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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +381/352 ft
Total: 127 riders
 

Mountain Biking Cochran Mill Park

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#47 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#1,451 in the world

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.

First added by eric on Sep 30, 2013. Last updated May 6, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: yes
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Trail is located West South West of Atlanta. Go west from Atlanta on South Fulton Parkway and turn R/T (North) on Cochran Mill Rd. Park will be about one mile on your left. Map of Trails http://chatthillsga.us/Assets/Files/CMP-trailmap_041813.pdf
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Q: could a beginner handle this trail?
A: Yes, a beginner could handle the yellow trail. I am in the beginner phase and I did the yellow trail a few weeks ago without any problem, though, I didn't do the loops, just the out and back to the falls.

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  • trc_ceo
    *****

    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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  • FarmerDobes
    *****

    I'm lucky to be less than 20 minutes from Cochran Mill, and I try to ride it a couple of times a week. The red trail offers some great flow and a few techy sections (the steep climb up 5 turn hill headed CW is an absolute gut buster and a personal favorite), while the orange and green trails on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot offer a bigger challenge, especially the choppier sections on the green trail. The yellow trail is the best thing going in metro Atlanta. Tons of flow and minimal obstacles/climbing make for a speedy track. Very popular destination for cyclists, hikers and equestrians.

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  • williedillon
    ****

    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.

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  • tisap@bellsouth.net
    *****

    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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  • WhizHawk
    ****

    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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  • Jeff Barber
    ****

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

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  • Lamerider
    ****

    EXCELLENT trail system. Fast, smooth (for Georgia standards) and scenic. And FUN!

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  • Michael Tansey
    *****

    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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  • Louis Harris
    *****

    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.

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  • sammrides39
    *****

    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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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter
    *****

    Very surprising trail system. Yellow trail used the terrain very well and was fun. The red trail was a very pleasant surprise. Lots of rock, and probably the most technical trail south of Cartersville. This is a must ride if you like mountain biking and not super highways! I will ride again!

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  • Aaron Chamberlain   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Excellent trail system close to Atlanta. The loops are fairly well-marked. If you happen to take a wrong turn, you can easily get back on track. All of the loops are flowy. Yellow is probably the fastest. Red has a handful of rocky and off-camber technical sections. The orange and green loops are probably the most technical out there and they also have a couple of crazy steep climbs. They aren't long climbs, but it's easy to get caught unprepared for them.

    The listing says 11 miles of trail, but there is actually around 20 miles now. It's a 45 minute drive for me from the east side of the city, but it's well worth it.

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  • G.W.
    *****

    Awesome place to ride! I rode the yellow trail and it was a great smooth easy ride, and one of the prettiest I've ridden. Also rode the orange trail today and found out why it's not on any of the bike maps, that was an insane climb along the creek!!! I will be back!

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  • kay oh
    ****

    Not bad!

    Rode the "yellow trail" starting at the back of the parking lot. Five bucks for parking, by the way.

    Starts out with narrow singletrack, lots of roots, then opens up into some really nice flowy sections.

    Then you go uphill for a while, culminating in some steep narrow singletrack between a lot of massive boulders. At the turn around point, there is a tough technical section (you'll know it when you hear the waterfall), but the ride back to the parking lot is pure joy, lots of free speed and flow that will make your face hurt from grinning so much.

    Watch out for horse patties, and I think I inhaled a spider.

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  • dickeysezso
    ****

    A little of everything, cross-country-wise. Double-track sections. Lots of single track. Flow. Techy climbing and descents with granite out-croppings. Beautiful scenery at the waterfall. And it's very quiet. Still a hidden gem.

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  • Sam McCool
    *****

    Huge improvements over the last year, Red trails are now rerouted and done, Yellow trail has a finished extension called the wall trail.
    And more Grant money coming to reroute and work the East side trails. This is my home trail now and it keeps getting better and better.

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  • brcjacks
    *****

    Excellent tra system. Completely reworked over the past few years with RTP Grant money. The trails now flow really well with different levels of difficulty. Scenic waterfall views are a short ride down the yellow trail, or just a walk across the street. New electronic parking meter ($5 to park or $25 for the annual pass), restrooms with running water. Plenty of parking.
    The beginner/intermediate stuff is on the yellow and red trails. More advanced technical stuff on the orange trail.

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  • Geoff Kim Lelliott
    *****

    These trails have been dramatically improved over the last year and are excellent. Smooth flow trails, technical hilly trails with rock gardens, steep climbs, waterfalls, gravel....it is all here. Perfect place to ride and more trails are planned

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  • jezones
    *****

    Pete and the gang have done a ton of work out here. The Yellow trail is fast with great flow and few obstacles to keep you on your toes. The new and improved sections of the red trail are great and will only get better as they pack in. The red trail is more rocky so be prepared. Both the red and yellow trails lead to the falls at the back of the park. Pick up a map at the kiosk and go explore.

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  • Patrick Goral
    ****

    Rad trails, yellow trail was super flowy. Red starts smooth then gets chunky and tougher.

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