October 30, 2010
Just rode Trail 301, which is the main loop. It is 14.2 miles, I had to cut it short at checkpoint 4 and hike up the switch back section trail 302 back to the central bike parking lot/area.
This trail is one of my favorites in Georgia, its wide I grant, but why I like this trail is the legacy it has in it. The old double track are logging / gold mining roads from the 20's. There are old abandoned mines litters all over the place, and while it sounds putrid, there is old machinery littered all over, such as an old desiel hand crank engine, an old donkey track belt driven engine for pulling mine cars. It really is cool.
Like the Goos said, bring your lungs and a lunch, its nice to eat lunch by one of the three massive overlook sections.
The main downhill section if you are going clockwise runs down a powerline row and it is awesome, technical and scary at sections.
Updatefor Parking Fees are now $5
Trail permit is $2.
Worth twice as much :)* Review edited 10/30/2010