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Big Creek Park

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 30

A 1.25 mile beginners' singletrack trail. Very well designed and maintained (by the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association--SORBA--and the City of Roswell), if not all that challenging. Scenic, winds through hardwood and pine forests.

Over the last 1-2 years, our trails at Big Creek have expanded to over 4.5 miles of beginner, intermediate, and advance trails.
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Latitude
34.02438740177414
Longitude
-84.31139945983887
Trail Directions
Exit at Holcomb Bridge Road off GA 400, head East. Turn left on Old Alabama Road. Parking lot is on the left, by the power lines.
Trail Length
1.25 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Roswell
Zip/Postal Code
30075
Country
USA
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Review Date
July 29, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Loveriding ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode beginning and intermediate trails with the kids. All pretty easy for the most part. The internediate trails were just bumpier versions of the easier ones it seemed like. Rockier mainly with some extra roots thrown in. Kids had no problem with any of them. Some fun downhills to go quick on. Beware of deer crossing right in front of you. They are quite comfortable with riders being in their area we learned! All in all, it was a lot of fun and a good first ride for new riders and those with some skill. Pump track was fun too!

Recommended Route:
Just follow the directional signs. It is very well marked.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blankets Creek, Rope Mill



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Review Date
March 24, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: El Cheap0 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The beginner trail is a quick, easy, (but extremely fun if you go fast) and yhe intermediate and advanced trails are all boring, with an exception to a fun part once in a blue moon (I have ridden every trail there). But the downhill/freeride is extremely fun, with 2 downhill trails (one difficult, other less dificult) and a dirt jumping section above the downhill trails, again, that is extremely fun too. Every one should check out Big Creek, its worth it. All riders I have met there are very nuce (says thank you when you let them pass, dont complain ever if you are slow, etc) and the most important of all, my wallet slipped out of my back pocket on the adcanced trail and this Australian dude rode up to the trail head and saw my license and me (pic on license), and gave it yo me. hr didnt steal anythung either! So a tip here, put wallet in car or front pocket.
Also, beginners can do the easy trail if they go slowish, its not too difficult.

Recommended Route:
Try everything, except advanced trails, they are boring.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None even come close to Big Creek.
also, the ratings below are for the downhill/freeride section.



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Review Date
August 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: t135 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Big Creek Park is a great place in the city to get some riding in. The paved greenway is great for casual rides and family cruises. Lots of wildlife too. And good for everybody in the family.

The pump tracks are very cool. Very fortunate to have those, I am not aware of any others in the state of Georgia.

As a long time BMX and bike rider I was excited about the MTB trails. Especially the "easy" trail. I thought I could slide out there at least with my daughter and get some off roading on a beginner trail. Forget about it. The easy/beginner trail is rugged. If someone is trying to attract new people to mountain biking, that trail isn't going to do it.

The elevation changes are enough to challenge someone looking for an easy MTB ride. The trails are extremely rocky, loose and rooty. Way too technical for a beginner. My wife will never ride the trail and it will be years before my daughter will be able to attempt it.

I appreciate the hundreds or thousands of volunteer hours that have gone into this trail system. It is a real gift to the community. Just a shame that the easy trails were not set up to introduce new people to the fun of riding MTB's on the trail. Maybe the trails were set up to serve the experienced riders who built them who expect others to just suck it up or go home. I don't know but it is what it is. If you are a beginner or looking for a fun and easy ride on the trail, stay on the paved path or head somewhere else.

The intermediate and advanced trails are awesome though. Not at the level or whistler mountain/north shore trails, but a sweet thing to have in the city.

Thanks to everyone who helped build this trail system!!! Consider getting the rocks and loose stuff off the easy trails, they deserve to be more than what they are. Announce that work day and I guarantee you I will be there with the family.



Comments
darbrednew (11/14/2011)
RAMBO has recently designed and cleared a truly beginner trail which is about 1/2 mile long, and starts behind the permanent bathrooms down at the entrance to the Roswell Greenway. This trail is truly beginner freindly.
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Review Date
August 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mtbmc82 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These were my local trails before I moved away. Unfortunately I never got to see the pump track. The rest is pretty fun though. As stated before, this is no destination. It is awesome if you live in the area, but not worth a long drive. The greenway that starts there runs all the way up to to, and past, the Alpharetta YMCA. It's a nice warm up if you ride the 8 paved miles.

The trails are intermediate at their most difficult and not the fastest. There are pletny of fun sections though, and it is a great place for timing yourself.

Recommended Route:
Follow the day-directions, and ride everything. Nothing too technical, but plenty of rocks and roots.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blankets Creek, Central Park (if you're in Cumming, but no destination)



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Review Date
June 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Weekend Warrior ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail has many levels of riding from Beginner to Expert it just depends on which one you want to ride, and how many miles you want to do.Easy Trail (Beginner,family,and Kids at ages 5-12),More & Most difficult (Intermediate and starting kid age 10 and older).Generally the trails them self have loose dirt,gravel,and roots.The more and most difficult have log crossing,balance beam,man made small ramps,ramp going over tree,rock gardens,big rocks,and a tree itself you can ride on.The expert area is in the back; which you can gain access from most difficult trail and Green Way pavement trail.The expert area has a jump park area and a few down hill slalom.

Recommended Route:
Follow the days of week and level of riding you want to do.The even days of week is faster riding and down hills.(SUN,MON,WED,and FRI).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blankets Creek & Central Park



Comments
darbrednew (03/25/2011)
Big Creek trail system also has a downhill freeride area, a variety of jumps, and 2 new pump tracks, abeginner and intermediate track.
darbrednew (11/14/2011)
Our new pump tracks are now 1 year old, and a big draw for many folks, esp young kids that have not even been on the cross country trails.
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