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Lake Russell Gravel Grinder Loop

Intermediate

Trail

15.3 mile 24.7 kilometer loop
0% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,466' 447 m
Descent: -1,469' -448 m
High: 1,334' 406 m
Low: 898' 274 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Mark O'Neal

This route provides a good intro to gravel grinding and fitness ride along the main roads at Lake Russell WMA.

Mark O'Neal

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Overview

This route makes a great introduction into gravel riding in the Lake Russell WMA. This loop keeps you on the main roads and is very easy to follow. A couple of steep climbs and some high-speed descents will get your heart pumping.

Need to Know

While this ride is doable on anything but a downhill bike, it will be most enjoyable on something in the gravel bike/cx to hardtail mountain bike part of the spectrum.

Description

Park at the Nancytown Trailhead and head out on Nancy Town Lake Road (FSR #59I) until it runs into Red Root Road (FSR #92). Take a right until you come to the intersection with Browns Bottom Road (FSR #92B). There is an old cemetery at the intersection that's worth stopping to look at. The harder way to do the loop is clockwise, but you can obviously ride it in either direction. Pay attention at intersections since there are many side roads. After doing the loop and returning to the cemetery, follow the way you came back to Nancytown. Don't miss the left turn where Nancy Town Lake Road (FSR #59I) continues and Red Root Road (FSR #92) goes right up the hill.

Use this loop to branch out into the many other forest service roads and singletracks in the WMA. Explore and have fun!

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May 2, 2020
Jason Jeong
Lots of fallen trees over the route. Had to stop halfway because it was getting dangerous. Might be a good idea to wait until forest services clear. 3mi — 1h 30m
Aug 8, 2019
Jason Burrell
Jul 22, 2018
Lost Justpastnowhere

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Nancytown Lake in autumn
Mar 24, 2018 near Mount Airy, GA
One of three cemeteries nestled in the forest.
Apr 22, 2017 near Mount Airy, GA
Stop and enjoy the view of Nancytown Creek, which parallels a portion of the Sourwood Trail.
Feb 14, 2017 near Mount Airy, GA

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