“800 acres just on the outskirts of Albany, GA with a little bit of everything for a family.”
— Josh Fix
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Gate fee required.
Family Friendly: There are plenty of things that make the area a great family destination: a Playground, BMX pump track, zoo, train, animal safari, frisbee golf, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, and camping are a few!
The Chehaw Trail (red dot) is 11.2 miles in length by odometer reading b/c of twists and turns. A full loop will take you an hour or more. You can access the trailhead near the BMX track where you'll see a large sign that read, "Mountain Bike Trailhead."
The Chehaw Trail has on main orange loop marked by orange dots with auxiliary loops that come back to the main orange loop. The main loop is approximately 4 miles, but you can add on as many of the auxiliary loops (each loop is between .25 and 1 mile in length) as you'd like. Taking each loop gets yourself to 11.2 miles of fast flowing singletrack. The trail is marked with day glow yellow signs with black arrows that will guide you through the loop. The trail is marked to be ridden in a counterclockwise manner. Follow the yellow dots for approx. 9 miles or the red dots for approx. 11 miles. There is also a beginner 1 mile green dot loop from the trailhead.
The trailhead is marked with a large banner adjacent to the BMX track. There are also restroom facilities at the trailhead, along with a bike wash. The trail starts heading east down a doubletrack and immediately turns left into singletrack. The trail is mostly smooth 12-15 inches of singletrack with a 4-6 foot corridor cut into the surrounding shrubbery. The northeast portion of the trail meanders through tall pine trees with grass areas that are maintained by controlled burns by the park manager. The trail has very little elevation change but the elevation that is there is maximized with pump options to give the trail a nice flow.
The northeast corner of the park meanders into the spooky trail with log overs, stair drops and a spot to ride over the front porch of an abandoned house. As you approach the western portion of the park you head past the zoo and down the zoo fence line, which is very rooty. This leads you along the Muckalee Creek and into the more dense wooded area where the trail gets more loamy.
After traversing the Muckalee Creek and exploring amazing natural berms, the trail brings you back out into a mile-long section of trail under tall pines where vegetation is managed by controlled burns. This section has many man-made features to add speed and flow. After that, it's back into a heavily wooded section with loamy dirt and an 80-foot log to try your skills. You'll cross the park road near the ticket booth and head on back to the trailhead.