City Escape: Atlanta, GA to Northern Georgia

May 22, 2019 View Comments by

City Escape: Atlanta, GA to Northern GeorgiaA scenic jaunt through the southern Appalachians and rural northern Georgia, this route contains an abundance of natural beauty. The best times to go are April to June and September to November.


Approximately 226 miles

Meet-up spot

Starbucks, 12330 Crabapple Rd, Alpharetta, GA.

Lunch stop

Hofer’s of Helen Bakery & Café, 8758 North Main St, Helen, GA. (706) 878-8200.


From the road, the views are dominated by rural farmland and thick forest, but more expansive views can be found close by.


Traffic can be heavy going in and out of Atlanta but thins out north of the city.


The northern part of the route contains some tight curves and moderately technical riding.

Road conditions

Mostly well-paved, two-lane roads.

Points of Interest

  1. Ellijay, GA
    Home to the annual Georgia Apple Festival (in October).
  2. Blue Ridge Lake
    Beautiful mountain lake 
nestled in the heart of the 
Chattahoochee National Forest.
  3. Amicalola Falls
    Also located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the 729-foot Amicalola Falls gets its name from the Cherokee for “tumbling waters.”
  4. Vogel State Park and Museum
    Established in the 1930s, Vogel is 
one of Georgia’s oldest state parks, and at 2,500 feet, one of its highest as well.
  5. Helen, GA
    Once a thriving logging town, Helen reinvented itself as a replica of a Bavarian alpine community.


Download tankbag map and GPX file.


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