Recreational & Family - Georgia path rides
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Leo the 3rd
09-09-04, 10:15 PM
I found the following link http://www.n-georgia.com/bike_trails.htm of trails to ride in Georiga - oh how I miss the bike paths in LA along the beach line - but anyway, I don't own a road bike but am using a 2005 Trek 7200 FX. Anyone familiar with the trails on this page or know of any good local trails in the Gwinnett/Fulton County areas that I can try. I'm willing to travel for some trails. The hybrid should handle most things ( except tough MTB trails). Any fellow Georgians who can help out?
09-09-04, 11:15 PM
Are you looking for paved multi-use paths like those in LA or are you looking for off-road trails?
The paved trails are listed under the "family friendly" column on this Web page:
Any of those listed would be worth exploring for your first outings. Silver Comet tends to be very congested closer to Smyrna, but as you get out towards Paulding County it opens up.
The Off-Road trails are in the far left hand column of the same page. Yellow River has two trails: Riverside and Creekside. There are both about 5mi loops and include some technical single track. However, there is a rather easy loop ride along the Riverside Loop that folks seem to enjoy.
Not listed is Stone Mountain Park. On weekends you can park outside the park in the city of Stone Mountain, then ride your bike into the park for free and circumnavigate the loop road around the mountain on a paved bikelane. There are a few hills, but it's not a bad ride if you want to see lots of people.
I think once you get out to a few trails you'll be able to find folks who seem to have the same riding interests and can hit them up for recommendations on other places to ride. There's something for everyone... but nothing will be as enjoyable as the bike path from Santa Monica to Marina Del Rey and on down to Seal Beach, never mind the sights down by the Strand, Hunnington and Newport Beach.... I used to ride down to Hunnington from Redlands and back about once a month when I lived out in LALA land in the 80's. Nice.... But, Atlanta's got a lot to offer to cyclists too. It's just steamy and you have to deal with a lot more sweat and body ordor than you ever imagined existed when you lived in SoCal.
09-10-04, 01:04 PM
Look up the Silver Comet Trail. It starts in cobb county and goes to Rockmart or farther maybe to the Al. state line, it was a railroad track in years past. Now it is a great way to get out of the city, nothing with a motor will be on it, bikes, walkers, rollerbladers and such is all you'll likely see.
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