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Dirty Sheets Gravel Loop

Intermediate
 4.7 (26) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop provides an escape from Atlanta traffic to grind some gravel!


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20.7

Miles

33.4

KM

5%

Singletrack

1,005' 306 m

High

741' 226 m

Low

916' 279 m

Up

919' 280 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Roads are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Cochran Mill parking lot closes at dark. Night riders should park in Serenbe.

Overview

Great gravel ride for when the trails are wet. This route follows all existing roads though some are gated. There is no singletrack but it does parallel singletrack in Cochran Mill Park. Great route for XC bikes.

Need to Know

$5 to park at Cochran Mill Park. Bring your family and they can visit the animals at the nature center while you ride $2.

Description

If Cochran Mill's trails are wet, please consider this route.

This is the largest and closest gravel ride to the Atlanta Metro area. The route features approximately 90% gravel and 10% paved road, most of which is at the very beginning.

The best route is to knock out the paved section first by turning right out of the parking lot and traveling uphill on paved Cochran Mill Road. It is recommended you download and follow the gpx file or use the MTB Project mobile app on your first ride, as there are several intersecting gravel roads you'll pass.

When you reach South Fulton Parkway, at around mile 12, turn to the left and go around the gate, then cut through the trees and follow the shoulder of South Fulton Parkway downhill for two-tenths of a mile to paved Garrett's Fy on the right (the SORBA Atlanta chapter is in talks with the City of Chattahoochee Hills to install a gate here).

After passing Rico Park, you'll be on gated Upper Wooten Road. This is a public trail but is surrounded by private property, please stay on the road surface. This section of trail can sometimes be wet, hence the direction described here, which only risks getting wet at the very end of the ride.

Other options:
If all out-and-back gravel roads are taken, you'll increase your ride to 33 miles.

Take the short, side trip to Serenbe for lunch or coffee at the Blue Eyed Daisy.

Why is it called Dirty Sheets? This area is very popular with road riders in Metro Atlanta and is know as Silk Sheets. The gravel version of this ride is obviously the dirty sheets.

History & Background

Pick up a pamphlet at parks kiosks.

Contacts

Shared By:

Pete Edmondson

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One of the few road sections.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA
This is a climber's course. Can't tell from picture but this is a long climb. Lots of scenery and not many cars.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA
Plenty of varied terrain and scenery.
Apr 2, 2018 near Chattah…, GA
Great for winter night rides. Note you'll need to park in Serenbe if you'll be on this route after dark.
Mar 31, 2016 near Chattah…, GA

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Sep 20, 2020
John Menard
Sep 18, 2020
Jason Thomas
post Sally gravel ride 19.9mi — 1h 45m
Sep 4, 2020
Kirk Earnhart
Death 20.7mi — 2h 34m
Aug 18, 2020
Paul Hunting
Jul 18, 2020
David Carpenter
Xr
Jun 12, 2020
Jeff Carter
May 27, 2020
Beck M
20.7mi — 1h 35m
May 25, 2020
Beau Trivers
First time out there and we got 7 bonus miles of tarmac! Whoops :-) 28mi — 2h 30m