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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +221/ -155 ft
Total: 38 riders

Mountain Biking Copperhead Gap

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#106 of 397 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#2,606 in the world

Located inside of the outer loop, this is one of the more challenging trails at Chicopee. There are more rapid elevation changes, bigger roots, bigger rocks, and a few whoops that offer some air opportunities. In addition there are a couple of cool log rides and other technical features, but these can all be bypassed if you choose not to ride them.

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 4, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
I-85N to I-985, Exit 16-Oakwood/Dawsonville. Take a left/west off the exit ramp. Immediately turn right/north at the stoplight onto Frontage Road. Follow the little brown signs to Elachee Nature Center. There is a bike parking lot past the golf course.
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  • Allen Tucker   ✓ supporter

    Copperhead Gap is the most difficult trail at Chicopee, but I would still rate is as intermediate. There is a very short but steep rock slate climb immediately after a bridge that is a tough climb. There are a few other obstacles that can be tough but all have alternate lines. Probably the least ridden trail at Chicopee. Great training grounds for the mountains of N Georgia!

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  • rr210024

    Trail's in decent shape but it's one of those where you exhaust yourself on a steep climb, then descend through a short tight technical stretch with very little ability to carry momentum to the next uphill. Not very much fun to me, need to be in pretty good shape to enjoy it, I think. These days I prefer flowier trails with a dash of technical.

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  • kenwrightjr   ✓ supporter

    I find this trail a great escape if you get tired of riding Flying Squirrel and White Tail over and over. I would rate this trail maybe between Intermediate and Advanced only. Not too many climbs except for one particular section (if you begin from White Tail), and the steep rock slate climb which you better be in the right speed and gear if you want a chance of making it up. Upper half of trail is as rooty as any other section at Chicopee if not more. Overall, a challenging and fun trail.

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  • Brandon Conley

    Trail is not that difficult for the most part. It does have some steep sections. I enjoy it because it hasn't been dumbed down to a dirt sidewalk through the woods. It is more natural and actually offers a challenge where you have to pick a line, maintain speed, keep control to make the climbs.

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  • Slee_Stack

    Too many dang roots! Otherwise, decent trail. Frankly, this is my least favorite trail at Chicopee because of the dozen or so root climbs. If it could get smoothed up a bit, it'd be much more fun. With afterwork rides, we usually just skip Copperhead altogether.
    EDIT: Funny how things change. Copperhead had become a regualr ride on every visit. The roots still drive me mad at times, but I enjoy the rest of the trail so much, I just accept the roots now. I still enjoy Red Tail and Squirrel more...

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  • Szwast

    More advanced trail, but primarily due to TONS of roots. Not a lot of climbing. I like the Van Michael trail out at Blankets Creek much more. Traffic goes in both directions so you have to stay sharp!

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    One of the best trails at Chicopee! More challenging than the outer trails, and more things to entertain you.

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  • enoeht

    The Copperhead Gap trail is a really scenic trail with a bit more technicality then Flying squirrel. It actually starts at the north leg / intersection of White Tail Loop (Old Outter Loop) and ends on the western leg of Flying Squirrell.

    Labeled as advanced it is not overly exhausting. I would label this as more intermediate. Don't let its rating scare you away from a very enjoyable ride.

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