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Clinton Nature Preserve

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This is ride consists of most of the trails accessible from the main parking area


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14.4

Miles

23.2

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,203' 367 m

High

973' 297 m

Low

910' 278 m

Up

913' 278 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Night riding is only allowed on Monday and Thursday evenings with the organized SORBA group ride. Look up the chapter on Facebook to get more information.

Overview

If you race the GA State Championship Series or the SERC Series then this is a great training ground for you. Miles and miles of singletrack with ample roots and rocky features. Trails cross large granite sections that are all part of the same rock. The worlds largest piece of exposed granite.
There are is only 1 beginner trail here, Cricket. Mast trails that seem easy will have intermediate or difficult features. Some trails are a little eroded but all are rideable. Numerous fast flowy sections, moderate climbs and an overall intense workout.
Recently 100 feet of elevated trail have been added to the new Squirrel Terrace trail making this trail even more interesting.
The new beginner trail "Cricket" has recently been added as well as a Map Kiosk.

Need to Know

If coming from I-20 the Post Road Shell station right off the highway is the last option for gas, food or drink. The preserve is about 5 minutes from I-20 Post Road exit. Park is open from Dawn to Dusk.

Description

There are seemingly infinite number of ways to ride these trails. SORBA West Georgia just completed a trail signage project to accompany their new kiosk. The kiosk includes a map box so take one for your ride. All trail intersections now have a letter designation and trail name signs to help you navigate your way through the park.
The quickest way to fun is to ride down the road you drove in on. You'll pass a pond on your left and about 20 yards after that you'll see a singletrack trailhead on your left. Get on it and go. This is called The Nature Trail and it's about a mile long and ends on the granite. Turn left and head right back into the woods on to Concrete Hill . You'll pass a number of trail intersections. Feel free to explore them all. If you never cross the power lines then you'll always be within 1/2 a mile of the parking area. Be aware that there are 2 perpendicular sets of power lines and the parking area is the highest point in th e park so the way out is always up.

History & Background

There are several Civil War era cabins and farm structures hidden in the woods. The trails ride right by most of them but you'll need to cross the power lines and descend to the lower areas to see the best of them. The property was all previously owned by the Clinton family but was donated to the County as a forever wild area. Since then many trails have been cut through the woods to take advantage of all the terrain.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bryan Jackson

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Photos

The second in a series of rock features on Lizard Licks that is a 2+ foot drop.
Dec 24, 2015 near Villa Rica, GA
At the exit of Slim Shady
Dec 10, 2014 near Villa Rica, GA
Old cabin at the end of Old Pool Road before Granite Loop near the power lines.
May 7, 2019 near Villa Rica, GA
Elevated Trail section
Mar 4, 2015 near Villa Rica, GA
Nice tour of CNP
Sep 28, 2018 near Villa Rica, GA
Granite is always popping up at Clinton.  On the Granite Loop Trail
Mar 19, 2015 near Villa Rica, GA

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Mar 7, 2021
Chuck Riegel
First time here. Lots of stopping and talking today. 11mi — 2h 42m
Feb 27, 2021
Amy Van Wormer
Aug 30, 2020
Scott Heckert
4.4mi — 1h 10m
May 5, 2020
J Hollada
Oct 17, 2019
Ovi Staicu
Aug 24, 2019
Kristin Gilbert
Jun 1, 2019
Donald Bell
These trails challenging with roots and rocks. Lots of small drop offs and short punchy climbs. Flows very well.
May 6, 2019
Chris Handley
2h 15m