Blankets Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.53 out of 5
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Intermediate
15
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
871
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Updated Description 9/15/13 by mtbgreg1:

Blankets Creek is one of the premiere mountain bike trail systems in the Atlanta Metro Area. While perhaps not technically in the metro area (depends who you ask), this Woodstock trail is close enough to the city to draw a flood of riders up here every day of the week.

Thanks to the popularity, SORBA Woodstock has recently been able to vastly expand the parking area and add new trailhead facilities, such as flush toilets.

As for the trails themselves, Blankets Creek is an excellent example of a stacked-loop trail system. Short, flat, easy trails are accessible right from the parking lot for beginner riders, but keep heading further in and you'll experience intermediate singletrack as well as advanced trails full of rocks, jumps, berms, and some serious exposure.

While Blankets is definitely busy and can get crowded sometimes, the reputation and the popularity has been well-earned. Directional travel (depending on day) helps keep the trails from feeling too congested once you get away from the parking lot, so if you have never ridden at Blankets Creek before, be sure to carve time out of your schedule to do so!

Previous Description:

Several singletrack loops at the edge of Lake Allatoona including the Van Michael, Dwelling, and South loops. Good signage and directional travel by day.
Beginner: 2.0 Miles Total
Intermediate: 4.2 Miles Total
Advanced: 8.1 Miles Total
Expert (Downhill): .25 Miles Total
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: I was at this trail last year and loved it Breyer was a table top bridge that I didn't get a picture of. I live in NY and don't get there too much. Could someone send me a picture of this feature? -Guest

A: I'm heading that way tomorrow morning, I believe. I'll try to find it.

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Q: I was at this trail last year and loved it. There was a table top bridge that I didntnget a picture of. Could someone send me a picture of it? Thanks. -JDMMTB

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System Trails (6)
System Trails (6)
South Loop
Dwelling Loop
Van Michael Trail
Quehl Holler
Mosquito Flats
Mosquito Bite
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Reviews (196)
 

Bunny Hop

February 7, 2016
 
Review: Best place to ride in Atlanta, the Van Michael trail is a blast. I only wish that I lived closer. 1.5 hours to get out there but we'll with it. Do the Van Michaels trail first while you have tons of energy.

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Gramcounter

January 24, 2016
 
Review: A very well maintained trail and there's a lot for everyone to ride from beginners to advance and anything in between. No wonder it's the number one trail in Georgia! =)

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Bunny Hop

January 9, 2016
 
Review: Very well marked and well maintained. Fun and challenging.

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Granny Gear

January 3, 2016
dheslep Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode the three main trails. Overall this place is a great place that is close to the city. The VMT trail has some solid up and down with a few really technical sections. Dwelling is pretty wide for most of the trail with good flow. South loop is my favorite. It has about 4 miles and includes a good mix of roots and rocks. If you ride the 3 main trails, it's about 15 miles. Great job maintaining by SORBA.

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Bunny Hop


October 25, 2015
 
Review: Well maintained, great condition. Can spend all day there. Great park

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Bunny Hop


October 7, 2015
Deedz Bunny Hop  
 
Review: As a beginner, Mosquito Flats was a great ride and Mosquito Bite was the perfect challenge to push myself. I can't wait to go back!

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Granny Gear

October 2, 2015
 
Review: Best trail system this side of the Mississippi!! Been on trails all over the US and this is by far one of the best! Has something for everyone. Glad I live so close to these trails.

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Granny Gear

September 9, 2015
 
Review: The trails offer opportunities for everyone, but since your on a singletrack site, this review is about the intermediate and advanced trails. The trails are well maintained, well laid out and great for cruz'n. The berms on the Van Michael trail are lots of fun even at only a respectable speed. The dwelling trail was enjoyable but it would be nice to have some alternate expert routes/loops that provided some added interest to the 4 miles of intermediate/novice trails. Such loops could offer some airtime options to better prepare those interested in the large jumps on Quehl Holler. Quehl Holler is simply a wick'd cool little downhill.
Finally, there is a parking lot, with real bathrooms, a bike wash and picnic tables.
There is also a "skills area" for practice of some basics.
The local SORBA and ACOE deserve accolades for making this all happen. I am certainly grateful for a great day on the trails . Thank Ya'll .

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Granny Gear

September 8, 2015
mattlax20 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I moved from the area 3 years ago to Raleigh-Durham, NC and have missed this trail system SOOOO BAD! It is world class...something for everyone. I mainly stuck to the Dwelling loop. If you're in the area it's a MUST ride. And the local SORBA is ridiculously well run and funded, so they are constantly updating current trails and creating new ones in the area. Also look up Old Rope Mill Park.

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Gnarly


September 1, 2015
rpmarheine Gnarly  
 
Review: Let me start by saying that this trail system is great. It's Achilles' heel, to me, is it's ranking on single tracks top 100 list. It sits at #6 which might imply that only five trails in the world are better than this one. Well this reviewer says, "au contraire!" There are many many better trails on that list and many more that didn't even make the top 100. I came expecting a "10" and got a "6". A lot like online dating.... But that's a different topic entirely. Now, down to the actual review. The park has very nice facilities including a large parking area, restrooms, picnic shelters, benches along the trail to stop and take a rest or watch bikers fly down the jump line, and even a nice little skills Park area. The trails themselves are a well marked stacked loop system. More advanced trails are all one way, which alternates daily. I'm sure this helps keep the, very popular, trail system from feeling to congested. Trail ratings here are a bit on the easy side, but earn their colors in places. More experienced riders don't want to mis the alternate jump line on Dwelling Loop. It's fun with a few small tables and a couple drops. Quehl Holler is the crown jewel here, a fun flow trail that ends in one of the park's biggest features "The Wall Ride" At only 755 feet long it's over way to quick but the return trail is right there so have at it again! Fit riders can maintain a good flow through these trails. Many will find the constant steep up steep down nature of the trail system a bit tiresome though. In conclusion, if you come expecting a 10 she's going to look like a 6. If you come just looking for a good time she might just look like a 7 or 8. -Rich

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Blankets Creek MTB Trail 4.53 out of 5 based on 196 ratings. 196 user reviews.
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