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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +334/93 ft
Total: 198 riders
 

Mountain Biking Dwelling Loop

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#4 of 393 mountain bike trails in Georgia
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The Dwelling Loop is a 3.8 mile directional loop that varies depending on the day of the week. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are counter clockwise days. Listed as intermediate difficulty, the Dwelling loop follows a small peninsula around Lake Allatoona. While it's not as technical as the South Loop, it does throw a number of roots and rocks at you. The Dwelling Loop tends to have a faster pace than it's sister trails in the area and the downhill sections are VERY rewarding. Watch for hikers, you may encouter one or two while riding this loop. They are required to travel opposite the direction of bike flow to help limit dangerous encounters.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-285 go North on I-75 to I-575 north. Go to Sixes Road-exit 11 and turn left (west). Parking for the trails is about 2-3 miles on the left. The entrances to Dwelling Loop are located at the end of the bi-directional gravel access trail that starts in the parking lot.
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  • pkrohnert
    *****

    I love this trail. Just the right amount of climbs and minor challenges, but just a generally flowy, fun trail.

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  • RobNikoleAllen
    *****

    Fast and flowy, climbs are short and gentle. Beautiful lake views. Watch out for deer and squirrels who seem to like to share the trail, but don't quite seem to know the rules about yielding to bikes. Some occasional well marked more technical side trails let you take the difficulty up a notch if you like. My favorite trail at Blankets.

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  • edelser
    ****

    Well used trail. Quite fun. Was able to go somewhat fast the very first time out.

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  • Les_197
    *****

    Great intermediate ride. A good mix of technical and flowy sections.

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  • kenwrightjr
    *****

    First time riding this trail today. This Intermediate trail is exactly what one would think when WANTING an intermediate trail so kudos to the SORBA maintaining this trail by giving us what we expect the trail to be. This trail will certainly challenge and push your climbing skills as well as deal with some serious, serious roots climbing AND descending. It got a little confusing on the backside of the trail when you would see several "cut short" trails that kept you on the main loop but, you weren't really certain on some. Better signage would certainly help clarify that some of these are short cuts only. Not a major complaint but a suggestion. Very fun trail and I'll be back many times.

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  • KenVDZ
    ****

    Nice trail with some beautiful views over the Lake. Not too challenging though.

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  • C-Lo
    *****

    This was a great trail to practice a lot of fundamentals. Trail flows well and is well marked. Easily doable for beginners. Had so much fun I completed this loop twice.

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  • KenVDZ
    ****

    After riding a lot of the Sope Creek and Cochran Shoals trails as well as sometimes going to Boundry Waters Parkers, I tried Blankets Creek for the first time because a lot of people told me that it's great.
    I started with this dwelling loop and I must say that it is a very nice trail with great surroundings and a beautiful view over the lake. The tree roots make it a little bit of a difficult ride, but it's not really tough from an elevation standpoint. It's a fairly flat loop and compared to Sope Creek it is very easy on the cardio.
    Blankets Creek it's a premier trail system where you can park your car easily and you meet a lot of skilled and advanced riders that come here. So I will definitely come back, but hope for a little bit more challenge on the ride vs this one.

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  • Lee Harris
    *****

    Fantastic Trail. They just added a connector trail to split the loop in half if you only want to ride a portion. The connector comes out just downhill of the cut off for the "Optional Jump Section". You can go up the trail about 75' to reach this trail if you just want to get to this section.

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  • Aaron Chamberlain
    *****

    My favorite trail at Blankets!

    Take some of the techy bits from South Loop and some of the flow from Van Michael Trail and you have Dwelling.

    No long or sustained climbs to speak of. This is an extremely well built trail.

    The alternate line, Stewart's Shock and Rock has three table top jumps followed by two drops, each 2-3 feet high.

    If you're feeling good and hammering, you can do this trail in 20 minutes.

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  • acwtim
    ****

    The highlight on this trail is the Kevorkian pass, which you have to ride a rock ledge several feet wide with straight drop to Lake Allatoona. Otherwise a fast trail for those who are fit. The trail has some gut wrenching climbs, but you are rewarded with some very fast downhill.

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  • acwtim
    ****

    This is a fast flowing trail with lots of rocks and roots, although not as technical as the South loop and Van Michael. More climbs and descents than I expected.

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  • TheFuzz1290
    *****

    I'm still new to mountain biking, but this seems like a higher end intermediate trail. I've ridden other intermediate trails that are much easier than this 4.2 mile loop, but nowhere near as fun. I'm still learning, but some of the climbs were difficult with 4" roots blocking your path while climbing and two downed trees that were set up specifically to be obstacles. However, the downhills were fun and the scenery around the lake with awesome! I'll be back, definitely, with a little more confidence next time.

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  • *****

    This intermediate trail will propel you to somewhere between enlightenment and nirvana.

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  • Mike Durden
    ****

    I have ridden this trail twice so far and let me say that it has a good mix of climbs and descents that will keep your heart rate up and you skills in check. I raced here April 10th in the Mountain Goat XC the say after a fairly hard rain and the trial was almost perfect however the bridges were slicker than, well you know. I preferred riding it clockwise for the expert sections. Loved it and will return many times, that I am sure of.

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  • nohyphens
    *****

    Very fast and perfect for building endurance. Skills section provides some nice payoff in the form of jumps and drops. Trail also drains very well and stays rather dry, even after wet spells.

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  • *****

    my fav all around trail. offers up just about everything

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  • *****

    Great tail, some errors and rocks, a few nice drops. Best trail I have rode.

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  • *****

    In addition to my last review, I wanted to say that I have now had the chance to ride Dwelling in the clockwise direction and it is so much better! Not to say that it is in ANY way bad going CCW, but CW is much more fast and flowing IMHO.

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  • *****

    What's not to love about Dwelling?! Not very technical at all. Some opportunities to carry some nice speed. Fair bit of roots in some sections but nothing that'll slow you down much. The alt line is a very nice addition! Look out for hikers. They travel the opposite direction of bikes and can be fairly common on the busier days. My girlfriend went with me around Dwelling last week, being only her 4th time on a bike, and she had a blast! Certainly a must-ride, just like the rest of Blankets!

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