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Camp Thunder

Average Rating:    (4.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 45

Starts with a bumpy pebbly rock bed. Turn left for the best climb in South Georgia. Experience some great technical climbs, ride great single track, come down more single track, sweat a lot and then come down some amazing whoop-de-doos
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Latitude
32.89746164575043
Longitude
-84.40177917480469
Trail Directions
The scout base At Thomaston...
Trail Length
Approx 7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Thomaston
   


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Review Date
February 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Calvin&Hobbes12 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Since I live about 15 minutes away, this is one of the major trails that I ride. My Dad created a lot of trail from scratch here, and nearly all of the trails were built by him. Lots of uphill (in fact, if it wasn't against the laws of physics, i'd say that there's more uphill than downhill!) Awesome ride, not very technical, but tiring. One lap is normally enough to tire me out!

Recommended Route:
Start off heading out on the gravel river road going about SE. After a creek crossing, take a left and go straight up the mountain. This first trail is composed of lots of switchbacks and then it starts going straight up. Go down the hill on the other side and take a right down to Matt Branch. follow the trail until you end up on a forest road. Take a left and follow to the bottom of the hill. Take a right and go up this short hill. Take a left at the top to go down to moss falls. when you arrive at another forest road, take a right and go to where it T's into another FR. Take a left and when it forks, continue left. This will spit you out eventually on a single track trail where you will turn left and proceed up a hill. After that, just follow the trail until you get to another FR. Take a left and go down a steep hill to the bottom where you immediately take a left. Follow it up a hill and then you will go down fairly long hill. at the bottom, where it veers right to meet up with the main road, continue straight onto the single track in front of you. This final trail will take you straight back down to the parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Other than Thunder, there isn't a whole lot around upson county. There are a few near sprewell bluff on the Flint River... The next best trail is probably Dauset Trails at the Dauset trails and Nature Center about 45 minutes away.



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Review Date
March 7, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jdunaway ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
trails are awesome! some of the slowest up hill ive ever ridden. these trails will make your climbing ablity improve very quickly. the downhills are unbelieveably fast and the trail is in really good shape.

Recommended Route:
just go down river road aways. you will eventually see it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none this is the best.



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Review Date
December 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: spkell ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've had a theophany. In the parking lot was one like unto a son of man who verily hath a carbon Giant steed. he offered to show me the Way, but on the second switchback, verily were mine eyes opened and I saw he hath wings! Upward floated he, heedless of rocks hidden by the 6-inch carpet of leaves. As my leaden-feeling i-drive foundered on yet another hidden 5.5-inch rock (a proverb for the Faithful: "when the leaves are 6-inches deep, only the 7-inch rocks are visible"), he who was like unto a son of man ascended into the heavens as his disciple stood staring at the sky. Either it was the Lord Jesus hisself or Hermes of Greek renown.

Either way, it was good that the lord was out of earshot when my back wheel spun the fifth time as my front hit another rock playing hide-and-seek. Because had the lord heard what I said (not the last time), my immortal soul might have been in danger.

As it was, only my mortal flesh was when I made it to the "goat trail." I had to walk that final rock garden. I might have dared it had I been able to see it.

I rate the trail itself a 5 (holy ground and all), but my bumbling, cursing performance on it, 2.

Recommended Route:
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pig Trail is my regular, Arrowhead when I have more time.



Comments
spkell (01/13/2008)
1/12/08
an update on Thunder:
bulldozed "improvements" to the camp have turned the 45 trail into a wasteland. The switchbacks are still there and in good shape, and the goat is as goaty as ever. Still some of the stoutest climbing within 100 miles, but now you've only got the one option to get back down.
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Review Date
November 14, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: offspringin ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Been a few years since i have ridden this trail. Im saddened to learn so much as changed for it. I was in scouts from age 6. I have stayed at the scout camp many many times. As a camper, as summer/winter staff, as a troop scout master. Since 95 i have always remembered to bring my bike. Camp Thunder has so many good memories for me. Much of my first mountain biking was done at this camp. I even taught the mountain biking class one summer. The mogules were excellent, the 45 unmatched. The switchbacks are fun in either direction. Alot of great memories there.



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Review Date
July 5, 2006

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: GrantB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The big news is that Thunder is back on the agenda of the middle Georgia chapter of Sorba. A small group of riders got out and marked the long, 8 mile or so loop with arrows last weekend. More stewardship is planned.

A complete surprise and a rarity this far south in Georgia, a trail that gains over 500 feet in about a mile of trail. For me, the switchback climb from the river road to the top of ridge is the signature feature of the trail. Steep, rocky and kind of loose. On a recent ride, I sucked it up and used my granny ring the second time up. Other similar climbs abound, and the descent down what they call the Goat Path had my seat bouncing against my stomach, I was so far off the back of the bike.

Recommended Route:
Print a map here..
http://pages.prodigy.net/bikemap/thunder.gif
then compare it to the map with words and marked features at the trailhead. The newly installed arrows should help out, too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Arrowhead Park, East Macon Park, Pig Trail, Thomson (all in Macon)

Dauset Trails in Jackson.



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