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Selma Erwin Nature Center

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A great trail for some heart racing fun.


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6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

100%

Singletrack

432' 132 m

High

267' 81 m

Low

391' 119 m

Up

390' 119 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Family Friendly Hike the short 0.75 mile connector trail or continue on to Bill's cut through for a 2.5 mile hike and see some awesome hardwoods, spring and fall flowers and beautiful creeks.

Helmets required for cyclists

Overview

Selma will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole ride. It features fast-flowing downhills, a couple of steep uphills, and a few riverbed crossings.

Description

The new out and back connector trail to the new trailhead at the intersection of Vinson Hwy and Laying Farm Road adds about 1.5 miles to the total loop, giving you 6.5 miles, about 1000' of climbing and one of the best workouts Middle Georgia can offer. There is a rocky switchback towards the end of the trail and you may have to walk, as well as a couple of epic tree root sections. Spring through fall brings lots of wild flowering plants including Trout Lilies, native Azalea's, Trillium, Verbena, Purple Aster, Gentian and Indian Pink, all providing lots of color (if you can see it through your blurred vision from the heart pumping trail ride). These trails bring as many hikers as riders, so come out and enjoy them which ever way you are most comfortable with. Please note, the stats shown on MTB Project for this trail are not accurate. With the out and back from/to the new trailhead, you are looking at approximately 7 miles with 1,080' of climb. There are a number of climbs that are over 18% grades too.

Contacts

Local Club: Bike Walk Baldwin

Jan 19, 2017: Hello world!

Land Manager: Oconee River Greenway Authority

Shared By:

Jonathan Zyne

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  4.5 from 12 votes

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North Georgia mountains? Nope! This is right in the heart of Selma Erwin Nature Preserve.
Jan 9, 2018 near Hardwick, GA
This rock garden is the last (or first) true technical featuer on a lap at Selma.  It is much easier on a CW lap as you hit it on a downhill run.  Uphill can be tough if you don't know the lines.
Jan 9, 2018 near Hardwick, GA
Trailhead from the Selma Erwin Nature Center
Mar 28, 2015 near Hardwick, GA
The camera doesn't do justice to how knarly these rocky switchbacks are. But the good news is that you are almost done, unless you are riding CW, then you're just getting started. ;)
Jan 9, 2018 near Hardwick, GA
The kiosk at Selma's new trial head has a map and information on the history of the preserve and the unique flora that makes it home.
Jan 9, 2018 near Hardwick, GA
The 2 stall changing room provides a clean and dry place to change into and out of your ride clothes.
Jan 9, 2018 near Hardwick, GA

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Aug 21, 2019
Rusty Coan
Def not for beginners, was a bit out of my league. Pushed me to my limits and beyond, for that i'm thankful I rode. Kudos to the builder/maintainer! 5.2mi — 1h 53m
Apr 29, 2019
Daniel Burke
A few fallen trees and overgrown areas but still a great trail. Several steep, technical climbs left me hiking but it was worth it for the downhills 6mi — 1h 09m
Apr 3, 2019
Michael Harville
6.4mi — 1h 30m
Nov 9, 2018
Ron Mccarty
Really fun trail 4mi
Oct 23, 2018
clark bush
Selma is not a fun trail. There is little time to relax and enjoy. But if you are up for challenge, Go for it!! Some trees are down from recent storms
Dec 30, 2017
buster pruett
Leaf coverage made the trail loose. Very fast. Every uphill was rewarded with a superb downhill. Hike in many sections with my entry level bike/skill. 6.5mi
May 6, 2017
Mike Valenzuela
6.2mi
May 4, 2017
Jack Tomassetti
Little dirt road on the side that gets you to the trailhead. Rode it counter clockwise and flowed really well. start of with a good amount of down... 4.5mi