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Selma Irwin Nature Trail

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

-oderate to difficult -4.5 miles -761 feet of climbing -all single track -swithbacks -most creek crossing are covered by a bridge If you can ride this comfortably then you shouldn't have a problem anywhere else
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Latitude
33.02895856082991
Longitude
-83.20907592773437
Trail Directions
From W. Hancock St. Go to Elbert St. Take a Right. Go a couple of miles until you get to stop sign. That is Carl Vinson Hwy or Hwy 112. Take a left. You will pass Central State Hospital and Rivers State prison on your right.As you cross a bridge you will pass a pond on your right and begin going uphill. You then will see the Culver Kidd Bldg on a hilltop on your left. The pull in is across the street. You will see where everyone drives through the field.
Trail Length
4.5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Milledgeville
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Review Date
February 10, 2014

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: Grant B ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The additions to the trail have only made it better. There's still tons of rocks and roots thorough narrow tread but the new bermed lines through the reroutes are killer, too. It still takes me one lap of bobbling through the tech bits before nailing them on the second. A third lap usually has me tired enough that I'm less than perfect again. The first descent from the trailhead to the first creek alone is worth the trip. I live about 35 miles away and I am stumped that more locals don't ride this place. That's me reviewing the place in 2007. I still love it the one or two times a year I can get out this way.

Recommended Route:
I usually flip flop directions to double my mileage. Counter clockwise has some the better descents, though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bertram is a nice way to warm up or cool down. Thomson and Arrowhead in Macon are good but nowhere near as technical.



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Review Date
November 1, 2013

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: fred ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail Update. Much work has been accomplished since the original posting of the trail. Mileage has been increased to 5 1/4 miles and will continue to go up as more of the planned re routes are executed. Making the trail more sustainable and flow in both directions are high on the list of desired characteristics. The trail now houses a few small but tricky gap jumps and several berm sets. The brutal climbs remain but will be addressed due to erosion and thus made longer and rounted in benched switch back fashion. Expect to see more alternate lines with varying difficulty and the introduction of cut-through options to allow riders to mix and match different parts of the trail to broaden the riding experience.

Bottom line: Even though much of the trail needs work due to erosion, maintaining the technicality of the trail with its gnarly root patches and lengthy rock gardens is a must. The goal is to make each technical element flow well into the next.

Recommended Route:
Because of the increased use and the more aggressive riding style of the local riders, the trail seems best when riding counter-clockwise. Counter-clockwise only has a few very minor climbs in the first mile that is overall flowing downhill towards the pond. This sort of allows the rider to warm up to the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dauset, Heritage



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Review Date
June 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: nfizzle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
An extreme trail with many uphills, large roots, and almost every kind of technical aspect you can think of. This trail is HARD and will humble ANY rider.

Recommended Route:
Counterclockwise for the true feel, clockwise for better downhills.



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Review Date
July 30, 2007

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: GrantB ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Selma Irwin is everything I like about riding in the woods. The loop is nice and narrow, real live singletrack, and takes you through a pretty hardwood forest. The climbs aren't long, but they are steep and frequent and made all the harder by the roots and rock gardens throughout. There is little cruising here, but a lot of descending with an eye on preserving momentum for the ever imminent pitch back up again. The descents all demand attention, the greatest example of which being a rock strewn set of switchbacks that I literally talked my way through step by step. I will definitely return to Selma Irwin.

Recommended Route:
The builders/maintainers suggest counterclockwise for better flow, but I see no reason why a lap one way and then the other wouldn't be fun. Instant 9 mile loop, right?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
In the Macon/Milledgeville area, Arrowhead is the closest analog, though Selma Irwin's climbs are far more likely to make the heart go boom.



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Review Date
January 23, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: saddlesore ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Riding this trail weekly now. It has become my favorite. Most areas dry quickly but the roots are extremely slick when wet. Let some air out of your tires for a more comfortable ride and more traction.

Recommended Route:
counterclockwise



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