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Oconee Heritage

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

Two loops. Follow red arrows for best option. Singletrack with some technical and rooty sections. Because of some races recently hosted here there are signs demarcating where the dropoffs and fast hills are. Total length is approx. 3 miles so multiple loops are the ticket to fun!
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Latitude
33.754031498216385
Longitude
-83.43704223632812
Trail Directions
From Athens, take the Macon Highway (old 441) toward Monroe about 13 miles until you see a pet cemetary on the right. Park is 1/2 mile past here on right with a large pavilion set in a field about 100 yards from the road (used for horse shows). Park near the pavilion and ride the singletrack in a clockwise direction.
Trail Length
approx. 3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Athens
   


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Review Date
November 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: krash670 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I really like this trail. I haven't ridden it in about 1.5 years, and just hit it yesterday with my kid. It is one of my favorites. The trail appears to mostly well marked, but we did come across some intersection that had no directional indicators. There are lots of roots and rocks. Very challenging for newer riders, and will keep experienced riders alert. As far the hills are concerned it's all tough on me. I'm riding it all on a Surly Karate Monkey single speed. You folks on your geared full suspension rigs might not have such a difficult time, but at 42 it's a real workout, and I love it. I will be trying to add this to my current list of trails I ride at least a few times a month. If it weren't 25 miles from house I'd ride it a couple of times a week. Very fun. You won't be disappointed.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Similar trail would be Chicopee Woods in Oakwood, GA. The make-up of Chicopee is almost identical to Heritage. Chicopee is probably my most favorite trail to ride. I t offers the most variety with multiple trails ranging from beginner to advanced. The trails are very well marked, and a blast to ride. You can chose technical rooty/rocky trail on the Copperhead, or go for the fast and flowing downhill on the Flying Squirrel. The combinations are endless.; Ft. Yargo State Park in Winder, GA. Ft. Yargo isn't as spread out, and has some real ball buster climbs, but isn't as technically difficult as either Heritage or Chicopee. However, it is a blast to ride and is well marked over it's 12-13 miles of trail.; Harbins Park in Dacula, GA. Harbins is a really good trail for the beginner to the advanced. When you enter the parking area you can choose to go to the trail on the west side for an easier, faster flowing trail, or you can choose to go east. The east trail is more rooty, and also includes a couple of water crossings, a decent downhill section that you can repeat multiple times known as the "Rim Bender", and a large granite face downhill.



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Review Date
August 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: GrantB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
For my money, Heritage is about the best of the GA Piedmont trails. The builders took full advantage of the topography on hand around the creek at the bottom of the park for some really great riding. The first two miles are full of relatively new bobsled sections with a few drops. The expert section gives you a chance to crawl up a pretty infamous wall stuffed out in the middle of the park. The rest of the park offers a lot of climbing, lots of roots. Rocks, too, but more like bob and weave rocks rather than huge slabs to power over. There are lots of sections sprinkled throughout that you can either get the front wheel light on and drop or try to roll. Some of those drops come in these little brown ribbons of sidehill descent. Makes you think twice before your throw your XC huck. In short, I absolutely love the place.

Recommended Route:
Either direction is fun. The arched trailhead closest to the old cabins at the edge of the treeline has a printout of the official map. That being said, the blazes and signs are hard to lose.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dauset Trails is similar but features less climbing. Fort Yargo State Park is super buff in comparison but still a lot of fun.



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Review Date
April 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kchan021 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Park kicked my ass! Yes, I'm not the best technical rider, but there are a lot of tough climbs.. tough rooty climbs.. and some fun descents.. it feels like every 5 miles of climbing, there is .5 miles of descent..

It was fun, super challenging, even if I'm not very technical..
We did about 12 miles, all the little loops, extensions, etc.

My rig: '11 Gary Fisher/Trek Marlin 29er with minor upgrades (seat, pedal, Maxxis Crossmark tires)...



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Review Date
April 12, 2010

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: JRyder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Surprisingly good. The trails are well maintained and plenty of fun. I rode about 22 miles doing trails both ways. One CCW loop had what seemed a mile of gradual zig zagging downhill. There is an expert loop which is not to difficult CW but I could not clean parts of the loop CCW. There is are nice well marked technical descents into the creek in several locations

Saw only one other rider in the area in four hours. More joggers(4 or 5) than riders



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Review Date
December 15, 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: d365 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These reviews really need updating. This trail is ever expanding and has about 12+ miles now and growing (if you take all the extensions). I would classify most of the trails as intermediate to advanced intermediate. It is a really fun and challenging system of trails. It is really worth the trip.

Recommended Route:
it is basically one big loop with extension loops branching off, and coming back to the main loop. the additional loops are basically every left you come to with signs. It would really help to have a local guide, but you would have to try hard to get lost. Map of the trails on the sign in the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hawks Creek



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