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Unicoi-Helen loop

Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 36

7+ mile loop, most formerly jeep trail, which has grown back almost to single track status, bridged creek crossings (no wet feet).
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Latitude
34.70312959957273
Longitude
-83.73002529144287
Trail Directions
Take Chattahoochie st. NE from downtown, look for signboard on left less than 1/4 mile from downtown. Follow red blazes on trees.
Trail Length
7+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Helen
   


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Review Date
November 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rpeterson244` ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very nice trail, well maintained, very open, in fact most of it is a double track. It has some very nice climbs which of course end up in a few screaming downhills. Not technical at all, minimal roots and rocks, creeks are all covered with bridges. Really anyone can ride this with a decent fitness level because of all the climbs. However don't let that discourage you, there are many ridges and valley's that give you a break from pedaling and the downhills are very sweet!

Recommended Route:
Just follow the signs from the parking lot. The trail leads down to the river, cross a bridge and starts out with a nice leg burning uphill which levels off quickly. Very easy to follow the signs etc.



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Review Date
October 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jahkneefive ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fairly technical trail, definitely a leg burner. Like the other poster said climbs are long and the downhill is broken up. Contrary to physics, it feels like you do a lot more climbing then you do downhilling. Fattire endurance guys were clipping it off in an hour, but us mere mortals figure more like 1.5-2 depending on your cardio level.

Recommended Route:
The actual entrance is the 2nd right when you go over the damn(heading north). Go past the Lodge entrance and its the next right, its sorta hidding just before the left hand bend so slow down. Park by the bathrooms(across from the climbing wall) and the trail entrance is in the NE corner of the open field.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tallula Gorge is a little easier endurance wise and definitely less technical.



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Review Date
August 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: willevans ,  Racer

Summary:
A surprising non-technical trail that only challenges you aerobically. If you fly down the descents things can get a little hairy, and fun. You climb for stretches at a time but never get to take the descents in all at once like at Tsali. I rode the trail to see what the 6-hour race would be like in a few months and I think this will be a course that can catch you out if you go out too hard in the first few hours.

Recommended Route:
I just follow the arrows.



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Review Date
June 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: blairlittlejohn3 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a nice trail. Some good climbs and downhills but nothing too technical.

Recommended Route:
Started at the designated parking lot in Unicoi State Park



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willevans (10/01/2008)
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Review Date
November 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: trailblur ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail is close the the Unicoi State Park. Good for a quick workout. Trail had some good climbs...not many rock and I did not find it to be all that technical. The loop went fast, if I had time could have done another loop or 2 no problem.

Recommended Route:
Go the way of the signs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
have not ridden any others



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