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    The gem of metro Atlanta trails: South Loop at Blanket's Creek

    I've been wanting to ride this trail, and finally did that, this morning. Wow - what an outstanding trail. By far the best trail that I have ever ridden in Georgia.

    It seemed very similar to Hocus Pocus at Allatoona Creek, however you don't have to do 12.7 miles total, just to ride 4.2 mile South Loop, like you have to do for Hocus Pocus. 0.88 miles to get to the trailhead, and the access trail gives you a good hint of what you are about to experience.

    It has a very good selection of features: Loose rocks, big rocks, tight switchbacks, red clay, punchy hills, tight & twisty, and 2 or 3 creek crossings (which were easy), excellent scenery, and a true wilderness experience. Well, the first mile or so, if ridden clockwise, was along the back edge of back yards. But as long as you only look toward the right during that stretch, you might think you are deep in the woods. I saw 3 deer.

    I am an intermediate rider, and I found the trail to be very challenging. Lots and lots of potential for crashes. If you can ride the entire trail without dismounting, then you are both in good shape and a skilled rider. If you can ride the trail fast, then you are a very, very good rider. I dismounted quite a few times. I haven't ridden much lately, so I didn't want to push the exertion, and I am a fairly cautious rider, being 54 and already beat-to-hell and back. I wore my full-face helmet, and am glad I did. If you have ever been through a TBI, then you likely wear a full-face helmet when you know the trail will be dangerous.

    The folks at SORBA who cut trails really know how to get the most of of the available terrain. All of the trails that I ride in my general area have been made by them, and I always admire how they can get miles and miles of good flow and technical features out of a small area.

    This is now my favorite trail, and I will be riding it again pretty soon.

    If you ride in metro Atlanta and haven't tried this trail yet, then you should treat yourself to it. It is a true gem. Keep in mind, though, that it is rated Advanced, and aptly so.
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    It's been a while since I rode SL but it was always the least engineered trail at Blanket's Creek.......I live closest to Chicopee and most of those trails are raw-cut trails, very little engineering.......
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    I rode that trail a couple weeks ago on my way back from Mulberry Gap. I like the trail a lot. But I'm not sure about the advanced rating. I figure if I can ride it on a rigid SS, then its not advanced.
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    Shhhh! It was a secret!

    It's also less traveled because it's not a new style flow trail with a smooth surface and big berms. It's advanced for the area, I've ridden it on my rigid SS as well.
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    I've been on that trail a few times. But I prefer the Dwelling Loop and the VMT. I ride those a lot.

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    SL is great! I saw some times from the race last Saturday and there are folks doing it in the 25-20 minute range. To many, this trail is no longer advanced - but I know the folks with the best times ride there (many ride their bikes to the park, too) quite often.

    I've only ridden SL 3 times (once was the half loop due to flooding) and it just kicks my butt! I started riding at Chicopee lots, and have been building endurance and gainin climbing skill so I think I can lower times on SL once I know it more. There are some challenging bits on there for my skill level and endurance state for sure!

    SL is a great change of pace if you want something less flowy and higher on the challenge scale.

    *** Oh yeah! ****

    If you like SL, then you'll love their newest addition - Gnarnia. That trail will be even more technical and strenuous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonmango42 View Post
    If you like SL, then you'll love their newest addition - Gnarnia. That trail will be even more technical and strenuous.
    Wha-what?! New trail, where'd you see this? Tell me more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Wha-what?! New trail, where'd you see this? Tell me more!
    This is a post from the SORBA Woodstock Social Facebook group on 3/15:

    Who's ready for great news! We need some right?
    The USA Corp of Engineers has finally approved our expert trail we are calling Gnarnia. We have been waiting almost a year for this approval news and it's finally here!
    This expert trail will begin at the South Loop trail head and be comprised of narrow puncheons, steep cliff exposure, rock line crawls and much more. This trail by far has some of the rockiest terrain in all of Blankets Creek. It's been on the list of dreams since the park was created 20 years ago and it's finally approved to build!
    We anticipate it's going to cost $50K - $75K to build out via a combination of volunteer work and a professional trail building company. There will be some machine cut work and hand cut sections.
    Stay tuned for details of an upcoming fundraiser with sponsorship levels that we are putting together. We'll have to pull together as a community to fund this one, but finally after years of building progression for all users, it's going to be awesome to add a expert tech trail to the top of it all!
    Stay tuned for more details! Congrats to all those that worked to make this happen!


    If you do FB and ride Blankets and/or Rope Mill join the SORBA Woodstock Social group. There's also a FB group for SORBA Woodstock that's public (I believe).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonmango42 View Post
    This is a post from the SORBA Woodstock Social Facebook group on 3/15:

    Who's ready for great news! We need some right?
    The USA Corp of Engineers has finally approved our expert trail we are calling Gnarnia. We have been waiting almost a year for this approval news and it's finally here!
    This expert trail will begin at the South Loop trail head and be comprised of narrow puncheons, steep cliff exposure, rock line crawls and much more. This trail by far has some of the rockiest terrain in all of Blankets Creek. It's been on the list of dreams since the park was created 20 years ago and it's finally approved to build!
    We anticipate it's going to cost $50K - $75K to build out via a combination of volunteer work and a professional trail building company. There will be some machine cut work and hand cut sections.
    Stay tuned for details of an upcoming fundraiser with sponsorship levels that we are putting together. We'll have to pull together as a community to fund this one, but finally after years of building progression for all users, it's going to be awesome to add a expert tech trail to the top of it all!
    Stay tuned for more details! Congrats to all those that worked to make this happen!


    If you do FB and ride Blankets and/or Rope Mill join the SORBA Woodstock Social group. There's also a FB group for SORBA Woodstock that's public (I believe).
    Thanks! I live a couple of miles from Sope Creek and have been a member of Sorba Atlanta/MTB Atlanta for several years, though my membership is currently lapsed. I used to live closer to Blankets/Rope Mill but still ride there a lot.
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