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Level: Intermediate
Length: 17 mi (27.4 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +421/640 ft
Total: 309 riders
 

Mountain Biking Dauset Trails Nature Center

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#21 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#418 in the world

This is a great place with a good variety of trails and beautiful scenery. Good beginner stuff. All trails are very well marked. Riders of all levels will love this place. (This is the only place my girlfriend actually liked!)Huff 'n Puff is a great advanced, technical trail. The "intermediates" are also pretty technical. Not crowded at all, and well maintained. Call ahead after rain storms for re-openings. (770) 775-6798. Please pay the $1 donation to keep this awesome place open!Ride on,JB

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • 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
From I-75, take exit 205 and head east toward Jackson. Run right on High Falls Rd. Go about 4-5 miles, turn left on Mt. Vernon Church Rd. Park is located at 360 Mt. Vernon Rd. Biker parking is on the left just before the main park entrance.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Jackson, Georgia

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Intermediate | 3.7 mi
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Beginner | 6 mi
| 0.9 mi

Rider questions

Q: Is there drinking water available?
A: Not on the trail. There are "clean running creeks (Longbranch & Sandy) if you have a filter or Life-Straw (a good idea for an all-day outing).

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  • FarmerDobes
    ****

    This is a good place to chew up mileage. Aside from huff n puff the going never gets that tough but there's enough rocks, roots, steeps and skinnies thrown in all over the place to keep things interesting. For middle GA there is some good sustained flow and the climbing is never around long enough to suck. I can't give it a 5 because the signage bothers me. I've been here a few times and gotten turned around at different points trying to follow the black arrows. If you're riding Dauset you have to do the Indian Springs out and back, that's the fastest trail to ride in this system.

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  • hodgk9
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    This was the first time riding this trail system. I started at Indian Creek State Park and rode over to dauset Trail systems. I really enjoyed riding the trails they were clear of any debris and well-maintained. I met some other Riders who told me that they have been riding their four years and really enjoyed the trails. My only complaint would be the signage.

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  • WhizHawk
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    Great variety and lots of good single track to ride. I have yet to not enjoy myself in the 30 or so times I have driven from Atlanta. Plenty for everyone. My only small complaints would be to find some elevation to add, which is around, and work on the signage. It's pretty easy to get turned around.

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  • Sonotraveler
    *****

    Rode the 3 mile beginner loop for the first time today (3 Miles)! (Up Bootlegger, Fern Gully, Wagon Trail, gravel road, back on Moonshine) Loved it! Challenging enough for me (rooty), and really pretty scenery! Can't wait to go back and find a longer path! Note: much of Moonshine (between markers 19 & 20) is uphill back to parking lot!
    The address is:
    360 Mt. Vernon Church Rd
    Jackson, GA
    Can't wait to go back!!!

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  • mtbrJosh
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    Lots of trails. Fun and fast. Nothing super challenging. The "advanced" stuff is basically the same as the rest with slightly more hills. Good camping nearby at Indian Springs with an access trail

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  • Superfly Lee
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    The more I have ridden these trails over the last several years the more I like them. Technical sections have become a little more technical over the past few years. Signage and routes can be a little confusing, but tons of different route possibilities here with good mileage. Definitely the best trail system in South Atlanta region.

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  • kay oh
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    This is a huge network of trails, nothing you see online will reveal the sheer size of this place.

    I rode the blue intermediate trail. Signage is a bit tricky, and I ended up on some steep technical stuff by accident. It was easy to get back on track.

    Some of the areas, like Fern Gully, are just beautiful. Flat and flowy, and there's just so much green it's overwhelming. Some areas are really well maintained with fun technical challenges. In a few areas the trail has just gotten too wide, and the erosion has turned the trail into a mass of roots. There are a lot of areas with significant washout, which is troubling because the only solution is to close sections and let them rest for a season or two.

    I am still very new to this sort of riding, but I had a great ride and I will return. Make sure you put a fiver in the can by the big trail map at the trailhead, and support the trails you ride.

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  • Cameron Bowen
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    I've been here twice and had a neutral experience both times. I either love trails with technical sections/jumps or trails with good flow. This trail has neither. While I like how many options there are for trails, I just feel like I'm only going from point A to point B instead of having an experience on my bike. I do like how they have a check-in at the front and free maps. I just wish I liked the place more since it's so easy to get to for me.

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  • JODELL
    *****

    Trail info update: large oak down on huff-n-puff near marker 21. Turkey is washed out badly. Other trails in good shape as of 2016-08-07.

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  • AWC
    *****

    Really like this rail system! The different routes are great.

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  • JODELL
    *****

    2016-04-24. New bridge at worst gully on Indian Springs Trail. North central sections very muddy. Rest of trail near perfect.

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  • JODELL
    ****

    Good selection of length & difficulty on the different routes. Black route arrows are hard to follow. All in all a great place to ride.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Huff N Puff:
    *****

    I found Huff N Puff to be challenging and fun. going CW it opened with some just unreasonable terrain up and down rocks and roots. there was an unmarked intersection that may dump out to lower trail, but found my way ok with mobile app. The rest was really fun tour of the hill. Lots of techy bits from roots and rocks, and plenty of elevation change both ways.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Very nice bunch of trails ranging from flat and wide to steep and rocky. For sure enough for almost anyone to get a good workout. Most of them don't seam purpose built for bikes, and there's tons of roots. Huff and puff would be the exception. gr8 bike loop, big challenge.

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  • caleslie
    ****

    Rode this trail last year. I would definitely go back given the opportunity!

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  • chuckd71
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    Rode this the day after doing the Pig Trail in Macon and have to say while they are both solid rides this one was more fun (especially since Pig Trail has been cleared a bit). This is a really fun, fairly fast and very well-marked system of trails and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a interesting ride through the woods. The first time by I passed the parking area, if you put the nature center in your GPS know that the trail head parking is 100 yards or so down the road (on the right as if you were pulling out of nature center). Maps are available and there are many different ways to ride the various trail combinations so you could spend an hour or a day here depending on your agenda and available light.

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  • Chris Parrott

    Rode it for the first time yesterday. A lot fun and will be heading back there soon!

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  • Lparks1
    *****

    Im a 43 year old just getting back into riding after MANY MANY years! Someone at a bike shop told me about this trail so I figure I would check it out. And all I can say is this trail KICK'D MY BUT! Im not sure if I ended up on a more advance trail but I was huffin' and puffin' quite a bit. Since I wasn't too familiar with this place I think I was on more of an advanced trail but man was it fun. The climbs, fast down hills and small water crossings (rained the night before) made for a very wonderful ride. This is just the place I needed to find in order to get back in shape and to work on my stamina (Im no spring chicken any more.) There were some younger guys there looking like they were having a bit of trouble as well so I felt right at home. I can't wait for my next visit. I HIGHLY recommend this place. I will be a regular for sure!

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