Join Date: Aug 2012
Bikes: 2013 Cannondale CAAD10; 1987 Cannondale R400/600; 1997 Specialized Rockhopper Homemade Hybrid
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I've very familiar with Vinings, having lived there for many years (now in Nashville). You're in an extremely hilly section of Atlanta, as you know. Having run and biked around, there are no routes local to you that are not mountainous, really.
But you're so close to the Mavel Road trail head. Just go down there. I assume you've ridden the SCT enough to know that the farther west you go, the more bike-friendly it becomes. If traffic on East/West Conn. is not an issue, I suggest you drive out to the SCT Depot trailhead and start there. Yes, you'll have lots of pedestrians and dog-walkers, but only for the first mile or so, heading West.
I love that trail and miss it badly. I have an office in Smyrna and get down there once a month or so, and always stuff my old road-bike in the truck so I can ride the Silver Comet while I'm in town.