GA Route Review: Patterson Gap

01 Jun , 2016

North Georgia Mountain trail review - sr500 BMW R75/5

Patterson Gap Road : Fire Service Road ( map )

Riding Difficulty 2 out of 5

Vehicles taken on this trip:
Mark: YAMAHA SR 500 - instagram
Bobby: BMW R75/5 - instagram
Jared: BMW R100/7 - instagram
Matthew: Subaru Forester - instagram

Matthew Jones Photo - Atlanta Photographer

The four of us had initially planned to venture out to the desert to join up with everyone for Motos in Moab but were unable to sift through some of our travel details. We had already blocked out the time off from work so we decided to head up to North GA from Atlanta to explore, ride and camp. We set out for Tallulah Gorge and planned on heading to Ashville from the Gorge but the sate park host was an avid rider and pointed us towards Patterson Gap Road in North GA instead.

BMW R100 Offroad Scrambler

We left for Patterson Gap ( Also known as Fire Service Road 32 ) and were really happy that we ended up here. The ride down Patterson gap is beautiful and scenic with sweeping green valleys and mountain views. The roads were fun and easy to ride and best of all they were not crowded at all even with it being Memorial Day weekend. When the pavement ended, the road was well traveled enough for all of the bikes and Forester to navigate with ease. The most challenging element of this road for our trip was the weather. About half way through this day of riding, it started to rain fairly heavily and as such we found ourselves slipping a bit on our older heavy bikes. With that being said, even my R75 being the least capable bike with very bald street tires was able to navigate the road at a pretty slow pace.

Virginia is for drifters

Mark Tway - Atlanta - SR500 Scrambler

Overall this was a great riding trail with plenty of pull offs for camping and exploring. I can’t wait to venture back to this part of North GA again with a more capable dual sport machine, but this road is a ton of fun for most motorbikes.

Subaru Forester Offroad

1979 BMW r100 scrambler - R75

Matt Jones & Jared Erickson

BMW R100 - Yamaha SR500