Cochran Mill Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.20 out of 5
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Intermediate
20.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
839
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Trail is mostly single track with some roads. The west trail starts near the back of the bathrooms and crosses a foot bridge at Cedar Branch Creek. Then go R/T and follow the trail till you come to the Field. Stay left on Field until you come to the parking lot for the field. At this point you can either follow the road to the R/T or look across the field to the right a little (North-East) and take the Side Trail to the Creek Ford Crossing (Bear Creek) (I would take side trail). If you take the road just follow it to top of hill where it dead ends and look to your R/T. It switch-backs and you can follow it down to Creek Ford Crossing (Bear Creek). The Creek Ford Crossing is wide and deep and has a very sandy bottom. It is hard to impossible to cross on a bike. To get to the better trails on the other side you are going to have to get your shoes wet and full of sand (A bridge is severely needed here). Once on the other side go R/T and go uphill, follow trail till you make your way back down to Bear Creek. Go R/T and follow the creek till you come to the falls. Great place to rest and take a dip. I think there is a small loop at this end but if you don't see it just head back and follow the creek all the way back to the Creek Ford Crossing. Cross the creek and follow either trail back to the parking lot.
I will not ride these trails again until they add a bridge or make trails on the South side of Bear Creek all the way to the falls and make a crossing at the falls. I don't care to trash my bike shoes and ride with sandy wet feet. This place has potential to be great but for now it's not.

I only rode a little of the East trails and got lost because they are not marked. They look like they could be better but need more markings.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: could a beginner handle this trail? -n25

A: Yes. The singletrack is tame for experienced riders but would be challenging for a beginner without being dangerous. There are some more open sections of double-track that you can get warmed up on and then move onto the singletrack as you feel comfortable.

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Granny Gear

July 30, 2019
trc_ceo Granny Gear  
 
Review: Absolutely love this place. It's Atlanta's hidden gem. Red trails have awesome flow and are my favorite. The scenery while riding is great too, lots of wild life and waterfalls

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Gramcounter


March 28, 2019
 
Review: I'm lucky to be less than 20 minutes from Cochran Mill, and I try to get there a couple of times a week. The red and yellow trails offer some great flow, a few techy sections and a chance to pile up mileage, while the orange and green trails on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot offer much more of an xc oriented challenge, especially the choppier sections on the green trail. Ride it all and it comes out around 20 miles. I'm an intermediate rider and complete that in around 2 1/2, 2 3/4 hours. Love this place, but be aware it's popular with cyclists, hikers and equestrians.

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Gnarly


November 20, 2018
 
Review: This is an awesome trail system. Definitely the most fun one I've ridden in Georgia south of Atlanta (even though that's not saying much). The flow, smoothness, and the way the trail snakes around the terrain reminds me a lot of FATS, which is a very good thing. There's no mountains here, but there's enough elevation change to provide for some decent speed in spots. And there is more technical to be found here than FATS, but overall there isn't a lot, so if you aren't a fan of smooth and flowy trails then this might not be the place for you. But I love it and look forward to coming back. The only downside is the $5 parking fee. I just don't see why you have to pay $5 every time you come. It would be much preferred if revenue was raised through donations or if the fee was more like $1 or $2. I'll still come here from time to time, but it would be nice to see the fee be lower.

Similar Trail: FATS, Parts of Chewacla

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Granny Gear

July 29, 2018
 
Review: First time out there and it was great! Rode the yellow trail - not too hard and very flowy. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon recovery ride. Absolutely loved it!

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Granny Gear


June 18, 2018
WhizHawk Granny Gear  
 
Review: Cochran Mill trails are my favorite currently around Metro Atlanta. Lots of flow, just enough challenging features that never get dull... and the park is just beautiful. There are several meadows that I absolutely love to ride through... and then there are the great falls to hang out at.

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World Champ


June 18, 2018
 
Review: Great variety of trails from smooth, flowy stuff to more natural, rocks and roots. Waterfalls are fun to look at too. $5 parking fee.

Similar Trail: FATS, Dauset, Yellow River

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Granny Gear

March 30, 2018
Lamerider Granny Gear  
 
Review: EXCELLENT trail system. Fast, smooth (for Georgia standards) and scenic. And FUN!

Similar Trail: Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Park

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Granny Gear

March 18, 2018
 
Review: This being the closest trail to me, there is a little bias, but I have a blast every time I go ride. Smooth climbs and descents with very rewarding features throughout. It's the best riding I've found south of Atlanta so far.

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Gramcounter

November 22, 2017
 
Review: Just rode out here for the first time today. This is an awesome trail system. I rode all of the yellow trail and clocked about 8.5 miles. They have maps at the parking station so make sure to pick one up. There is confusing intersection near the beginning of the trail but I had someone give me directions. After that the trail is well marked. When you hit the last creek cross(without a bridge) you can dead end into the waterfall; then double back. At this intersection there is another loop that I would say is about 2 miles. So the yellow can be as short as 6 miles or 8.5. Overall the signage is good and it's really hard to get lost. What I really noted was the smoothness of the trails and overall not a lot of roots. There is tons and tons of flow out here. If you are looking for more technical trails some guys mentioned the orange trail is pretty tough and the red trail is more technical as well. I can't wait to get back out here and ride.

Similar Trail: Blankets Creek, Yellow River

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Bunny Hop

December 27, 2016
 
Review: This park is awesome! The trails are easily marked. The main entrance has a large map and while on the trail more maps appear at every mile or 2 miles apart with a "you are here"star on them. Today the water levels were low so we could easily cross many of the creeks. Yellow trail is the easiest yet has some climbs and a few ridge riding, orange trail says moderate but it's rocky rooty not smooth! There are some sections that you need speed and proceed with caution when slick moutain crossing forces you to either walk it or pray you don't slide down the slick moutain side. We walked it. Nice park! It's a good challenge. Watch out for horse droppings. Have to come back to try red trail! Happy trails!

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Cochran Mill Park MTB Trail 4.20 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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