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The Parks of Chehaw

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All new single track trail. South Georgia Cycling started laying out and cutting it in in 2010. 2011 has been a great year for the trails, including the Fat Four Mountain Bike Race on October 22 this year.
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Review Date
December 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: trailhound ,  Weekend Warrior

The trail is located in Albany, Georgia which is in southwest Georgia. This part of Georgia is extremely flat. Any hills are of the very gently, rolling variety, with few exceptions. Therefore, this trail is pretty flat.

If you are looking for killer downhill runs and leg burning uphill climbs, you'll need to head elsewhere. You just aren't going to find that in southwest Georgia. This is a great twisty, and in most places; tight single track trail with a little double track here and there. Its brand new and thanks to the nice folks at Breakaway Cycles in Albany and the South Georgia Cycling team (and others), there is some nice singletrack riding to be had in Albany.

There are a few technical features like log crossings. And I'm sure that as time passes more technical features will be added. The trail was finished at the end of summer 2011. I was there Thanksgiving 2011 to ride the trail with the wife and daughter. I am an Albany native but haven't lived there in 20 years. I only go there for holidays and work. With this trail in place, I'll be taking my bike on every trip in the future. Very cool. And, it reminds me of all the trail riding I did as a kid growing up in Albany.

The trail winds through typical south Georgia pine tree forest (perfect quail habitat) and areas with live oaks and hanging spanish moss. The trail in located in Chehaw Park which has been there for years. Its located on some backwater of the Kinchafoonee Creek. There is fishing, boating, and camping as well we a wild animal park onsite. The wild animal park was designed by Jim Fowler of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" fame. Jim is the guy who wrestled the anaconda in the river while Marlon Perkins narrated from the TV studio. The wild animal park is cool.

If you ride the trail and you're into advanced MTB trials, you'll need to plan on riding this one at full speed. Its a 7 mile loop and your workout will come from multiple loops at high speed. The tight and twisty trail, complete with hairpin switchbacks will keep you on your toes, but it will be about speed and miles. Not alot of technical challenges.

Otherwise, beginner or intermediate riders will enjoy the trail as a good ride through the south Georgia woods. Great family ride.

Recommended Route:
The only complaint is that there is no map or signage to show you where the trailheads are. We wasted 30 minutes trying to figure it out and had to ask for help. Not cool.

The mountain bike folks in Albany have really done a great thing for the community. The Chehaw Park folks need to step up and produce a map and some signage for the trails. I'm sure they will get this done soon.

We started at the BMX track and did the loop. There are plenty of places to bail out of the loop and cut the ride short if necessary. And, after you finish running the loop until you're exhausted, you can hit the BMX track for a few laps. Its like a giant pump track.

There is plenty of room for expansion on the trail. I could see many technical features being added all over the place and there is plenty of room for a technical skils riding area at the entrance.

If I lived in Albany, I would volunteer to help!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
That's the thing, there aren't any. You've got to drive to Tallahassee or middle Georgia. There is something downtown near the riverfront area but I don't believe its much. I have not ridden that trail.

The flatness means you can't do much coasting. You pedal constantly and to keep your speed up, you have to pedal harder!

Its nice to have something in Albany to ride like this.

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Review Date
October 26, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: CyclingPops ,  Weekend Warrior

Great trail for beginners and racers alike. At this point we are looking at 7-8 miles of single track spread out and over the park. No real hard climbs but they are there and can be tough on beginners, but they can be conquered. A few log/tree crossovers with no water obstacles at this point. The trail was scouted and cut in by South Georgia Cycling. They did a great job because I have been enjoying it.

Recommended Route:
The official start is the number 1 marker down by the old boat landing. We have been going in by the BMX track and running it backwards because that was the way the Fat Four Race was run. So you have two ways to travel on it. I do think the correct way starting at #1 is easier than running it backwards. Just me.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The trails in Tallahassee Florida are great ones.

CyclingPops (12/25/2011)
The official start place now is by the BMX track at the fence. Numbers are up as well as arrows pointing the way. I will post more as things are added. Chehaw has a great view on what they want to add as well.
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