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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +211/193 ft
Total: 80 riders
 

Mountain Biking Fort Benning MTB Trail

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#120 of 393 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#5292 in the world

This trail combines interval climbing with flowing flat and downhill sections. The surface is mostly hard packed with several root-ier sections. Because of the surface of Ft Benning, the trail drains great and is normally ride-able with in 48 hrs of even the heaviest rainstorms.
Fort Benning MTB Trail is a hand built, 18 inch wide singletrack with 98% of the trail being covered. This trail has everything from fast flowing downhills to short interval climbs with several man-made and natural technical features, including several 12" plus log overs.

One of the main features of the trail is the downsloping bridge and a wood jump section. The two jumps are for more advanced level riders and there is a ride around.

The Fort Benning MTB Trail is ridden counter clockwise from either parking lot. Major turns are marked by red 4x4 posts with directional arrows.

If you are an MTB purist, this is the trail for you, currently (as of 03 March 2014) there are 11.25 miles with plans for 10 more in the near future.

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
If you do not hold a military/retired or DOD civilian ID, you will need to get a visitor pass to enter Ft. Benning or enter the base with someone who does. There are two parking locations: * The Golf Course/Fort Benning Fitness Trail Trailhead Parking area. * Stower's Rd. Parking area. To get to the Golf course parking area, Starting on I-185 southbound enter the main gate, stay on Dixie Hwy towards the main post and take a right at the Golf course (1st Div Road). The parking is about 200 yards up on the right next to the large oak tree. To get to the Stowers parking area, again you must enter through the main gate on I-185, stay right on Dixie Hwy towards main post, take a right on 1st Cavalry Division road (Bouton Heights Housing area) and follow it down to the intersection of Stower's Road. The parking is on the corner at the Family Advocacy Program building. (this parking area is primary on weekends).
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Q: Do u have to be in military to ride
A: No, you don't. You do have to stop at the visitor building and get a day-pass, though, which you should only need your driver's license and know your social security number.

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  • Yellowmon52
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    When I lived on Fort Benning, I would ride those trail four or five times a week. Loved it !!!!! :)

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  • Yellowmon52
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    When I lived on Fort Benning, I would ride those trail four or five times a week. Loved it !!!!! :)

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  • williedillon
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    I'd say this trail is more fun than Flat Rock, though I have ridden Flat Rock so many times that I have no clue what it's like riding for the first time. The problem is that this trail erodes so much due to both fragile soil and the fact that it gets blown off which takes off the natural protection of leaves and pine needles. The erosion is pretty ridiculous in some areas, and there is some questionable trail design. Nonetheless it's worth riding if you're in the area. The Stowers section is the least eroded section (though it's getting pretty bad in certain areas itself) and it's the most fun.

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  • C-Lo
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    Really nice well maintained trail system. A good mix of elevation changes. The trail is well marked in most places. The trail has a club that meets every Sunday at 3pm and the ride is at the pace of the slowest person.

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  • lolo77
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    Fast, flowy trail system of about 10 or so miles. I was here visiting my girlfriend on the base. I rode these trails for hours while she was at work during the day. Nothing too difficult or technical and not much elevation. A fast, fun workout regardless. There is a doubletrack that connects different sections of the singletrack so you never feel lost. Will hopefully get back to ride these fast trails some day soon.

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  • Seymore Braap
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    Super fun trail. First, if u park in the small gravel lot near the golf course look for the little trail in the back of the parking lot. it doesnt go far, take it to the gravel road and GO RIGHT, which takes u back to the Dixie/1st Divison intersection, look to your left to find the little trail that connects to the main trail. Once u intersect with the trail, go right. Trails are very well marked once u are on them. look for the red or blue arrows on trees. Everytime i started to question if i was still on the right trail one of the blue or red arrows seemed to appear out of no where. This is an old school trail. Lots of straight ups then straight downs. This trail is pretty rugged. All of this is great! Its way different than the new school bench cut, buff trails (which are great too). The climbs are short and punchy. The downhills are rough and fun. It was a bit wet in the low areas, and dry everywhere else. Tons of leaves so u had to look for trail markers. Good place to ride if u r in the area.

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  • jezones
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    Great trail system, tight single track the way mountain bike trails should be.

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  • caissus1860
    *****

    Great trail that keeps getting better. Trail is now 11 miles long with the addition of 2 more miles(Feb15) onto stower's loop and the section of trail in the far corner. Also check out the Fort Benning mountain bike trail page on facebook.

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  • matcheslt
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    This was a fun and challenging trail for me. I am pretty new to the sport so some of the inclines were tough, but nothing that pushed my limits so far I didn't attempt them. The only issue I had is that with the fall leaves covering the trail it was difficult to see in some areas. The trail head for the single track is not marked and you have to look behind some construction equipment to find it. It would also have been nice to have a map board at the trail head, but overall a fun trail.

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  • Maldo02
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    Rode the whole trail today since I kept on missing the signs for the new addition. Needs to be marked better in a couple of places. It's coming along very well. Great job

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  • Pat Dotson
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    Fun trail. Nice downhill sections. There are some places that need to be better marked, like the places where singletrack merges onto larger footpaths for brief periods. It could also be marked a lot better from the road. Took quite a while to figure out where to go. There is an unmarked entrance into the woods within view of the intersection of Dixie and 1st Division Rd. Or, you can ride down the wide gravel fitness trail until you see the mountain bike trail markers by the first parcour station.

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  • David Morgan
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    The Trail has been cleaned this past week and the CVA Sorba guys are maintaining it. The Course length is 9.3 miles and The Trail Crew has put in new Red 4x4 posts with Markers. Trails is coming along well.

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  • Maldo02
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    Great trails in the works. Some great additions since the last time I rode here in Dec '13. Keep up the great work to whoever has been working here.

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  • Josh L
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    This trail definitely needs some work but was still fun. The markings were ok and the flow was good. If you're bringing kids you may be pushing your bikes up some of the hills.

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  • MTB Crackfox
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    Great singletrack in the works. It has something for everybody. Great to hit for a quick run, or do a couple laps to get a good workout. With all the new extensions it was right about 6 miles from the parking lot to a complete loop. Definitely headed back!

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  • caissus1860
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    Fun trail. Nothing too serious or hard except for some roots and some few loose sandy areas. The trail is over 6 miles now due to the addition of a couple offshoot loops which do a lot to make the trail more interesting. The trail is very well maintained and there have been significant efforts to reduce erosion and drainage problems.Thank you to whoever is cleaning up the downed trees and fixing this trail up!

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  • bmetjoe
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    Decent trail that has a few tricky parts to it. Overall a good trail although it could be a bit longer. Thanks to whoever has been adding the bridges so I don't have to get bogged down in the mud holes. Don't know if its possible but I think some good trails could be made on the Alabama side of the hooch outside of the south gate. Lots of up and down out there.

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  • williedillon
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    Some work has been done to the trail recently so you no longer have to go on the fitness trail. The way I went (the whole trail as far as I can tell) was 4.4 miles, so you can easily do two laps. The trail is quite susceptible to erosion, and it shows. Even new parts are showing plenty of roots. It's still worth it if you're in the area; however, it's not something I'd drive more than half an hour to ride.

    There are some questionable designs in the trail. One that stands out is where you start to go downhill and then have to take a sharp left. It just seems to mess with the flow too much. But there are some fun rollers in a section or two, although the flow is somewhat hampered by large roots. Still an interesting trail with some fun sections.

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  • Inane_D
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    It is not a bad trail at all but i would not call this trail Intermediate. There are parts of this trail that you need to have confidence in your riding skills. There are some very very steep drops in places. The price of failure along the canyon edge is a hair on the extreme side. I like this trail and it have some very fun sections but it still needs a lot of love and work. Go ride it just take it slow your first time there are parts that can sneak up and bite you.

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