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F.A.T.S

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

FATS stands for Fork Area Trail System. The system currently consists of four loops, with a total of 27 miles of single track. There are very few technical challenges. However, the trails are very fast and flowy. VERY fast. It's like riding a roller coaster. The Deep Step loop is the most challenging, offering the fastest descents and the hardest climbs. Great Wall has the second most elevation change. The Skinny is the best beginner loop. Brown Wave has the least elevation change, but has the most whoops; you can get in over your head very quickly if you're going too fast. If you plan to ride all four loops, I'd recomend riding Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, and Brown Wave last.

Two additional loops are currently in the works. The new loops will have even more climbing and jumping than any of the existing loops.
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Latitude
33.607614155667896
Longitude
-82.08040237426758
Trail Length
27
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Augusta
State/Territory/Province
GA
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
December 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bryce Boeke ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very fun trail. Fast and lots of flow on trails. Most of the trails don't have any crazy uphill sections except big rock and tower. Plenty of whoops and jumps to hit on all the trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Horn Creek and Modoc



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Review Date
October 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: kinsler ,  Racer

Summary:
As a preface to this review I use to live in central VA and rode very similar terrain and I now live in the SW and ride desert trails and escape up to the mountains when I can. I was in GA visiting my boyfriend and we rode this trail based on the good reviews, milage and the fact it had achieved "epic" status (plus it was too long of a drive to the mountains for the weekend).

This trail system felt like how a roadie would build a trail. There are some twists and turns and pump track like sections, but overall nothing difficult or engaging about these trails. I rode the entire system (34 miles) in one day and can't say that any particular trail or portion stood out. It's great for what it is: a ton of mileage in a small area, but aside from some roots there was nothing technical about it. The "climbs" are really small hills that are done after a few cranks out of the saddle. That being said if I lived in the piedmont area I'd be happy to have these trails in my backyard. The trails are well maintained and almost "manicured." Good signage and a nice place to stop and ride if you are in the area, but I wouldn't call it "epic."

Recommended Route:
2 loops on the northern side and 4 loops on the southern side with a connector trail and a short section of paved road and forest service road in between.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Modoc trail, Northern GA, Harbison State Park (Columbia)



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Review Date
February 29, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: adam fancher ,  Racer

Summary:
FATS is one of the best trail systems I have ever ridden. The trails are well built, easy to navigate, and just plain fun. The total system contains roughly 38 miles of trail, broken into six main loops of about 3-8 miles each. An experienced rider can expect to complete all six loops in 3 - 4 hrs.

Skinny and Brown Wave are some of the best trails in the southeast for introducing riders to mtb'ing. More advanced riders will appreciate the challenging climbs and rewarding downhills of Deep Step. Tower climbs to a neat overlook. The Great Wall has some beautiful views of the Savannah River. I didn't care for Big Rock, but there is a cool looking rock in the middle of the trail.

CSRA-SORBA's web site has pretty much everything you need to know about FATS, including a great map laid out over google maps: http://www.sorbacsra.org/Trails/FATS.htm.

Bottom line - this trail should be on your bucket list.

Recommended Route:
If you're trying to ride all 6 loops, I recommend the following order of most challenging to easiest: Big Rock / Tower, Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, Brown Wave.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not sure about other trail systems in the area, but there is a great 50 - 60 mi group road ride that embarks around 9am on Sundays from the Goody Two Shoes at the intersection of Milledge Rd and Broad St near downtown Augusta. The sponsoring bike shop is Outspokin near Augusta (http://outspokinaugusta.com/articles/rides-and-events-pg37.htm).



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Review Date
February 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ep1nephr1ne ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great spot no doubt. Talk to a local if its your first time helps to know which way is the most fun so your not going up hill the whole way and not getting a good run down hill.

Recommended Route:
Skinny either way if your new.

If your not new get over to the North parking lot and ride tower and big rock.

If your tired of biking then help out put in some time. deep step is getting beat up.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
stevens creek



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Review Date
October 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: famdam ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Forks Area Trail System (FATS) is a fantastic 20+ mile system, built with care and very well maintained.
You simply cannot get lost as signs are clearly posted at all intersections, leaving you free to enjoy the ride without having to worry about finding your way back.
FATS consists of 6 trails: Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, Brown Wave, Big Rock and Tower.

All trails are an absolute joy to ride, with Brown Wave and Skinny being the easiest of the bunch. I take my 7 year-old on Skinny Loop regularly.

FATS is unlike any other trail system in the area. A lot of attention was put into the flow of all these trails, with lots of dips and whoop-dee-dos throughout the entire system. You can roll through these, or more advanced riders can really get some speed and catch some serious air through certain parts.

Beginner to intermediate riders will enjoy Skinny or Brown Wave. Advanced riders will enjoy them too, probably at a much faster pace :)
If you're like me and love some fast downhill single track, Deep Step to Big Rock and Tower is the way to go.

I'm lucky to live 10 minutes away, but I would gladly drive hours in order to spend the day riding at FATS. A unique trail system that offers thrills to riders of all levels.

Recommended Route:
If you're pressed for time, a quick loop around any of the trails near the southern trail head can be done quickly, skinny being the shortest.

For a longer and more thrilling ride (about 17 miles), my favorite route is Deep Step CCW to Big Rock, then Tower back to Big Rock and back to Deep Step. Big Rock and Tower are located about 7 miles from the southern trailhead, but in my opinion are the best trails that FATS has to offer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Keg Creek is located about 20 miles away and is also worth the trip. It's A very flat 9-mile track that mostly follows the waterline with several creek crossings. A bit more technical in parts, and a more leisurely and scenic ride.



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