Start in "Talking Rock" Georgia (just northwest of Jasper, GA) and head east on Georgia Route 136 ... PAY ATTENTION to the signs to stay on 136 through the next 5 miles or so! Once you make the left at the "T" at Burnt Mountain Road, you can relax and enjoy the ride for the next 15 miles througt the mountains. In Dawson county, you will need to make a right at another "T", then bear off to the left to follow 136. In about 5 miles, you will come to a 4-way stop at Hwy. 9, and you can go left to Dahlonega, but I recommend going another 4 miles or so to Auraria Road, a left turn just as you come into sight of GA 400. this parallels 9 and 400, and I consider it the most scenic route, though it doesn't have the curves of 9.
Breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge region. In the winter, Amicalola Falls may be seen briefly from about 10 miles away.
Good pavement without any significant rough spots. Curves are sweeping, not twisty. Grade is significant in spots, but no problem for most motorcycles. Overall, the grades make this a challenging drive for most 4-wheeled vehicles, but is a good leisurely ride on two. You seldom encounter much in the way of traffic.
Not much as far as stores once you leave Talking Rock, until you get to Dawson County. Nice Scenic turnout about 10 miles in.
I just moved into GA and chose this for my first ride. The prior reviews are correct. The scenery is beautiful but very little in terms of places to stop for gas so make sure you're full before you begin. I don't know if it is because of the time of year but there was a lot of gravel on the roads in the mountain curves which you had to watch out for. Just ride it safe and take your time and you'll be fine. The road really don't have much in terms of traffic at leas that I saw. I loved it and will ride it again when it gets warmer.
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December 28, 2011
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Very enjoyable ride for the most part. Strange to go from 55 and then in the mountains seeing snow just feet from you. Word of caution on this run right now is that there was a lot of gravel on the roads and with the curves could be dangerous so just keep your eyes open and ride safely. I'm looking forward to running this again when the weather warms up.