Top 5 Motorcycle Routes Around Atlanta, Georgia

Aug 4, 2021


Motorcyclist riding through Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia, one of the 13 original colonies, was first settled in February, 1733 by James Oglethorpe, a Member of the British Parliament. The Peach State was admitted to the Union in January 1788, becoming the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

Known as the “Empire State of the South,” Georgia is famed for its peach crop, and is also known for the attractions of cities, such as Atlanta. If you’re passing time in the Atlanta area, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, located between Atlanta and Lake Lanier, would be a wise choice. In the city itself, you can visit the Centennial Olympic Park, which was originally built as part of the infrastructure for the 1996 Olympics. You could, of course, also schedule a trip to coincide with an Atlanta Braves or Atlanta Falcons game.

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1. The “Mt. Olivet Loop”

One-day trip — 30 miles

This route meanders through the western hillside and the communities of Dallas and Yorkville. It skirts east of Draketown and has a starting point that is around 40 minutes northwest of Atlanta via Interstate 20 W and GA-6 W.

Aside from a brief section of rough asphalt, expect a smooth, scenic journey with a selection of good BBQ restaurants. You’ll likely enjoy the farmland, pine forests, and open expanses. This route includes a number of tight turns. Make sure to mind your speed and ride within your limits. 

To start, follow Highway 61 to Dallas, Georgia and then turn west to Polk Avenue. This becomes Mt. Olivet Road. You can proceed with the rest of this loop through Georgia’s countryside less than an hour from central Atlanta.

2. Cumming to Stone Mountain

One-day trip — 126 miles

This route begins about 40 minutes northeast of central Atlanta via US-19 S. It treats you with a variety of rural Georgia landscapes in addition to some classic small-town scenery. 

Take in the stunning views of Lake Lanier, as well as the peaceful forests. Small towns including Dawsonville and Loganville dot the route, as you pass through the picturesque farmland. Much of this route consists of a two-lane highway, with relatively light traffic (although traffic does tend to get heavier as one approaches Stone Mountain.)

Begin this ride in Cumming and take Highway 9 through Dawsonville, then proceed with the rest of the ride, which concludes at Stone Mountain. Enjoy the scenic, single-day ride through the Georgia countryside.

3. The “Quad Country Figure Eight”

One-day trip — 49 miles

Beginning 40 minuters northwest of Atlanta via I-75 S, in Acworth, this is a quick single-day ride in which you travel in the shape of a figure eight, as its name suggests. This trip takes you through Georgia’s agricultural and woodland landscapes. It also shows off several well-kept roads with a few elevation changes. 

You will cross through Cobb County, Bartow County, Paulding County, and Polk County during your journey, which, in addition to the countryside views, will also bring you through some “typical suburban areas.”

Start this route by taking US-41 to Black Acre Trail in Acworth. Follow the route to the outskirts of Rockmart and the other communities along the way, until you return to where you began.

4. The “North Georgia Route”

One-day trip — 71 miles

This route starts in Cartersville, about 50 minutes northwest of Atlanta via I-75 S, and will take you through Fairmount, Ludville, Jasper, and Waleska before looping back toward I-75. Expect some charming small-town scenery as you pass through the edge of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy pond and lake vistas along the way.

This route generally features light traffic, aside from the portion that follows the highway in the eastern segment. Grab a bike and cruise through the rolling hill country at the base of the Smoky Mountains. If small, hometown family eateries are your style, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

There are some stores that offer antiques and collectibles along the way. Be warned, however, that GA-20 is known for heavy truck traffic; and remember, if you want to bypass Highway 515, you can take Jerusalem Church Rd. and Henderson Mountain Rd. as an alternate route.

5. Tate to Dawsonville on State Road 53

One-day trip — 19 miles

This relatively brief, 19 mile route—also known as the “Tate Haul”—contains a few turns that require caution. It starts in Tate, Georgia, about an hour north of central Atlanta via I-75 N and I-575 N. Enjoy historic Tate and the Tate House, a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on this cruise through the north Georgia countryside.

Aside from some gas stations, there are not many roadside amenities along this route, but the trip makes up for it with stunning views, fun turns, and lookout locations across the hilly countryside. With eight to 10-percent grades, and stunning foliage (especially during the fall months), this route has much to offer despite its shorter length. And of course, its proximity to Atlanta makes it convenient.