenic area begins at the end of Georgia 400 and runs for 52 miles to Georgia 515, the Georgia Mountain Parkway. Route 60 travels alongside the Chestatee River (one of the major contributors to Lake Lanier before skirting the town of Dahlonega. After climbing into the highlands north of Dahlonega it crosses the Appalachian Trail at Woody Gap just before reaching the town of Suches. From here it gradually drops as the land near the highway turns into farmland before coming to the four-lane Georgia Mountain Parkway just past Morganton, Georgia. In between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge the drive passes through some great hiking, canoeing and travel sites while giving drivers some excellent scenic mountain views." http://www.georgiatrails.com/gt/georgia_60
The shorter version is just 120 miles. US64 will likely have a bit more traffic since it's the only east/west road in the area. West of Ducktown, TN it's a very pretty ride along the Ocoee river, which is busy during whitewater rafting season. See the larger map with directions.
Helen, GA is a Bavarian styled town with family activities like zip lines, horseback riding, mini-golf, and tubing on the Chattahoochee River. "Alpine Helen’s attractions are as varied as the people who visit us. Outdoor adventurers flock to the hills and waters that surround us. Oenophiles come to tour the local vineyards, and sample the unique wines they produce. Our special blend of cultures, traditions, history, and arts attracts many more. ... Don’t forget our wonderful seasonal attractions—you haven’t been to an Oktoberfest until you’ve lived it in Alpine Helen."
Helen makes a great home base for riding in the Georgia mountains. Our 2 hour ride map takes you east, to the Tallulah Gorge, ending at the Old Sautee Store, giving you plenty of time to stop
along the way. See
larger map with directions. For rides west of Helen see the SixGap map info below.
"At the dawn of the 20th century, Tallulah Falls was a bustling resort town that rivaled Niagra Falls, and people came from all over to see the waterfalls and the awesome gorge. Overlooking Tallulah Gorge, a 1,000-foot chasm carved over millions of years by the Tallulah River, is Tallulah Gorge State Park with an impressive Interpretive Center, gorge overlooks, hiking and biking trails and a suspension bridge.
Tallulah Falls is a series of six waterfalls cascading down through Tallulah Gorge. Tallulah Station offers local artworks as well as warm cups of specialty coffees and sweets, including ice cream. Numerous hiking trails are close by, including the Shortline Trail, a 3-mile paved trail following the Old Tallulah Falls Railroad Bed. Lake Tugalo and Lake Yonah both offer fishing, swimming and non-motorized boating."
Info-map.com has a large, foldout map on high-gloss paper that details the area between Helen, Elijay, Hiawasee, and Dawsonville. The back side lists area businesses along with motorcycle shops, and may be worth your while if you plan to visit the area. Mine is 26" x 28".
"If you are going to be in the Georgia Mountains for a day or a month, you will enjoy your time more with the INFO-MAP. Many locations shown on the Info-Map have web sites listed so you can really see the places you want to visit while you are planning your trip."
ExploreGeorgia.org has a nice interactive map of Northeast Georgia. Click on a city for more area info. They also have a FREE Georgia Travel Guide - printed or on-line.
Forty six miles east of Dillard GA, this 85 mile loop includes US 178 and US 276. Each of these twisty mountain highways cross the NC / SC border. Round trip to Dillard is 177 miles. See larger map with directions.