South Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.67 out of 5
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Intermediate
4
miles

Singletrack
↑ 500 ft
↓ 600 ft
881
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
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.
added by GoldenGooseSingletrack August 5, 2010
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (13)
 


May 7, 2015
 
Review: A little slice of North Georgia close to the city.

South Loop is the most technical trail at Blankets Creek. Excellent for working on your bike-handling skills.

Some tough, switchback climbs with rocks in them keep you on your toes. A couple of high speed descents, nothing very long of course. Feels much more remote than the rest of the trails there.

You're less likely to run into other riders on South Loop. All around great trail.

Similar Trail: Dwelling Loop / VMT / Blankets Creek, Rope Mill

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November 23, 2014
 
Review: This trail has some very difficult climbs. Half of the loop follows the shoreline of lake Allatoona with moderate elevation changes,but the other half has difficult climbs and descents with some pretty technical rock sections.

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June 2, 2014
 
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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May 28, 2014
 
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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April 7, 2014
 
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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September 25, 2012
 
Review: Most technical ride close to Atlanta. Good fun if you're in to that sort of thing.

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

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July 4, 2012
 
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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June 26, 2012
 
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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April 23, 2012
 
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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South Loop MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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