“A great singletrack trail with fun curves, twists, and plenty of fast riding.
— Meredith Erlewine
Copperhead Trail offers some of the (relatively) flattest singletrack available in our very hilly region. Though still challenging for many kids and adults, plenty of local families use this trail.
Copperhead Trail, built by Athens Bicycle Club, runs along the backside of Lake Hope State Park. It connects with Wildcat Trail
Trail where it intersects with Lake Ridge Road, enabling trail users to put all three of those trails together to create a roughly 13-mile ride either by riding it as a loop or as a figure-8.
Copperhead Trail also intersects with Yosemite Falls
Trail and Yosemite Ridge Trail. Yosemite Ridge is a mostly downhill trail that intersects with the bottom of Bobcat
Trail, while Yosemite Falls
Trail is a twisty, rambling singletrack trail that intersects with the bottom of Yosemite Falls
Copperhead Trail is bisected by Lake Ridge Road, a dead-end road that leads to a primitive camp site at Lake Hope State Park. This intersection is a landmark for mountain bikers, often referred to as "Four Points" or the "Four Way." This is where the two sections of Copperhead Trail intersect with Bobcat
Trail and Wildcat Trail
. Sometimes the gate to Lake Ridge Road is locked where it intersects Long Ridge Road on the backside of the park; sometimes the gate is open.
Though the Four Way is not an official trailhead, many mountain bikers park on Long Ridge Road if the gate is locked, or inside the gate on Lake Ridge Road if the gate is open, and access the trail network there. There is a picnic table at the intersection of all the trails and Lake Ridge Road.