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Monday, March 28, 2022

Sarah's Creek Road: Our First Off Road Adventure in Our New Jeep Gladiator Mojave

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail


My husband finally did it.  After years of hard work, saving, and planning, he finally bought his Jeep Gladiator Mojave.  He's like a kid in a candy store on Christmas Eve.  Over the weekend, we were able to enjoy our first off road adventure.  (I'll be adding off road trails to the travel section of this blog!😃)  For our first adventure, we decided to try Sarah's Creek Road near Clayton, Georgia.  The trail is considered an easier one but you will need 4 wheel drive to complete it.  It runs about 9 miles long and takes a little over 4 hours to complete.  Sarah's Road get a 4 star rating on AllTrails.com.  The trail is open year round.  If you enjoy camping, there are plenty of campsites in various locations throughout the trail. 

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail


Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  The Beginning of the Trail

The beginning of the trail is paved but turns into a gravel trail shortly.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Near the Warwoman Wildlife Management Area

The off road trail is near the Warwoman Wildlife Management Area.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Hitting the Gravel

It doesn't take long to hit the gravel and then the real fun begins.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Picnic Tables and Grills for Off Road Dining

Along the way, you'll find areas for outdoor grilling and off road dining.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
My Husband's Jeep Gladiator Mojave

We enjoyed the trail in my husband's new Jeep Gladiator Mojave.  We saw others completing the trail in various other vehicles.  You will need 4 wheel drive on this trail.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Trial:  Restroom Facilities

There aren't many places to use the restroom so be prepared for limited restroom facilities.  Toward the beginning of the trail, we came upon one of the first campsites.  The restroom here is more like a portable potty on the inside.  There is no sink for washing hands so you might want to have baby wipes, adult disposable washcloths, and hand sanitizer with you.  

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Water Crossing 1

You'll get several opportunities to cross the creek.  This was our first water crossing - a piece of cake.😃

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Water Crossing 2

 This was our second water crossing.  Our Gladiator glided right over as smooth as silk.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Beautiful Water and Scenery

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Beautiful Water and Scenery

The water was crystal clear in most areas.  It's still a little too cold for water wading (for me, at least).  We plan to go back when the weather is warmer to splash around in the water.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Water Crossing 

Another water crossing:  The water crossings (there were only a few) were fairly simple.  They varied by depth and narrowness.  A couple of them seemed more challenging than the others but we had no trouble crossing and climbing out of the water on the other side.  Again, you will need 4 wheel drive for this trail.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  A Beautiful Off Road Trail

Enjoy the beauty of nature as you travel.  It is early spring here in North Georgia so there aren't a lot of flowering trees and plants just yet but there is plenty of greenery and a few early blooming flowering trees along the way.  We'll go back later in the summer to enjoy the trail in full summer bloom.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Just a Few Bumps 

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  A Few More Bumps

Some areas of the trail are a little rougher than others,  Some areas are fairly smooth.  Some are more challenging.  The entire trail is enjoyable.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Jeep Gladiator Mojave

You may or may not get muddy on this trail.  It was a dry day so the mud was minimal.  I think my husband was a little disappointed that there wasn't more mud on his Jeep to show for his efforts. 😂 

Sarah's Creek:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Creek Water

Enjoy the beautiful creek waters along the way.

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Creek Water

Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail
Sarah's Creek Road:  Water Crossing

I will say that our first off road experience was a success.  We did not make it over what we believe was the final hump of the trail.  After reading a few reviews of the trail, we aren't the only ones who had to give that one up.  We are beginners so we still have a lot to learn and apparently more equipment to add to our adventure supply.  

Some things you should consider bringing on this trail:

Backpack (In case you decide to hike or if you need to leave your vehicle and go for help)
Granola Bars (We wished we had taken snacks.)
Cooler (for drinks, meats, and other groceries if you intend to use the outdoor grills)
Charcoal (for the outdoor grills)
Change of Clothes and Shoes (You might get pretty muddy if you get stuck.)
Hand Sanitizer (There are no sinks at the restroom facilities.)
First Aid Kit (Just in Case)
Don't forget your cell phone and make sure it's charged.  
Again, you'll need 4 wheel drive to complete this trail.

That's about it.  The trail is considered a beginner's trail.  It only takes a few hours to complete so you don't really need much.  We didn't have most of the above items with us but we realized, about halfway through the trail, that we wished we had brought more of those items along.

If you enjoy off road trails and you find yourself in the North Georgia area, give it a try.

We look forward to trying more tails as we add off road adventures to our abundant family living lifestyle.  

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Sarah's Creek Road:  Off Road Trail


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