Big Creek

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.06 out of 5
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Intermediate
6
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
1,060
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Updated description by mtbgreg1, circa 2010:

Detailing one specific route at Big Creek is impossible. I will cover the area in detail below and attempt to include directional information as I do so, but it will be up to you to choose the best route after that. Don't worry, the trail signage is very thorough and will be sufficient to keep you from getting too turned around.

Cross Country Mountain Biking
The 6 or so miles of cross-country oriented singletrack trails of Big Creek are well-maintained, well-marked, and entertaining to ride. The trails are labeled with different colors based on their level of technical difficulty, so its easy to pick the trail that will serve your needs the best.

The black/advanced trails feature plenty of rocks, some log rides and other features, a few stiff climbs, and a couple of drop offs.

Most of the trails are directional, so check the signs and pay attention to what day of the week it is!

Downhill
While the cross-country trails are pretty cool, Big Creek's true claim to Atlanta area fame are its downhill and dirt jump-oriented trails. From what I hear, there is really no other place in Atlanta with this kind of riding, and possibly only 1 other place in the state of Georgia with downhill-specific trails! There are about 5-7 different trails to choose from packed tightly together on a hill side located about a mile down the greenway. There are also a number of rock drops spread throughout the area, with 4 or so on the backside of the upper ridge dropping down towards a maintained park.

I've ridden my All Mountain bike down many of these trails before, and I've heard people say that they really don't live up to true downhill-oriented trails. While that may be true, I know that I definitely don't feel comfortable on a 5" travel bike bike when:
pinning it (that means going completely balls-out high-speed for those not familiar with moto lingo) through the rock gardens containing mini boulders and 3 foot drops after many of the rocks
sending a 3 foot high booter to a super long landing (where you could get as much air as you want)
airing a 15 ft long table top
doing various rock drops ranging from 4ish feet to 7-8 feet
Bearing in mind that these trails are located in Atlanta, I'd say the terrain is pretty freaking sweet!

Dirt Jumps
Big Creek has a dedicated line of high-quality purpose-built dirt jumps that run along the top of the ridge above the other downhill and freeride runs. There are a mix of different size jumps ranging from relatively small to one with a lip that's pushing 6 feet high or more. To the best of my knowledge, there is nowhere else in Atlanta, or even the state of Georgia for that matter, with an area that even comes close to comparing to the near-professional grade of these jumps. While most of the riders I have seen sessiong them have been on dirt-jumping mountain bike frames, I've witnessed a number of BMXers sending it big time as well.

Slalom Course
Located directly in the center of all of the action, the banked slalom-type course seems to be the focal point of all the attention. It is appropriate that all the other trails seem to be built around it, as riders of all different disciplines can navigate the slalom run. For instance, when I was last out at Big Creek, I saw a kid on a rigid single speed 29er rolling down through the berms.

So granted, the big berms and flow are going to be accessible to anyone on almost any bike. To really rail this trail and air out the big table tops, however, you're going to need to be riding something much more aggressive than a rigid SS 29er. A dirt jump bike would be perfect for this kind of work, and a BMX bike or a downhill bike would also function passably, despite being on opposite ends of the bicycle-size spectrum.

Pumptrack
One of the newest additions to Big Creek is a pumptrack with beginner and advanced lines. Come here to get your first taste of rollers and berms, or to rack the speed up and get your flow on!

Night Riding:
Night riding at specific times, with approved leaders only.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

May 30, 2017
 
Review: I love the trails here.

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Bunny Hop


March 18, 2017
 
Review: vuggin rad brah. head straight to the free ride section and get sendy

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Gramcounter


January 10, 2017
 
Review: When you get here, ignore the XC trails and go straight to the freeride section. park in the lower lot and ride the greenway for a mile or so and exit right at the doggy poop station. It is a little gravel entrance. Then ride. The freeride section is seven or eight trails, but I could ride these for hours. If you are just learning to mountain bike, try blankets first (especially for XC). If you ride every weekend and like freeride, this is the place for you. Freeride Trails: Gully: a long trench with some small takeoffs and nice berms. Ride fast in this stuff. Lunch line: A collection of rock gardens and mini drops. Fun and good practice for races. Slalom: Easiest trail, nice berms and two tabletops. Can rail this trail if desired. Hawkeye: Not well maintained at all, kinda raw, but still fun. Honor roll: Tons of berms and a toilet bowl 180 feature Sender row: 3 ft launcher drop to downslope. Get speed and fly!! El schorcho: Old XC trail now a Dh run descend 200 vertical feet in 700 feet of trail. Steep sharp switchbacks. Typhoon: 7ft rock drop and wood bridge gap Drit jumps: 3 lines, fun, more fun, really fun Elevator: Uphill trail, but does have a rock drop if you go the other way. Not sure if It's allowed though. Wear a helmet, hands of the brakes, and have fun!

Similar Trail: Whipper snapper at Altoona creek

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Granny Gear

November 14, 2016
Trban Granny Gear  
 
Review: This is a fantastic trail. I live extremely close to the trail, just as it is extremely close to my heart. Some of the greatest memories with my father were here, when he and I would could out here during the off season back when I used to race BMX and ride almost weekly. It has progressed a lot since I first started riding here god knows how long ago. At first it was just trails, but now it is something more than that. It has a pump track, multiple downhill routes with jumps and sharp, fast turns, and trails ranging from beginner to expert. No matter the skill level there is a trail for you.

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Gramcounter


August 15, 2016
 
Review: Big Creek has a special place within my heart. This was the first great trail I came to. It was also where I learned to ride downhill trails on my sketchy 29er XC bike. Two years later I can say that I still love the place. The trails are good and well maintained, but not as good as Blanket's Creek. The downhill section is the best though. They are always building and making the runs better. While there is nothing too gnarly in the section, it always provides a great time on my bike.

Similar Trail: Blanket's Creek

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Granny Gear

August 10, 2016
 
Review: To me, this trail was short, confusing, and not much fun. It was challenging in some areas for the wrong reasons: roots, tight switchbacks, and gravel figure prominently. Very few downhills worthy of the name. I rarely gained much speed that I didn't immediately have to shed.

Don't be afraid of the 'expert' sections. They're very similar to the rest, except with steeper uphills. I can't speak to the freeride portion that's off the trail map.

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Granny Gear


January 10, 2017
 
Review: I though the same thing as you when I came here, but that time I only rode the XC trails. Those are bad. The next time I went to the freeride park, and it is very fun. There is a multitude of trails, but probably isn't a good place to learn to jump. For that I recommend blankets, rope, or allatoona. Very fun trails overall. To get to the Dh park follow the green about a mile, and you will see it on your right next to a dog poop bag dispenser.

Similar Trail: Whipper snapper at Altoona creek

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Trailblazer


May 23, 2016
bboehman Trailblazer  
 
Review: Fun little trail, but it was hard to follow and certain times. It is two miles from my sisters so I will be hitting it anytime I visit as I did enjoy the trail a lot. Some decent little climbs made it fun!

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Granny Gear

March 30, 2016
Hamish55 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice flow over the roots & rocks. Nice features on the downhill trails. Singletrack's directions are incorrect. Correct address is: 1805-1809 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell, GA

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Bunny Hop

March 23, 2016
Patgoral Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The front section is fun and fast, but the closer you get to the freeride section the tougher it gets.

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Granny Gear

March 19, 2016
Scott Sale Granny Gear  
 
Review: My first ride on my new 29er! It was a pretty cool ride. Kind of rough, roots and rocks, but overall a fun ride. Not to steep, uphill or downhill.

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Big Creek MTB Trail 4.06 out of 5 based on 122 ratings. 122 user reviews.
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