As part of a road trip last weekend three of us from south Florida got to ride three north Georgia trails: Carter's Lake, Chicopee, and Bear Creek. We had ridden at Blanket's Creek outside Atlanta before, but these mountain bike trails had actual mountains on them.
Down here the trails have (at the most) low rolling hills, with lots of logs thrown in. Here and at Blanket's Creek we had no problem in riding the entire trail, but on the north Georgia trails we had to get off and push the bikes up hill. A lot.
Part of this was due to inexperience, and by the end I had gotten a lot better at balancing my weight between keeping the front wheel down and not spinning the back wheel. But some of those climbs were both steep and long. We did this on weekdays, so we rarely saw anyone else on trail. Do regular riders ride the entire trail without getting off, or is that not really possible?
I was riding a Trek Fuel, one of the other guys had a no-name carbon fiber full suspension, and the other guy has a brand I forget, but it was light and full suspension. So I don't think the equipment was limiting us.
I will say the downhills were outstanding. Those long, fast runs had us all grinning. And the lack of artificial log barriers and natural elephant trunk roots was nice also. I'm thinking about pre-positioning a bike at my brother's house near Atlanta, so I can just fly up and ride.