August 25, 2011
I use this trail, since it's the closest southside trail... Unless you are completely out of shape, or want some cross training, park near the lake and head straight to the red trail, which I would rank more towards the intermediate side only because of the climbs, which number around 5 or 6.(primary and secondary trails with a variety of trail surfaces. (Rock, gravel, sand, dirt, roots, ruts) and a couple of very fast downhills. Since it's doubletrack you can really fly. It maybe doubletrack, but you'd be hard pressed to find better climbing in the metro area.
HORSES... You are in horse country and these trails WERE built for horses and they are allowing mtb, so please work with each other. Many of the horses there are not used to bikes, so my advice is to give way to them. If you go early on the weekends or anytime during the week, you won't run into them, so keep that in mind. Also the sooner you get to the red trail, the less likely you will see anyone or anything period... well except for deer and rabbits. For that reason, I would go to this trail over Sope Creek, any day.* Review edited 11/4/2011
Sope Creek, McIntosh, the Beach at Jonesboro.