Big Creek

   
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6
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
6.7
avg mph
411
ridden
126
wishlist
0:55
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
3.98 out of 5
About This Trail
added by jeff World Champ on December 31, 2002
 
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.
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Hilton on August 19, 2014
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Review: Not much to see here. It was really rocky and slow. The trail has zero flow. The free ride section was pretty cool. This is probably a good trail for after work but thats about it. A lot of traffic in the area.

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Martin Morong on July 30, 2014
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Review: By accident I discovered this great MTB park while setting up for ride to YMCA on my MTB 29' Diamondback and no helmet. What a great ride!.....considering ATL. Enjoyed all trails and will be back soon.

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Peresite70 on June 26, 2014
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Review: Great little spot that has a ton of different riding options from DH, dirt jumps, pump track to single track!! Had a blast riding here.

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DA799 on June 15, 2014
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Review: Well organised and sign posted

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JRDinATL on May 22, 2014
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Review: The other reviews here are pretty good: the "most" and "more" difficult sections are more memorable for their rocks and roots. I wish there was more flow and more climbing but overall I do like Big Creek. For downhill freaks, that section is one of the better ones in the metro area.

I do find the trail marking system to be somewhat confusing; much of the trails are directional but there are some junctions that are not well marked and if you do not ride here much, you can easily get kinda lost.

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ashleymx on May 2, 2014
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Review: I rode here today (Friday so left or Clock Wise) In this direction the signage is really really bad. I nearly had a head on with a guy who looked like he should have known better so I doubted myself until I came to a sign that said I was actually the one going the correct way. I did get lost and found it hard to get off the advanced section and back onto the intermediate which I needed to do to complete a full loop back to the car park Anyway it was frustrating. One of the maps did't have a "you are here" mark. One section said Friday this way then a about 6 feet in there were two signs for the alternate days pointing in opposite directions on the same trail. Its was a mess!

Also I have to question the point of "Most" difficult and "More" Difficult signs. Which is actually supposed to be harder?? More or Most? lol. Not that it actually made much difference to difficulty level anyway. What would help more is if it gave an indication to were it was actually going. I would suggest a main long loop. Call it A loop. Then have a B loop and a C loop that can take easier or shorter routes. To me it makes more sense to follow signs that have a single Letter so you know your on the trail you want to be on.

Also when you get to the back of the advanced section, near a school field and were the downhill sections start the XC track just disappears. I could not find it so I picked one of the many downhill runs then tried to meet up with the XC track again at the bottom. It really needs some signage here. There are tracks all over the place in this area..

Lastly about the track its self. I'm not sure if this is common but it didn't seem to be much of a leg work out for me today. Maybe I stopped to read too many signs? In the advanced section its so technical with tree roots and rocks you really never get to just pedal. Its not a bad thing but wheel damage and flats could be common here? I find I get mentally tired before I get physically tired here. .Always looking ahead picking lines etc. I think if I could ride an actual loop and learn the track my legs and lungs would eventually get a good work out though.

I've been in the other direction and the signage was way better.

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Schell21 on March 26, 2014
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Review: A nice trail to mix things up a bit, nothing to crazy but you can have alot of fun here.

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trailyeti on March 9, 2014
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Review: Great MTB trail/park. I'm new to mountain biking so I was quite surprised as to the difficulty that some sections posed... great challenge & good times. I'll definitely be going back!

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msc522 on February 23, 2014
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Review: It's a fun trail system. The beginner/intermediate trails by the first parking lot you hit and fun quick rides. I usually park in the back lot and ride down to where the free ride/downhill area is. From here there are a few "advanced" trails you can access. They've got some good climbing but it's nothing too crazy. The downhill stuff is fun to ride on, even if you're not quite ready to throw yourself off any jumps yet. All in all it's one of the better places to ride in the area. Well marked and maintained, usually not overly crowded. Check it out!

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tmccombs on February 22, 2014
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Review: Great trail system. Beginner loop is very straight forward, no big climbs or obstacles.
Intermediate trail has a noticeable increase in technical and climbing ability.
I have only been on the advanced trail on a Thursday and there were some pretty big drops along with a few rocky areas, stacked logs, and optional jumps. All of the trails are really fun.

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MTB Crackfox on January 13, 2014
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Review: This is a very well kept trail, but the technical part is not there. There is also not alot of challenge. There are some nice downhill tracks that are very well maintained if that is what you are looking for. It's a great trail to have some fun on, but don't expect a great challenge. There is also Night Rides through the local RAMBO association.

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Guest on January 3, 2014
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Review: Good trails but not the best.

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bermking on November 23, 2013
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Review: 14 psi on the berm-o-meter

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lanky_d on November 8, 2013
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Review: This was, until the recent time change, my daily ride. I work in Alpharetta and change clothes after clocking out to hit the trails for a few hours to let traffic die down. I still go on occasion, but since the park closes at dark, I end up sitting on the streets in the nonsense that is the NE ATL Burbs' afternoon commute, so I've been hitting it harder on the weekends lately.
There's a fun little (maybe 2 miles total) beginner & "intermediate" area right off the paved path between Webb Bridge Road and the YMCA at Preston Ridge. Mt. Adams MTB Trail. It's down a little fire-road style entrance that feeds into directional trails. I use quotation marks on "intermediate" as I feel that this IS more challenging than the beginner, outer loop trail here, but almost on the level of the "beginner" Stumpy's Loop on the Roswell side of the park.
As usual, roots abound, and the occasional jogger is there too, including what I assume to be the local HS XC team, but everyone I've encountered has been polite. I recommend this trail if you're in the area since so far, the ridership has been sparse, allowing me to get in some sprint-style trail riding, as well as re-introducing some buddies to the thrill of a good tumble over the bars. The Y about a mile down the paved path has bathrooms and water so I usually just go back and forth a few times an evening.

Similar Trail: Big Creek Stumpy's Loop (If you do all of Mt Adams, not just the Bunny Slopes)

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Copper_Plate on August 26, 2013
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Review: I rode the begginer loop on 8/24/13. It was ok, I used an app that measured the trail to be 3 miles long. I went around it twice and it was pretty easy. I agree with the review that says this trail has no flow. That's all I can really say about it, as far as the features of the trail killinit's review is accurate, except for the location comment, its only a great location if you live nearby. :) I enjoyed the paved trail more than I did the mountain bike trail. I do plan on giving it another shot.

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killinit on May 18, 2013
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Review: From a "newbies" point of view... This is the trail system I first started out on for mountain biking. I rode the beginner a few times and by the fourth ride, I was headed to the intermediate trails. The beginner trails are tougher and more fun than Blankets Creek. More turns, rocks, hills, and roots. RAMBO has done a great job of providing a trail system that anyone, at any level of riiding, can enjoy. Perfect location too!

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inkling on February 15, 2013
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Review: This is my week day ride spot, since it's close. It's not Blankets or Chicopee but it works for during the week rides. You can get a good climbing workout in the back section, if you get creative. There are several different lines you can take back in the downhill area when your working on your climbing. Lots of rocks and roots, so it does make most other trails seem like a piece of cake that has this type of terrain. Nothing to challenging but you can get a good cardio workout if you push yourself. Thanks to RAMBO for maintaining the trail well and giving me a place to ride, it's greatly appreciated.

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freerider47 on January 5, 2013
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Review: Great trail network. Not the best but decent downhill area.

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SailorTed on November 30, 2012
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Review: rocks!little & big. But nice free-ride downhills & BMX parks w big jumps that I won't be making at age 59, but would love to watch someone else. And how does anyone ride UP El Scorcho?!

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inkling on February 15, 2013
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Review: On the step rock section, you ride up the rock side. Just have enough speed, you don't want to fall to the left.
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ChainSuckSux on November 1, 2012
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Review: I used to ride here before the Greenway came through it and the old trails were great. Now they are just boring and poorly designed. I understand that the trail builders worked with what they had left, but these trails do not flow at all. I've ridden here many times, as it was once close to my work. The free ride section is very nice , but the rest is trash IMO.

* Review edited 11/1/2012

Similar Trail: Just about any other trail in the surrounding areas are better than this.

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Guest on September 25, 2012
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Review: Not bad for a quick ride if you're close by but there just isn't very much variety here. The harder sections are harder because they're covered in rocks. I don't like that. Not a lot of flow here IMO.

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nvrenf on August 7, 2012
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Review: The amount of rocks are the only difference between the easy/intermediate/expert sections. Climbs would be a breeze if not for the rocks... Seem like they brought them in by the truckload... there are more in the switchbacks... LOL. Wasn't my favorite.

* Review edited 8/7/2012

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StreakMTB on May 10, 2012
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Review: Great metro area trail with something for everyone.

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cbrsport17 on April 23, 2012
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Review: Great trails, lots of rock gardens, but overall a good ride.

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inbody06 on February 12, 2012
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Review: RAMBO has done a great job with his trail . It has it all wicked freeride ,awsome down hill , rocky trails smooth trails ,root filled trails, bridges, skinnys,pump track. amazing how much is packed into this trail system .

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mottaboo on January 8, 2012
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Review: This trail is really well maintained with good signage. Its got a good mix of technical and easier stuff. I really enjoy riding this trail and would recommend it to all of my friends.

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flamingotter on August 13, 2011
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Review: Rode this in the afternoon about 2pm, it was pretty hot. I rode the trail labeled "most difficult" and had a really nice time. I then rode the track "more difficult" again to complete a nice trip. Overall the trails were marked well and were a nice technical challenge. I will definitely make another stop here in the future.

Similar Trail: Keg Creek

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Liers99 on July 30, 2011
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Review: Awesome little trail system. Made a trip down from Chattanooga and was well worth the drive. Plenty for everyone from a concrete path to dual slalom course, dj track, and pump tracks. Loved the technical aspects of all the trails and all the different lines. I would make the drive again in a heart beat.

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cracker302 on June 12, 2011
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Review: This trail was a blast to ride. We went with a group of folks and one saw the expert only in this area sign and made the comment" this isn't worth risking our lives for" and "why did we even decide this was a good idea?" At the end of the trail those 2 guys admitted to having a blast and were so happy they did in fact ride it. After lunch we went back for the second time in one day. Has an area with great downhill and jumps. also has an area for learning how to pump ride. Will be back again.

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millstkd on June 2, 2011
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Review: To be honest this trail was bittersweet for me. The greenway is a nice cool down ride but it is hard to find where all the trails start and end. They have some maps posted but the trails aren't marked to well. However, there are many people there to point you in the right direction. I plan on riding this trail again and I think that I will eventually get the hang of the trail system. BTW the pump track is nice.

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shovelchop73 on May 31, 2011
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Review: ride this trail everyday. its fun when you go as fast as you can. problem is with a hardtail you blow alot of stuff out. nothing epic but for the location i love it. its is definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. they got jumps too

Similar Trail: rope mill

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Doomsday on May 12, 2011
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Review: First time out today and was surprised to see how technical the beginners trail was. It started out with a nice flowy downhill section and quickly turned into a short climb with a few switchbacks. There are plenty of rocks and roots throughout the trail to keep your attention. The intermediate trails just up the ante on the technical aspect. They have a lot more rocks and roots. It is a great ride and I will definitely return. Oh and the pump track is just good fun!

* Review edited 5/12/2011

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jwiggs on April 4, 2011
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Review: just went this april 2011. they have downhill tracks going about 20 mph. insane jumps. just added and its gran opining is april 30th, is the pump track, great fun no pedaling. plus your ordinary tracks

Similar Trail: non like it

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agent6 on March 28, 2011
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Review: Being from Ohio, this set of trails blew me away. Rode them last Friday, and was very impressed. They are very well maintained, with a variety of flavors. Everything from short, flowy, downhill sections to challenging switchbacks to long rock gardens. There is even a pump track section! Even if you have never ridden a pump track, try it out. Go ride these trails!

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dlapaglia on March 13, 2011
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Review: Compared to Blankets and Chickopee, these trails are generally made up of a lot more tight turns, roots, and rocks...broadly more technical and not nearly as fast. The "big loop" is just under 6 miles. Some good, short, fun climbs, and a good cardio ride. Try "El Scorcho" for a short, steep and challenging climb. They need to put up trail signs with the trail names as this is one of the few places around where no one knows the names of each trail (unless the memorize the couple trail maps).

Similar Trail: As many twists and turns as Van Michael's, but not nearly as much of a climb.

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jeff on February 4, 2011
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Review: I just noticed that I last reviewed Big Creek in 2003 - clearly a lot has changed since then. This place has something for everyone: from beginner-friendly singletrack to rocky, technical trails. There's even a short DH gully run and a new pump track. Convenient location too.

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Guest on January 22, 2011
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Review: This is jiust an all around grout complex. Right off the greenway, lots of parking room, lots of different trails. Perfect for beginners. There are also expert and intermediate trails too. I rode everything up to the intermediate until i was going around a fast banked turn and fell a victim to the slippery leaves on the ground ended up sneaking out under a fence due to injury. I highly reccomend!!!

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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jkey6 on December 7, 2010
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Review: This is a great trail network that has something for literally everyone from beginners to endurance riders to freestylers. My only comment is that the loops that are "hardest difficulty" aren't much when compared to other trails. Haven't been to the free-ride area yet but I'm gettin' there. I use this trail for good practice when I don't have time to make it out to Blankets Creek in Kennesaw.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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fat_billy on October 27, 2010
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Review: Cool and close to home

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Guest on October 19, 2010
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Review: Went here yesterday for the first time and no broken bones. My buddies and I had a great time bombing down the hillside and riding the trails. The advanced trails were really tough with all the rocks. Better have a soft tail or you'll rattle your teeth out. The downhill section was a blast. After a few runs we started to get the idea and were picking up speed the more we came down. The only bad thing about it is the 5-10 minute climb up the hill then a short few minutes down. Overall a fun place to visit once in a while. Makes me appreciate the Gwinnett trail system I have right in my backyard.

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Greg Heil on August 25, 2010
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Review: Rode here yesterday, and the trails blew me away yet again! In case you didn't know, RAMBO just began construction of a new pumptrack. Should be sweet once its done!

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LilBeast on July 11, 2010
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Review: close to home. outer loop can be done in 30 minutes. nice mid week ride. i like the trail. has some rocky climbs. easy trails can be ridden fast.

Similar Trail: blankets creek

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GoldenGoose on May 25, 2010
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Review: According to RAMBO (the sorba group that maintains the trails) it's open.

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Greg Heil on May 25, 2010
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Review: I'm sure it's open (probably was just closed for weather), but a roswell local would probably have more detailed info

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jmark55 on May 25, 2010
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Review: Is the BigCreek Trail open again? Jerome's update in April 2010 says "closed" - still true? Many thanks!

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zippyzap68.5 on May 5, 2010
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Review: good in town trail. a trail for every experience level.

Similar Trail: blankets creek

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kstoddart on November 19, 2009
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Review: My go to trail during the week. Only 12 minutes fro Buckhead. This trail has great climbs, lots to choose from, and can be very challenging. Something for everyone.

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fastcat on October 21, 2009
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Review: I rode all 3 trails. Green, blue and black. The green and blue seem to be way to worn or the floods and the rain have washed away all of the soil exposing nothing but rocks and roots. The black trail was by far the best trail with only limited areas where it seems to be too worn. It actually seemed like the black was easier than the other 2 to ride because of the conditions. I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining too much about it, but when the whole trail is nothing but rocks and exposed roots, it doesn't make for an enjoyable ride. Needs some TLC.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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Greg Heil on October 4, 2009
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Review: Rode this trail the other day during the RAMBO Big Creek Bike Festival... and it was awesome! Had some pretty nice beginner/intermediate trails to warm up on, and then the freeride/downhill trails were AWESOME!!! Some absolutely FUN riding!!! Loved it! And then up at the top they had a dirt jump competition for about an hour... no way i'm going to be hitting those jumps for a while! Check out the pictures (forthcoming) for a better taste.

Similar Trail: Jump section at Harbins park, freeride bowl at 441

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gatomontes on September 1, 2009
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Review: good trails... good workout...

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benrob on July 21, 2009
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Review: For a mountain biker living in the Atlanta suburbs this trail is great. You can get out of it whatever you want, but the beginner loop can be a little crowded so I usually stick to the back loops. I grew up in the Canadian Rockies so obviously this doesn't even compare to some of the riding that can be found elsewhere. But it is an excellent trail system with actual directional signs and markers. RAMBO has done a great job creating these trails and it is well worth the trip to check them out.

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felt20 on July 19, 2009
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Review: not worth it..didnt like it..if ur going to freeride or downhill go to carters..i dont know if its because i lived in norcal and i race but this "i would say is a all mountain trail"..

Similar Trail: i wanna be carters..

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jamesterry on June 6, 2009
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Review: awsome! i did the beginner loop then went and tried out the downhill stuff. the beginner loop was very nice and if you switch to the intermediate half way it had a teeter totter up on the hill.

* Review edited 9/16/2009

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numb401 on March 10, 2009
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Review: Beginner Loop: About a 1-1/2 miles of half up, half down in either direction. It’s pretty tame. It’s where you take your GF or kid or a NooB that you think you might want to turn into a mountain biker. It’s got some bridges across a couple creeks and it’s all in the woods. And it’s highly likely you’ll see a deer or two, or three. Skillet Express Trail: Hangs off the Beginner Loop and adds about a mile. Labeled “Intermediate” it’s a little bit more of a test of mettle with log crossings and a teeter-totter and a low skinny if you dare – check out the video. Or, all of the technical trail features (TTFs) in Big Creek have ride-arounds if you don’t dare. Troll Trail: Also off the Beginner Loop, Troll has a few quick ups and downs and a wham-bang creek crossing over a thin bridge where a troll or two could well be lurking. Laughing Creek Leg Trail: This gets you over to the good stuff. Here come some rocks and roots and off-camber-to-keep-your-attention turns. It sets you up for: Climbing Snake and Hurts So Good Trails: 2-1/2 miles of singletrack with loose baby heads, one tight switchback, rock gardens, log crossings, swooping 2-foot high berms, the “Wender Bender”, grunting ups, off-camber downs, and a booter or two. That’s a grin on my face by the way. Freeride Area: While cojones may be optional, they really help. Here’s where the guys and gals session. Hey! Women who freeride absolutely have honorary cojones. Bring your big-hit bike, pads and full-face helmet. You want tabletops and doubles, a 3’ rock drop, a hip or two and some scream down the ravine full of gnar that’ll goose your suspension? Knock yourself out … literally. There’s also a really cool gully chute that you approach on a short downhill run. It’s got some drops, jumps, chicanes. A lot of us on our cross country rigs do it all the time. Best time down is just under :55. If you ride Big Creek, make sure you ride the gully. In addition to the MTB trails, there’s a 1-1/2 mile walking/hiking trail and about 5 or so miles of concrete greenway and ponds and open fields and boardwalk through these wetlands that then connects to the Alpharetta Greenway. Perfect for your significant other and in-laws to ramble around while you’re taking care of some serious mountain biking business. So next time you’re looking for an urban track, think about Big Creek. It’s where 20 or so of us will regularly show up, with little to no organization, on Tuesday nights in the summer, ride until twilight and then head for beer and wings. And if you want to freeze your ass off on a winter’s night, think about signing up for night rides. You can warm your ass back up with beer and tacos afterwards. Adopted from: Michael Horwitz @ http://www.mtbtrailreview.com/blog/reviews/trails/mountain-bike-trail-review-big-creek-in-georgia/

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zsnau734 on February 17, 2009
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Review: Kinda disappointing.... good for a in-town ride, but no where as good as Blankets. Loops seem way to short - makes me feel like I'm in a NASCAR race and just doing circles over and over. But if you live near it and only have a bit of time, it is a good trail to get out to. Would not drive more than 20 mins to ride this trail. Would recommend International Horse Park, Ft. Yargo, or Blankets if you are going to drive more than 20 mins.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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enoeht on January 31, 2009
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Review: This trail has an urban feel to it. Perhaps its the time of year and the lack of foliage to suppress the sound from HWY 400. The trails are "ok" nothing fantastic, a decent downhill or two. The expert obstacles here and there are pretty fun. Where the payoff hits is when you get to the Freeride section in the back, the designers were out there busting their humps while I was out there, and they are doing a fantastic job. I am more of an All Mountain fan myself, but I couldn't resist the channel downhill and goofin off on some of the nice launches here and there. I gave an overall rating of 3 due to my particular taste in riding. However if your into free ride, put this as a must see at least once.

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vinson_spivey on January 15, 2009
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Review: OMG......Thank you So so so so much for Building the Freeride Section!!!!! I LOVE it..I just got back from there. Today Was my first day. The back to back jumps were Awesome..I came from bmx to mtb and thats the perfect spot...Keep the Jumps Coming..The Bigger the better

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mudhunny on December 9, 2008
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Review: I must be getting old cuz there are a lot of rocks and roots on these trails, I will only ride FS here! Great trails for a quick workout when you can't get to the NGA mountains.

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jkovaly on November 2, 2008
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Review: Big Creek Park has some of the best trails close in the metro area, right in the middle of the North Atlanta suburbs ! These trails are meticulously maintained by RAMBO (Roswell Alpharetta Mtn Bike Organizaiton), a chapter of SORBA. The beginner loop is mostly smooth and easy, family friendly - lots of kids and their parents. The two more difficult loops were added to provide some distance and variety, they include trail features such as a tree bridge and platform bridge to make things interesting. A fast downhill section with some jumps and banked curves has also been added if you are really feeling brave! Beginners can start out on the first loop and graduate to the other two loops as their skills improve. I have ridden here many times after work, getting in an 8mi workout by putting different loops and segments together. The trails can get congested on the weekend but the well designed directional loops (alternating each day) with separate trails for hikers keep the traffic manageable even with a lot of visitors. Highly recommend.

* Review edited 11/2/2008

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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bigdawg8787 on October 20, 2008
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Review: I live near the trails so i can ride my bike to it so i go all the time. OK. If you like to go really fast this is not the place. YOu can a alot of speed in some places but then theres a hill like 5 seconds after so that part sucks. If you like tech. places and uphill bikeing this is the place for you. You can also go to the freeride section where there is alot of cooll jumps and you can go all the down the hill without pedaling. Its awesome!!!!!!!!!! GO!!!!!!!!

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GoldenGoose on August 19, 2008
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Review: I've been here probably 3 times in the last 2 years and I never was really impressed with the trails themselves. Lots of loose rocks on a course that feels like it never wants to let you open up and get some speed. The advanced section can be pretty technical, especially if you try the multiple "stunts" they've made over the years. Today's ride will keep me coming back with a little more frequency though. I finally found the fabled downhill and freeride section at the back of the trails. I probably spent 2 hours just fooling around on the jumps and the downhill course they put in. I'm not sure if it's legal or not, but kudos to the makers. For those who don't know the shortcut, follow the power line road down the hill and make a right onto the paved greenway trail. Go past the two ponds and when the greenway forks, a small entry trail to the freeride section will be on your right. Have fun and make sure to bring a helmet!

* Review edited 8/19/2008

Similar Trail: Try Sope Creek for another one close to the city limits of Atlanta.

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RunandBike0519 on August 14, 2008
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Review: Big creek is a great ride. It is not to fast because it has a lot of rocks and roots, but the technical aspect makes for some fun. The trail is very well laid out and maintained. I frequent here about once a week, so it has to be good. The site for the trail is rambo-mtb.org Oh yeah don't miss the downhill/freeride section at the back of the trail!

* Review edited 8/14/2008

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek, but Blankets Creek is much faster.

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dirtysancheez on August 3, 2008
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Review: A really nice place to ride for being in a city. The trails range from easy to downhill like runs. I was mostly impressed with the $$ spent to design a park with a paved trail, benches & the whole nine.

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zsnau734 on June 25, 2008
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Review: Great in-town ride. Like Blankets a little better, but is great for a change of pace metro ride. These trails are heavily trafficed, but still a good time. Kinda short, so many laps are necessary but it also lets you ride for 20 mins or 3 hours.

Similar Trail: Blanket's Creek

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trent34 on February 21, 2008
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Review: not a whole lot of climbing. one great climb by the free ride park and one right next to it on the advanced course. the rock gardens suck and make for a slow ride and there arent a whole lot places to get speed but if you live close then its a good place to get a ride in or if you like jumpin the there are some big jumps in the free ride/downhill park. oh and cycleworks does a night ride there i think but it is city run so i dont know if it is legal and out of the three loops you can get about 5 miles out of it * Review edited 2/21/2008

* Review edited 2/21/2008

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Steve_Peck on October 10, 2007
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Review: Anybody know if this trail parks is open at night?

Similar Trail: Blanket's Creek, Sope

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99treky3 on September 17, 2007
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Review: fun trails, rode the expert sections and does have a great log ride, rockier than i expected, and not many jumps, but lot of fun... great for the morning before work ride!!

Similar Trail: Blanket's Creek

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lschlam on August 14, 2007
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Review: I would say this trail is a rockier, flatter version of Yellow river. Some of the sections were technical, but for the most part these trails do not go above an intermediate level. It is a pretty short network, but is awesome for an after work ride. I had a good time on the little obstacles that they have scattered throughout the park.

Similar Trail: Yellow river, Sope creek

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igo4uga0586 on July 28, 2007
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Review: I rode this trail today and I have to say that I was dissapointed. The trail winds all about, rarely giving you the chance to pick up speed and enjoy some of the downhill sections. As i rode the trail i couldnt help but notice the rocks thar occoured all throughout the trail, obviously not native to the trail, and seemed to give less enjoyment, and more hassle. Not a trail to drive an hour to get to, if you are local, it could be more worth it.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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ydoiwonder on April 29, 2007
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Review: Rode the the intermediate and beginner loops with my 10 and 12 year old boys today. We will ride it again. Not too easy for them, but not so hard that they got discouraged. I think I may stop one night on the way home from work and ride the difficult loops without them.

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harohomeboy on April 18, 2007
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Review: The trails are pretty short, but there is an awesome log ride on the expert trail, and the are some amazing jumps in the back near the greenway.

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sandm96 on February 15, 2007
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Review: Rode the whole, 2 laps CCW 2 days ago. really enjoyed the ride. The Advanced section in the back by the greenway got my HR up, favorite section was the intermediate run that was the only 2 way trail in the middle of the beginner section. Trail is well laid out, fun to ride, something for everyone!

Similar Trail: Blankets, Silver Comet Side Trail Singletrack, Reinhardt College

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singleblade1 on December 6, 2006
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Review: Great trails for a good local ride. I could not get over the fact that we were riding in Roswell. All the different loops offer some easy stuff or intermediate stuff. I don't think any of it hit the expert level, but it was challenging throughout many sections. I went back a second time and found the freeride section. I am not into big air but it was fun rolling over the jumps and blasting down the Gulley Trail. This raises the rating from 6 to 7.5!

* Review edited 1/20/2007

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek, Yellow River

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getonthetrail on December 5, 2006
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Review: This trial is very well marked, directional based on days of the week and well maintained. The trail has a few technical sections but for the most part is beginner to intermediate but fun none the less. The trail is not very long at this time so you will need to string a few combinations together to form a longer loop. There is something for everyone on this trail. I plan to ride this trail after work a few times a week.

* Review edited 12/5/2006

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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bradcollinsrc on October 10, 2006
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Review: great trails! RAMBO does a great job of keeping this place in excelent condition. they are always adding more trails. just recently added an advanced section, and now a even new expert trail. there are a little more rocks than i would wish for... but what the heck. its called mountain biking for a reason. it does cross over some pedestrian trails. but other than those intersections. the trails are kept separate

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twallclimber on September 13, 2006
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Review: it has several great trails. they help you to improve ur skills quickly.

Similar Trail: blankets creek trail

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RedWolf on September 12, 2006
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Review: Great trail close to everything. There signs to show the daily direction which make these trails more fun, riding clockwise one day the counter clockwise the next. Its like 2 different trails. They are labeled very well and often with Easy (green), More Difficult (blue), and Difficult (black). Depending on how you link the trails It can be a challenge but more inportantly fun! The new Difficult trail is technical and has lots of obstacles, natural and man made. Logs stacked up across the trail, a bridge over a large downed tree, banked corners for fast turns, loose stones and stacked stones in places. Great fun!!

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mscaldas on July 28, 2006
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Review: First time MTBing and enjoyed very much this trail... First day used the begginers loop only, which was very challenging. After a couple of weeks, started using the intermediary loops and the two-way troll bridge. this last one still makes me feel out of shape when going up-hill. It's a great trail to train all the technicals and great work-out. It even links to a greenway, in case you want to warm up a little bit or tune your bike! The best: its location! So close, that I could go every afternoon if my legs allowed me :-) --- Update - 5/17/2007 MTBing for almost a year now. Been on at least 10 other trails in and around Atlanta. This one is still the best in all aspects - good balance of technical and speed; ability to fit 1, 2, 4, 8 or as many miles you want; location, location, location! * Review edited 5/17/2007

* Review edited 5/17/2007

Similar Trail: this is the only trail I've used so far, but got good tips on Blankets creek and yellow river, which I plan to go soon! ---Update - 5/17/2007 Yep, Blankets Creek and Yellow River are good options!

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Rebus on May 24, 2006
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Review: This trail has changed quite a bit since it was initially added. RAMBO-SORBA has really made it a great little trail system in the middle of a pretty populated area. A fast short ride with multiple sections that you can piece together to vary up the ride a bit. Recent changes have made things even better. It's a short track, and you can absolutely fly around most of it, because it flows so nice. On my recent ride there, I hit a different one of the three "more difficult" sections on each of my first three laps and it made for a pretty good experience. It can get crowded, but since it is uni-directional, you don't really notice it. The signage is excellent, even if joggers ignore them and like to make snide comments to bikers.

Similar Trail: Blanket's Creek of course.

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Guest on July 29, 2005
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Review: Went riding on 7-28-2005. The trails were in excellent shape and were a lot of fun. Hopefully http://www.rambo-mtb.org will continue expanding them cause they are a little short.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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Guest on January 1, 2005
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Review: Great time. Good variety. My 17 year old son and I enjoyed the ride. Spent most of our time on the beginners loop. Looking forward to checking out the other parts of the trail.

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Guest on October 13, 2004
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Review: I really liked the network of trails. I had alot of fun, along with my six year old and wife. I thought it had alot of different terrain. I will do it again...

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jbersch on October 3, 2004
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Review: Very nice network of trails. Lots of steeps with some hairy stuff. Fun chutes! Some good, new stuff way in the back. Also, they now have the easy trail well marked and it is uni-directional. It is beginner-intermediate level. This is a great place close to Atlanta and not very crowded. Navigation is a bit tough the first few times.. you may get lost, but keep at it, we've always found new stuff here almost every time we ride.

Similar Trail: Yellow River (creek side)

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hardtailer on July 5, 2004
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Review: Nice selection of trails/routes to choose from, but no great length to it. The steady rains as of late have the marsh saturated. There's a section of jumps and an awesome creekbed to hit. Bravery will damn near break your collar bone, so bring a pall to lift you off the ground. Very similar to Yellow River. Take the Holcomb Bridge exit from 400N, turn right off the exit, and turn left on Old Alabama.

Similar Trail: Yellow River

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Guest on June 26, 2004
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Review: Beautiful trail. Very exciting and fun. Be very careful and always wear helmet. Pretty good curves, bumps, slopes and rugged areas for beginner and advanced bikers.

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mwierm on April 5, 2004
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Review: This is a fun trail to ride. All other reviews did a good job covering the trail so the only bit of information I'll leave you with is this: DON'T PARK IN THE BUSINESS AREA OFF MANSELL. Make sure you park in the gravel lot off Old Alabama. Security is fairly tight and they will give you a hard time if you park in their parking lot.

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Guest on February 29, 2004
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Review: Today I rode at Big Creek, the newly accessible trail near Alpharetta. This is the trail that I had ridden a few years ago, but then it was closed, purchased by the City of Roswell, fixed up by RAMBO (Rowell-Alpharetta Mountain Biking Organization), and reopened. The gravel parking lot is located just east of 400 on the left side of Old Alabama. To get there take Holcomb Bridge going East to Old Alabama, then go North on Old Alabama, and turn left into the gravel parking lot just past the entrance to Belcourt Apartments on the left. The NAD27 CONUS GPS point for the parking area is 34 01 26.4 / 84 18 44.4. There is a 1.7 mile well-signed "Beginners Loop" from which all other trails connect. I asked several other riders how many miles of trails there were and everyone said "10-15", though none had bike computers. I rode just about everything that didn't look like a parallel trail and duplicate a little as possible and came up with only seven miles, with about two miles of that being duplicate. It's possible that there is more trail in the marshy area when it dries out a bit more, but I think I saw most of it. Most of the trails are pretty easy, like Yellow River and Blankets Creek, but there were a few intestesting spots on the smaller side trails. I found one ramp to jump that honestly would have made the rider go about eight feet off the ground and about fifteen feet through in the air. I found fresh tracks right up to the launch point and a broken helmet at the bottom so at least one person tried and maybe one person died. Needless to say, I rode around that jump. There was a cool section of mogels, a few pipes, some more reasonable jumps, several creek crossings (some sandy some rocky), and a few good hill climbs too. All of these more challenging things were completely optional. There are loops upon loops so you can add in or take out just about any section of the trail. Even though there are a lot of loops it's bordered by GA400 on one side, there's a creek in the middle, and subdivisions (and a swamp) on another side so it's nearly impossible to get lost. In short, I'm happy to have found another trail. For Atlanta, it looks pretty good.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek, Yellow River, Sope Creek. All three local to Atlanta

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Guest on August 27, 2003
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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Oops - sorry - the cleared parking space is on Old Alabama (not Mansel) right there on the power line strip.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: The city of Roswell owns this land is working with Sorba to keep it available and fun for everyone; they've cleared out some space for parking right on Mansel and placed a portalet there too. This trail system can be fast and furious, some creek crossing and super climbs on the far side (near creek - a good place for an hour of repeats); the far side is also home to a stunt garden - keep an eye out for the downhill rockets! BE FOREWARNED - Mansel retains moisture! The low areas along Big Creek take FOREVER to dry out, so expect a real mess after any heavy rains (even in the higher elevations).

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Park off Old Alabama Rd near Holcomb Br. in Roswell -or- Big Creek Trail on N. Point Pkwy in Alpharetta.

Lots of great trails in here and much more than 6mi. Spent about 1.5hrs yesterday and rode approx 10 miles, none more than once! 15-20 miles worth of trails in here. All great singletrack with lots of changing terrain. Climbs, downhills, snake-runs, drops, jumps, hops, log gardens, rock gardens, etc., you name it, Mansell trails has got it!

Similar Trail: Area needing more attention: Milton Woods! Slightly west of 400, north of Old Milton, south of Academy. Area split by small power line easement. Some minor improvements on the west side with lots of potential on either side. Go and ride, cut new trails or

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: The Mansell, a.k.a. Wooten , a.k.a., Big Creek Trails are still open for biking. The Mansell access is closed. DO NOT GO TO THE OFFICE PARK ON MANSELL ROAD. DO NOT GO TO THE SCHOOL ON WOOTEN RD. There is a parking access agreement with Cub Foods off of Old Alabama Road. Take the Holcom Bridge Road exit off of Ga 400 . Go East to Light at Old Alabama Road. Either turn Left on Old Alabama. Go to Next Light and turn Right. Cub Foods will be on the Right. OR From Holcom Bridge Road continue east thru the Old Alabama traffic light and turn left into Cub Foods.



Park at the way back of the Cub Foods P-lot. On bike, go back up hill to light at Old Alabama, Please cross OLd Alabama Road at the light (Very Dangerous suburban drivers that have been stuck in trafrfic for over an hour are jsut now hitting open road fly down this road). Proceed to the right down Old Alabama a little way to the power line. Enter the trails on the power line road. Ride the P-line until you spot one of the many side trails to the right and you are in. PLEASE DO NOT Park at the office buildings across from the p-line cut either. Also you can park at Cycle Works and ride in from there.



FYI, the Mansell entrance was privately owned and shut down by the owner.

Park in the back of the lot

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jeff on December 31, 1969
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Review: The guy at Roswell Bikes said these trails were closed but I was there yesterday (August 18, 1999) and I didn't see any signs or anything. Anyway, these trails have some good downhills and alot of washed out technical sections. A pretty good trail, and convenient to my house.

Similar Trail: Sope Creek

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: I recently rode this trail for the first time and was impressed by some of the very fun jumps that are out there. This fun but short ride has some great drop offs and cool switch backs. There is also a great rock drop off that will test your skill. There are a lot of options for making the ride longer. Thanks to the guys that built the cool jumps and stuff. Mansell is close to the North Point Mall and very convenient to the Atlanta area.

Similar Trail: Yellow River

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: The trail is located in the woodside business park . You would never guess it's located where it is . It's the first parking lot off to the right ..Walk up to the woods and look for bike tracks . As a beginner I found this a little too tough but I am looking forward to improving to the point that I can handle this . I only made it a little past the creek bed so what lies past that I do not know . Some of the trails are blocked do to the ice storm bending branches down . If you have been at this a while I think you will enjoy this trail . Steep , for me , downhills . Great uphill slopes a few roots here and there . Ride through a creek bed small jumps . I'd wear long pants if I were you .

Similar Trail: Yellow River

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: i go to these trails a lot and i love them. there's a bunch of downhill if you know where to go, and a bunch of tight jumps to test your skill. there is also a lot of trails to take to actually make this a pretty descent ride. and i wanna shout out to the guys who built the jumps. you're awesome. see you out there.

Similar Trail: Sope Creek

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