Getting There
From Hartwell, head north on GA-51 for 7 miles to the stop sign. Take a left onto Boleman Hill road and drive 2 miles. Head straight off of the corner of the turn and continue onto Paynes Creek road for 0.8 miles. You should start seeing signs for Paynes Creek campground/recreation area. Follow signs for the last couple of quick turns, and get ready to mountain bike!

All About the Trail
For my take on the trail, please check out my post on entitled "Fresh Dirt: Paynes Creek, GA Ride Report."
I am extremely pleased with how my memoir turned out in the end. It took a long time to get there, but I am very proud of the finished product!

It seems that my professor thought I did well too, as her final comment reads: "You have a lovely way with words. A+" That's right... A+ ! I'm so stoked to have earned such a great grade.

As for the future of this piece, I really want to get it published somewhere, but I'm just not sure which publication would be best. If/when I get it published, I'll be sure to let you all know!

The Chilhowee Trail System lies deep in the mountains of Tennessee and offers close to 30 miles of  challenging singletrack trails with plenty of technical obstacles, tough climbs and fast descents. The area offers amazing views of both waterfalls and the surrounding mountain ranges!

To read more about my experiences riding the trails, click on over and read the article I published on

But as for directions to the trail system:

From the East and South: 
Head West out of Ducktown on US 74 for 16 miles. Turn right onto TN 30, and the trailhead is immediately on the left.

From the West:
Head East out of Ocoee on US 74 for 9-10 miles. Turn left onto TN 30, and the trailhead is immediately on the left.