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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +30/40 ft
Total: 35 riders

Mountain Biking Hawkes Creek

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#109 of 397 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#2,700 in the world

Amazing ride. Easy to follow. Three sections. First section starts across from the parking area. Follow the signs and it is impossible to get lost. Have an awesome ride.

First added by maxmark7 on Jun 17, 2007. Last updated May 5, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Loop 10, take hwy 78 Lexington exit turn east (away from athens). Follow 78 into oglethorpe county. Turn left onto Yancey road, right after a church on a hill. Follow yancey road until it ends. Turn left onto hargrove lake road. Follow for a couple of miles and you will see a sign for Hawkes Creek Farm. Park immidiatley on the left and the trail begins across the road.
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  • freddie 1968

    nice ride a little grown up but all and all a good trail if anyone is in the area maybe plan a clean up day .hit me up we'll see how much help we can get!

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  • kiryu

    Good signage for some time and then nothing. Nice ride though. Hirses around, hood providing a nice shadow.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This trail is in pretty sorry condition compared to what it used to be 4 years ago. I used to ride here all the time... now it looks like it doesn't get nearly the number of riders that it deserves, with the singletrack getting very overgrown in places. However, it is still pretty easy to follow the trail, so if more people get out here and ride the trail can be reclaimed!

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  • urdone138

    SORBA Athens and the Boy Scouts just finished working on this trail(july 2011). They added about a mile to it, and cleaned it up!! It should be alot better now. As soon as I get my bike outta the shop, I'm on it!!

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  • bckpack12

    Roots, roots and more roots. Hawkes Creek beats you to death. Take the rooty, technical sections of Heritage and repeat them for 6 miles and you have Hawkes Creek. There are only 1 or 2 climbs and they really aren't much to speak of. It's not a horrible trail but there just isn't much flow. You're pretty much guaranteed to put a foot down in a place or two (expecially with the huge downed tree by the creek blocking the trail).* Review edited 7/28/2010

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  • GoldenGoose

    Tight, twisty, and sometimes technical singletrack thrown into a bowl like spaghetti. Bring your explorers hat if you plan on doing this place without a map because there are lots of side trails that loop back around. Pretty rutted out in places and plenty of roots to go around. Flow was off and on as some sections felt like windy old animal trails rather than trails intended for riding a bike. No real climbs or decents to speak of. Not sure where the "9" miles of trails are either. I rode everything I could and the computer only registered about 6 miles. If I were in the Athens area and dying to ride, I'd hit up Heritage Park instead.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    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!

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  • olddad

    Good ride,great use of terrain,real singletrack,don't let the begining trail and open field fool you, it's hard core at speed.

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  • ahaynes4

    I went out to this trail after reading about it on here. A lot of the signs guiding the way have fallen down, so I didn't know where to go a couple of times, but overall, it was a very fun and challenging trail. A lot of big tree roots and ups and downs.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    "Amazing ride" is an overstatement... good ride, yes. Some interesting rocks to go over. Nothing super out of the ordinary, but all in all a good trail.

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  • maxmark7

    Important note. Trail is a split use between horse trail and biking trail. ONLY RIDE ON ODD DAYS. example, ride on june 1, 3, 5. Do not ride on June 2, 4, 6.

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