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Hawkes Creek Farm

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

single track galore. 4.5 miles, technical with only a couple of climbs.
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Latitude
33.954253
Longitude
-83.290645
Trail Directions
hwy 78 e. left at cherokee, rh at beaverdam, rh at end and back left on beaverdam. rh at end, 1rst. left. hargrove lake rd. approx. 3-4 miles on left. use entrance at top of hill. sign in yard for parking area ODD # DAYS ONLY follow drive towards back of property, youll see signs with arrows. all singletrack you cant get lost.
Trail Length
4.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
athens
   


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Review Date
August 6, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: recondaddy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am brand-new to mountain biking, and this was my first trail. Rode it this afternoon, after finding it here. I loved this trail! I did bite it a couple of times, as I am not fully comfortable with my bike, yet, and there are a few challenging sections for a newbie.

Once, when I lost the trail, I met a young lady in a pickup truck who apparently lived on the property. I asked her if I was trespassing, to which she replied, "Of course not". She was incredibly friendly and helpful, guiding me back to the trail and offering me alternate routes, as well.

It was a beautiful ride, and I can't wait to try it again!

Recommended Route:
I came in at the paved entrance of the farm (Hawkes Creek Farm) and parked at the well-marked bike trail parking area (two-car) on the immediate left as you turn in. The trail begins immediately behind the parking area, on the right side of the road as you turn in.



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Review Date
September 24, 2006

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: B'ham rider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail for the first time this past week. Once I got my bearings straight I had a lot of fun. I followed the trail in a counter clockwise direction. In the woods this is a tight, twisty single track on Georgia Piedmont clay with lots of roots, a number of log pyrimids, and a few bridges (one of which is quite rotted, so be careful). Rolling hills, but no significant climbs to speak of. At least this time of year this does not appear to be a heavily used course, so be prepared for newly fallen logs. From my observations (and I certainly claim no insight) some of the land (the trail is all on private property geneoursly made available to bikers on odd # days) that the trail is on or adjacent to is being sold for housing, so I don't know how that will effect the accessibility/use of the trail in the future. I hope little.

Recommended Route:
Look for the Hawkes Creek Farm sign on the left as you start up hill heading east on Hargrove Lake Road. Turn left onto the paved road and park in the designated spots immediately on the left. The trail begins directly behind you in the woods (initially running up ther hill parallel to Hargrove Lake Road). Once you reach the horse pasture a few hundred yards later, turn right on the gravel road, then quickly left (arrow sign on tree) and follow the path between the pastures and then through a hay field toward a barn then turn off to the right (before reaching the gravel road again) back toward the woods, and finally back into the woods near the bottom of the hill. Once you are in the woods past the hay field, the trail course is obvious.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Heritage Park (Oconee) and Fort Yargo (Winder).



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Review Date
March 27, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: photobrett13 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Ok, so I was in Athens on March 19, planning on riding Heritage Park, only there was a race going on! So what do you do.. Go ride Hawkes Creek Farm. Seriously, this was an amazing trail. Very buff trail, well maintained. 4.5 miles of beautiful, flowing singletrack with only a couple climbs. About the first .5 miles you ride along the edge of the horse pasture getting into the woods. Trail is well-marked.. can't get lost. This is an amazing trail on private property, so please respect the rules. Ride on ODD # DAYS ONLY. Highly enjoyable trail. Not the most technical or difficult. Not really a lung-burner either, but an amazing ride!

Recommended Route:
Only 1 loop. Accurate at about 4.5 miles. All singletrack and a great ride

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Heritage Park, 1996 Olympic Course

AVOID: "441 Trail"



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Review Date
March 26, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jtibb ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
recent change, park in parking spots at entrance in lower drive (bottom of hill) new asphalt driveway. if taken park in grass alond side road but please leave room for traffic. enter up hill directly behind parking spots, go straight to start trail or hang first rh turn (100 ft in) to ride backwards. for those who dont know, as you ride trail from parking spots you will hit a gravel road about .50 miles in, hang a rh then hang a lh at corner in road. that will take you to field and entrance as it always has been. still odd days only, stay away from buildings and new house!. minor changes in trail coming soon.

Recommended Route:
regular lap is counterclockwise (straight from parking spots) although just as fun backwards, just remember most people ride the other way, watch for blind corners



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Review Date
September 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bombertown ,  Racer

Summary:
Second only to Heritage in terms of the best ride in town, this trail is much more technical. 4.5 miles is accurate, the signs on the trees are stage markers. lots of short, steep climbs and fast, twisty singletrack. it is definitely a workout, lots of roots and rocks. not really a beginner trail.

It's been said before, but please be respectful of the fact that is is private property. It's quite a thing that Mr. Dixon lets us ride on his farm, so make sure you thank him if you see him / respect his horses, dogs, kids, family, etc.



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