Big Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.02 out of 5
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Intermediate
6
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
1,060
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Updated description by mtbgreg1, circa 2010:

Detailing one specific route at Big Creek is impossible. I will cover the area in detail below and attempt to include directional information as I do so, but it will be up to you to choose the best route after that. Don't worry, the trail signage is very thorough and will be sufficient to keep you from getting too turned around.

Cross Country Mountain Biking
The 6 or so miles of cross-country oriented singletrack trails of Big Creek are well-maintained, well-marked, and entertaining to ride. The trails are labeled with different colors based on their level of technical difficulty, so its easy to pick the trail that will serve your needs the best.

The black/advanced trails feature plenty of rocks, some log rides and other features, a few stiff climbs, and a couple of drop offs.

Most of the trails are directional, so check the signs and pay attention to what day of the week it is!

Downhill
While the cross-country trails are pretty cool, Big Creek's true claim to Atlanta area fame are its downhill and dirt jump-oriented trails. From what I hear, there is really no other place in Atlanta with this kind of riding, and possibly only 1 other place in the state of Georgia with downhill-specific trails! There are about 5-7 different trails to choose from packed tightly together on a hill side located about a mile down the greenway. There are also a number of rock drops spread throughout the area, with 4 or so on the backside of the upper ridge dropping down towards a maintained park.

I've ridden my All Mountain bike down many of these trails before, and I've heard people say that they really don't live up to true downhill-oriented trails. While that may be true, I know that I definitely don't feel comfortable on a 5" travel bike bike when:
pinning it (that means going completely balls-out high-speed for those not familiar with moto lingo) through the rock gardens containing mini boulders and 3 foot drops after many of the rocks
sending a 3 foot high booter to a super long landing (where you could get as much air as you want)
airing a 15 ft long table top
doing various rock drops ranging from 4ish feet to 7-8 feet
Bearing in mind that these trails are located in Atlanta, I'd say the terrain is pretty freaking sweet!

Dirt Jumps
Big Creek has a dedicated line of high-quality purpose-built dirt jumps that run along the top of the ridge above the other downhill and freeride runs. There are a mix of different size jumps ranging from relatively small to one with a lip that's pushing 6 feet high or more. To the best of my knowledge, there is nowhere else in Atlanta, or even the state of Georgia for that matter, with an area that even comes close to comparing to the near-professional grade of these jumps. While most of the riders I have seen sessiong them have been on dirt-jumping mountain bike frames, I've witnessed a number of BMXers sending it big time as well.

Slalom Course
Located directly in the center of all of the action, the banked slalom-type course seems to be the focal point of all the attention. It is appropriate that all the other trails seem to be built around it, as riders of all different disciplines can navigate the slalom run. For instance, when I was last out at Big Creek, I saw a kid on a rigid single speed 29er rolling down through the berms.

So granted, the big berms and flow are going to be accessible to anyone on almost any bike. To really rail this trail and air out the big table tops, however, you're going to need to be riding something much more aggressive than a rigid SS 29er. A dirt jump bike would be perfect for this kind of work, and a BMX bike or a downhill bike would also function passably, despite being on opposite ends of the bicycle-size spectrum.

Pumptrack
One of the newest additions to Big Creek is a pumptrack with beginner and advanced lines. Come here to get your first taste of rollers and berms, or to rack the speed up and get your flow on!

Night Riding:
Night riding at specific times, with approved leaders only.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Poseur

March 30, 2016
Hamish55 Poseur  
 
Review: Nice flow over the roots & rocks. Nice features on the downhill trails. Singletrack's directions are incorrect. Correct address is: 1805-1809 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell, GA

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Bunny Hop


March 23, 2016
Patgoral Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The front section is fun and fast, but the closer you get to the freeride section the tougher it gets.

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Poseur

March 19, 2016
Scott Sale Poseur  
 
Review: My first ride on my new 29er! It was a pretty cool ride. Kind of rough, roots and rocks, but overall a fun ride. Not to steep, uphill or downhill.

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Gramcounter


March 7, 2016
cc2012 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Perferct after work or quick weekend ride. You won't find better maintained or better marked trails anywhere. This is a wonderful place to try mountain biking for the first time or perfect conditioning ride for the pros. Can get a little cnogested but that's only because of how accessible it is. Lots of bang for the buck.

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Granny Gear

February 27, 2016
 
Review: Perfect for Beginner, Intermediate and Pro Riders. Everybody has it's own section. As a beginner you choose a quick round and are back to your starting point in around 20 minutes. As an Intermediate, you just combine 2 or 3 of the well marked trails and you can go on for an hour and a half easily. Or you just take the same trail multiple times and get more and more familiar to it every time you ride it and can push a bit more every time. Even the beginner trail has some nice features like small jumps and balance beams, but no worries, these are all optional and you can just drive around them. Also a very big plus is that hikers and bikers are separated.

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Granny Gear

December 8, 2015
 
Review: I've been mountain biking now for over 25 years, and I am the type who puts in the miles and rides more toward the aggressive side of things. I used to ride in the old trails here before development came in and cut the system in half. Kudos to the City of Roswell and RAMBO for salvaging what was left of some fun trails. However, aside from the free ride area (that survived from the old trails), the XC trails are not much to talk about. The XC trails lack any flow what so ever. The trails twist back and forth to make for more mileage, but steal every bit of momentum in doing so. If your local to the area, then these trails are good for exercise, but don't go out of your way travel here unless free ride is your thing. The XC trails really offer nothing in the way of good riding, maybe if they were bench cut and bermed up a bit to get more flow going.

Similar Trail: Can't think of anything that sucks as much as these trails

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Gramcounter


October 5, 2015
Deedz Gramcounter  
 
Review: The trails are really well marked so I always knew where I was. Even though Stumpy's Loop is marked as a beginner trail, as a beginner myself, I felt it was very difficult and had to stop a few times. There are a lot of roots and rocks that added to the challenge.

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October 2, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: This is the closest trail to my work, so I try to get in a ride here when I can on nice sunny days. Since I've started riding here (roughly 2 years now), I have noticed that maintenance on the trail as a whole is lacking and MANY roots are exposed, yes this makes me sound like a whiner, but some better landscaping would be nice once in a while, especially with the mud that can gather on the trail as well.

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Granny Gear

September 11, 2015
kslsmorgan Granny Gear  
 
Review: I just rode Big Creek this morning making it my third visit. I've been mountain biking for 3 years and I consider myself a mid-intermediate rider so here's my two cents. First, these are the best marked trails I've ever ridden. Every intersection has a map leaving zero doubt as to where you are and which way you want to go next. All of the blue trails are challenging but doable for a rider like me. However, I will say that if you're intimidated by rocks and/or roots, stay away from Big Creek! Several good climbs combined with switchbacks had me working pretty hard. Stumpy's Loop is marked as a beginner's trail but it has a lot of roots, rocks, and short climbs that would probably discourage a true beginner. Overall, Big Creek is an awesome system that has plenty of challenges for a beginner/intermediate rider, without ever venturing to the downhill and pump sections.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek South Loop

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August 15, 2015
Guest   
 
Review: Since the last time I rode here, someone just dumped piles of rocks every quarter mile or so. Seems unnatural, breaks up flow. Otherwise good trails system.

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Big Creek MTB Trail 4.02 out of 5 based on 115 ratings. 115 user reviews.
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