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Thomson Red Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (16)

A shorter Middle GA trail with tons of ups and downs and lots of roots!


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Map Key

3.9

Miles

6.2

KM

Singletrack

347' 106 m

High

289' 88 m

Low

327' 100 m

Up

326' 99 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

The Thomson Company (makes bike parts) owns the land and requires riders to sign a waiver before hitting the trail for liability purposes. The trail goes counter-clockwise Sun, Mon, Wed, and Fri. It rides clockwise Tue, Thurs, and Sat. Watch out for runners and hikers on the trail.

Description

The trail starts behind the Thomson Company. Park in the back corner of the parking lot near the fence. It's pretty well marked. There is a large info board and a mail box at the start. Make sure you sign in and fill out a waiver. This keeps it open for the public.

This is a smaller trail system than the other Macon area trails but it's fun and a good change up from Pig Trails or Arrowhead. The trail follows the contours around a creek that flows through the property. There aren't any sustained up hills or down hills really but there is a lot of up and down and some of the short hills are pretty steep. The trail crosses the creek several times and makes use of a few bridges and dives through the creek bottom at least twice. If it's rained recently there will be water in the creek in those spots.

There are some dedicated folks that take care of Thomson and they do a great job. The trail is very well marked now with red, blue, and green arrows. The trail described here is the red (hardest) trail. The blue and green are shorter and make use of sections of the red trail. When there is a long dry spell the trail can be in very good shape and fast as repairs are made. When there is a lot of rain it can be very rough with a lot of exposed roots and small washed out drop offs. To make things more fun, a lot of those roots hit you on uphill sections and in corners. It will definitely keep you on your toes and there is not really a spot on the trail until the very end to relax and just cruise. If it's washed out and you ride it hard it can be a pretty risky deal.

Overall it's a great leg of the Macon singletrack trifecta. Try doing Arrowhead, Pig Trails, and Thomson in a day. Just don't do Thomson last...it's the shortest but it can pound the legs a bit.

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Thomson Trails POV - Mountain Biking - Macon, GA
Apr 18, 2021 near Centerv…, GA
New signage all over the trail now
Apr 17, 2013 near Centerv…, GA
First creek crossing
Apr 17, 2013 near Centerv…, GA
Some classic Thomson roots right at the top of a hill
Apr 17, 2013 near Centerv…, GA
The start (or finish) depending on what day of the week it is
Apr 17, 2013 near Centerv…, GA
Info sign at trailhead with waiver mailbox
Apr 17, 2013 near Centerv…, GA

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Mar 29, 2021
Daniel Walker
Fun, flowy, could use more features. 9.2mi — 1h 13m
Aug 12, 2020
Lee Honeycutt
First time riding this trail & I was very impressed. Well maintained by the local SORBA club, short climbs & decents make it really fun
Jul 5, 2020
Marvin López
Feb 10, 2020
Richard Francis
3mi
Aug 18, 2019
Megan Plymel
Jul 27, 2019
Darrin West
Trail well maintained. Lots of roots! Road it fine on a Talon 2. 6.2mi — 0h 56m
Mar 17, 2019
Jamie Hurd
First time at trail. Lots of fun!
Oct 19, 2018
Bryan Folsom