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Ride Guide: Staff Picks

Embark on a journey through some of Georgia’s most scenic and exhilarating cycling routes, carefully selected by the team at Peachtree Bikes. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a biking enthusiast, our staff favorites encompass a diverse array of trails, from the heart-pounding mountain bike trails to the serene gravel paths and popular road rides. Experience the beauty of Atlanta and North Georgia as we share our top picks for unforgettable cycling adventures.

Mountain Bike Trails
Allatoona Creek

Acworth, GA

A beautiful Cobb county park with multi-use gravel roads, a skills area, jump lines and over 35 miles of sweet single track. It is open most of the year from sun up to sundown (although it does close for hunting season.) "Toona" is a local favorite where you can get away from the rat race and enjoy the outdoors.

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Bear Creek / Pinhoti Trails

Elijah, GA

The Bear Creek / Pinhoti Trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia, are known for their blend of forest service road climbs and thrilling singletrack downhills. This intermediate/difficult trail system offers a variety of experiences, from scenic overlooks and waterfall attractions to exhilarating downhill sections. The route involves climbs, switchbacks, and creek crossings, ending with a downhill stretch back to Mulberry Gap.

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Big Creek

Roswell, GA

Big Creek Park in Roswell, GA, is a diverse and engaging mountain bike trail system, renowned for its mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails. Maintained by the Roswell Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO), it spans over 5 miles of cross-country singletrack. The park also boasts two pump tracks and an extensive freeride area. Trails like Stumpy's Loop, Laughing Creek, Climbing Snake, Hurts So Good, and Pine Hill offer a variety of terrain, from smooth paths to challenging up and downhill sections. Big Creek Park, being the largest wooded park in Roswell, also provides access to the Big Creek Greenway and is open during daylight hours.

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Blankets Creek

Acworth, GA

The Blankets Creek Full Tour is an intermediate/difficult trail system located near Canton, GA. It offers a diverse riding experience, including gravity and flow sections along with old-school technical singletrack. The route includes Van Michael Trail with its ups, downs, and flow sections; Dwelling Loop, known for mellow climbs and descents; and South Loop, which feels like traditional singletrack with punchy climbs and challenging terrain. The tour also features the gravity-focused Quehl Holler trail, with berms, rollers, and a wooden wall ride. For beginners & kids, check out the Mosquito Flats trail. This well-maintained and popular trail network provides an excellent mountain biking experience in the Atlanta area.

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Bull & Jake Mountain

Dahlonega, GA

The Bull and Jake Mountain trails, located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia, offer a challenging and scenic ride. This IMBA Epic route covers over 50 miles and features a mix of red clay singletrack, loose rocks, stream crossings, and steep climbs. The trail network can be ridden in either direction, but a counter-clockwise ride from the main trailheads is recommended for a rewarding downhill finish. The trail is multi-use and frequented by equestrians, requiring courtesy and awareness. Carrying a map or using a mobile app is advised due to multiple trail intersections.

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Chicopee Woods

Gainesville, GA

Chicopee Woods, located in northeastern Georgia, offers an engaging experience with its diverse singletrack trails winding through scenic hardwood forests. This intermediate/difficult route is a favorite among local riders for its blend of technical features and natural beauty. The route is popular for its variety, offering everything from smooth rides to technical challenges, making it a comprehensive and enjoyable experience in the Gainesville, GA area.

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Sope Creek

Smyrna, GA

Sope Creek is a well-regarded mountain biking trail in the Atlanta Metro area, especially among walkers, runners, and cyclists. The trail blends wide paths with classic forest singletrack, creating a ride typically done as a figure eight, with direction depending on the day of the week. Known for its flowy singletrack through beautiful hardwood forests, Sope Creek doesn't have significant elevation changes but offers enjoyable descents. It is a great spot for a quick ride due to its convenient location, making it a favored choice for those with limited time. The trail's maintenance and the addition of rock armoring in muddy spots enhance its appeal.

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Road Rides
Beltline

Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta BeltLine is a renowned urban redevelopment project featuring a network of multi-use trails, connecting neighborhoods and parks around the city. It includes both paved and unpaved sections, catering to a variety of outdoor activities including biking. The paved trails, such as the Eastside, Westside, and Northside Trails, offer smooth surfaces ideal for casual rides and family outings. However, the unpaved sections, like parts of the Southside Trail, present a more rugged terrain suitable for gravel biking. The BeltLine is extremely popular, especially on weekends, making it bustling and sometimes challenging for cycling due to the high foot traffic.

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Cartersville Century

Cartesville, GA

This ride is renowned for its diverse route options catering to different skill levels, including 14, 31, 48, 67 (metric century), and 100 miles. Riders are treated to the picturesque Northern Georgia mountains, characterized by rolling hills and some challenging climbs, amidst low traffic country roads accustomed to cyclists.

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Decatur to Stone Mountain Trail

Decatur, GA

The Stone Mountain Trail in Georgia is a 19-mile greenway that offers an engaging mix of urban and natural landscapes. Starting in Decatur, the trail provides an accessible route for cyclists and pedestrians to Stone Mountain Park. The path includes both side path and on-road sections, threading through varied neighborhoods and communities. In Clarkston, the trail transitions into a greenway, crossing over I-285 and leading towards Stone Mountain Village. This section can be busy, especially on weekends, making it a family-friendly destination. The trail then continues through several blocks of busy streets to reach the park.

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Silver Comet

Smyrna, GA

The Silver Comet Trail, tracing the historic Seaboard Air Line, offers a scenic and historic ride from Smyrna to Esom Hill over a 61.5-mile stretch. It's a paved, 12-foot wide path, featuring historical structures like the Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle and the Brushy Mountain Tunnel. While the trailhead near the Smyrna shopping complex is convenient, it can get crowded. A better starting point might be the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna, located near the Publix shopping center on South Cobb Drive, offering easier access and parking. This trail connects to Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail and has future plans to link with the Atlanta Beltline.

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Six Gap

Dahlonega, GA

The Six Gap Century route in North Georgia is a formidable and exhilarating cycling challenge that spans over 104 miles. This route, renowned for its steep climbs and thrilling descents, traverses six major gaps in the North Georgia Mountains: Neels Gap, Jacks Gap, Unicoi Gap, Hogpen Gap, Woody Gap, and Wolfpen Gap. The elevations of these gaps range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet, offering a test of stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing. One of the most challenging parts of the Six Gap Century is the climb at Hogpen Gap, which is particularly grueling. This stretch has an average grade of 7% over seven miles, with sections that steepen to a 15% grade, posing a significant challenge even for strong riders.

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Silk Sheets

South Fulton, GA

The Silk Sheets road bike ride, known for its smooth hills and well-maintained roads, offering a serene cycling experience with minimal traffic, is one of metro-Atlanta's most popular road rides. Starting from Campbellton at the intersection of Hwys 92 and 154, this route is a blend of flat and rolling terrains, aptly named for its smoothness. The ride includes a mix of pastoral landscapes and occasional short gravel road stretches, adding variety to the journey. Cyclists on this route often encounter picturesque pastures, where groups of curious cows add to the rural charm. Covering approximately 67.2 miles when combined with all extensions, Silk Sheets is perfect for both group rides and solo adventures, offering great weather and the chance to enjoy the outdoors.

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Gravel Rides
Dirty Sheets

South Fulton, GA

The Dirty Sheets Gravel Loop is a popular gravel biking route near Atlanta, offering a great escape from city traffic. Rated as intermediate, this 20.7-mile loop, with an elevation ranging from 741 to 1,005 feet, is approximately 90% gravel and 10% paved road. Starting from Cochran Mill Park, the route features varied terrain including uphill segments and intersects with several gravel roads. The loop parallels singletrack in Cochran Mill Park and passes through scenic areas with a mix of climbs and flat stretches. It's ideal for when trails are wet and can be extended to 33 miles by exploring all out-and-back gravel roads. The ride can also include a side trip to Serenbe. Parking is available at Cochran Mill Park for a fee.

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Potato Patch

Elijah, GA

The Potato Patch Gravel Bike Ride begins at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience. This ride encompasses a continuous 6-mile climb into the Cohutta Wildlife Management Area, presenting stunning views and natural beauty, including the Barnes Creek picnic area. The route features switchbacks leading to an unobstructed viewpoint and several old houses atop the ridge. Riders can enjoy a short descent followed by another climb, leading to the optional 6.9-mile extension to Grassy Mountain's fire tower. The descent back features about 10 miles of scenic terrain, before transitioning to paved roads with farmland views. The final 4.5 miles are particularly challenging, concluding back at Mulberry Gap where riders can relax and reflect on the journey.

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Murder Creek

Jasper County, GA

The Murder Creek gravel bike ride in Jasper County, Georgia, offers a scenic and varied 25.4-mile route with an elevation gain of 1,299 feet. Starting at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center by Boyle Murder Lake, the ride includes approximately 3 miles of paved road, with the remainder traversing packed red clay, chunky loose rock, and smooth dirt trails. Riders should be attentive to changing terrains, and can enjoy the rural landscape, including the smells of manure and sights of cows, which add to the rustic charm of the route. The ride culminates with a long gravel hill leading to a thrilling 30mph descent on paved road, ending back at the lakes where fishing is an option. The area is also playfully rumored to be home to Bigfoot.

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Murder Creek

White, GA

The Pine Log gravel ride in White, GA, is a challenging 19.3-mile route with an elevation gain of 1,886 feet. Starting at the Pine Log parking lot, the ride features a stream crossing, a climb to a fire pit with a view, and a descent to a creek. The terrain is quite rough, causing water bottles to rattle around. The route includes several peaks with tight grips needed for the descents. A hike-a-bike section around 11.5 miles in leads to a rewarding view and a gravel road. The final stretch includes about 7 miles of mixed terrain, ending with a 2-mile pavement climb before coasting back to the parking lot. This ride is demanding but fulfilling, leaving riders feeling exhausted yet satisfied.

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High Shoals Falls

Dallas, GA

The High Shoals Falls gravel bike ride in Dallas, GA is a challenging 21.5-mile route with about 1500 feet of elevation. Starting from the High Shoals Falls parking area, the first 3 miles are on smooth asphalt back roads, followed by a section through the Sheffield Wildlife Management Area, where a land pass is required. The terrain is mixed, with fine gravel and pinestraw. A particularly tough 4.3-mile stretch includes sandy roads and rough terrain. The route then joins the Silver Comet Trail briefly before returning to gravel on Johnny Monk Road. The ride concludes back at the parking area, near the falls.

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Social Group Rides
Midweek Roll

Cabbagetown - Every other Wednesday

Midweek Roll is a cycling club and group ride based in Atlanta, GA. Their focus is inclusivity and community, both during cycling and beyond. Expect a casual ride with a stop for a photo and socializing. Join us to catch up with friends or make new ones.

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Critical Mass

Woodruff Park - Last Friday of Each Month

Join the cycling community every last Friday of the month for Critical Mass in Atlanta. This monthly social bike ride, starting at Woodruff Park at 6 PM, unites cycling enthusiasts and advocates for a leisurely 10 to 15-mile ride through the city. Each ride features a new route, ensuring a unique experience every time. Designed for cyclists of all levels, it's an opportunity to enjoy the city's streets with nearly 300 fellow bikers, fostering community, advocacy, and the joy of cycling in the heart of Atlanta.

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Please Note:

Disclaimer: The ride descriptions provided are for informational purposes only. Riders are advised to participate in any cycling activity at their own risk. Peachtree Bikes does not assume responsibility for any inaccuracies in the information provided. It is the responsibility of each rider to verify the current conditions and details of the routes. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear. Ensure that you are adequately prepared in terms of fitness, skill level, and equipment for the chosen route. The difficulty levels of rides vary, and it is essential to match your skill level with the ride's difficulty to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.