`There are more trails down here than anyone would guess. It can be a little confusing because there is a combination of old dirt roads, jeep trail, double track and single track. Once you get down by the river, just follow it, the trails follow the river pretty closely. I figure you can ride down here for years and never see all of it, but it would be worth it. I try to stay on the single track by the river, these trails can be farily technical because of the sand, surprising turns, fallen limbs, and narrow passes, but if you dont like this kind of stuff get a road bike. Your first time out go slow. In the summer these trails become pretty bushy, but definitely still rideable. From the Power Dam down to Oglethorpe Bridge is about 5 miles of trail, you can cross the river, at the end of this trail, at the Albany State Amphitheater, ride over the road crossing heading left and pick up the trail at the Water Pump House taking a left at Marylands Fried Chicken, follow the road right and the pump house is on the left. The trail is behind the pump house. Follow the fire road down past an established trail to a trail junction and go right. Following this trail back towards the Dam is the better part of the trail. Beautiful single track not too tight, still a little bushy, bring your salad dressing youll end up eating some of it. Real fun built up turns and some steep gulleys that can still be walked through for those of you without health insurance. Doing both sections is a good 2 hour ride. There is road access at several points along the trail, watch out for people fishing and hiking. If you live in South Georgia this is the place you have been looking for
From the corner of Philema and Jefferson Road, turn East on Philema, take the first road on your right, which is Jewel. Follow Jewel to its end at a stop sign, turn left and drive into the Power Plant property, it is public land. These are all dirt and gravel roads, not maintained. Follow the gravel road around to the right. You can access the trail by taking a left on another gravel road which leads to a bridge, the trail starts on your right, just before the bridge. You can pick up the same trail a little farther down by staying on the original gravel road, going past the left turn and following the road to a large depression on your left and right, that is locally known as the clay pit. You can practice tricks and ride the slopes here, but to get on the trail, follow the jeep trail down and to the right, then the trail turns to your left. Follow this through field and forest until you get to the old elevated rail road tracks, turn left down by the river and pick up single track to your right
Summary: I began the ride by parking at the amphitheater beside the Albany Civic Center and heading south. The trail begins right at the south end of the paved road just to the left of a pump house and runs very close to the riverbank. This trail is well defined, narrow and requires you to duck vegetation. Be prepared to use brakes and change gears as there are many twists and turns and hills. There are a few fallen trees that can be hopped while others require dismounting. Parts of the trail have a considerable cliff-drop about 12 inches to the left with tree trunks about 12 inches to your right.
After crossing under the Oakridge bridge, the trail turns into a car path with less definition and lots of litter such as tires and building materials, terminating at Wells Avenue. The trail is supposed to be an out and back single track, but it took a logout of me and I had another trail I wanted to explore, so I took the streets back to my truck. The Wells Ave. Area is not the best neighborhood, so you may want to avoid this. I would turn around on the trail at the Oakridge bridge and make it an out and back if you are alone.
For my second leg, I road what is now called The River Walk, which is the nicely paved path described above. This path runs from just left of the Amphitheater under the Oglethorpe bridge and along the river, crossing the power company gravel road described above and terminating at Cleve Cox Landing at the Kinchafoonee-Muckalee (Muckafoonnee) bridge on Phelima Rd. I really enjoyed the ride.
Recommended Route: A good ten-mile out and back would start/end at Cleve Cox landing's parking lot turning around at the Oakridge bridge. Or, you can park where I did and do one or the other or both like me.
I track my rides with my Android phone and upload them using Sportypal. The link below is the ride described above. I changed the "." to "DOT" in case this website has a problem with newbs posting links. I used to ride a lot and have just started back after 20 or so years, so don't look at my stats (embarrassed).
Other recommended trails in the same area: Cheehaw Park is just across the Muckafoonee bridge from Cleve Cox landing and there is supposed to be a nice 7 mile trail there. I will ride that in a few weeks and leave a review under the Cheehaw trail listing.
Summary: As a short time visitor to the area, I went to the what looked to be the newly completed Ray Charles Park to find the what I think was the Flint River trail. All I found was a wide concrete pathway extending from Philema Road to The Albany Civic Center. Could the bike paths that our earlier reviewers were describing have vanished in place of a beautiful park complete with boat ramps and the aforementioned 12' wide concrete path great for a leisure ride? Not sure.
Right now there are 4.5 miles of trails from behind the Albany Civic Center to Wells Ave and 4.5 miles back. It's still a down and back trail. The trails are in good shape and new loops are being added each fall. The main trail runs along the Flint River and there are now at least six loops that break off from the main trail. The local bike shop (Cycle World 229.435.1678) has a map. The best public trails within a hour of Albany by far.
Recommended Route: The Albany Civic is located at 100 W, Oglethorpe Blvd Albany 31701.
Other recommended trails in the same area: We ride some private trails in Smithville that are great trails and well maintained on about 50 acres. Email me at email@example.com if you are intersested in joining us one weekend.
Summary: This hidden trail starts behind the James H. Gray Civic Center on HWY 82 in Albany. It has a pretty technical start that opens up a bit and has some awesome views of the Flint river, running right along it on much of the course. The local bike shop keeps these trails well maintained, and they are a joy to ride. It has several climbs and drops, sand, nice winding single track under the river forest canopy of trees, which provide a nice shady route for most of the trail, some pretty hairy sections right along a bluff bank of the river, with about a 25 feet drop down to the water's edge - definitely a section to get your adrenaline pumping!
Recommended Route: Park at the newly developing River Walk area, or behind the Civic center.
Other recommended trails in the same area: There is also a section of concrete multi-use trails that go North from this same area that are fun to ride and get a warm up or cool down ride in.