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Level: Intermediate
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,377/1 ft
Total: 215 riders
 

Mountain Biking Five Points

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#11 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#173 in the world

Trail is mostly purpose cut singletrack but has a couple of easier sections
that are made up of doubletrack or old reclaimed forest roads that are
quickly turning into doubletrack. Easy, intermediate, and advanced
sections. Good mix of climbs and descents with plenty of area to keep you
busy all day. Almost all the trails are bike only except for the Cloudland
Connector Trail which runs straight through the system on its way up to
Chattanooga.

First added by GoldenGoose on May 10, 2020. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From Trenton, take HWY 136 east. turn left and head north on Hwy 157. Trail
parking lot will be on the left in a few miles. Well marked with a gate and
sign.
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Leaf-covered (on Mar 16, 2020)
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Trenton, Georgia

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Intermediate | 14 mi

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Q: Is there a connector trail to Cloudland Canyon SP?
A: Yes, it connects from the Ascalon Road trailhead to a trailhead in CCSP near the east side camp ground.

Q: If I camp at Cloudland Canyon State Park can I ride the Cloudland Connector trail right into five points? How far is that? Would it be miles of flat fire rd or a fun singletrack? Thanks!
A: yes, all single track baby!!!

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  • Louis Harris
    *****

    I heard some great things about the Cloudland trail system and it lived up to it's billing. It's off the beaten path(from the ATL) but easy to find - you can type this in google maps "Ascalon Trailhead, Ascalon Road, Rising Fawn, GA" and it will take you to what I think is the best parking option. Luckily I ran into some guys that guided me to a great loop with nothing really harder than intermediate. For a loop basically I did South Hogsback, Shale Flats, North Hogsback, Tailings Run, Peace Can, Bankhead, and finished it off with the Cloudland connector; then did another small loop with Shales Flats/CCT. I think my favorite were the Hogsback trails and CCT coming south but the whole system is great. Hogback has some great up and down flow. CCT is pretty straight and slightly downhill coming south so a lot of fun. Most of the guys out there raved about Tailings run. Nothing I did I would rate at the upper end of intermediate and not a lot of climbs since you are on a plateau. I did a total of 9.5. There are a few long difficult runs if that is your cup of tea, but the runs I did were great for me(moderate rider). I need to figure out when I can get back up here again. Met a lot of cool people and one of the better trail systems in the SE IMO. Flow for days out here folks and something for everyone. Also a great trail for beginners and casual riders.

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  • FarmerDobes
    *****

    I went up here for another taste this morning. Linked it with the CCT, price branch trails and all the way up to the moonshine trails. Incredible day of riding. Saw one other person the whole time. There's more legendary stuff out there in the North GA mountains, but 5 points is pretty epic in its own right. Smiling a big smile the whole time I was here...maybe not on caprock.

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  • John Fisch
    *****

    There's no way I should be giving this trail 5 stars. It's mostly cross country oriented (I prefer tech) and it's out east (I prefer Western riding). But this trail system is just sooooo good at what it does, I gotta' give it max kudos.

    The real standout feature of this trail is the fun bang for energy buck. The climbs are gradual and not too long, but somehow they seem to deliver a lot more flowy downhill goodness than they should. I've also never seen a system that makes such excellent use of contours to maintain flow.

    There's not a lot of tech, but there are a few challenging and fun rock gardens along with some optional air opportunities thanks to some nicely placed trailside rocks.

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  • FarmerDobes
    *****

    Typically I like my trails to have a little more technical chunky stuff going on but it's hard to argue with the easy going flow of 5 points. Riding up and over the tailing piles was really cool. All of the more difficult rated trails were tough but I could handle everything except for the most extreme rock garden section on caprock. Slickenslide into tailings run starting from 5 points was a particularly speedy section that I had to do a couple of times. Kettle bottom and Foot wall were terrific too. I've been looking for somewhere to do a 6 hr ride and I think I might make the drive from Atlanta to do it here. Anyone with decent conditioning should be able to rack up the mileage without getting exhausted.

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  • Jayteekay
    *****

    I have a job where I travel alot and I take my bike and hit trails that I'm close too. Ive rode some pretty fun trails but I think non better than this. After I figured out where the parking lots were and I parked in all of them except nickajack, my favorite was parking in Ascalon and on the way to 5 points I hit both hogsback trails and then your in 5 points parking lot. This is Disneyland for Mtn bikers. No major climbs and the downhills are so fast the momentun carries you half way up the adjacent hill. I had a smile on my face the whole time. All diamond trails are crazy fun. I freaking love this place. Georgia has to love mtn bikers because they have created an awesome place for us. 2 enthusiastic thumbs up.

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  • Midmoab
    *****

    We loved this super flowy set of well maintained trails. There are many miles and we only got to ride about four or five of them. Let me say though that Slipenside is terrific! This is a one mile roller coaster run with awesome pumps, banks, and jump opportunities. The park signs say this is a black diamond but I would say it is just a fast blue. I hope to have a chance to get back here some day!

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  • Henry Hooks
    *****

    These are some of the best trails around. So many options of trails to take. I live in the area so message me for good loops and other info. Also check out my fun Strava route : https://www.strava.com/routes/11368617 Add in Kettle Bottom for some extra mileage and a great trail

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  • asneed
    *****

    A gem! Fast flowing..some climbs but all doable. Well marked and maintained. Rode 5 hours...beautiful scenery..up in mountains...I consider it one of the best trails I've ever hit.

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  • joydo
    ****

    First time to ride here and very impressed - nothing too hard - aside from finding the trailhead. Fun and flowing - some good climbing. Not sure why some of the reviews say there is no climbing. ( perhaps because I'm a 59 year old ) albeit fit solid intermediate rider . Favorites were Shale Flats and Kettle Bottom, but didn't get to ride everything. Oh well. Next time !

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  • joydo
    Reviewing Torino Hill:
    ****

    Fun trail with a bit of a surprise - i.e. Torino Hill for a reason. No idea how it got up there!!

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  • climb_head
    ***

    These trails are really fun. What they lack in technical challenge they make up for in flow and playfulness. It's clear real Mtn bikers worked really hard to make these trails. There is a short section of technical boulder riding on Cap Rock trail I believe.

    Other highlights include "foot wall" (come down it from Windshot). Kettle boom I really liked and Bankhead is fun. I didn't bother with a map I just rode everything, some things twice. The area is pretty small and almost all the trails loop back on themselves. It's really hard to get lost. If you try to navigate with a map there are enough intersections to keep you reading more than riding. Just tear it up and ride.

    The Cloudland Connector Trail passes through the area on its way to Cloudland Canyon State Park which is spectacular and worth a visit. It also makes a great base camp. You can ride from there but based on other reviews here I drove over to 5 points from the park.

    I gave the area three stars b.c. It is small, not remote and doesn't have any sustained climbing or technical riding but it is still a blast and I caught myself grinning ear to ear on these fun little trails system.

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  • Crankbro-D
    ****

    Fun trail system. A lot of flow mixed in with some good claims and fun technical sections.

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  • lonewoodsman
    *****

    Awesome trail system!!! Great for beginners to advanced riders. Highly recommended.

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