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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June 17, 2015
 
Review: The trails themselves are well maintained and fun. Not too much elevation change, but it flows well with rewarding downhills.

Then there's the freeride area, only place like it I've seen in GA. It's not kidding when it says advanced; next time I'll bring a pressure suit. It's incredible fun though.

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May 26, 2015
 
Review: Great for week nights. All different levels. Doesn't get boring

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May 23, 2015
 
Review: What a jem, I stopped off at this trail system on my way back from the Dahlonega area. The freeride section is like a playground, though none of the runs are particularly long the line choice makes up for it. There are features to satisfy most areas of riding skill and the flow is great. Sure there are better spec'd bike parks but the location makes this a big hit for me.

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March 18, 2015
 
Review: Nice trail, well signed, perfect for after work exercise.

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March 9, 2015
 
Review: Beginner Dirt Jumps are off to a good start go check them out.

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October 21, 2014
 
Review: I've been out of the sport for a while waiting for kids to grow up but used to ride here all the time back in the day when I was probably poaching Siri I had some crazy jobs and elevated pass and All kinds of North Shore stuff. It was pretty out of hand I broke a bone out there. Congrats to Rambo for making this site legit and doing all of the work out here. This is some valuable land the fact that we got it for mountain biking hiking is amazing. I used to ride it all the time and there were no signs so I would highly disagree withanyone who says it is poorly marked. But everybody has an opinion on a website. I think it's extremely well marked. Don't know if I've ridden a more well marked path in Georgia to be honest. This has a great beginners loop, and kids love the pump tracks . If you get into a jam you can always cut over to the concrete Greenway. My only disappointment was that my favorite downhillfrom the old days you used to be able to bomb down down is now part of hiking trail. But I understand you have to give something to get something. I think the best way to describe this trail area is there a little something for everybody. You just have to ride it a few times to figure out what's best for you. I would also say try to appreciate the value of this land how much traffic is on this land and how hard Rambo probably has to work to keep that as rideable mountain bike area. This area is not huge, but you can do multiple laps and take different shortcuts to get about any length to ride you want. If you are beginner the beginner area is fine but the beginner loop you would probably want to do at least two laps to get some miles.

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October 3, 2014
 
Review: Overall the whole thing is kind of short so don't expect to get in a long ride however Big Creek is a great skill builder. Lots of rocks, roots, and the downhill section although short will get you ready for bombing some of the stuff you see in N GA. I had lots of fun and will ride it again when I'm in the area.

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September 22, 2014
 
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August 19, 2014
 
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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July 30, 2014
 
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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Big Creek MTB Trail 4.02 out of 5 based on 104 ratings. 104 user reviews.
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