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    recommendated ATL trails

    can anyone recommend me some beginner/intermediate trails in the ATL area?

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    Yellow River (near Stone Mountain) is as easy as it gets technically but is a labrynth of mixed use trails so it's pretty easy to get lost.

    Blankets Creek (Woodstock) has a little bit of everything for everyone.

    Same with Big Creek (Roswell) - along with some pumptracks and DH/FR stuff so you can advance your skills.

    Dauset Trails in Jackson are chunky but not too technically difficult.

    Allatoona Creek seemed really beginner friendly from what I can remember, it's on the west side of Atlanta near Powder Springs.

    I also hear that Rope Mill is really beginner friendly and it's up in the Woodstock/Canton area as well.

    Where are you living and how far do you mind driving for trails?

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    thanks i will have to look into those trails. i currently live in brookhaven and was at red top mountain this weekend. the trails wasnt too fun. i hope to check out gainsville college trails this weekend.

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    Start off with Big Creek since it is right up the road from you and then hit Blankets. Chicopee is very good also.

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    I am in Sandy Springs area and most of the time take exit 22 on 285 to Sope Creek, short and sweet ride. Went to Big Creek once, had a blast on pump-tracks (first timer).

    Shoot me PM if you wanna ride on weekends, Big Creek or Sope.

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    I hit Chicopee last week was on Tortoise and Coyote Loop trail. Coyote Loop was a little technical but was fun. Today I hit Gainsville State College trail before the SOBRA race and really liked the trails. Anything similar to Gainsville State College trails??
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    I will be in douglasville for Thanksgiving. Was going to see if I can sneak away for a few hours saturday morning (super early) to go ride Big Creek up in Roswell. It's about an hour drive from where I am staying. I know it's a holidy and most will be out of town or have people in but if I can get away from mine any one up for a ride for an hour or 2 up there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunzgrafix View Post
    I will be in douglasville for Thanksgiving. Was going to see if I can sneak away for a few hours saturday morning (super early) to go ride Big Creek up in Roswell. It's about an hour drive from where I am staying. I know it's a holidy and most will be out of town or have people in but if I can get away from mine any one up for a ride for an hour or 2 up there?
    Any particular reason on Big Creek? If not, coming from Douglasville I would hit Blankets instead. I am having a procedure done the week before Thanksgiving and will need to take it easy for a while, but if i am given clearance I can show you around either area. PM me or post back to this thread as the date gets closer.

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    Whats blanket like? I was thinking big creek as they have a pump track, have a few here and always fun to ride. Plus there is some downhill section and slalom type course.

    I am more of a gravity rider, single speed bike.

    edit: just saw some of the trail descriptions, looks like a 1/4 mile downhill run at blankets, and maybe a longer section if you are willing to climb on VMT. So looks like a good alternative now just to see the difference in drive time.

    Is there any maps that show elevation change for VMT.

    Oh and the other reason I was looking at big creek is I might have my 9 year old nephew, my 16 year old nephew and their dad. The 16 will be on my second bike but dad has no bike so was thinking the little one could hit the pump track if he wanted to go and some of the easier trails with dad near by supervising. While the other one and I hit the more tech/downhill stuff.
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    There is going to be some climbing on van Michael. Definitely doable on a single speed, but I have no experience with a downhill bike. You will have more downhill trails at big creek, but if you want big air then blankets is your place. Big creek's beginner trails are slightly technical with some elevation change whereas the beginner trails at blankets are flat with few roots and rocks. Big creek is also next to the paved greenway. If the beginner trails are too technical for young nephew then he could ride the greenways. You will want to ride the greenways to get to the downhill park anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedood View Post
    There is going to be some climbing on van Michael. Definitely doable on a single speed, but I have no experience with a downhill bike. You will have more downhill trails at big creek, but if you want big air then blankets is your place. Big creek's beginner trails are slightly technical with some elevation change whereas the beginner trails at blankets are flat with few roots and rocks. Big creek is also next to the paved greenway. If the beginner trails are too technical for young nephew then he could ride the greenways. You will want to ride the greenways to get to the downhill park anyway.
    Ok I think Big creek will be the best option for us. The little one can ride the pump track with us and the greenway trails. Now if he doesn't go it will be a toss up. I guess it can be a toss up even if he goes. As he can ride a flat trail with us, while dad waits in car. Then when he hit the DH/Jump line he can watch on side of trail with dad and get photos/video.

    I rock a hardtail but ride it on all the downhill trails and try to go up some but will walk from time to time on the SS. Only time I have big problems is on the large rock gardens but I still manage to get through. While I would love the awesome wall ride and big hits of blankets, I don't want to get my older nephew in too much over his head. He rides skateboards so his balls can get big, but not being on a bike much if at all and jumping them, I think he might try things he is not ready for on them as far as jumping and get in over his head.

    We'll see. Looks like Big Creek is a shorter drive as well (not by much though 10 miles)

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    One thing I'll add is that Dwelling Loop at Blankets creek is one of the better beginner/intermediate trails I have ever ridden. You can FLY if you want (it's great for a single speed) or you can go slower and enjoy. It's a super fast trail that is great for all levels.

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    There are also some trails in the Douglasville area. Boundary Waters and Clinton preserve. I ride out at Clinton often. There are both pretty decent. Also about 25 min north there is Mt. Tabor which is a really sweet set of trails, I would be up to ride with you if you would want. Just let me know if you want more info or want to meet up. I am in the Douglasville area.

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    i did blankets creek several weeks ago and loved it. was in the area camping so i figured i'll give it a try.

    isn't there a bike trail in conyers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaTiRo View Post
    i did blankets creek several weeks ago and loved it. was in the area camping so i figured i'll give it a try.

    isn't there a bike trail in conyers?
    There's a little trail there they used for a small event in 1996. Google Atlanta Olympic mountain bike trails. Have fun!

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    Georgia International Horse Park is in Conyers and was used for the Olympics. Not a ton of trail but it's a lot of fun and the slick rock is great.

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    i'll be up in conyers for the spartan race so I'll be sure to bring my bike for the trail.

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    I am concidering Daucet veterans day weekend. I am in intermediate rider but my wife is a beginner. Looking for single track that is fast. Thoughts? My first time up that way. Coming from middle GA (WR)
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    definitely two trails i would recommend - blanket creek and big creek!
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    Ft Yargo and Harbins park has some good beginner/intermediate stuff.

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    Allatoona Creek is closed for the next two months for hunting season, but its a great trail system thats expanding.

    sorbaatlanta[dot]org/trails

    Masons Bridge and Turtleback Loop/Spur are two pretty awesome Beginner+/ Intermediate trails.

    Rusty Bucket is a nice beginner trail too.

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    daucet should be good to go on Monday (hunting) right? Planning on going there
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    Dauset Trails, Jackson, GA

    No, no hunting problem at Dauset Trails near Jackson, GA. It's private property. Should be near empty Monday. Go as fast as you want for as long as you want. Huff-n-Puff is toughest little loop. Some climbing back up from down by the river, but you have to make your down and across, just keep some in the tank to get back up to your car. Dauset Trails Nature Center
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    How long is the Huff and puff?
    Looking at the map - http://www.dausettrails.com/Dauset_May26b.pdf - I'm guessing between 1.5 - 2 miles.
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    Thanks for all that posted the trails. I am itching to ride and plan to hit the trail next wednesday. I did a little more searching and found this place. I think I have set my eyes on this place. It's about an hour or so west of douglasville so would be about the same distance if I chose to hit big creek, but this has a 3.5 mile downhill/flow track. SOLD.

    The plans they show for future growth this looks like it will/already is a great place to ride

    So I can't post links just yet, but if you go to the neabc . org site and click on coldwater it will bring up all the info.

    For a video search youtube for "Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail (9 Mile Intermediate Trail)" long video at 15 mins, great highlight around the 9:30 mark.

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    Coldwater is awesome.. I've ridden out there a couple times.. If you like flowy freeridy stuff you'll have a great time.. Its worth the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by branthopolis View Post
    Coldwater is awesome.. I've ridden out there a couple times.. If you like flowy freeridy stuff you'll have a great time.. Its worth the drive.
    So stoked to ride it. I was looking for some DH/Freeride/flow track type trail in the area of atlanta. Little concerned about the climb as I am on a SS, but I will walk up if I have to get to the 3.5 flow/DH section lol

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    . I'm not going to to lie... the climb up is no joke.but youll make it.. The first mile or so into the trail before the climb is a ton of fun as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by branthopolis View Post
    . I'm not going to to lie... the climb up is no joke.but youll make it.. The first mile or so into the trail before the climb is a ton of fun as well..
    haha, ya I expect it to be rough, with no paved road to shuttle up in order to do 3.5 miles DH you must go up first lol

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    Wait'll you see the (paved) road you have to drive up just to get to the parking lot.. Alabama isn't as flat as most people think...

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    ColdWater - My experience

    First off the trail is amazing and a big thanks to all who made it come together. Can not wait to see all the future expansions.

    The drive up to the TH was an awakening of what was to come. The first part of the trail was fun, it flowed well, and not to crazy (in the back of my head, I was thinking I can do this no problems). Being a SS rider I was not ready for the climbs that were to come and quickly realized how tough the up hill journey was going to be. While I did make it through the trail there was times I had to walk the bike up hill.

    We finally reached the summit, took a break, and gathered ourselves before hitting the 3.5m DH aka Bomb Dog. At this marker this is a nice photo and story behind the dog the trail was named after.

    Let the descent begin, I let my 17 year old nephew lead the way (less experienced and let him set the pace, also so I can keep in eye on him just in case he went down). I gave him a good 50 ft head start and soon caught up to him (this trail was crazy fast if you don't use any brakes) made me realize how much quicker I am on a bike then he is. While I was on the brakes to slow down, so I did not run him over we did manage to keep up about a 20mph average.

    Again just as the first part of the trail it was smooth, flowed really well, great berms (nephew's nemesis lol). Lots of fall leaves on the ground which made it harder to get traction when you needed it but provided for an exciting ride. At the base of the descent (at least I think that's about where we were) there is another climb back up to get to the TH. This is painful on the SS and again a cause for more walking.

    Had a great time, the place is only an hour from where I stay at in the Atlanta area so I can see many more trips this upcoming year. The DH section is worth making the climbs, you can really pump through some sections and before you know it you are in the air.

    For those that ride this regular, I have a question. Is there any way to walk the bikes to the summit in a more direct path vs following the trail? Maybe an ohv trail, fire road, or something like that? I plan to do more training through the winter so when I return next year I might be able to make more of the climb. I am more interested though in just the DH section so if there was a better way to get there that would be ideal for me and the people I ride with. Also would help keep me off the trail for other riders who are pedaling up so that I am not so much in the way. It looks like there is more plans for the development to add DH trails so I am hoping that this will allow for shuttles or some other form to get bikes to the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunzgrafix View Post
    ColdWater - My experience

    First off the trail is amazing and a big thanks to all who made it come together. Can not wait to see all the future expansions.

    The drive up to the TH was an awakening of what was to come. The first part of the trail was fun, it flowed well, and not to crazy (in the back of my head, I was thinking I can do this no problems). Being a SS rider I was not ready for the climbs that were to come and quickly realized how tough the up hill journey was going to be. While I did make it through the trail there was times I had to walk the bike up hill.

    We finally reached the summit, took a break, and gathered ourselves before hitting the 3.5m DH aka Bomb Dog. At this marker this is a nice photo and story behind the dog the trail was named after.

    Let the descent begin, I let my 17 year old nephew lead the way (less experienced and let him set the pace, also so I can keep in eye on him just in case he went down). I gave him a good 50 ft head start and soon caught up to him (this trail was crazy fast if you don't use any brakes) made me realize how much quicker I am on a bike then he is. While I was on the brakes to slow down, so I did not run him over we did manage to keep up about a 20mph average.

    Again just as the first part of the trail it was smooth, flowed really well, great berms (nephew's nemesis lol). Lots of fall leaves on the ground which made it harder to get traction when you needed it but provided for an exciting ride. At the base of the descent (at least I think that's about where we were) there is another climb back up to get to the TH. This is painful on the SS and again a cause for more walking.

    Had a great time, the place is only an hour from where I stay at in the Atlanta area so I can see many more trips this upcoming year. The DH section is worth making the climbs, you can really pump through some sections and before you know it you are in the air.

    For those that ride this regular, I have a question. Is there any way to walk the bikes to the summit in a more direct path vs following the trail? Maybe an ohv trail, fire road, or something like that? I plan to do more training through the winter so when I return next year I might be able to make more of the climb. I am more interested though in just the DH section so if there was a better way to get there that would be ideal for me and the people I ride with. Also would help keep me off the trail for other riders who are pedaling up so that I am not so much in the way. It looks like there is more plans for the development to add DH trails so I am hoping that this will allow for shuttles or some other form to get bikes to the top.
    Colwater is the closest thing I have ever ridden in the Southeast to riding out west. Solid climb, then solid descents. None of this punchy up and down stuff the southeast is known for.

    I had a blast riding out there for the first time the tuesday before thanksgiving. It was funny, me and my 2 buddies were all on rigid singlespeeds. We passed 2 AM FR DH dudes climbing the hill.

    When we got to the top we let them descend first figuring they would be way faster on their 6in travel FS bikes. We were way wrong. We ended up catching and passing them.

    Anyway, those downhills are hairy. Some wicked tabletops to jump. Probably 50 or so tabletops on the descent. I was only hitting about 25% of them as there is a high penalty for making a mistake. With leaves down on unfamiliar trail, its best to ride timid first than get hurt!

    More ATL people should come out and try it!
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    If I lived close to coldwater, I would ride a AM 26er hardtail with flat pedals hands down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    If I lived close to coldwater, I would ride a AM 26er hardtail with flat pedals hands down!
    We rode the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Got passed by a rigid early on. Think if I had more than the 1 gear I would have rode the climb up more vs walking. However the DJ single speed I have was really fast and flowed so well on the DH/flow track even a xc hard tail would be great. It can get sketchy real quick so watch out first ride. I went down, all the leaves did not help. Nephew went down twice but that was due to never riding berms before.

    I will be adding 9 gears in the rear and will return early spring to ride this again. Def a trail for the atl riders to check out. Its only going to get better as they add more trails. Would love to see some DH races there also.

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    Looking to make a trip there sometime in January. I wonder how hot it would be there in the summer months? I have been looking at the New Trek stache 8. Its a trail type 29er HT with 120mm fox fork. I wonder how that would be there vs a 26er FS 120mm. Anyway the place looks great. Is it only one trail currently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Looking to make a trip there sometime in January. I wonder how hot it would be there in the summer months? I have been looking at the New Trek stache 8. Its a trail type 29er HT with 120mm fox fork. I wonder how that would be there vs a 26er FS 120mm. Anyway the place looks great. Is it only one trail currently?
    Not sure how hot it will be during the summer months, but it is a little higher in elevation so might be slightly cooler. Still think it could get into the 90's though at times.

    Not sure how the 29er would do, would imagine it would roll faster and rollover more items then a 26, but I was on a 26 HT with 100mm travel (dirt jump bike trek ticket). There was a few guys riding the trail on FS bikes but the trail is so smooth I think a HT would be great vs the FS. Maybe when they get more built up and have more of the technical DH trails with rock gardens, bigger drops, etc. then a FS would be way to go.

    Even one of the guys that caught up to me while I we were on a break said that my DJ bike was the ride to have for the DH section. Unless you are older or bad knees and want something with a little more comfort.

    There was 2 trails a green loop and a blue loop. The blue loop was harder and it branched off the green loop then about 10+/- it joins back into the green loop to finish. From what I have read and saw online there are plans for a much larger and more extensive trail system, something like 60 miles all ranging in difficulty. If you go to neabc . org there is more info there.

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    Has anyone ridden on the silver comet trail? Just started mountain biking and have never been to any trails. Thats the closest one from my house.

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    Sorry for the second post. But does anyone know a reputable bike shop that you would trust taking a bike purchased online for assembly? I have just purchase a motobecane fantom 29er elite from bikesdirect and i'm not sure if i trust myself to the assembly. I have basic mechanical knowledge but wouldn't want to ruin a $900 bike.

    Also, sorry if this is off-topic. Does a newly assembled bike require tuning at a shop if I assemble myself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John.K View Post
    Sorry for the second post. But does anyone know a reputable bike shop that you would trust taking a bike purchased online for assembly? I have just purchase a motobecane fantom 29er elite from bikesdirect and i'm not sure if i trust myself to the assembly. I have basic mechanical knowledge but wouldn't want to ruin a $900 bike.

    Also, sorry if this is off-topic. Does a newly assembled bike require tuning at a shop if I assemble myself?
    Silver Comet is mostly paved, but would still work just to spin the mountain bike.* I remember there being a little off road trail along the left-hand side (left if going westbound), but I don't recall exactly where.*

    Sorry I can't help with someone for the bike down in that neck of the woods, but I would highly recommend Curtis Henry at Cannon Cyclery in Roswell.* After he puts it together you can drive right down the road to Big Creek to ride the mountain bike trails or greenway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John.K View Post
    Has anyone ridden on the silver comet trail? Just started mountain biking and have never been to any trails. Thats the closest one from my house.
    Not sure exactly where you are located, but since you say you are near the Silver Comet, check out the trails at Mt Tabor Park in the Dallas area.

    MT Tabor Park - Paulding SORBA

    Silver Comet is a very flat concrete path.. Not much fun on a mountain bike unless you're just wanting to spin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Looking to make a trip there sometime in January. I wonder how hot it would be there in the summer months? I have been looking at the New Trek stache 8. Its a trail type 29er HT with 120mm fox fork. I wonder how that would be there vs a 26er FS 120mm. Anyway the place looks great. Is it only one trail currently?
    It'll get smokin hot.... think 95+ and 90% humidity for days... and very dusty/dry....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunzgrafix View Post
    Not sure how hot it will be during the summer months, but it is a little higher in elevation so might be slightly cooler. Still think it could get into the 90's though at times.

    Not sure how the 29er would do, would imagine it would roll faster and rollover more items then a 26, but I was on a 26 HT with 100mm travel (dirt jump bike trek ticket). There was a few guys riding the trail on FS bikes but the trail is so smooth I think a HT would be great vs the FS. Maybe when they get more built up and have more of the technical DH trails with rock gardens, bigger drops, etc. then a FS would be way to go.

    Even one of the guys that caught up to me while I we were on a break said that my DJ bike was the ride to have for the DH section. Unless you are older or bad knees and want something with a little more comfort.

    There was 2 trails a green loop and a blue loop. The blue loop was harder and it branched off the green loop then about 10+/- it joins back into the green loop to finish. From what I have read and saw online there are plans for a much larger and more extensive trail system, something like 60 miles all ranging in difficulty. If you go to neabc . org there is more info there.
    The next place you need to check out is Windy Gap and the Pinhoti 1, 2, and 3 up near Ellijay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedood View Post
    Silver Comet is mostly paved, but would still work just to spin the mountain bike.* I remember there being a little off road trail along the left-hand side (left if going westbound), but I don't recall exactly where.*

    Sorry I can't help with someone for the bike down in that neck of the woods, but I would highly recommend Curtis Henry at Cannon Cyclery in Roswell.* After he puts it together you can drive right down the road to Big Creek to ride the mountain bike trails or greenway.
    Excellent, I will definitely try Cannon Cyclery for my bike build. I like how they're a "neutral" shop that will service anything. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by branthopolis View Post
    Not sure exactly where you are located, but since you say you are near the Silver Comet, check out the trails at Mt Tabor Park in the Dallas area.



    Silver Comet is a very flat concrete path.. Not much fun on a mountain bike unless you're just wanting to spin...
    I live at the far edge of Paulding County where Douglasville and Hiram meets. Mt Tabor sounds excellent, I will definitely check it out. I guess I'm going to skip over silver comet trail. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John.K View Post
    I live at the far edge of Paulding County where Douglasville and Hiram meets. Mt Tabor sounds excellent, I will definitely check it out. I guess I'm going to skip over silver comet trail. Thanks!
    Ya know.. I forgot all about the singletrack on the side of the Silver Comet.. Supposedly several miles of trail. I haven't ridden it, just now remembered seeing it when out spinning on the roadie... There is a section for it on the Paulding Cty SORBA site that I linked...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brodino View Post
    Start off with Big Creek since it is right up the road from you and then hit Blankets. Chicopee is very good also.
    Yeah Just bought a bike today, I live in Alpharetta and the guy at the bike shop mentioned these trails. BTW hello to everyone trying to get my 5 posts.

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