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Blythe Island Reg. Park

Average Rating:    (3.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Tight technical, low elevation singletrack. Two main trails. 4 mile loop with small berms/climbs and very tight switchbacks. Second Part is currently (have yet to complete second loop) an out and back section, much more difficult than the main loop, short steep climbs starting off, then more tight rooty singletrack with a few moderate climbs, compared to rest of the trail.
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Latitude
31.1525246498403
Longitude
-81.5463638305664
Trail Length
8
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brunswick
State/Territory/Province
GA
Country
US
Web Address
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 26, 2016

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: pebbles ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rewards faster riders, but easy enough for beginners. Avoid during April-September as the spiders, ticks, redbugs, etc. will eat you alive! Usually by late October or early December the trail is cleared.

Recommended Route:
I usually ride it beginning on the marsh side.



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Review Date
June 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: DennisF ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a nice little trail thru some costal Georgia woods.

Very flat as to be expected, but lots of turns and roots. There is a doubletrack road closed to cars taking you to the trails proper, as well as a lot of doubletrack that is not on the map.

For an inlander, the scenery is fantastic. Minimal clearing was done to make the trails, and you feel like you are in the middle of unhtouched costal forest way moreso than any hiking trail I have ever been on.

There are some nice technical features -- several little bridges and plankwalks over fallen trees, piles of brush, and ditches, as well as some nice rollers over sand piles that were left over when they dug canal-like ditches apparently to carry rainwater to ponds.

There are a lot of spider webs across the trails -- the spiders are apparently harmless or at least not aggressive. I got several on me and no bites. BEWARE of ticks and chiggers. I found about 8 ticks, and my ankles are itching like hell from chiggers. I should have showered immediately after riding.

I uploaded a map and other photos. To see them, you have to click the SEARCH FOR PHOTOS link, then change the search field to simply Blythe.

Definitely worth riding if you are in the Brunswick area. If you want to get a workout on your mountain bike, ride the additional doubletrack and dirt roads in the campgrounds at high speed.

Thanks to Benjy's Bike Shop on St. SImons Is for telling me about this, and especially the Eagle Scouts that built this cool trail.

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Ratings comments:

The trail is very flat as to be expected, and you can't get up a lot of speed due to the roots and twists. Normally I would give it a 1 for Aerobic difficulty. However, I rated it a 2, because you can get some real speed up on the doubletrack connecting the parking lot to the trails proper. There are other doubletrack trails not shown as part of the bike trail on the map, as well as dirt roads in the camping area that are fun to ride. The speed limit is 5 MPH. How often do you get to exceed the speed limit by a factor of four? :)

For technical difficulty it easily gets a 2 for the twists and roots alone. However, it has a couple difficult sections (up over some roots then a radical turn for example) where I had to put my foot down, as well as some narrow bridges over logs and brush piles. I'll bet most XC people aren't going to be able to clean it the first try.

For overall, I give it a 4. My beloved Ft. Yargo only has a 3.7 average, so why does this get a 4? Basically because I enjoyed it a lot. It is short, not particurlarly difficult, and the trail proper is not a good workout at all. But for anyone living inland, the scenery is about a 10 on a scale of 1 - 5. I saw more practically untouched costal forest land in a few minutes than you'd see in hours of walking. I highly recommend these trails to hikers.

Plus, it is apparently the only trail in the area. It was built by Eagle Scouts, and they definitely made the most of the resources available to them. Way to go guys. There is still a lot of room to build more trail. I hope you do!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I think this is the only trail in the area.



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Review Date
July 14, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jpeaslee ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
About 4-5 miles of singletrack in the woods. Some sections are very tight with lots of switchbacks. The whole thing is pretty flat, as you would expect from a trail on the coast in southeastern Georgia. There is a short section called sheep hills, which is a couple small, steep hills in a short stretch. Also at the new trails there is supposed to be a 40 foot hill.
This is a great trail for whatever difficulty level. Rooks can come out and have a good time, and more experienced riders can just pick up the pace and have a great time too.

Every time I've ever been to these trails its been June/July, so I can't speak for the rest of the year, but this time of year the Golden Orb Spiders (Banana Spiders) are EVERYWHERE in the first 1/3 of the trails.

I'm really on the newer end of bike riding, so I don't know how this would rate on a difficulty level, but its a ton of fun, and parts of the trails are really very scenic if you care for that sort of thing.

Recommended Route:
I'm not from Brunswick, but I bought my bike from Griffin Bike & Mower in downtown brunswick. Real stand-up guys. They were the ones that told us about the trails. If you go by I'm sure they'll give you a copy of the map and give you any updates on the trails.

Go into Blythe through the main entrance. Stay on the main road. When it forks, go to the left. The entrance is right behind the playground. There is a big sign with all the rules, etc. Go in through there. It'll start out doubletrack. There will be a sign on your left to where the real trails start. The first section is called Marsh Mellow. Make sure as you are on the first half of the trails, that when you exit back into the doubletrack, you take the trail on your right, not left (take back stretch, not hump de bump).

After you finish the first set of trails you can try out the new there-and-back section. Ride your bike back out as if you were leaving. You'll pass the pond on the right. Right before the trees start running along side the road, there will be a big telephone pole and you should see a little bike sign. Thats where the 2nd trail head is.



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Review Date
February 13, 2007

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: MOJO K ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
OK the rating level 3 for aerobic/technical may be misleading, but I didn't want anyone to think I didn't like these trails. They really are flat enough and easy enough that almost anyone can ride them. This is a great place to bring the kids, newbie, or whoever. The cool bit is that the trail flows well enough that if you ride at speed, you can get your aerobic work in. And these trails are tight enough that, even though they aren't difficult or inherently dangerous, at speed carelessness could leave you collarboned. I bet the local crew could light up any visitor in the twisty stuff.

Recommended Route:
I was visiting from CT, talked to the shop guy at Benjies' Bikes at St. Simons. He gave flawless directions to and around the trails.Always ask the locals.[ thanks ]

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There's this sandy quad-track place around a little pond in Darien that's just littered with animal bones that was kind of fun in a Land of the Lost meats Deliverance kind of way. Not so sure you should be askin' the locals about this one?



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