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Georgia's Dragon - The Suches Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE


1   in Georgia Georgia42 Miles

By Tim
on June 1, 2007

4.5out of 5

33 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start in Dahlonega, GA (not a bed destination itself) and head north out of Dahlonega on Route 60. Stay on 60N (it merges with GA 19) as it splits off to the left towards Suches, GA. Follow it (If you can) up to Suches, GA and hang a right on Route 180 (Wolfpen Gap Road). Stay on that till it dead ends in to US Highway 129/19. At that point take a right on to US 129/19 and follow it south back down into Dahlonega.

Scenery

The route is in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest and drives around the base of Georgia's Blood Mountain. This is an exceptionally beautiful area in the fall as the foliage turns into a picturesque tapestry of red, gold, and green. And you'll have some incredible views up there as you pass through three mountain passes along the way: Neel's Gap, Hester Gap, and Stonepile Gap. If you want to get a feel for the views up there, visit a couple of the web cams from the nearby Brasstown Bald observation points.

Road Quality

This is the road to ride if you are looking for a challenge, and it should have been the first route submitted for Georgia. Either an oversight or a vain attempt to keep it a secret. GA 19 is great because it is 2 lanes up the mountain, allowing for very easy passing. 180 is much tougher as it is the width of a driveway with countless blind turns and steep elevation changes. The multiple memorials on the side of the roads are a testament to the challenge that lies before you and a strict warning to ride within your abilities, for your safety and for the safety of those you share the road with. Overall this is mountain road traveling at its best!.

Roadside Amenities

At the intersection of SR60 and 180 are two excellent motorcycle resources. TWO (Two Wheels Only) is a great bike restaurant and motorcycle hostel that serves up a fine burger and friendly service. Across the corner is Dale's, the spot where most of the bikes stop to refuel and the bikers stop to caffeinate. Along the route there are several pullouts to stop and enjoy the view. Also, along the way (where route 180 meets US 129) you will find beautiful Vogel State Park.

Additional Info

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By Guest
on July 21, 2010 5 out of 6 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is THE RIDE!!! Growing up we used to spend entire days riding this loop. You WILL like this loop more than "The" Dragon. Less crowded, less commercial and every bit of (if not more) fun. Be CAREFUL right after a rain... lots of stuff washes on the road on 180.

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By bkp
on August 23, 2013 4 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The Suches Loop is a "rider definable" road, in that it has multiple segments with different scales of difficulty, since it's comprised of four line roads, two lane roads, high adrenalin segmnets, such as Wolf Pen Gap road, significant changes in elevation depending on the segment you take, as well as an almost infinite number of peripheral roads and highways, such as the Richard Russell, that can keep you entertained ad infinitum. The scenery is spectacular (particularly in the fall). You need to watch out after rain storms, for sand and loose gravel/debris in the road.

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By Guest
on March 29, 2013 4 out of 5 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

The Suches Loop makes a nice day ride from Atlanta, and the curves are a lot of fun. For me, Wolfpen Gap Rd. was dicey not because of how narrow it is, but because of the gravel/sand down the middle of the lane the entire 11 miles of the road. Due to the high potential for spinout (and the major consequences of such a spinout), I couldn't really punch through the curves like I would have liked. This debris may be just because of recent snow/ice and hopefully will get cleaned off as the season progresses. Hwy. 129 was in much better condition and uncrowded on a weekday, so I was able to challenge myself more on that section.

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By kdn3249
on August 5, 2012 4 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make HD Road King

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

These are great roads to ride but be fore warned: All of these roads are business and residential routes for the local and slow moving traffic is the norm on both weekends and weekdays and there are not a lot of passing zones. So, be patient and if you want to "play in the curves" and get behind slow traffic, pull over and wait for the occasional gap in traffic. Then have fun!

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By Guest
on April 12, 2011 4 out of 5 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

WOW!! I have only been riding 3 years and just 4 months on my Suzuki Intruder 1500. My wife and I rode Hwy. 19 and Hwy. 60 from Dalonega thru Morganton. I have to say that I was riding WAY above my skill level. I learned a lot about riding very quick. I found myself mentally exhausted and ready for some straight rodes by the time I get to Morganton. It was a wonderful ride and I hope to do it again soon.

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By RandyRi
on January 19, 2013 3 out of 8 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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Two Wheels resort in Suches is now closed.

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By Guest
on April 28, 2011 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I have traveled all over the Appalachians trails and this is one of my favorites. Challenging ride, but very relaxing and enjoyable with incredible scenery. I highly recommend for everyone including beginners but know your capabilities and limitations. If you don't know yet, you will by the time you finish.

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By Guest
on July 31, 2009 3 out of 5 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Great ride through the mountains of Georgia, those looking for a longer ride might head over and add the Richard B. Russell scenic Hwy into Helen for lunch before swinging back through to Dahlonega.

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By eli1172
on June 28, 2014 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Vespa GTS300

Motorcycle Type Other

Such a fun ride! The Wolf Pen Gap Rd has recently been replaced and is nice and smooth now. Watch out still for loose gravel that washes down the mountains tho.

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By Guest
on January 30, 2014 2 out of 9 members found this review useful.

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By Guest
on October 21, 2008 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

It was a challenging ride. A little crowded, and cars do cross double yellow, so use caution. The few chances I had to look at the view generated pure, WOW's. I was mentally exhausted at the end of the ride.

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on January 30, 2014 1 out of 10 members found this review useful.

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on January 30, 2014 1 out of 10 members found this review useful.

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By Guest
on May 20, 2012 1 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 97

Motorcycle Make yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Excellent ride great scenery.

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By Guest
on February 10, 2011 1 out of 4 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Who had friendly service at TWO? Never seen it there. We go there, but never expect or get friendly service. jmho

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By Guest
on September 29, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Touring

Did this ride today 9/29/2010 and it was a really nice ride, will do the extended loop next time but for a day trip from Atlanta this is the best ride going. the roads are well maintained, the stops are good, the people friendly. Gonna take a camera next trip.

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By Guest
on September 6, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1987

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Rode this ride on July 4th, and it was awsome. The trees provided pretty good shade, and the recommended stops were friendly and good food. If your not a experienced going on a holiday is not a good idea, the traffic was very crowded and has some very aggressive drivers. Riding in the fall or if your headed to Helen for Octoberfest its much better views. Overall very fun and a challenge for all riders.

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By Guest
on July 19, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Wife and I rode this road twice and loved it. We liked it better than the Dragon. Great ride!

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By Guest
on July 12, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

All roads around Helen are nice and the food is great. We stayed at Cabin Rentals of Helen and Sautee AND I DO NOT RECOMMEND LODGING WITH THEM. They do not honor their cancellation policy. There are lots of other nice places that we have stayed

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By Guest
on January 10, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Great riding anywhere in the area & beyond. I get up here every other month as I have my 2nd home in the area. I have been riding these roads for years have never been bored. Little traffic on week days but the cycle traffic does get thick during weekends & holidays. 129 seems to get the most attention as it gets very techincal the closer it get to Blood mountain. Very curvy & fast. Be sure to visit Turners Corner for lunch @ 129 & 180

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By Guest
on December 27, 2008 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Did it yesterday in my all wheel drive. WOW!! What a blast. Just moved from florida and can't wait for spring to take the bikes. Gonna be a great way to take to deal's gap =]

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By Guest
on October 9, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1985

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Nice, challenging road. However, it is populated and has regular car traffic as well as side roads and driveways and a couple of parks at the end of the first part of the ride. If you can get on when nobody is in front of you, there are some pretty challenging twisties. You will also meet some very aggressive riders from time to time.

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By Guest
on July 20, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

Been there once before, and going back up tomorrow. My first time awhile back I don't even know what road we were on, but it was a great first bike trip and unforgettable. Going back up and defeat the whole thing. If your ever in Helen, take the trip over the mountain and be prepared for some smooth beautiful roads and scenery. Long sweeping curves and some sharpuns to. Ride safe everybody.

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By Guest
on May 18, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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This is a road that emphasises the old saw "ride your own ride"- you must know the limits of your ability and your bike's performance in the twisties or you'll be in trouble on the Wolf Pen, but the challenge and the scenery are worth it. Best done at low traffic times, especially if on a cruiser.

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By Guest
on May 5, 2008 1 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

First time in the N. Georgia and what an introduction! Now that I've been on it with my cruiser, my chopper is next. Not to be missed! Deal's Gap is next, then I'm back here. See you there!

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By Guest
on April 6, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a great area for motorcycle riding both street riding and the gravel/dirt forest service roads. Our group goes up from Milton, Fl. at least twice yearly to ride the paved twisties and the dirt.
The forest service roads on dual sport and some adventure bikes are outstanding.
Dale's at the Suches intersection has all the info you would ever need for rides, lodging,camping, rv parks, food and general bench racing from hundreds of riders.

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By Guest
on March 8, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

This is an excellent loop! about 15 of us made this ride last year. Easy one day trip from north side of atlanta, but expect to be tired! Also if more time on your hands, T.W.O is great and all the roads in the area r fun to ride!

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By Guest
on February 22, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Ducati

Motorcycle Type Standard

Dales at the intersection of 180 and 60 is a very Motorcycle oriented gas/food stop. They are especially friendly to riders and very reasonably priced. Good rest facilities with lots of BS'ing bikers.

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By SamMax
on June 12, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Great route.. need advance level riding skills.
Lot of motorcyclists around.

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By Vortech
on June 5, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make S1000rr

Motorcycle Type Sport

Highway 19 is best part of this this route. Nice climbing sweepers with passing lanes a fun ride. Highway 180 has the tightest corners fun but if your on a cruser your going to have to work on that road. Highway 60 is covered in tar snakes, probably use to be a good road but not anymore

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By falconfan2876
on July 18, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Enjoyed this ride. 180 was the best part! The road was an excellent shape and it wasn't crowded at all!

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By falconfan2876
on July 18, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Enjoyed this ride. 180 was the best part! The road was an excellent shape and it wasn't crowded at all!

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By Guest
on January 26, 2014 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport

It is a fantastic ride, but again it is Georgia's version of the Tail of the Dragon. It is very technical, and can be ridden quite hard/ fast.

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