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Rock Hawk Effigy Trails

Average Rating:    (3.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Currently 15 miles of trails (5 more miles are under construction). Something for every ability level: Some fast, flowing, machine-cut trails with views of Lake Oconee and some historic sites. Some tight, technical, rocky, old-school singletrack, with more currently in construction. Very scenic, most of the trail winds through old-growth hardwoods and around Lake Oconee.

Camping available by reservation at Lawrence Shoals and you can ride right out of your campsite onto the trails.
http://www.georgiapower.com/lakes/home.asp

Of course, while you're there you've got to check out the namesake of the trails, the "Rock Hawk" effigy. Built out of stone over 2000 years ago by the Eastern Woodlands Indians.

The trail has a kind of a "Jekyl and Hyde" feel to it. The original 10 miles of trail is very flowing and fast, not very technical, but uber-fast and fun. Added last season are 5 miles of new singletrack. These trails are the polar opposite of the aforementioned 10 miles. Tight, rocky, rooty trail that takes advantage of the available topography in terms of climbing.

Coming this Spring are approximately 5 additional miles of singletrack that will mimic the existing 5 miles. Most have been roughed in and are going to be fun and challenging.

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Latitude
33.344780002703
Longitude
-83.17497968673706
Trail Length
15
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Eatonton
State/Territory/Province
GA
Country
US
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Review Date
August 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Turtle353 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Most of the trails are moderate to easy trails. I did venture off on some of the somewhat unmarked single track. The single track I thought was difficult with rock garden climbs, lots of roots, and not ridden as frequently. I found the trail marking to be confusing. It looks solid on the sign, but I still got turned around several times.

Recommended Route:
I parked at the main trail head and rode orange, technical 3 black diamond, back in orange, yellow, blue, back tracked on blue because I couldn't connect to green?, and then rode the road to green and finished back at the trail head. It was an enjoyable ride, but even staring at the sign on blue I could not get to green. I bet during the fall/winter there are probably nice views of the lake. Also be prepared for fake animals on the blue trail. I popped out of the woods into an opening and catch a mountain lion in an attack pose coming down the hill. Was a little nervous until I noticed it was fake.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dauset Jackson GA



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Review Date
December 31, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: racer101 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail(s) consists of a network of color coded/blazed fire roads (majority) and a small amount of single track. The fire roads (double track) were not very exciting and seem to be suited more for beginner cyclist or bird watchers. I did not find the trails technically challenging except for the singletrack that seemed to have not been rode upon in a while and was hidden to some degree due to the leaves. Beware of the loose rocks under the leaves. If you are out to put in some uninspiring miles, grind out a few laps here. You will get in a good work-out but I wouldnt recommend trekking to the hawk from far away.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Heritage (Oconee Co)



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Review Date
September 26, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ArthurB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Good maps at the Effigy parking lot, which is needed in this confusing series of trails. Overall intermediate trails with a few more advanced sections and a number of playful areas to run over and over; a lot to explore if you have the time. Nice forest and lake scenes to cruise through. Many stretches of double track, overgrown with grass in the summer. Decent campground. Bring supplies, not many stores once you leave town.

Recommended Route:
Good routes described in other reviews. Yellow trail is great though short; we ride it both directions then head to other sections. Talon trail is a long rock garden which cuts off Yellow.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Daucet Forest. Heritage Park Oconee County.



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Review Date
August 5, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: The Ola Flash ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I took myself, and my 13 year old and my 11 year old to ride the rock hawk last Monday.We are all close to the same skill level and we all really enjoyed these trails. Not too hard but not to easy either. The trails were not crowded, bathrooms were available in several locations. The only thing I would reccomend ,would be for a person coming here to bring their own map. I got one that Kevin Heygood did off the sorba websight. I was really glad I brought it because sign boards are posted around the property but they don't clearly show where to go. Also the sign boards show a RED trail that has been closed to cycling.All in all, we had a blast and will be back.

Recommended Route:
I rode everything but the blue and the Talon.The computer said we went 13.6 miles but I did some backtracking. Don't miss Mcleans loop. It was super cool with rock drop-offs,man made wooden berms, rock sections and tight twisty single track.T-model trail was fun also but was a tad much for my boys in a couple of places.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
dausset trails,
clayton county volleyball trails, Horse Park



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Review Date
July 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: somfas ,  Racer

Summary:
Tried to find reviews of this trail before the race this past weekend, but there wasn't much. Saw some comments about it being fast and flowy. Just wanted to let you know that they have added some tight and twisty single track. The race loop had us on a mixture of new and old trail. Some of it was big ring small cog double track, and some was brutally slow twisty stuff. I have only ridden it once (the race loop) so I don't know all of the trails. What I did ride had some decent short climbs, a couple switchbacks and some rocks (smallish) to deal with. The techinical stuff isn't scary technical, just slow speed technical. Beginners should have no problem on this trail.



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