Price Branch Trail System
ElevationAscent: 959' 292 m
Descent: -957' -292 m
High: 1,896' 578 m
Low: 1,633' 498 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“Combines the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail with three fun singletrack trails.”— Zack Butler
Family Friendly CCT is wide and generally not technical. Some sustained climbing.
After crossing GA-189, the trail continues its descent towards Price Branch of Bear Creek, with a couple of slightly technical, and steeper spots shortly before crossing the Price Branch Bridge, which is the longest of the bridges along this segment of the CCT. This occurs at roughly 3.4 miles into the ride. Atlatl crosses the CCT multiple times along this segment.
After crossing Price Branch, the trail begins to gain elevation all the way to the Ascalon Trailhead, although none of it is extremely steep. Some of the climbing is sustained, with sections along an old coal mine road with tread consisting of crumbling asphalt and gravel. Barkeater intersects with the CCT twice along this segment. The CCT also intersects with Can't Hardly, which is a hiking-only trail, along this segment. Just before reaching the Ascalon Trailhead, the CCT gives you one of its steepest sustained climbs before crossing Ascalon Road across the street from the trailhead.
If you are worn out from the climbing, the Ascalon Trailhead offers a small pavilion with a picnic table to enjoy a snack before heading back towards the State Park Trailhead. After crossing the road again, head back the way you came until you intersect with Barkeater, an intermediate singletrack trail. Take Barkeater, which is actually relatively easy and fun except for a brief rock garden. At the intersection of Poor Pony and Kindergarden, keep left on Poor Pony and continue back to the CCT shortly before the Price Branch Bridge.
Shortly after crossing the Price Branch Bridge, take Atlatl on the right. It is similar to Barkeater, with some climbing when taken in this direction. It doesn't have any rock gardens, though. However, it crosses the CCT twice before ending at its fourth intersection with the CCT. It actually seems easier than the CCT since the climbing is interrupted by rollers that help spice it up a bit.
Continue on the CCT towards GA-189. Shortly after crossing GA-189, take Prince Albert on the right. Prince Albert is rated easy, but its character is similar to Atlatl and Barkeater. It weaves in and out of hollows and climbs occasionally, but has nothing technical. After about a half mile down Prince Albert, it combines with the CCT and follows it for about a mile before separating again on the left. It then continues for about a quarter mile before intersecting with Pathkiller, and continues a half mile past that before ending at the CCT State Park Trailhead.
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