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133 Mile Gauntlet - Be Bold! 

Welcome, fellow adventurers, to the heart of the North Georgia mountains! For motorcycle enthusiasts, there's no name more thrilling than "The Gauntlet," a legendary 133-mile loop that winds its way through breathtaking scenery and challenging curves. From its starting point in Blairsville, just a stone's throw from Misty Mountain Inn and Cottages, the Gauntlet beckons riders to embrace the thrill of the open road and the beauty of the Appalachian Highlands.

The Gauntlet's claim to fame is its remarkable collection of twisty, rollercoaster-like roads. Hairpin turns, stunning overlooks, and lush forests all come together to create an unforgettable riding experience. But what makes The Gauntlet even more special is its unique location. Situated in a rain shadow effect, the North Georgia mountains boast some of the most consistent riding weather in the entire region, even throughout winter. While snow may blanket the surrounding areas, The Gauntlet often remains clear, offering motorcycle enthusiasts the chance to extend their riding season and enjoy the exhilarating twists and turns even when the temperatures drop.

Your journey begins in the charming town of Blairsville, where Misty Mountain Inn and Cottages provides the perfect base camp for your adventure. After a restful night and a hearty breakfast, fuel up your bike and prepare for the ride of your life. As you leave Blairsville, you'll immediately be greeted by the winding curves of US-129, a road that snakes its way through lush forests and offers glimpses of cascading waterfalls and rolling hills.

Some of the highlights you'll encounter along The Gauntlet include:

  • The switchbacks of Wolf Pen Gap: This section of the route is legendary for its series of tight turns that will challenge even the most experienced riders. As you navigate the switchbacks, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking views of the valleys below.

  • The scenic overlooks of Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway: This stretch of the route offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Pull over at one of the overlooks and enjoy the fresh mountain air and the awe-inspiring beauty of the landscape.

  • The challenging curves of GA-180: This road is known for its tight turns and steep inclines, making it a favorite among adrenaline-seeking riders. Conquer the curves and be rewarded with the satisfaction of overcoming one of The Gauntlet's most demanding sections.

But The Gauntlet is more than just the main route. Venture off the beaten path and explore some of the hidden gems that the North Georgia mountains have to offer. Take a detour on scenic roads like GA-197, GA-28, and GA-180 Spur to discover charming towns, hidden waterfalls, and breathtaking overlooks that are sure to add a unique element to your adventure.

Whether you're a seasoned rider or just starting out, The Gauntlet has something to offer everyone. So come and experience the thrill, the beauty, and the freedom of this epic motorcycle adventure.

After a day of conquering the roads, retreat to the comfort and hospitality of Misty Mountain Inn and Cottages. Relax in our cozy accommodations, share stories of your ride with fellow adventurers, and enjoy a delicious meal. We offer everything you need to recharge and prepare for your next day of exploring the wonders of the North Georgia mountains.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay at Misty Mountain Inn and Cottages and start planning your unforgettable Gauntlet adventure today!

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