Atlanta: the capital of Georgia, of the South, of the Turner Broadcasting empire, and of SEC football. The largest city in the Southeastern United States isn’t just a hardworking town; it’s also a popular tourist destination. There’s far more to Georgia than Atlanta, however. Even out-of-towners know Atlanta for its traffic and sprawl, and driving just one mile on its jam-packed freeways can make motorists yearn to break free.
Fortunately, they can. Once you get out of town, Georgia features some of America’s finest off-roading trails. Georgians know how to enjoy the great outdoors, and whether you’re a native or a visitor, you can get in on the fun as well. Check out these best off-roading trails in Georgia for your next trip.
Service Roads of the Chattahoochee National Forest
Just north of Atlanta, near the Tennessee border, this sprawling national forest features several off-road opportunities across over 850,000 acres. Tree-lined trails and mountainous terrain are the order of the day here—unsurprisingly, as the forest lies on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Many of the so-called service roads in this forest do double duty as off-roading trails for visitors. Along with these, you’ll find Calbeck Road, which breaks free of the woods and gives way to a beautiful clearing in what makes for some of the best autumn scenery you’ll find while off-roading.
Beasley Knob Trails
Just outside the boundaries of the Chattahoochee National Forest lie the Beasley Knob Trails, a 10.5-mile circuit for advanced off-roading enthusiasts. These trails aren’t for taking in the majesty of the untouched wilderness—they’re for putting your Jeep or other OHV to the test. If you have what it takes to conquer these rough roads and steep inclines, Beasley Knob makes a fine addition to your off-road excursion through North Georgia.
Rocky Flats Trails
North of Atlanta, you’ll find moderately challenging off-road terrain on the Rocky Flats Trails. As a tough but brief circuit, this route could be good training for off-roaders looking to take their skills to the next level. However, the surroundings make it tough to drive anything but a traditional four-wheel-drive vehicle here—with no staging area to deploy an ATV, you’ll have to go straight from the road to the trail from behind the wheel of your Jeep.
Durhamtown Off-Road Resort
East of Athens and the Oconee National Forest is one of the best off-roading trails in Georgia: the Durhamtown Off-Road Resort. It’s an expansive system of trails for Jeeps, ATVs, motorcycles, and dirt bikes, and however you want to conquer the great wide open, this off-roaders’ paradise allows it. Best of all, the system reserves obstacle courses just for Jeeps. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s worth a look—and no one has ever complained about a visit to Athens, either.