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Heritage Park

Average Rating:    (3.85 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

new trail in Oconee County . Great ride pretty much something for everyone . I have only ridden it once , but it was very enjoyable and no traffic . The trail has a few minor uphills , some real fas downhills , a couple of creek crossings . Will ride again .
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Latitude
33.74147082163694
Longitude
-83.43154907226562
Trail Directions
441 south from Athens towards Madison , Heritage Park is on the right past the animal shelter approx. 10 miles south of Watkinsville
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Watkinsville/Athens
   


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Review Date
December 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: david ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great technical trail that is very well maintained and is very challenging for the advanced rider. Total trail mileage is 11 miles if you take the longest route........the expert one. There is a great variety of terrain and most of it is very rooty and rocky and requires constant attention. Midway into the expert section is a very steep climb with 2 paths to the top. There have been some great new re-routes/trails created recently. Kudos to those who did the work! The final section is a great twisty trail to the top and then the boy scout trail to the end. Great trail! But, not for beginners!!!



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Review Date
July 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: cdlinz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
i've been riding this trail for 10 years. as my skill level and equipment have improved, so has my appreciation for this trail. compared to chicopee this trail is a lot more technical and three dimensional. there are lots of roots and rocks to negotiate, and some gnarly creek crossings. it's twisty all the way. wider bars may make it tough. you can get hurt out here if you're not careful, but this trail challenges you, and can be very rewarding. i see wildlife out here almost every ride. snakes, turtles, almost always deer, and once a bunny that refused to get out of my way!

Recommended Route:
i do the red advanced trail, then the extra loop expert (orange) and back to red. it takes me 75 minutes. the orange adds a very challenging climb. short but steep and technical, and a corresponding technical downhill which ends with a sorta muddy creek crossing. there are two moderate climbs after that, one rocky and one rooty. the last 15 minutes consists of a sustained double track downhill ending in a creek that now has a bridge. but if you want a challenge the creek itself is a rooty, rocky, gnarly challenge. just past that you have a long double track climb to the parking lot, or you can veer off right into the woods and get some more bang for your buck. this last mini loop dumps you out at the top of the double track.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
chicopee is probably the best and most comprehensive trail in the area. but this is a close second, and more rewarding from a technical standpoint. yargo is an ok ride, but not very technical. i mean you see families with young kids riding out there. nothing wrong with that, but that's an indication of the low skill level required.



Comments
epxhammerhead (04/16/2013)
good review as seen by someone who has ridden this trail for over 10 years.
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Review Date
June 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.25 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: willevans ,  Racer

Summary:
A poorly maintained trail with serious erosion problems and low-hanging branches in all the worst places.

Recommended Route:
Ride Fort Yargo instead. Heritage park has no redeeming qualities.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fort Yargo is awesome compared to any trail system so I can't see why anyone would ride at Heritage Park instead.



Comments
GrantB (08/17/2009)
Heritage is a storied and hallowed trail. Not knocking Yargo, I'm just saying.
Howiedavis (03/14/2011)
because it is harder.
epxhammerhead (04/16/2013)
must be a beginner. this review sucks.
willevans (04/17/2013)
epxhammerhead, my review was written after a GSC race in 2009. I wasn't the only rider to get equipment damage from branches and loose rocks in the trail. Far more than the usual number of sport class racers DNFed due to rim or derailer damage due to the port state of the course. This could have been attributed to lack of maintenance or strong rainstorms before the event.

I stand by my assessment of the trail as it was for the GSC race in June 2009. I understand there has been a lot of trail work and reroutes in the past 3 years so the trail is likely to be very different now.
epxhammerhead (04/18/2013)
sorry.......i'd had quite a few beers when I wrote that. I'd delete it if I knew how.
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Review Date
February 16, 2008

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: epxhammerhead ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden this trail hundreds of times over the last 10 yrs or so and it still is a blast each time. A new bypass of the very rough downhill, before the bridge before the climb to the landfill section, completed recently is excellent. Ride this trail backwards (counterclockwise) and you will work your ass off. Short intense aneorobic bursts to get over sharp roots, rocks , dropoffs will get you huffing and laughing at the same time. Clockwise is less difficult and allows you to flow. Don't forget to do the boy scout trail to the right of the trailhead as you are facing away from the highway. You must do the "expert" section. If you miss this you're missing half the fun.
Drawbacks: Oconee county locks the on site bathrooms. Guess they don't want to spend the $$ to clean them if they were open.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ft. Yargo
Fast, Fun, Flowing, Aerobic. New sections added regularly. Bathrooms open . Friendly St. Park staff. Lots of riders to talk to at the parking area.



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Review Date
September 24, 2007

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: thubeav ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Follow the arrows and keep pedaling. This was a very refreshing ride with a little of everything. Everything like rocks and roots and creeks and bridges and woop de doos, etc. Very entertaining.
I really didn't know what to expect and it was a pleasant surprise. Everyone in my ride enjoyed it. Even the novice guy who kept screaming but then he would still clear whatever obstacle we had just covered.
I rated these a Four for technical and aerobic to say that if you want more you can just ride harder, faster and well you get me. If you want to take it easy then just Keep on Ridin'

Recommended Route:
Follow the arrows and keep pedals spinning. I'm not sure what 'route' we took but we rode about 8 miles.
We only did one lap because we were on our way to meet folks in Athens for a wheelhopper ride. See Wheelhopper dot com for that info.
There we rode more but not on better trails. The Heritage loop was the main event for the trail portion of our show and the Athens ride was the mileage skit.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I wonder if Hard Labor Creek has trails or Bert Adams scout ranch. Surely there must be more out that way. I think the Oxford trails are there still too.



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