Metro Atlanta is situated in the Appalachian Piedmont, featuring pine and hardwood-covered hills, rocks, and roots, all criss-crossed by water. Any trail built in this area may start out smooth, but it won't remain that way long. Water and wear bring out the natural features of the soil, making even beginner trails a bit of a challenge.
Wildlife abounds throughout all of the trail systems. Be prepared to stop for turkeys, turtles, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, coyotes, snakes, lizards, foxes, raccoon and opossums.
Rivers, streams, springs, and seeps are never far from any trail, adding to the beauty and the challenge of our trail systems. Did I mention rocks? Atlanta has every kind ranging from battleship-sized outcrops to a litter of shifty shingles sliding ceaselessly beneath your wheels to slithery sand pits. Granite, sandstone, mica, and schist are all there, adding to your bumpy jaunt through the woods. You can traverse sheets of granite, bobble through baby heads, pucker over pebbles, and wash out in a pit of sand if you don't keep your wits about you. Unless, of course you're traversing our endemic red clay, which can be as hard and fast as polished glass, or as gooey and slowing as peanut butter.
From climbs and descents to flow and berms, a mountain bike trip to Atlanta will give you a little bit of everything. The area features both hand-built and machine crafted singletrack.
Most trail systems surround Atlanta on the west, north and east sides of the metro area. Be aware of traffic on weekdays. During EST, working and riding become difficult with the short days, so many trail systems offer night riding.
When the weekend hits, many local riders escape to the mountains. The options within a two-hour drive of Atlanta are impressive, including the Bull and Jake Mountain - IMBA Epic and anything around Mulberry Gap.
Food & Drink
Sope Creek: Heritage BBQ
Blankets Creek and Rope Mill: 7 Tequilas, Canyon Burgers, Pure, Taqueria Tsunami, Papa P's, Taste of Italy, Marco's Pizza, Sidelines Grille
Nick's Food To Go
Get a gyro at this takeout-only spot and you won't be sorry. But make sure not to annoy Nick, who can ask for your order and threaten to kick you out of the space in the same breath. [Eater 38 Member]
Mezcalito's Cocina & Tequila Bar
Nice selection of tacos including veggie, tofu, and a variety of meats. Ask for them on corn instead of flower tortillas (not on the menu). Love what they did with the re-design of an old warehouse.
The Smoke Ring
This Castleberry Hill spot opened late this Fall and is already a contender for some of the city's top barbecue. Go for ribs, brisket, jalapeno cornbread, and cocktails like the boiled peanut martini.
Ted's Montana Grill
Can’t get enough of Charles Barkley, Turner’s opinionated and loquacious NBA analyst? Good, because he loves eating at this chain, which was started by TBS and CNN founder Ted Turne