Yellow River

   
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10
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
6
avg mph
316
ridden
165
wishlist
1:12
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
3.55 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on December 31, 2002
 
This trail is well maintained by Gwinett County Parks and Rec. Mountian bikers and equestrians cross paths in a few places but the trails are seperate. Please respect the privillege we all share in using this trail. The "River" loop starts with an easy winding single track then runs along the river before begining to climb. The trail gets somewhat technical at this point with several short climbs and descents before returning to the easier flat single track sections. The "Creek" loop is much more difficult and technical. You cross Juhan Rd. and begin to climb the first of two difficult, long climbs. This is rewarded by a fantastic descent with several 2'-4' drop-offs in rapid succession. You end up at the creek, follow it for a senic while before heading up again, then down a straight fast single track with three big drops the last of which you should survey before you try. A fast single track with some short climbs,descents and a couple of stream crossings leads you back to the base of the first climb or your return to the easier "river" loop, Juhan Rd or your car.

Night riding at specific times, with approved leaders only.
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sandy_55 on July 7, 2014
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Review: This is a really cool trail. The only downside is that it can be confusing, some of the signs posted are wrong or sometimes there's no signs at all. Also, there's horse feces all over.

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DA799 on June 28, 2014
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Review: I've only ridden here once and found it very confusing. Before you know it you're either back where you started or on a horse trail.

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Kavinator on June 22, 2014
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Review: This review is directed at more technical riders or endurance folk. This trail is boring and confusing and to get any distance in you get dizzy. There are trails/signs everywhere and non-marked trails that throw you off course causing you to end up right back where you started in about a mile. For beginners it would be a good course but due to no direction would say be cautious for people come down the trail and do not yield properly. This could be a decent trail system if they had dedicated directional loops with signs. Also, the easier side is packed with hikers.

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Seth Teegarden on June 16, 2014
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Review: Being my first trail experience I loved it. The trails had lots of markings in some areas but none in others where there should have been. I ended up missing the last fun part of the creek side because of poor markings. Overall it was great fun other than the trail being a little slick and not being able to fly as I wanted to.

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rbrownlo on June 2, 2014
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Review: Good local trail. Worth a stopover if you're close by. Not up to other ATL trails like Blankets and Sope.

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mtbrJosh on April 27, 2014
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Review: This is an okay trail. It has few features and navigation can be confusing the first time you ride it. There are two sides to this trail. The river side to the east and the creek side to the west. The river side is mostly double track and has some washed out sections. The creek side is single track with more, although still few, features and more elevation change. Oh yeah, there is also one mud puddle that pretty much never dries up. After you ride it a few times you will find the "hidden" fun spots. In the end this is a decent trail if you are nearby, but I wouldn't bother if you aren't close.

Also please vote for this trail for the bell built grant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbVt3szgYkk&feature=youtu.be
http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt/

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hoppingbird on December 21, 2013
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Review: Great trail to explore on - This trail was reconfigured several years ago and due to the multi-use nature of the project the biking trails were homogenized. However there are still plenty of the old trails out there and some good loops can be strung together without overlap if you know them well enough. The authorities tried at one point to denote the "non sanctioned" trails with white circle "no trail" markings. these are the trails with the most character.

Similar Trail: Tribble Mill

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Theejuicer on December 17, 2013
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Review: Not well marked. Just a trail not bad not good.

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LucindaInGA on November 16, 2013
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Review: This is a great trail if you live in the east part of Atlanta and want to get out. The riverside area is excellent for beginners. The creekside area isn't terribly difficult unless you find the "secret" trails that aren't marked but are still ridden by the locals. Those trails are a little more challenging. The creekside has a few climbs, but nothing too strenuous.

As others have mentioned, the trail system is confusing, so allow yourself time for getting lost. Fortunately, this is a compact area and you're never too far from a parking lot or the road.

Facilities here are nice and the trails aren't too crowded.

I like this place more as I get to know it better. It's not somewhere I'd drive hours to get to, but it's a good spot for the locals.

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msc522 on November 10, 2013
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Review: I agree with what a lot of the reviews say about getting turned around here but on my second visit it seemed much more straight forward. The river loop is fun but nothing too crazy. The creek side trails are a lot of fun, some good climbs and downhill sections. I think there are still some areas I've missed so will definitely be back soon.

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afreeze on September 5, 2013
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Review: I have ridden this trail once before about 6 months ago before this last outting and the trail condition had changed since. Iam a beginner so take this review from that view point. The trail on the river side had a lot of loose rock, ruts slippery.it did not seem to be in this condition before. More fallen trees across path.

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KleinGuy on June 19, 2013
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Review: Really hard to navigate the last time I was out there. Nothing real technical or anything. I rode here way back in the day (had to be late 90s or early 2000s) and it seemed a lot more fun then. They've made it nice with the parking lots and everything, but wasn't too excited about the trail.

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nohyphens on April 27, 2013
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Review: Rode trail back in May 2012, so may not be accurate review. Remember riding this trail in the late 90s and early 00s, when it seemed to have a little bit more character. Manufactured jumps, technical sections and one payoff drop at the end. However, that is not the case anymore. Trails are horribly marked, area has been overrun by horses and hikers. no jumps, no payoffs. nothing really fun here. My rating is a 2.5 out of 5, but I chose 2 because my interest in this trail is closer to that. Not worth the trip unless you live close by. Nice view of river when riding alongside. I guess it could be entertaining if you are looking more for a ride in the woods than adrenaline.

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Copper_Plate on April 2, 2013
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Review: I rode this trail back in November 2012. I had a really good time, and would recommend it to others who happen to be in the area. And like others have said, it could use a bit more signage once you are on the trail.
I have more details and some pictures about this trail on my blog, design-mix.net

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hocky42 on February 14, 2013
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Review: Wasn't a bad trail but the lack of signage made it hard to follow the trails. Being new to the trails it was easy to get lost a few times. Wasn't difficult at all with minimal climbs.

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hocky42 on February 7, 2013
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Review: The trails were marked at the trail heads but once on the trail there are no markings letting you know which trail to stay on. There are little blue squares painted on some of the trees when you are on the bike trail. Needs more directions for the trails. Ended up on the horse trail a few times.

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HiFi1981 on December 1, 2012
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Review: Smooth and fun! Lots of fast sections with one technical downhill. If your close its worthwhile. Good flow!

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Guest on September 25, 2012
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Review: Great trail for those who just want to ride regardless of directions. Every time I've ridden I've found a new and different section that was either blocked off or covered in leaves or whatnot. If you here just look on the sides of the main trails and you're sure to find some sweet singletrack.

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iRieEYED on August 25, 2012
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Review: Lots of fun trails here. Although it was a little wet we still had fun. Some of the climbs were more difficult than normal thanks to the wetness but we were rewarded with some fun drops. I found the better sections to ride were near the Equestrian parking area. Overall a fun trail and great for newcomers and veterans alike

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ZMAN13 on July 25, 2012
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Review: I have ridden this trail about 10 times, I really enjoy it. It gets better the more you ride it, and there are many many different ways to ride it. Only one really tough part, which is a series of steep drops in succession, which is only accessed by the horseback trail on the creek side. There is one other difficult dropoff/horseshoe that is also off of the creekside trails, or you can skip to it from the road. Some of the advanced trails are getting too overgrown now, unfortunately. I definately recomend these trails, just takes some getting used to which route you want to take.

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scottohandy on July 25, 2012
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Review: The trails are well maintained, but not very well marked. I ended up crossing the same points, riding the same sections. It was still very enjoyable and somewhat challenging. It seems like the type of place that gets better the more times you ride it.

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StreakMTB on July 10, 2012
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Review: Nice trails, but in need of some updated signage, so be mentally prepared to stop a few times to study the signs. Note that the park is currently going through a process of improving the trail experience, including signage. The Riverside trail is pleasant to ride along next to the river; the Creekside trail is more challenging. Both are very heavily networked, which is somewhat frustrating, but you can't get very lost as the trails are contained within a relatively small area.

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gwomack on May 26, 2012
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Review: I'm a newbie so I didn't give it a 5 but I loved this trail. As the other reviews state the riverside is not marked well. However I was lucky enough to tag along with a local whose ridden it since the mid '90's and he followed a bunch of trials that I could harldy see. It was awesome. Great workout and I got my heart rate way high. I would recommend going with a local for your first time out. If not then I would recommend staying off the main trails and just jump on the smaller tracks. Lots of variety. The riverside can be a nice warm up if you stay low along the river or stay on the main trail. Then you can start busting up and down the small tracks...and there are a lot of them. The creek loop is well marked. Didnt get much time on it but the guy I rode with says it is blast. Hope to go back soon and ride it. I just can't believe how good of a trail this is so close to a major metro area. 6 miles from my sisters house. I'll be riding it everytime i visit!!!

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kbraunphoto on April 13, 2012
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Review: I took my girlfriend to this trail ( a few months ago) as she was a beginner cyclist. I come from training on at Horse Park trail every day for years (so I'm a bit biased): Neither of us enjoyed this trail. So wide I couldn't consider it DT it was wide enough for my Tacoma to go driving through, the signs were so confusing that we had to stop at every single intersection to figure out where to go, and that just ruined it for us. Some small climbs and decent speed, but nothing technical at all for me or special for her. People walking and running made the flow of the trail bad as well. It was maintained and the restrooms were a nice addition, but overall we decided to never go back. Good for beginners and folks who just want to pedal.

Similar Trail: a stationary bike, honestly.

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kingkenn45 on March 25, 2012
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Review: This trail is a lot of fun now that I'm familiar with it. Creekside is made up of a maze of trails several of them meet at the highest point. Just choose a trail and bomb down. The trail with the successive dropoffs is a must.

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Thursday on February 3, 2012
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Review: This is a fairly easy non technical trail. It's really as hard as you want to make it. Just go faster. There's a good playground and paved trail for the family. I use this trail for cyclocross conditioning in the fall.

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mottaboo on January 8, 2012
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Review: Good trail for cardio. For the most part this trail is not too technical. There are a couple of surprises on the side trails. Its not uncommon to see deer on the ride

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eljeffe on December 14, 2011
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Review: Rode the creekside trail today. Not well marked, but if you can get to the downhill with the successive dropoffs, you will want to ride it over and over. The ride back to the top is a great cardio and not very technical.

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Znc on November 27, 2011
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Review: This is a fun ride. It is not marked so well, but it's not like you can get permanently lost. You can find some more technical trails inside the main loops. I find new surprises every time I go back.

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Onefatbug on November 26, 2011
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Review: Very fun ride, you can find a lot of climbs and downhills, the Technical stuff is hidden but there.

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colpotatos on October 14, 2011
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Review: I think it's worth mentioning that there are 3 entrances to this from juhan, all 3 in a row. When i came accross the first one, the gate was locked and I was like, "awww helllll no," but you drive a little further and you'll see another parking lot, and then another after that. I think the 3rd one was the "official" bike parking lot because it had a map and an introductory launch trail that gives you that strong sense you're at the right place. I'm an intermediate rider and found this fun, zippy and brisk. The highlight for me is this INCREDIBLE downhill run that goes on forever (you of course earn it by lots of uphill). At the end of that incredible downhill is this nice flat patch of granite on the yellow river (and I see one member uploaded the boulder there), and you walk out to the river to soak up all the nature and beauty, and then you notice some f*&#@r built a PINK McMansion right on the site. And the moment is soiled.

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herbhenry2222 on October 3, 2011
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Review: My favorite Gwinnett county MTB trail, and there is one on every corner here. Creekside trails are better rides, Riverside, of course, has the river to view. Downhills on the creekside are near endless. Bridges are slick as owlshit. Approach with extreme caution.

Similar Trail: Tribble Mill

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alyanne on September 4, 2011
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Review: I checked this out after work one day, hoping for some thrills. I saw 2 deer-that got my heart pounding. 1/2 of the trails (near the river) had no grade and were full of thick, slow sand. It was peaceful if anything. I could see myself coming back in fall to relax and enjoy the leaves. Great place for beginners to get comfortable with their bikes. I passed a family with small kids. The interior loops satisfied my hunt for a challenge. Easy climbs, little to no obstacles. Good for me to get more comfortable with speed and curves. Earlier reviewers are absolutely correct, WAY too many spur trails/loops. can be difficult to know which fork to take. often found myself on a horse trail (blazed in red and full of shit) if I didn't pay close attention. I think white trails are meant to be 'closed' but had the most extreme drops-if you are looking for that.

Similar Trail: Slope Creek

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flamingotter on August 13, 2011
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Review: Had an interesting time here. I got to the trail late on friday night, and parked in the gravel parking area across from the paved lot. I saw nothing posted on the way in that said no camping. Well I found out from 5 different cops that there is indeed no camping. However, they all let me stay in the end. I didn't get much sleep because of all the separate patrols. I was woke at about 7am for the last time, packed up and hit the trail. I started with the creek side trail and stuck to the blue blazed tracks. I wasn't really impressed with the trail, was a good workout. I did get on one of the older white blazed trails and had a really nice downhill bomb on the way back. I think this is where the excitement lies. However the white tracks weave in and out like crazy. Couldn't really tell which was coming or going. Probably need to hook up with a local if I go back.

Similar Trail: Bartram Trail

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squire366 on August 3, 2011
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Review: I've been to the Creekside loop for the last couple of weekends and I must say I like it much better than the Riverside loop. Creekside is not as difficult as some make it out to be but then again I have yet to find "The Drop Zone" with the 2'-4' drops. Those must be located somewhere on the old "White" trails. All in all I love Yellow River Trails and if you follow the signs on posts and the markers painted on trees you'll be fine.

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Smathews on June 19, 2011
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Review: This was the first MTB trip with a group , being new to the sport. We rode for 1.5 hours and had a blast . Nice bumpy down hills with lots of roots a few tight single track sections , perfect for my first time out , nice uphill climbs , nothing too insane. a great workout ,and a chance to find my feet on a bike again.

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gouldtr on June 5, 2011
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Review: MTB being pretty brand new to me (this was my 4th trip), I thought this area was great. While there's probably some more technical terrain that I missed, there seemed to be plenty of variety and its easy to link sections together. Felt like I knew the place well after 20 minutes, but was good for 1.5 hours of fun riding.

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dallan1 on May 31, 2011
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Review: So many trails.... rode out here for the first time a few days ago, noticed the theme in all the reviews - boy are they confusing! Stopped several times at maps, but it still took me awhile to find the "good" stuff. Still not sure if I might have missed alot, there didn't really seem to be that much going on, a few cool longer downhill runs, but nothing steep/technical really. Rolled around for a few hours before I got bored, probably won't be back.

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dennisj on May 22, 2011
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Review: This was my first time going to Yellow River so I was pumped! I was very impressed with the way the track is maintained. My one and only rant is the lack of direction????? I rode the creek side, and actually ended up riding all kinds of trails! I think if it was laid out in one direction like the Horse Park or even Yargo, this place would be AWESOME!!! Maybe I need to hook up with some folks that ride there often so I can get an idea of how it flows!!

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steve.camarillo on May 19, 2011
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Review: great trail for someone who is used to ridding the flat, rooted trails around Charleston SC. Had a great time and enjoyed the climbs and downhills... the horse trails were nice to ride too

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MotherGoose on May 15, 2011
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Review: Terrible signage. I know I rode around in circles about 5 times, literally and I only found a few technical sections. I know other people found there way but after an hour I gave up.

Similar Trail: Chicopee Dauset

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jkey6 on May 13, 2011
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Review: Nice trail, very well-maintained and accessible with a parking lot built just for the bikers (gasp). The creek side trail is much more demanding than the river side trail because of its long climbs. But as always, what goes up must come down so the long climbs are worth the long stretch of downhill. If you're looking for fun, go on the creek trail. If you're just endurance training and/or beginner you might be interested in the river trail. The only gripe I have about this place is that it is difficult to navigate without a map. Be sure to study the map at the trailhead to avoid frustration.

Similar Trail: Big Creek

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squire366 on February 14, 2011
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Review: YELLOW RIVER IS OPEN!!!! I rode the "River Side" trail on 02/13/11 with my two Sons and we had a blast. Nice climbs and decents. My MAJOR issue with this trail system is that is is very confusing to navigate. There are several trail crossings and even with a map in hand you can get lost or turned around. The trails are marked but they could be marked a little better. There were several riders and walkers on the trails and even though the trails are marked for Bikes, Walkers and Equestrian people jsut seemed to walk or ride where they wanted to which was fine. I really like this trail system and it will probably be my main riding spot.

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Gike on December 1, 2010
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Review: two seperate trails in one park! This is a must do when riding trails around the Atlanta area. All reviews I've read on this forum are pretty accurate. Just a fun place to ride. Get away from it all. Be alone (for the most part)

Similar Trail: Panola Mt.

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sbmu22 on September 18, 2010
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Review: I have only ridden it once but saw a ton of scenery and hardly any other riders. The Creek Side trail sure does make you work, I know now to hit it first and then River Trail to finish.

Similar Trail: Tribble Mill

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SLOWGATOR00 on May 24, 2010
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Review: Well-marked singletrack on the River side with winding/criss-crossing singletrack over on the Creek side. Easy to find yourself going back over trail you've ridden on the Creek side (sometimes in an obvious wrong flow direction). The renegade cut-offs in the Creek trail make this trail worth the ride from anywhere around the Atl. area!! Great Bike-Only trail system with crossing equestrian trails (bikers have their own parking area too - only car in lot when I went!!)

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Slee_Stack on May 5, 2010
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Review: I've ridden Yellow River twice on the weekend and both times there were only 5 or fewer other riders on the trails. The bike parking lot had only a handful of vehicles. Trails were in decent shape and there is a good mix of flat and steep, and narrow and wide sections. Nothing is too technical so riders looking to be challenged may only have lap times to chase...if they can manage to make the same lap twice. The biggest negative is that there are so many trail crossings that its easy to get turned around. Yellow River is a very nice alternative for Atlanta riders that get OD'd on trail congestion at Blankets Creek.

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Guest on November 12, 2009
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Review: I rode Yellow River this past Saturday. Both the Riverside and Creekside trails were open. Some of the trails on the riverside have been cleared but a lot of the singletrack nearest to the river aren't accessible. Over all the park looks good, just needs more riders to smooth it out.

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peanutpuckett on October 27, 2009
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Review: This trail was okay, wish it was longer. Best side is across the street from the bike parking lot. It was a good way to spend my time while my son was skateboarding 5 min down the road at Deshong

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mongolianstomper on October 27, 2009
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Review: Current status is, Creekside is open, Riverside (which sustained the most flooding) is closed. Park in the horse trailer parking lot to ride Creekside.

Similar Trail: Dauset Trails Big Creek

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Guest on September 30, 2009
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Review: These trails as well as the entire park is currently closed as a result of the floods.

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JSurratt on August 27, 2009
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Review: This trail was ok......by saying the trail was not very well marked. Horseback riding, hiking, mtb trails overlap and no real defined markings for mountain biking.......could have better markings especially for knowing where your at on the trail.....I don't like getting lost and ride in circles....not a flowing trail to speak of.

Similar Trail: I would recommend that you travel to Blankets Creek....much better flowing trail.

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j._r._eaton on June 22, 2009
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Review: Pressently the county is looking at closing some of the river side trails next to the river they plan on visiting the trails in July according to D. Presten and he leads a ride 6pm monday weather permitting he can help with the details.

Similar Trail: Chicopee, Ft Yargo,

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flamdrag8 on May 26, 2009
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Review: I have heard alot of hype about this trail in past years and I was really excited to hit this one up, however I thought it was just ok. The trail is poorly marked and easy to ride in circles. Though close to the river, you feel like you are too close to civilation with the main rd though the middle of the trail. They also paved/graveled a portion in the middle. The forks in the trail made for alot of stopping to find which way to go. This trail is ok, but not worth the hype.

* Review edited 5/26/2009

Similar Trail: Go to blankets creek, a much better ride.

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j._r._eaton on April 25, 2009
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Review: The county parks and recreation under the direction of Mike Beaudreau board of commissioners district 3 are planning to close the mountain bike trails at Yellow park paid with your SPLOST dollars and the labor from area mountain bikers to build the bike hiking and horse trails. His email address is Mike.Beaudreau@gwinnettcounty.com let him know what you think. He is an avid runner and has already closed large portions of Tribble Mill for paved running tracks.

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kbrown46 on April 11, 2009
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Review: I think people bash this trail because they have not found the good parts. There are some really fun and fast descents with lots of drops. Basically if you ride to the highest elevation on the creek side (on the right when driving down Juhan Rd) and keep your eyes peeled for white spray painted circles you will find these gems. They are technically closed, but ridin often so they are still obvious.

* Review edited 4/11/2009

Similar Trail: big creek

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zsnau734 on March 13, 2009
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Review: So so trail. The trails themselves seem to be in good condition and are fairly fun to ride; however, even with the provided maps and signage - constantly didn't understand what trails we were on. There is much, much better riding in the Atlanta Area - don't drive very long for this one.

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ckdake on November 2, 2008
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Review: This is the trail I learned to mountain bike on years ago and was a favorite, but all the construction and changes really messed it up. Trails were bulldozed and paved or covered with gravel, and the best mountain bike trails became horse trails. It had been ~3 years since my last trip to Yellow River and I gave it one last chance this morning which will probably be my last time there. The "new" trails are great for beginners, but the only parts of the great trails require going on trails marked as horses only or going on trails that are marked as closed, and all of them are interrupted by horse poo, fallen trees, and encroaching development. Much of the sinage is pretty nice and it needs to be because the old trails, horse trails, walking trails, and bike trails intersect a _lot_, and it gets pretty confusing because there doesn't seem to be a "recommended" bike route through it all. You can get about 7 miles out of this without riding on the same trails twice, and it really would be great for beginners, but I'll stick to other places. It was nice knowing Yellow River years ago, and it won't be forgotten!

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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RunandBike0519 on August 11, 2008
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Review: Yellow River is a nice ride but make sure you stick to the creek side of the trail these would be the trails to your right when entering the park. The signage is week in some places so be prepared to double back a few times.

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Bellboy2911 on June 10, 2008
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Review: I went to this trail this past weekend, and was extremely disappointed. There is good signage yes. However, the signs are SO confusing, you can not navigate worth anything. There was not much adventure to this trail whatsoever. And not to mention it was extremely short. I think for the expectation this site gave me for this trail... it was TOTALLY not worth it.

Similar Trail: a sidewalk.

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trent34 on March 22, 2008
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Review: ok this trail is no longer 2 seperate loops i just went out there for the first tie in 6 years (just moved back to atl) and it was not good at all. The county has bulldosed every thing put huge parking lots in gravel and paved trails and all of the mtb trails have been widened by a bob cat. Granted it is fast at points but its just not the same as it was. it used to be a great trail and now it is confusing with all of the intersections and interweaving loops for hikers horses and bikers. dont bother driving all the way out here unless you live close plus its NOT TECHNICAL AT ALL. Screw gwinett county they really 'f'd up here.

Similar Trail: i wouldnt recomend this to any one but beginners that live close by

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Brannam on February 2, 2008
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Review: Well maintained trails, great for a fast paced ride and getting some miles onthe legs.

Similar Trail: The Beach

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j._r._eaton on January 20, 2008
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Review: GATR has been opening some of the old river side trails with the county's blessing and closing some of the eroded stuff.

* Review edited 3/29/2009

Similar Trail: Chickopee, Fort Yargo, Blankets

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jeff on November 29, 2007
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Review: Great trail system near the east side of town. Well maintained, great signage, adequate parking - what more can you ask for?

Similar Trail: Trails at the Beach (though TATB is not as well maintained)

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Hyper on May 15, 2007
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Review: They re-did both sides of the park. The right side is for beginners, the right is slightly advanced. All of the trail is well marked. If you want to be adventurous, and if no one is looking, go through the orange trails (ones covered in horse poo) and white ones (the old trails) for a little bit of adventure. If you keep mixing it up you'll never get bored.

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harohomeboy on February 8, 2007
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Review: The trails here were recently remade and they are faster than ever. The people who made this park really know what they are doing. There is a great parking lot just for mountian bikers with bathroons, changing rooms, and a bike wash!! The best trails are across the street from the creek side. If you can you really need to go ride here. It's awesome.

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singleblade1 on January 20, 2007
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Review: I went back for a second trip. The first trip was cut short due to a high speed turn and a tree jumping in the way!? These are some pretty cool trails, on the Creekside, with good flow. You can get a good groove going. There is one section that has alot of trails criss-crossing and you can just keep looping going left or right each time around. Some free riders are adding jumps and log rides off to the side of the main trail. I can see how it would be dangerous on a busy day, but when I went, it only had maybe 6-8 people. I rate this a great ride.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek or Georgia International Horse park

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ATLChris on November 26, 2006
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Review: Great trail in good shape. The trail offers some technical parts on a side away from the river, and makes ofr a nice trail/nature ride on the river side. Overall, no that long, and not that difficult, but definatly enjoyable. Make a whole day out of it and explore all the side trails and horse trails.

* Review edited 3/2/2008

Similar Trail: Dauset Trails (Jackson, GA)

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mscaldas on October 5, 2006
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Review: Great set of trails to ride!!! I got to admit: 80% of the time I was lost not knowing where I was, but it wasn't a problem, since it seems that all road eventually lead you somewhere. It has good signage, but it's some many trail intersections that it is hard to keep track of where you are. Specially on your first time there. And I believe, part of the multi-use trail on the general parking lot was closed. I agree with loadedcarp... the creekside trails are much more fun. I had some trouble finding the yellow, green and red trails on the North side of the park (left on the map). But once there, it was worth the search. They are very short, but offer a fast track to go around! A quick note: I don't agree with the label awesome downhill - unless I couldn't find that part of the trail which is very well possible. another interesting thing will be to regulate some direction on the trails. they are all single track and don't have daily directions, which was ok for yesterday since the trails were empty. but on a Sat or more crowded days, I believe it can become a problem and even a danger!

Similar Trail: Blankets creek

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Rebus on September 26, 2006
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Review: Creekside trail has a lot of steady low-grade climbing and some fairly long descents, at least they are long for Georgia. The climbing doesn't kill you and the downhills are very fun and sweepy. The trail overall has excellent flow and you can easily get into a good rhythm. It is, however, a pretty easy trail with minimal technical. The Riverside trail is not a good riding trail. It's a doubletrack and is nothing like the Creekside. It would be best just to do multiple laps of Creekside and avoid Riverside altogether. The signage at the park could use a little help. It is easy to get turned around and a bit lost if you've never been there before. But overall, this was a very fun trail and I had a good time and it didn't kill me like Chicopee tried to. ;)

Similar Trail: Dauset, Ft Yargo

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ATLChris on August 25, 2006
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Review: Yellow River is a great ride. It is abit on the easy side, but that just means you can go further. It has some beautiful scenery, well maintained parking lots, bathrooms, and changing rooms. I wont say it was totally easy, but it was not challenging.

Similar Trail: Blanket Creek, Dauset Trails

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tlanta on July 27, 2006
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Review: i went there for the first time since they closed the river side trail and... - first change: the parking lot: brand new and reserved for MTbikers. bathrooms, water fountain, changing cabine. Everythings here to make it a great experience, - 2nd change. the trails. brand new too. maybe not as technical as before but beautiful and fats. only singletracks (wide though) and some parts are pretty entertaining (I love the four switchback section). To make it short, forget about yellow river. Welcome to Yellow river V2.0

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tlanta on July 11, 2006
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Review: I used to like the river side almost as much as the creek side. It was a great warming-up and pretty fun in some places. Does anybody know if it is still open?

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j._r._eaton on May 26, 2006
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Review: Finally road Goliath roller coaster, first climb up 200 ft seems to last forever, then the bottom falls out from under you. Funny things to note, this coasters in the woods and the car sure looks like a mountain bike. Great JOB to Mike Ritter and the great people at GATOR!!!

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rmurph4 on May 26, 2006
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Review: Great set of trails at Yellow River. Would definately recommend the creek side for a better technical ride. The creek side is not "officially" open, but you can find a way back there through the equestrian trails. Be prepared to enjoy a fair bit of ups and downs with an overall enjoyable ride.

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Guest on January 29, 2006
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Review: Creek side is closed until further notice, the river side is open all double track smoothed out the surface, most of the old trail is out of the loop. Heard creek is to be closed for 6 mo. the new river loop has main and side loops about 2.3 miles main loop.

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chazdecker on January 26, 2006
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Review: I've ridden this trail countless times and enjoyed pretty much every trip. The park was redone recently and I haven't been but once since, as I don't care for it as much now that everything is so perfect, but I am sure that suits some people. I enjoy the area, it's pretty easy to find, and a good ride. Can be super crowded and not able to handle the traffic on weekends.

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jbersch on September 25, 2005
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Review: An update on Yellow River >>>>>>>>>>>>> A lot has happened in the last 3 months. The work is far from over. The Parks Dept. will move forward with the Master Plan. Our goal has been to influence that plan as much as possible. To that end a Gwinnett Chapter of SORBA was recently formed called GATR and I am the secretary and to date we have about 60 members. Last night we met with Parks Director Grant Guess who, after much campaigning on our parts, has agreed to the most important aspect of our demands. The county is putting up extra money to hire Mike Riter, who is the official SORBA trail builder, to do the work on the Creek side. I think we will be happy with the final results. Unfortunately, this work will begin in the next 2 to 4 weeks and the Creek Side will be shut down for a while. There is power in numbers. Everyone who cares needs to join SORBA - GATR. - Steve (skonigs@emory.edu)

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Guest on August 10, 2005
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Review: Any one know if the Riverside trails are open yet? August 10, 2005?

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kberryman on June 30, 2005
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Review: good trail but can be VERY confusing at times. Great workout and technical at times also could be maintained a lot better. Enjoyed it and would go back. Recommend going with someone who knows trail because there are many trails that going off of one another.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek

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jbersch on May 8, 2005
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* Review edited 11/28/2006

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GArider2004 on March 7, 2005
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Review: Creek side loop. We followed the blue blazes on the trees for the full ride. There are several (too many) made up trails which shorten the trail and make it easy to get turned around or miss the full experience. Unless you know the area well follow the blue blazes from the junked cars back to the junked cars.

Similar Trail: blankets creek Bull Mountain

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K2K on February 14, 2005
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Review: Bull Dozin Dozin... Baby please don't go. The parking lot is now at the top of a double blind curve/hill... The dozer has created a 6'wide trail out of the lot to the creekside trails. If the dozer keeps going you can kiss the drops and steep downhills bye bye

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Guest on January 6, 2005
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Review: The river side is still under construction, the parking lot was open when I went last weekend to ride the creek side which is in good condition. There is a sign across the street from the parking lot which shows the development plan.

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tenbsmith on November 21, 2004
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Review: I would be truely grateful to anyone who provide a more detailed update on the construciton on the river side of the trails.

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Guest on October 3, 2004
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Review: Contruction Update: River Side is completely closed, but Creek Side is still wide open. It will be at least 6 months before River side is opened. Creek Side remains sweet with many options and a well marked main trail (blue flags). It was practically empty on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago... nice.

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Guest on September 7, 2004
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Review: Last week started some new projects. Left side where parking lot is, is closed. Riding on main road (tarmat) You will find out construction sites, two on left side and one on right side, so far! Some say new subdivisions, some remodeling trails. You still may access back of the trails on left side (where creek is) riding on road first and at top of hill turn left, but lots of fun is gone.

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Guest on August 13, 2004
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Review: My girlfriend and myself took the 2hr drive to Atlanta to ride Yellow River and we were not disappointed. The river side we found to be a fast, but a nice pace ride. This side of the loop I would definitely recommend to intermediate and beginners alike. Seasoned riders would prefer the creek side. It consists of a couple good climbs that are rewarded with fast down hills. This side has many more rocks and roots than the river side which makes it more technical. The climbs are not as bad as some reviews make them out be, as long as your cardio up to par. All in all, the trails are well maintained and a blast to ride. If you just like to have a good time pounding through the woods and enjoying yourself, these trails are well worth the ride.

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hardtailer on June 13, 2004
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Review: Yellow River is great for beginners or if you've a couple of minutes to get out of Atlanta. Crush the riverside for a fast warmup and then cross the street for a small climb. (You'll LOVE the car) Zig and Zag your way back downhill to do it again because the trails are short. It's nice to have some green that embraces bikers close to the city.

Similar Trail: Sope Creek

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bradcollinsrc on May 9, 2004
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Review: i had a great time riding this trail with a freind. we went early sunday moring and there was no one else there. we got kinda lost, but we just rode around untill we found the road and followed that back to the parking lot. the first time around we rode the creek trail (the harder one) but when we got back we were worn out so we just took a leisure ride on the river trail. both trails are in good condition and the creek trail is well marked.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: this is a great trail. go with someone that is familar with the trail and knows where the chalenging stuff is. also, dont go to fast while riding that section next to the creek. one of the guys that i was with was going really fast and made a wrong turn and ended up in it.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: GREAT place to ride (on weekdays), full of kooks on the weekends. Stay on the creek side if you want a good workout. Not the hardest trails in the world, but they are FUN!

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Clean trails without a lot of technical riding. Good climbs and decent downhills. It is a fun course and a good climbing workout. No bike wash facilities and free admission.

Similar Trail: Trails at the Beach, Jonesboro

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: River loop is easier, following the river's floodplain with a few trips up the hill and back down.This loop can be ridden in less than 30 min. by a speed rider. The creek loop travels up and over a med. sized ridge,with circuitous side runs up and down before climbing back over the ridge and returning to the road.This is former farmland and the hills are terraced providing nice dropoffs on the downhills, and technical steep rises on ascents. The creek loop has had new trails added that don't conform to any of the maps. When you reach the fork at the top of the ridge coming back,go straight,instead of left, or you'll miss the kamikaze downhill run that culminates with a couple of jumpable dips. River loop is better for beginers and heavy, power riders, the creek loop is better for lightweight climbers and fearless descenders. Beware of slow riders on the river loop during weekends.

Similar Trail: Lee rd. - Norris Lake trail network (8 min. from Juhan)

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: These trails are my favorite place to ride. The traffic in the area has greatly increased since a few years ago and the first of the trails are well worn as a result. But for us hardcore hammerdogs there are still some places where the family bikers fear to tread. For an excellent ride try crossing the rode to the creek loops the trail will fork, go to the right. The climb will be hard as hell but well worth it. It is a great long downhill with big drops and fast striaght aways. The faint of heart can go to the right at the bottom to get back to the road but the best go left for more. WARNING: try not to get on the horse paths (they are marked) not only are the trails bad but the equestrians don't like it and you stand the chance of flinging horse crap up on yourself.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: This trail presents two very different rides. On the parking lot side, the loopof trails is very fast and windy with some good jumps. Great place to bring a beginning rider without getting bored. Cross the road and do the river loop for two short down hills chocked full of nice little technical dips, drops, and erosion surprises. The trail breaks in several different directions so go back and explore before you count out Yellow river as being too easy. Some of the horse trails present good heart stopping ledges that might send someone front braking to the ground. (yeah, horse trails...sorry but lead a biker to water and I'm gonna drink)



Have a great time. Do Bull Mountain if you want a better workout.

Similar Trail: Soap Creek Trails (at Powers Ferry)near the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Cool trail. This trail is a great trail for beginners and the their is even some more technical stuff too. It stays interesting most of the way also and is very enjoyable.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Groovy downhills! Thigh pumping uphills. A bit frustrating trying to navigate your first time out. Just keep in mind that if there are horse terds all over the place your on the wrong trail.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek, Sope Creek

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: The Creek Loop is a great trail, well marked with blue blazes. Starting and returning at the main parking lot you will get at least a 6 mile singletrack roller coaster like thrill ride. Short cardio uphills, lots of drop-offs, long winding technical downhills. Typically takes me 50 minutes to an hour depending on the heat factor. Very convenient ride, I'm glad that it's here.

Similar Trail: Chicopee Woods, Outer Loop

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