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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +524/501 ft
Total: 158 riders

Mountain Biking Heritage Park

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#31 of 397 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#925 in the world

Twisting, rooty singletrack loops through Georgia pine forest. The main or "advanced" loop is about 8 miles all told with a couple options to make things easier or to shorten the ride. Bring a map or a friend - this place can be confusing despite the (minimal) signage. This trail will host a Dirty Spokes 6 hour race in 2009.

First added by Baneamofe on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 7, 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
To get there take 441 south from Athens to Farmington (about 15 minutes) until you see a large pavilion that says Oconee Heritage Park on the right.
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  • jdbakin1

    Way too rooty. No flow. No fun.

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  • Louis Harris

    As others said, the best MTB trail system near Athens. I have not ridden out there in a while but the main loop is really fun. Very pretty woods and you feel like you are out in a remote forest. Really nice single track. It's pretty similar to Chicopee woods. Not quite as much climbing as Chicopee but there are still come tough climbs. The advanced section has a few tough technical sections.

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  • Joseph N Stacey Eaton

    Alex Haley designed trail "ROOTS " and lots of them. Rode the easy loop only 5 miles didn't do expert loops 91° 90% humidity plan to go back SOON !

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  • 2010tundra

    Wasn't sure what to expect from these trails due to overall limited information but I was quite pleased and will definitely go back!

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  • nineremd9

    Great trail. I've been riding it since it opened in about 2000 and I never get tired of it. Rooty, rocky, hills, creek crossings, bridge crossings, flowy sections, technical sections. Very well marked. About 11 miles when you include the "expert" section. There are a couple of creek crossings and well made bridge crossings. The expert section includes a steep climb that is tough to do. Heritage is a rooty and rocky technical trail and you have to pay attention to the trail obstacles. A fast loop for me is about 1hr and 5 mins. Thanks to those who maintain the trail

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  • willhrichardson

    Great technical trail. Probably the most challenging near Athens. A lot of fun and options to skip the hardest sections if needed.

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  • mtndew24

    Pretty good trail probably the best one near Athens. With that said though it is definitely washed out and rough so forget about fast and flowy. There are no long climbs or descents and it has a good amount of miles which makes it kind of nice.

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  • Landon Ouzts

    Awesome trail. Rode till the showers started. Definitely will come back again.

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  • nineremd9

    Great trail. I've been riding it since it opened in about 2000 and I never get tired of it. Rooty, rocky, hills, creek crossing, bridge crossing, flowy sections, technical sections. Very well marked. About 11 miles when you include the expert section. A fast loop for me is about 1hr and 5 mins. Thanks to those who maintain the trail .

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  • Josh L

    I came down from N GA to do a pre ride for the chainbuster 3hr series race and was expecting a mellow easy flowing fast trail. What I got was much more, the trail was not nearly as fast as I thought it would be due to the roots, loose rocks, quick tight turns, and some of the small climbs. I have to say I'm really excited to come ride again because what I thought would be a boring trial turned out to be a blast. The whole system is put together very well, nice trail maps and some of the best trail signs/markings that I have seen yet. Definitely worth a short trip to come ride Heritage Park. kudos to the local bike club for the hard work they have done

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  • Slee_Stack

    Rode this for the first time the other week. Unfortunately I was looking for more of a recovery ride that evening, so I didn't get to appreciate Heritage as much as I likely would with more energy. The first 3 miles is disarming...easy, flowy, nice small creek. The remainder of the trail throws a good deal of challenge in chunky climbs and sketchy descents. Pick an iffy line at too high a speed and you could end up at the bottom of a ravine easy. I'm uncertain if this system allows for biirectional riding or not. The intended route is very clearly marked though. This system is a little far out there for me coming from Atlanta. I'm certain I'll be back, but probably only 1-2x a year. Definitiely worth a visit.

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  • GeorgiaBoy

    This is a great trail with clear, easy-to-follow markings so I didn't get lost (unlike Dauset and the infamous Yellow River), so I was really able to just enjoy the ride without stopping and figuring out where to go next. There are plenty of opportunities to work on bike control through the tighter, twisty, rooted sections. There are some nice flowing downhills to catch your breath on and enough uphills to give you a decent cardio workout. The 2nd creek crossing with the large boulder in the middle of the creek was kinda tricky- You might want to slow down as you approach that one and not come flying down the hill! Sorba Athens is doing a great job maintaining this well-used trail. This is definitely going to be a regular stop for me now. Try it- You'll like it!

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  • Drew Blankenbecler

    Rode this trail today, it was a blast. There are some technical parts and also some nice flowy sections. The trail seems well maintained and had nice markers to make sure you don't get turned around. Well worth the hour drive

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  • cmcglohon

    Trail is longer than posted here. If you include the expert loop there is 11 miles of trails here. Well marked and challenging. Well worth the drive!!!

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  • KleinGuy

    Lots of roots, but fun trail. I did a race here right after a big storm (I know that's horrible trail etiquette, but I was registered and drove a long way) and the roots were like ice. A couple of creek crossings looked like crazy whitewater. Has some good flow and downhill areas along with some climbing. I thought it had a good mix of everything. Fun trail!

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  • olcolb

    The trail is excellent shape even though its rained for 2 weeks straight. This is an excellent trail with something for everyone to enjoy. This was my first ride in 8 years and I couldn't have been happier with my choice to ride this trail!

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This trail is in great condition, and the new reroutes and new signage makes it much easier to follow the trail and choose which path you want to take.

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  • Evan07

    I ride here atleast once a week when its open. Sadly it's been closed since August but, its supposed to open in January sometimes. Its pretty fun nothing too crazy and has some good down hill.

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