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1996 Atlanta Olympic Trail

Average Rating:    (4.53 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 49

I decided to relist this trail because it has received bad reviews in the past. Trail maintenance and marking are much better, and this really is a great ride now. This trail is NOT for beginning riders. If you don't want to ride over rocky, rutted and rooty terrain, don't ride here. If you ride it anyway, don't rate the trail poorly because "its too hard"! This is what an Olympic venue should be like, it should be hard. For those not up to the challenge of an "Olympic" trail, you are welcome to ride the less challenging equestrian trails as long as you yield to the horses (I rarely see horses). The trail is divided into two segments. The first starts by going through the opening in the fence and turning right along the fence. This part of the ride is not as technical as the 2nd segment although it has more and bigger climbs! If you follow the markings you shouldn't get lost, though be advised that the first segment does cross horse trails numerous times. (also, they do occassionally run "Cross Country" foot races here. These races are on the horse trails, but the markings for their routes can be a bit confusing to bikers. Just avoid anything that looks like a grassy road, and stay with what looks like single track). The first segment will dump you out onto an equestrian trail very near the big field you parked by. Go LEFT! You will almost immediately enter the field. Go RIGHT and stay along the edge of the field. You will wrap around the field and eventually as you approach the road, the trail will drop off to the right. Follow this until you come to a spot where you can either proceed straight (really a bit to the right) or make a very hard left that immediately climbs back to the road. Take the left. You will cross the road. As soon as you hit the trail go RIGHT (returning riders will be coming down from straight ahead). You will be riding up-hill on a bumpy granite slab. Follow this until you hit another road. Cross and follow the road to the left for a short distance to where the trail takes off again on your right. You have more "slick rock" to go (its granite not sandstone so "slick rock" is a misnomer, but oh well). You will bear to the right so you are crossing the grade of the rock. The trail will drop to your left over a nice rock jump before hitting single track again. There is a trail here that crosses. Avoid it. You will need to go left and sharply down to stay with the main trail. Follow the much more "Technical" single track until you hit the road again very near where you crossed it before. Cross again and follow the road to your right watching for the trail on the left this time. You will hit the granite again and run roughly parrallel to the route you took up the granite. You will come back to the road. Cross and go right along the road. You will see the parking lot when you cross.
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Latitude
33.670711317373076
Longitude
-83.94241333007812
Trail Directions
From Atlanta take I-20 East. Take exit #82 (GA Highway 138). At the top of the ramp go left. Stay on 138 until you see signs for the Georgia International Horse Park. Turn right. After a short distance you will see a white fence on your right. Beyond the fence is a large field. Park in the gravel lot near the fence.
Trail Length
7+ miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Conyers
   


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Review Date
March 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Borobiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We had a blast! Definitely. Recommend it! Two hills that were killers. Couldn't make it to the top, maybe better luck next time. We had a couple of extra minutes so we tried a small section of the granite side, interesting.



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Review Date
November 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: flashntrudi ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First time riding here, Great Fun. The first section is well marked with green arrows. Kudos to all who cleaned it up after the logging, as the trail was in great shape. Nothing technical at all on the first segment, but 2 challenging (long) climbs give the lungs a workout (I'm riding SS/rigid). Good flow, fun downhills and small bermed turns too (grin). Section 2 across the road a bit more confusing, as at a couple points on the granite the painted arrows are faded out and the trail can be interpreted to go two different ways. Not too tough to figure out if you do go the wrong route, and easy to back track. if in doubt on the rocks, stay to the Rt on your way out. A couple short/steep climbs were challenging and a couple tech sections on the rocks, but not unmakeable by any means. Definitely worth it if you're in the ATL area to stop in. I live in coastal GA (near Savannah) so I was loving it all. Even though not an "epic" it was a blast to have hills to clmb.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Chickopee Woods in Gainesville, Blankets Creek in Woodstock are all within an hour or so of each other.



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Review Date
April 24, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tom ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very fun trail system! Lots of fast rolling down hills, but w/ the dh comes the climbs that are and can be lung busters! Very well marked and maintained.



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Review Date
September 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: snellvilleGAbiker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
What a great trail. Very clearly marked. Can't get lost if you just follow the green arrows. Nice flow, good switch back, good uphill, great down hill. The trails are a little eroded but still very rideable. One of my favorite. If you are around ATL area, you gotta ride this trail

Recommended Route:
Do a warm up where you park at the white fence. And then return to where you parked, cross the street and hit the granite trail. Fun fun fun

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Yargo
Chicopee
Tribble Mills
yellow river
dauset



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Review Date
August 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MXerScott ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It was the second time i rode here, but the first time was over a year ago and i wasn't in as good a shape. It was a saturday evening and i was the only one there which seemed surprising. I felt pretty special being the only one out riding these great trails. I agree with most of what the guy below me said with the first loop near where you park being intermidiate and the other side with the rocks being more challenging. The majority of the rock side is either going up or down where as the other side doesn't have many hills. I couldn't get over the very top of the last big climb on the rock side either lap i did, but everything else wasn't too hard. Fun place if you're in decent shape.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
blankets creek
clinton park
chicopee



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