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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +761/726 ft
Total: 64 riders
 

Mountain Biking Granite Loop

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#54 of 393 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#1606 in the world

The Granite loop is the more challenging, but also shorter, loop in the GIHP trail system. At approximately 3 miles, most people will combine it with the Steeplechase loop but the terrain and trail is very different from its brother across the street. As the name implies, this side incorporated the granite outcroppings which are so abundant in the area. It is actually the same granite that makes up the semi-famous tourist attraction, Stone Mountain, to the northwest. Follow the painted arrows and "read the rocks" to stay on the trail. It can be a little tricky the first time so bring a map. For the most part, you can tell where the trail runs by the discoloration of the rock from bike tires. While only about a mile or so is actually on the granite, this trail can give you the feel of riding on the moon at times. Several technical climbs cap off the ride but they do reward you with some good downhill and flow sections afterwards. Most people would probably enjoy a FS bike on this side but a hardtail will work well too.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-20, take Exit 82 "Georgia International Horse Park." Go North on 20 (or East on 138) for approximately 5 miles. There will be signs to turn right for the Horse Park. Large gravel parking area on the right. The entrance to the Granite loop is across the street from the southern end of the parking lot.
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  • williedillon
    *****

    This trail is quite bumpy, but very unique and a lot of fun. It feels kind of old school in a good way. Probably best suited for a fully suspended bike.

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  • C-Lo
    ****

    Nice technical trail. Keeps you on your toes. Not long enough.

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  • Aaron Chamberlain
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    Great trail to punish yourself on. The granite sections are very unique, they're worth checking out. Also, if you have the time, take a detour down to the canoe launch around 2/3 through the loop. There's a huge marsh/lake back there with a dock and it's beautiful. I've seen fish, turtles, frogs, hawks, and osprey out there. It's a nice place to catch your breath before you head up Olympic Hill.

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  • Jeff Barber
    *****

    This trail can be a sufferfest compared to the Steeplechase trail but it's worth it! The rocks and exposed granite make this trail fairly unique.

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  • Patrick Goral
    ***

    Super slick granite trail with a tough climb. Be cautious on wet granite. Hard, but fun!

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  • *****

    I rode the granite loop today. Keep in mind my experience was Harbison and A small park close to the house. What I found out is that I have a long way to go to be comfortable on this trail. I see its a medium trail but it blows away all the trails I have ridden in my short time riding. All I can say is it makes me want to come back and try it again.... Gotta get better!!

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  • MTB Crackfox
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    This ride is really not all that fantastic. It is a ride through some flat rock with some climbs and downhills but nothing super exciting. If your in the area riding the Olympic Trail then shoot across the street, but don't make a trip just for this one.

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  • Josh L
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    Very fun and challenging loop to do after cruising the easier flowy main trail at GIHP.

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  • AllMtnDiva
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    Steep graded rock climbs after a heavy rain equals SLIPPERY!! Super fun

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  • gtambasco3
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    Granite sections are a unique challenge and the long singletrack afterwards is pretty fun with some tight turns at high speeds and one or two super steep climbs followed by a long wide downhill with some opportunities for airtime and a terrifying granite descent back to the road.

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  • Greg Heil
    *****

    This slickrock is such a blast! It definitely reminds me of riding at Dupont. There is quite a bit of slickrock on this trail, I just wish there was more of it! Can't wait to come back! (PS this slickrock dominates the slickrock sections at nearby trails such as Tribble Mill and Harbins. Go here if you're looking for slickrock riding in Georgia.)

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  • GoldenGoose
    *****

    There seems to be much better signage at this trail over my last visit. The slickrock sections can still be confusing at times to someone who is new to the trail. If you pay attention to the rock, you will notice a worn area where the rock is lighter from being ridden. Follow those tracks when in doubt and keep your eyes open for the green arrows and bike signs.

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