“This loop provides an escape from Atlanta traffic to grind some gravel!
— Pete Edmondson
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.
Roads are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Cochran Mill parking lot closes at dark. Night riders should park in Serenbe.
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.
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.
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.