Harbins Park

   
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11
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,400 ft
5.9
avg mph
136
ridden
57
wishlist
1:34
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.02 out of 5
About This Trail
added by j._r._eaton Granny Gear on March 21, 2009
 
The trail is made up of three main loops, two smaller and one large loop. A very twisty trail but very little hill climbing or decents. Lots of roots, new trail opened 03/21/09, a part of the Gwinnett county park system.

Night riding at specific times, with approved leaders only.
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System Trails (6)
Beginner Loop
Indian Shoals
Lichen Rock
Ridge Run
Advanced Loop
Harbins 3 Hour Race Loop
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Seth Teegarden on June 24, 2014
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Review: Great ride. Did the beginner and intermediate loops, then on my way to the advanced one I wiped out due to the slick conditions; I broke my shifter so I'll be back soon. Very easy to navigate and super well marked.

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rawrpancakes on June 9, 2014
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Review: great trail

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GTechRacer on May 7, 2014
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Review: I love riding this place even though it doesn't have the miles it has the speed. When you get to the back there are some nice areas where I usually like to ride. It's cool that this place is so close to Tribble and Fort Yargo.

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mtbrJosh on April 27, 2014
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Review: This is a fun trail. The trail is easy to navigate with maps posted throughout. It is divided into three sections. The beginner trail is near the paved trail on the West side of the parking lot (if you're facing away from the road). This is double track with a few dips and no features. The intermediate trail is on the East side of the parking lot. This trail is a winding single track with a few optional features (such as log overs and a skinny which is now rotten) and lots of dips. The "advanced" trail is beyond the intermediate trail after a short section of paved trail. This is where it gets fun. It starts with some rocks, a creek crossing, and a rock garden. Then you come to a web of trails with two fun downhill runs with jumps and berms, a granite face, and a fun loop with some large rocks. This is a good trail with a variety of features and good trails for riders of different skill levels.

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ljsantiago on April 26, 2014
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Review: Great trails, easy access and plenty of parking space, restrooms, water, and playground for the kids.

Trails well labeled with proper signs and maps at different locations,

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Fit4Life28 on March 25, 2014
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Review: Trails were nice, flowed well. Not much elevation change so it made for an easy ride.

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LucindaInGA on November 16, 2013
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Review: Rode this for the first time today. This place is great! We explored all the trails. Facilities are nice, especially the bike wash. Signage is good and color trail maps are available at the kiosk. Overall, I'd rate these trails as lower intermediate. Great trails for hardtails and singlespeeds. Lots of nice flow and not too technical. Some good twists and turns, though. The trails to the right of the parking lot are easier. You could just pick your favorite gear and "singlespeed­" through them.

The trails on the other side of the parking lot aren't too difficult either. The more difficult trails are beyond those trails. A few climbs but nothing too strenuous. Nothing too, too technical. The trails, in general, are just nice and flowy.

Trails are well maintained and the place doesn't feel crowded at all.

Overall, this is a fantastic place

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Theejuicer on November 1, 2013
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Review: Little bit of everything. Some downhill some XC some flow. Good trail but could use better signage.

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paulnshawn on August 28, 2013
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Review: Harbins is a really nice place to ride for a liesurely trail ride. It has very nice sweeping curves and gentle ups and downs. There is nothing technical here but the trails are kept in great condition and the scenery is very nice especially at the stream crossing. You can do close to 10 miles on each side of the parking lot. This is a great place for beginners and for family rides. Even though it is not as technical as I like, I find it very enjoyable and the sweeping, smooth terrain allows you to really fly if you want to. The park has nice paved trails and a playground where family members who don't want to do the dirt trails can go while you ride in the woods.

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Slee_Stack on May 22, 2013
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Review: Harbin's caters better to beginner and intermediate riders. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but its not a destination that I choose very often. There are too many more interesting options relatively close by. The newer trails are super wide and super easy. The older trails are fun to ride, but they just don't have enough length. Great place to introduce a newbie to trail riding, and good enough place if you live nearby and hit it up occasionally for variety.

Similar Trail: Ft Yargo

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Parr121 on March 12, 2013
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Review: Trails are well kept. I took a nasty spill in the small water crossing (one off the paved trail with slick rocks). Cut my lower leg on my outer ring. 22 stitches. I vote for some sort of alternative for crossing slick rocks. I have watched many people wipe out crossing there. Needless to say I have installed a bash guard on my bike. Be careful crossing very very tricky!

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duddetts11 on January 22, 2013
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Review: Great system of trails. Right side of parking lot is at beginner level, and a perfect side to introduce newbies to the nuances of mt. biking.... water bar ascents, switchback turns, etc. Opposite side includes water crossings and more options for increased difficulty... Rim Bender, power line climbs, rock descents. This is a truly awesome effort for a county-based park, and with the trail-know-how of SORBA and local trail advocates, a sustainable and awesome destination for mountain biking in the Atlanta area!

Similar Trail: Tribble Mill, Yargo

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davemayo2000 on January 6, 2013
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Review: The smaller section to the right of the parking lot is very beginner friendly, but not great for an experienced rider. It's primarily just flat, twisty turns. The other side is a lot of fun and the reason for my 4 rating. Several connectable loops, a slickrock creek crossing (especially slick in the less crossed areas!), some decent, albeit short climbs and a fun little downhill section with "rim bender". The descent down the big granite slab is too short to really rave about, but it's different and fun. Plenty of miles to be had just crossing through all the available loops again and again. Regularly placed, well done signage helps put together whatever route you want. I'll definitely be back!

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mscaldas on October 5, 2012
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Review: Rode this one yesterday... GPS gave me a total of 16 mi, which is the only thing tuff of this trail, otherwise very easy trails - specially the east side. Overall feels very flat... The parking lot seems to be the highest altitude, making fun on the start, but working all the way back up. Finding the parking lot was interesting on map quest. Use google maps - it's the one that showed me exactly where the park was.

Similar Trail: Yellow River

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dawgfood on October 2, 2012
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Review: I was passing through the area and was pleasantly surprised by the Harbins Park trails. Well marked trailheads, great parking, good signage and maps. Not a lot of evaluation change which is average for the area. Clear, fast corners with several options for different riding styles. I will ride these trails again!

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HiFi1981 on September 7, 2012
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Review: Being from IL this trail reminds me of what the midwest dreamt of. Smooth and fast and lots of twists. Tons of flow and a few small granite sections.

Similar Trail: Palos IL

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HiFi1981 on August 19, 2012
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Review: There are 2 sides to this system. The side with the granite down hill is a blast. Plenty of flow, very little sustained climbing. The trail is very well groomed and can be ridin fast! Way different flavor trail than Chicoppe or Bull mountain. Great signage and a bike wash!

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GoldenGoose on May 16, 2012
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Review: About 16 miles of trail here now that the newest loop, MB5, is open for business. The new loop is much faster and wide open than the rest of the trail on the east side of the parking lot. Nice addition.

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Rynil2000 on April 17, 2012
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Review: Rode here for the first time last weekend after my GPS mislead me last attempt to find the park. It was great! One of my favorite east of Atlanta. Good wooded single track, nothing overly technical, fast, creek crossings, lots of options. Nice parking/facilities with a bike wash. Only complaint is that the map signs posted on the trail have HUGE "you are here" icons that cover up any details around you. Also, it's bi-directional so watch out for oncoming bikers.

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duddetts11 on March 5, 2012
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Review: Incredible trail system. Something here for everyone. Not overly technical, but a fun, fast trail. 2 distinct sides, with very different terrain, and decent amount of mileage on both sides. Well-marked, good workout, definitely recommend this place! Bikers, hikers, and equestrian riders all welcome, each with their own circuit of trails.

Similar Trail: Tribble Mill, Fort Yargo

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Scotteg on February 24, 2012
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Review: Great Single Track with almost too many options.

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Scotteg on February 15, 2012
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Review: So I went to Harbins today and had a blast. The terrain was so soft and was fun getting though the trees. The markers are great and the fact you can have a colored map to guide you. FREE!

Similar Trail: Tribble Mill

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inbody06 on February 12, 2012
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Review: the best part of this trail system is way in the back on the hill. great fun on the rim bender trail and riding down the face of the big granite rock is a blast .the rest is good leading into it too , the new section to the right of parking lot is fun going in but a bummer coming out

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Onefatbug on December 10, 2011
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Review: Nice flow, through the trees with lots of switch backs, the back trails are really fun, some good climbs. gota find the river crossing to the rim bender Well marked trail, best I have seen

* Review edited 12/11/2011

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vendola on November 19, 2011
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Review: I rode this trail for the first time today and found it rather boring. The facilities are nice and all in all, it seems like a nice park to take the family to. The majority of the trails were flat with very little elevation change, just a bunch of zig zags. I did enjoy the trail that has the section labeled "rim bender", it was very fun but short lived. The granite downhill was pretty cool too. Aside from those two spots, I did not enjoy the ride.

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screenrider on August 14, 2011
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Review: First visit to this park. Nothing too difficult but enjoyed the ride. Had the trail to myself late in the day...very relaxing ride. A good place to just hit after work during the week.

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TheActuary on July 30, 2011
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Review: This was my first trip to Harbins Park and I was pleasantly surprised. Nice facilities at trail head, twisty, flowing trails, no killer climbs. I found a few ticks after I got back, so check yourself - or find someone to check. Overall an enjoyable ride.

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BigDawgMike on June 21, 2011
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Review: I used this trail to get myself in shape with a Ten Speed that wasnt technically a mountain bike. Now that i have a Cannondale its is still my favorite trail, the new trails on bike wash side are fun. 1 is as beginner as you can get, and the other one that runs by the graveyard has lots of inclines and good down hills. I finally made up to the Rim Bender that was the nail on the coffin. Im hitting that part every time I go

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m_monahan on March 26, 2011
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Review: I love Harbins park. It is just a few miles from my house, so i am able to go there every week. When Harbins park trails first opened a few years ago, I didn't like it at all because the trails had absolutely no grip and all you were doing was sliding around just trying to stay on your bike. It took about six to eight months for it to pack in really well. This trail has a really good flow to it and something for all skill levels. I also have Tribble Mill right near my house, but I heavily favor Harbins Park over Tribble Mill. Harbins park has also opened a new section of trails on the bathroom side in the past few weeks. I have not been able to try it out, but from what i hear they added around six miles of trail. Also, Harbins has a great playground for the kids of all ages. It is all around a great park. oh yeah, make sure you check out the trails on the other side of the stream past the paved walking trail and over the rock. There is a lot of fun in that section too. Have fun riding, and Hope to see you there!!!

Similar Trail: Fort Yargo, Tribble Mill,

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Gregory757 on January 3, 2011
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Review: I love this place! Fun zig zags through the woods with easy elevation changes. Finished up last night doing laps on the beginners loop til it got dark. Harbins is definitely on my favs list!

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sbmu22 on December 4, 2010
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Review: WOW - my second ride at Harbins was an eye opener....what a blast. It is not super technical but for me that's OK. Rode with some regulars who took me all over. A couple of creek crossings just to get the feet a little wet. Can't wait to go back!!

Similar Trail: Yellow River and Tribble Mill

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BigDawgMike on September 17, 2010
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Review: i absolutely love this trail i cant get enough of. Being a beginner its perfect for me i try to ride it at least once a week. I love the twists, turns and the little part of the paived path that takes you to the hidden trail (as i like to call it). I missed the first time there b/c of the rocks. The creek is great place to chill and relax and soak in Gods majestic beauty. Cant say much about the advanced part only b./c i havent ventured out that far (shut up im out of shape ok).

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bckpack12 on July 28, 2010
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Review: Harbins is a really nice ride but it takes some work to get a good workout. MB1, the trail by itself, is almost perfectly flat and short. Not too inspiring but is a pretty fun cool down ride. Plus, it is perfect for a trailer if you're bringing a little one along. MB2 starts slow with lots of left and right turns that limit your speed. It opens up soon enough and has nice flow. Some of the turns are really sandy and love to grab your front tire. You can pretty much pick a gear and stay in it all the way down to the creek. Crossing the creek onto MB4 is where the excitement is. There are a few different trail options and its easy to mix and match as there are signs at major intersections. Harbins is a great place to bring the family, with facilities, a few miles of paved trails and a playground; makes it easier to get permission from the other half to go for a ride. There really is something for everyone.

* Review edited 7/28/2010

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bikegaucho on July 5, 2010
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Review: definately a fun place to ride, the big loop is more fun and flows better counter clockwise in my opinion. rode there yesterday on the 4th and became part of a search and rescue on the hiking trail. a lady became dehydrated about halfway in so we lent a hand and was able to ride the trail. not sure of the "rules" on riding the hiking trail regularly but it was nice.

Similar Trail: tribble mill

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rcapilli on May 10, 2010
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Review: Any negative comments here are mainly due to the riders NOT finding the proper trails. It's not their fault either. Mainly because the trail is marked as HIKING. The BIKING trail is pretty basic and really not worth riding if you are over the age of 15. When you park your car. Behind the bathrooms you will find a PAVED walking trail. Take a left on that paved trail. about 100 -150 yards down you will see HIKING trails to your right. And you will see entry points. Take those trails. I passed a few hikers and it was totally cool. It's not single track, it's pretty wide with little berms to jump all over the place. Eventually you will come to some flat rock. It's pretty neat to ride on. Some moderate climbs, nothing to steep, but long enough climbs to get your heart rate up. Fast, fun downhills. The trial is VERY well maintained. I think I rode the trail for over an hour. So there is plenty of time to ride and have fun... Just remember to find the HIKING trail to ride. It is well worth it, trust me.

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highneed on May 2, 2010
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Review: I hate dissing any bike trail but this one was just plain unexciting and felt extremely contrived other than the 10 seconds of downhill in the "freeride" area and 2 seconds on a short gneiss slope. There is zero flow to this park, just zigzagging back and forth, I felt like a rabbit trying to avoid a bobcat, only a rabbit can get some speed going.

* Review edited 5/2/2010

Similar Trail: Yellow River, Fort Yargo

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j._r._eaton on April 14, 2010
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Review: Harbins Redux¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. It’s amazing how much difference a year can make. Mr. Steel and the dedicated members of GATR have turned a dull and boring trail into an exciting and great trail rivaling or surpassing anything in the Atlanta area, including Blankets and Chicopee. The Indian loop is killer and when you cross Cedar creek and see the doll head you’ll know your there. The original loops have also been redone. And now have great flow up hill and downhill elements. The average speed is double what it was originally and if you look hard enough you can see the older stuff well mulched and given back to nature as it should be. I was listening to Enya Orinoco Flow when I came back to ride these trails, how fitting.

Similar Trail: Yargo, Chicopee, Blankets

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GoldenGoose on February 20, 2010
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Review: This place is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of trails. I rode all the trails over two days because of time constraints and I'm glad I gave it a second try. The secret to these trails is finding the advanced section. Day 1 was beginner and intermediate loops with day 2 being advanced loop. Boring old Dr. Jekyll: I found the beginner and intermediate loops near the parking lot to be pretty uninspiring. They seemed like little more than repetitive tight turns with a few dips and roots thrown in to keep you from falling asleep at the wheel. Never could get any real momentum up because you were continuously weaving left and right. They layout of the trails seemed forced and didn't feel like a good match for the terrain. It was almost like they purposely wanted to keep the ride at a snails pace. If so, congrats. Crazy Mr Hyde: Luckily I came back for the advanced section and was thoroughly rewarded. The entire layout and feel of the trails changes on the advanced loop with a few decent climbs, rewarding downhills, technical spots, water crossings, slick rock sections, and an optional freeride area. The free ride section is a MUST. Great job GATR!. I must have ridden this loop 4 times today just to keep hitting those high berms and jumps.

Similar Trail: Big Creek

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kstoddart on November 19, 2009
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Review: Rode out there today. Had a fun ride. Lots of long zig zag trails. Very few, if any, hard climbs that I could find. I had a really good time though. Took a pretty good spill as well.

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sntruitt on August 16, 2009
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Review: May very well be my new favorite park. I rode it by myself today and plan to take the CMC MTB Team there this week. I think all will enjoy! more to come....

Similar Trail: blankets Creek, Woodstack, Ga

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willcoop5454 on August 15, 2009
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Review: I love this park. The trails are very clean and well maintained. It is not very crowded and seems to be a secret from the masses.

Similar Trail: Yellow river, Fort Yargo, Tribble Mill

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Mike2009 on August 2, 2009
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Review: These trails are awesome! There are 4 trails currently with plans for a 5th soon (from what I hear) there is a trail for everyone based on your level of experience...I had a blast today and will definitely be back often! Lots of fun and you are never too far away if something was to happen... they also have hiking, equestrian, paved bike trails, and Great kids playgrounds so it is an awesome place to take the entire family (They will have plenty to do so you can ride!) You gotta check out this park!

Similar Trail: Ft Yargo, Chicopee

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mtbgreg1 on July 24, 2009
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Review: trek7k is right on: this trail is a sweet ride! had a great time out there today. the expert loop definitely makes this place... i'm probably heading back soon to just spend some time doing laps the downhill section with all the jumps and berms, that stuff was awesome! and this place is way better than 2.5 stars.

Similar Trail: 441 trails, Heritage park

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jeff on July 21, 2009
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Review: I think the early reviewers either haven't seen the new trails or they're trying to keep Harbins as their "secret stash." :) Miles and miles of trails for all skill levels including an exposed granite downhill, banked turns, jumps, and short steep climbs. The park facilities are top notch, hats off to Gwinnett County and GATR!

* Review edited 7/22/2009

Similar Trail: Chicopee, FATS, Yellow River.

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SAI_Trails on June 29, 2009
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Review: There are four mountain bike sections that are currently open. They have not been officially named as of today, but they are commonly referred to as MB1-MB4. All four sections have been renovated by Steele & Associates Inc. with consultation help by SORBA GATR. The trails are on average 2-3' wide now, but by next spring they will have shrunk down to 18" or so as the new foliage comes in. There is a mix of fantastic scenic views, and some areas that are not so beautiful, but you do have about 11 miles of nice singletrack that makes a great ride. MB1 is good for beginners or just a warm up. MB2 adds a little challenge in there with some dips and small whoops along with some tight turns. MB3 is a long loop that runs downhill on one side, and up the other. It is certainly the most aerobically challenging of the sections. MB4 is the more advanced area with three different downhill lines to choose from, along with 3 1/2 miles of XC trail. It has features for many levels of skill. There is already plans in the future to add another MB5 section that may end of up being as much as 6 additional miles. This trail system is worth another look if you have only been there once. Many things have been changed since the opening!

Similar Trail: It is shaping up to be similar to Tribble Mill and even in some parts a bit like Chicopee.

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j._r._eaton on April 12, 2009
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Review: Some additional info on the trail that I obtained using a Magellan triton 400 and National Geographic TOPO software. The open trail is 4.3 miles long, elevation gain is +206 ft -207 ft the high point on the trail is 981 ft low point 855 ft. Lots of soft loam, and mud. My son said it was boring also.

* Review edited 4/25/2009

Similar Trail: Vastly superior: Blankets Creek, Chicopee Woods, Ft. Yargo State Park.

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j._r._eaton on March 28, 2009
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Review: Rode the trail opening day, sortof boring but the terrain could lend to improvement.

* Review edited 4/25/2009

Similar Trail: In the area you have FT. Yargo State Park a vastly superior trail.

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Harbins Park MTB Trail 4.02 out of 5 based on 47 ratings. 47 user reviews.
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