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14.4 mile 23.2 kilometer point to point
95% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 910' 278 m
Descent: -913' -278 m
High: 1,203' 367 m
Low: 973' 297 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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

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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.

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May 6, 2019
Chris Handley
2h 15m
Mar 30, 2019
J B
Fun trail. Nice change from all the other trails within an hour or ATL. 5mi — 1h 00m
Dec 19, 2018
Stephen Dobek
10.1mi
Dec 2, 2018
Sal M
Nov 30, 2018
Stephen Dobek
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Nov 26, 2018
Stephen Dobek
7mi
Nov 20, 2018
Stephen Dobek
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Nov 17, 2018
Stephen Dobek
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Stephen Dobek
Winston, GA
Stephen Dobek   Winston, GA
Clinton is a 10 minute drive for me and I’ve ridden here more than anywhere else. I credit the challenging terrain with helping me advance quickly in less than a year of mountain biking. If you’re looking for easy going flow you’d better look elsewhere. Endless roots, rocks, drops and climbs are lurking in the woods, daring you to try and get past them. This trail system is tough and can be downright frustrating if you’re not ready for it, but the more you ride it the better it gets. Most of the singletrack here is on the shorter side, if you don’t like a certain section odds are you’ll be able to find something completely different pretty quick. If you’re feeling cocky try going down the old pool road. That should set you straight. Sorba West GA has done an excellent job here, a truly hidden gem in metro Atlanta. Jan 15, 2019
Steve Eastman
Louisville, KY
Steve Eastman   Louisville, KY
We stopped here as a rest stop on our way to North Carolina. Was an easy trail system, with some interesting features. The signs could use updating, as some were missing (ie. Helter Skelter). Not a technical trail, but was entertaining. Apr 9, 2019
I'm relatively new to mountain biking and found this set of trails well taken care thanks to volunteers at SORBA West Georgia. I started out with the easy stuff, but rode most everything except for Bridge Loop and Squirrel Terrace. Old Pool Road was crazy fun. I really enjoyed all the old cabin ruins throughout. I recommend this set of trails. May 7, 2019

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