South Loop

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Intermediate

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6.4
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56
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1:07
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AVERAGE RATING
4.80 out of 5
About This Trail
added by GoldenGoose Singletrack on August 5, 2010
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A 4.2 mile directional loop that is directional based on the day of the week. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are counter clockwise. Listed as advanced in difficulty, the loop is more of a technical challenge than the others in the Blankets Creek system. The aerobic level is moderate but that is all relative to your level of conditioning and the pace you decide to ride. Several rock gardens, a couple log crossings, and a tons of roots await you. While you may encounter hikers on the other trails in the Blankets system, the sign at the South Loop trailhead specifically discourages their use of this trail as it is very tight and could cause injuries.
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Mike Durden on June 2, 2014
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Review: This one is very technical with some rock ledges and very tight sections with a mix of good climbs with some good views of lake Allatoona.

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jkey6 on May 28, 2014
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Review: Definitely the best technical trail in the Atlanta area. Sad to hear that VMT is having issues, hopefully it will open back up soon!

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nohyphens on April 7, 2014
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Review: They've recently closed the rocky, switchback section that's made this trail so famous (see profile picture). It's still a hell of a ride, but about 1 mile has been cut off. Trail now redirects riders through Inner Loop trail instead of outer VMT at end. Still very technical in fun but missing its signature calling.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti Trails, Taylor Randahl

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Guest on September 25, 2012
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Review: Most technical ride close to Atlanta. Good fun if you're in to that sort of thing.

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les_625 on August 18, 2012
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Review: Awesome trail, lots and lots of rocks, which make it a challenge.

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nvrenf on July 4, 2012
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Review: ok... rode again today CW - M/W/F/S... now I understand why it is rated difficult... much more challenging in this direction. Many of the sections I had no trouble with previously were just a nice hike today...

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nvrenf on June 26, 2012
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Review: First time on this trail - enjoyed it. Rode it CC - T/Th/S. There were several sections that I was forced off the bike... but this isnt unusual for me. This trail is in better shape than Dwelling - not as worn & rutted. The climbs were short and not too steep. Trail is rated advanced due to some of the obstacles, but I would call it intermediate. Passed some hikers on this trail... a little close for multi use...

* Review edited 7/4/2012

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cbrsport17 on April 23, 2012
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Review: Great technical trail with a lot of nice scenery. Great ride if you want to feel like you are far away from the city. Almost feels like Canada when it is foggy out.

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Greg Heil on August 22, 2011
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Review: I think this is easily the best trail at Blankets. It offers up great views of the lake, and is much more entertaining with more rocks and roots than the other trails. While it is more technical than the other trails at Blankets, it's still not very difficult, and it does maintain great flow. I highly recommend it!

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millstkd on June 11, 2011
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Review: Very Technical....rocks, roots, and climbs galore. Fun but it will keep you on your toes.

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Guest on November 2, 2010
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Review: I rode this trail this morning as i do almost every week and it is a much better flow starting clockwise. Before i begin, let me just say that 29ers are made for this trail. The beginning starts you off in some real tight pines then a couple of climbs and decents. The middle most flows thru valleys next to the creek bottom. The next section is very technicals with lots and lots of rocks, roots and sometimes deer and the trail switches back. Then, IMO, the best part when your are riding ~100ft up from the lake on a 2ft wide section of trail that forces you to climb large rocks and other obstacles. From there, the trail opens to a clearing and you will know when you get there when you see the Georgia clay. At this point there are three ways to go (only one correct way) so pick the trail in the middle. This takes you thru another section of climbs (not too bad) and decents thru some tight switchbacks. Once you get to the trailhead you have hit the super fast down hill section. It is not marked however it is to the right of the Shute exit. Not the one that says "this way out". It is the little trail to the right of that sign. This takes you down to an open area with a bench that is raised up above the Dwelling Loop trailhead. This loop usually takes me between 30-40 minutes depending on the direction. "RIDE, RINSE, REPEAT"!

Similar Trail: All trails in the Blankets System. Chicoppee Woods. Big Creek. Tanasi.

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South Loop MTB Trail 4.80 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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