Potato Patch is a bucket-list ride for gravel cyclists in Georgia, thanks to the combo of beauty and challenge along the 40-mile loop. The route takes you into the heart of Chattahoochee National Forest and delivers you to waterfalls, scenic overlooks as well as one of the longest dirt climbs and descents in the state. There’s even an optional side-trip to a fire tower you can climb in the middle of the ride for an epic view. And maybe the best part? The ride begins and ends at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway, a collection of cabins with a bike shop, beer store and restaurant, plus quick access to world-class mountain bike trails like the Pinhoti. Mulberry Gap even has some dedicated jump lines on their property. Having those kinds of services on a remote ride like Potato Patch feels downright decadent, but it also streamlines the logistics of the ride, with everything you need in one convenient spot.
The ride gets its name from Potato Patch Road, an 11.4-mile gravel road that climbs the side of Potato Patch Mountain, which serves as the backbone for this route. The road also lays claim to the longest climb of the day: a 2,000-foot beast that you’ll tackle almost as soon as you pedal away from your car. The reward for that effort? Low-traffic terrain, the occasional waterfall sighting, and big views from overlooks. You’ll pedal some pavement on this route, but it’s mostly on quiet country roads, and it comes at the end of the ride after a monster climb and white-knuckle descent, so you’ll be happy for the relatively easy miles. If you only want gravel, many people ride Potato Patch Road as a 22-mile out-and-back. You can still tack on the fire tower side-trip, too.