The Extended Suches Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE
2 in Georgia Georgia106 Miles
on December 1, 2000
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Head N on GA-60, out of Dahlonega, which will merge with GA-19 as it splits off to the LF towards Suches (big rock pile in the road fork here). Follow (carefully) up to Suches. In Suches, Two Wheels Only is on the LF. Just past TWO, hang a RT on GA-180/Wolfpen Gap Road. Continue on to dead end @ US-129/19 (11 miles). LF on GA-129 to GA-180. RT on GA-180 and follow around the N edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Turn LF on Owl Creek Rd and follow about 4 miles. LF @ intersection of Unicoi Turnpike (3.5 miles). Turn right at GA-17/GA-2/GA-75/GA-76 (12.8 miles). Turn RT at GA-197. LaPrades is down on the LF. Continue on and take slight RT @ GA-255 for 3 miles. Turn LF on Ben T Huiet Hwy. Turn RT @ GA-17/255. Turn LF on GA-75 to Cleveland. Cross intersection and continue on GA-115 for 12 miles, then follow GA-52 for 6 miles back to GA-60. Turn LF @ GA-60 to head back to downtown Dahlonega.
Plenty of picture opportunities on this trip! The first half of the trip allows for National Parks and 'Gaps' to pull off and see the mountains. This makes for a great Fall ride during late Oct or early Nov. Lake Burton is a beautiful cabin lodge looking place that will get you taking group photos with the lake in the background. The water is clear and fish are usually feeding right off the dock. The second part of the trip is more flat lands and a chance to wind down from the excitement of the ride and a full belly at Lakeside Grill.
Some of the wonderful scenery you'll see
Your driving in the mountains here so be prepared for tons of slopes, turns, and a few switchbacks. Traffic exists, but doesn't usually overwhelm you. There are a lot of places along the way that you won't see anyone else (other than bikes) on the road. This is a 'ride like you ride' route. Don't try and test the curves at higher speeds than your comfortable with. Some curves get sharper half way through. Ride safe and enjoys the scenery/foliage. If you want to ride fast, find a track. Most roads are State roads, so they are kept up pretty well.
Rock pile - stay left!
One of the fun 180 degree turns!
This route begins and ends in downtown Dahlonega. Dahlonega is a perfect place to begin and get a cup of coffee or hot cocoa before heading out. There is a motorcycle stop in Suches, on the left, called Two Wheels Only (great place to stop). Many bikers gather here to drain the pipes, bs, and maybe get a bite to eat and fuel up on caffeine. Just past TWO, is a gas station on the right (corner of GA-180/Wolfpen Gap Road) called Dale's. Very biker friendly! After Dale's, all you'll have are picture opportunities and National Park stops until you get to LaPrade's on Lake Burton. There is a great restaurant around back called Lakeside Grill. Stop for lunch & drain the pipes again before finishing the route. Next, when you come to Sautee, there are some nice shops to stop at and look around. At Ga-75, if you turn RT, you'll come in the E side of Helen which is a neat little town. Once you get back to Dahlonega, there are plenty of places to get a bite to eat if you skipped Lakeside Grill.
Biker friendly "Two Wheels Only"
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