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Lakeside Trails at West Point Dam

Average Rating:    (4.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Just under 8 miles, around 1300' elevation gain and beautiful views of West Point Lake. Machine cut and classic single track trails offer a great variety sure to please most riders. Non-directional trails are open to hikers as well so please stay alert. Being the main trail builder I will reserve my biased opinions and hope others will soon offer reviews. For directions and a current trail map visit http://www.sorba.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=19806
Future plans include 2-3 additional loops focusing on upper intermediate to advanced level features.
Most everything has been done by volunteer efforts with very little funding so there currently is only signage on the novice section but the trail is fairly easy to follow. As soon as donation funding allows more signage will be installed. For information on how you can contribute email sorba.cva@sorba.org.

Side note: Alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park and there is a 117 site year round campground. (R. Shaefer Heard Day Use Park & Campground. For more information about the park & campground please visit http://westpt.sam.usace.army.mil/
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Latitude
32.91680957952387
Longitude
-85.1648998260498
Trail Length
8
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
April 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kent McMullen ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail today, great set of trails! I'm not an advanced rider, I would classify myself as an intermediate rider and I was able to do the black runs with no problem. The blue Turkey Run was a great fast flowing trail. The black runs have plenty of roots and rocks, several significant uphills, but also some great drops and downhills! The trails are very well marked. I would recommend this trail.

Recommended Route:
We went counter clockwise from the trailhead. With each black trail we took the first entrance. There were some very cool downhills and uphills and either way you take these trails, you are going to get a workout along with a lot of fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stinky Trail (Peachtree City, GA)
Flat Rock (Columbus, GA)



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Review Date
November 22, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pete ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode the trails today and my thoughts were that they are ok if you live in the area but I wouldn't ride more than an hour to get there. They are the usual old school type winding, rooty trail system that make use of the land available. Lots of bootleg trails that keep you thinking that you missed a turn but they are marked pretty well. The lake is a nice view but other than that its pine forest and the scenery never seems to change. I can tell that lots of effort went into the trail with bridges and things and I appreciate that. This is just my opinion so sorry if I offend anyone.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sylaward in sylacauga, Al ! Awesome trail ..Beautiful scenery...a lot like Tsali. The new SORBA trail at Anniston Al. My favorite...Tsali



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Review Date
May 5, 2012

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: West Martin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome trails. Lots of fun to ride along the lake and also to see the dam in the toughest section. Needs to be marked better. Would ride again.

Recommended Route:
It is advertised as a loop, so as long as you start at the trail head you can go either way. My experience was that there were a couple of fire roads that got confusing.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Flat Rock, Ft. Benning, Several in Auburn, Chehaw in Albany, Campus trails in Dothan, Swayback Bridge and Rails to Trails in Eufaula



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Review Date
December 11, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: 646-ATL ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode part of this trail for the first time yesterday and I can't wait to go back and ride the whole thing. It has great terrain with enough roots and rocks to add some challenge to all the ups and downs of the gully crossings.

Recommended Route:
I'll have to ride more before I can really recommend anything but this looks to be a new favorite.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Talladega Nat'l Forrest isn't to far south and there are plenty up here around Atlanta.



Comments
willevans (04/30/2010)
Have you done any racing? How would this trail compare to Flat Rock, or Blankets, or Big Creek, or Dauset?
646-ATL (10/20/2010)
i haven't done any racing and i would say this is much flatter than big creek or blankets. i haven't been to flat rock since i was a teen living in columbus (10 yrs ago) and i've never been to dauset.
if you haven't rode chicopee yet then you need to asap...its by far my favorite trail around atlanta...i also really enjoy yellow river out by stone mtn.
just moved to auburn so tuskeegee and west pointe are my closest decent options now...but every chance i get i'll be riding chicopee, big creek or yellow river.
646-ATL (10/20/2010)
oh...and thats tuskeegee nat'l forest not 'dega
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Review Date
June 25, 2009

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: mycodan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ride this trail twice a week when my schedule permits. The Hack and Yack and Island portions are technical and entertaining without being overly intimidating. I love the elevation changes and gulley crossings as they really keep you on your toes and require a ton of focus. The Turkey run portion gives you much more of a sense of distance travel with enough elevation change and gulley crossings to keep it fun. The Lakeside portion is perfect for my son who is just a novice but beginning to understand that mountain biking is much like life and never a totally smooth ride but rewards await those who perservere.

Recommended Route:
I like to park at the Eagle View parking lot right at the dam of West Point Lake and cross over the dam road and tackle Hack and Yak and the Island first. When I emerge I cross the power lines and hit Turkey Run all the way until it crosses the main road. I complete the loop on the Lakeside Trail. It takes about an hour and a half or (slightly longer for this late 40's old man).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I have ridden the Troup County Equestrian Park trails on Roanoke Road for years and they are fun as well. Watch out for "road apples" on the trails. When I encounter horses I dismount and move to the side of the trail to allow them to pass. I also politely remind them the I will never allow my Trek to poop on their horse trails!!



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