July 24, 2017
We started at the Golden Pond Visitor center and rode approximately 32 miles to the North Welcome Station. We then followed the East side of the Canal Loop to Woodlands Trace bridge. We exited the trail onto the Trace, crossed the canal bridge and rode to our hotel in Grand Rivers (only 1.3mi of road from trail to hotel) for a total of 41 mi. This resulted in a moving time of 4:30 and total of 5:42 with photo stops. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. There was one detour which used a mile or two of gravel road, but it was well marked too. I would not consider the trail difficult if only ridden a short distance. The length is what makes it difficult. The avg time listed on singletracks.com says 2 hours. That seems a bit low. 3.5~6hrs for the North/South Trail by itself would be more the AVERAGE range in my opinion. Overall, the trail was great if you like long distance remote trail. It was gravely terrain with some roots. A few climbs were steep, long, and rough, but most were good. We never had to walk our bikes. The hills only felt tough because of the long overall distance of the trail. There are many bridges that are well built. Maintenance of the whole trail was superb. No overgrowth and only a couple of trees across the trail. More bicycle traffic to push the loose rocks off would make this trail awesome.
Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap To Dug Gap