Coldwater Mountain

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.70 out of 5
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Intermediate
30
miles

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↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
889
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The first 10 miles of what will hopefully become a 60 mile trail system are now in place and ready for riders. As of the writing of the description, trails currently consist of an easy 1 mile beginners loop and a 9 mile intermediate loop which encircles the mountain and takes full advantage of the terrain and elevation. Think of these current loops as flow trails with elevation. If you crossbred F.A.T.S. and Pisgah, this would be their baby. Trails flow clockwise.

Update 3/5/14: Coldwater Mountain now has 25 miles of trail. IMBA has arrived 3/2014 and plans to add 11 more miles over the next couple months bringing the trail to approximately 35 total miles.
-RemedyRider
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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: would this be a good place for a begginer to come ride? -Guest

A: It's definitely a good place to start. The Baby Bear and Mama Bear trails are a fairly easy beginners trail. As you get better, there are some great challenges further up the mountain!

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Q: How are the weather and trail conditions in the area in late December? -riderman

A: It can vary a lot...last year it was in the 70s and dry for most of December. Years past it's ranged from cold and wet to warm and wet to cold and dry. Overall though coldwater drains really well and it takes a proper storm to really bog it down. It is very rocky though so if it's not warm/sunny enough to dry off the rocks after some rain it can be a little slick. TLDR: probably good.

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Gramcounter


December 30, 2017
HoneyHam Gramcounter  
 
Review: Mrs, and myself rode up to Rock slot and down Bombdog - we really enjoyed the trail system like to hit up the other side - it is repeat trail for myself:)

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Granny Gear

November 13, 2017
 
Review: I just rode out here today. i rode the Baby and Mama Bear trails. I wouldn't call these beginner trails; more like novice. Still a beginner could ride these particular trails. The Baby Bear connects to Mama Bear. Mama Bear is downhill for probably the first 2 miles. The next 1.5 is mostly switchbacks uphill. Then there's a relatively flat but very fast section towards the end. Overall I clocked 3.7 miles which was great for the short ride I was looking for(due to time). I am going to get out here earlier next time and try to do all the beginner trails. Someone told me it's about 8 miles of beginner trails. Anyhow, I saw enough of these trails to realize these are awesome trails. I'm in West Cobb/Atlanta, but I will most definitely be heading out here again.

Similar Trail: Chicoppee Woods, Tsalia

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Gnarly


October 23, 2017
spc7669 Gnarly  
 
Review: Good parking, good signage, nicely maintained. Very nice trail

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Singletrack


September 18, 2017
 
Review: Rode this weekend after Irma came through. There are a few large trees down, blocking the trail. For sure one on Oval Office, but can't remember the locations of the others. Tons of huge acorns down as well right now, which can make some of the corners... interesting.

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Gramcounter


August 4, 2017
 
Review: Best trails in the state!

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Granny Gear


August 3, 2017
rmacey Granny Gear  
 
Review: I stopped at the Anniston trail head to Coldwater Mountain for a quick (1 hr) ride while on a trip. I would have liked to have explored more but lacked time. It's a well built, well designed single track trail. They seemed to be aiming for flow which they come close to achieving. The part I rode had longer climbs than I would associate with flowy. There was nothing especially long, but you weren't sprinting up. It was somewhat rocky, but not to the point I would describe it as technical. You feel pretty removed from civilization except for some distant highway noise. It is beautiful and there was hardly anyone on the trail at mid-day during the week. I liked the trail but found the signage lacking. There are signs, but they need more and better located. There also seem to be trails that are off the map. I had downloaded the GPX into my phone. On part of the trail I had diverged from the tracks. Nothing bad about this except there were sections I wanted to get to that I had a hard time finding. Bottom line: if you are in the area you should definitely ride this trail. From the limited sections I rode, I can't recommend you go to great effort (far out of your way) to ride this trail. To be clear, I'm not saying you shouldn't, just that I didn't see enough of it to make that recommendation.

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Gramcounter


July 24, 2017
 
Review: awesome trails, especially for more enduro style riding (climb a lot, then descend a lot) but be warned, during the summer, all of the rocks turn the trails into an oven

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Granny Gear

July 20, 2017
 
Review: For the most part was fun like most reviews shows how ever riding in the middle of July the heat was tough but the overgrown of plants and brush was even worse. I has to turn around mutiple times to find the trail for gaza. I'll come back in the fall.

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Gramcounter

June 28, 2017
 
Review: I love this place! I always enjoy riding here. The soil was in epic condition. Only complaint was it was a bit overgrown in spots and had quite a few trees down. It is a little old school as for the most part you are either going straight up or straight down. The climbs keep you honest and make you earn the crazy awesome downhills. The rocks scare less experienced riders and can make it tough for intermediate and newer riders to go up or down on. Oval Office, Goldilocks, and Bomb Dog, are all gnarly down hills with jumps and a ton of baby heads. Baby Bear, Momma Bear, Trillium, Hare, and Bunny are smoother, more buff down hills.

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Gramcounter


June 15, 2017
rmap01 Gramcounter  
 
Review: This is a great & challenging trail system. When I reflect on my 20 mile ride the words that come to mind are: climbs (gradual, but long and sustained), rock (chunder in this case), and, most importantly, epic downhill. NB: This is not a place I would take a beginner (especially when Oak Mtn is only 1 hr away). Started at the Anniston trail head. Plenty of options to start the climb from "easy" to "more difficult". Took Tortoise up the mountain to Power Trip and then took the Oval Office loop which is where I learned what chunder is. Some decent downhill with a number of bumps. From there I took Chilhowee all the way across the mountain to Bull Frog and Rock Slot. Lots of climbing intermixed with some cool descents... all with rocks to keep you on your toes. Next was Bomb Dog and it was epic! Incredible downhill fun with plenty of opportunity for speed and air. The downhill just seemed to go on and on and may well have been the most fun I've ever had on a mountain bike. Climbed back up to Baby Bear and took a short break at the Coldwater trail head. Headed down Momma Bear, to Papa Bear to Cassidy. Each has plenty of elevation change. At the next trail intersection I took Goldilocks by mistake (wrong direction) and found myself further away from the Anniston trail head. Having ridden 18m in 90 degree heat without water I decided to bike the 2 miles back to the Coldwater trail head and ride the 6 miles back to the Anniston trail head by road. Overall an incredible trail system that is worth the journey. So glad I went. Check out the NEABA website for trail conditions and detailed descriptions of each trail. I found this very helpful.

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