December 22, 2009
Just rode this trail, and there are quite a few trees down along portions of it. Many of them are easily rideable, a couple are pretty big. That being said, this trail is in pretty good shape considering all the recent rain. In addition, my opinion of this trail has changed a lot in the last year. I first rode it after moving here from Montana, and frankly, the vast majority of the singletrack i've ridden in Georgia and South Carolina doesn't hold a candle to rocky mountain singletrack. Considered regionally, however, this trail has become my favorite ride in the Athens area. It is true singletrack, and not any of the super-wide trail you find at places like fort yargo. hawkes creek gets pretty stinking narrow at parts, and it's one of the more technical rides in the area too. However, you can head to North Georgia and find rides way more technical than this really easily. This trail also gets surprisingly little traffic, probably due to the fact that it can be hard to find. But it is so worth it!