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Level: Beginner
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +37/11 ft
Total: 40 riders
 

Mountain Biking North Cooper Lake Park Trail

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#266 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#11,169 in the world

Grand Re-Opening of the trails on Saturday, Oct 19th, 2019! The trails (old & new) are all currently open (before the official ribbon cutting), but they are still installing trail signs and other facilities-related items.

The Main loop is a Bi-directional trail that is .75 miles long with some decent climbing and some fun and easy descents. The main loop is a good place to take a beginner as it will show them some decent mountain biking without it being to hard where they will hate the sport. There is now a fork in the trail about half way through the main loop which you cant miss although there is no sign. Once you take the fork there can be some two way traffic in that section as when you return you must take that connector. Once you have finished there is some technical punchy climbs and a wooden feature. I have found the best route is to take the right all the way to the top of the hill as you will be pretty much parallel to the road. Once at the top just take the single-track on the left and enjoy your hard work. Go down to the creek relax a little and then begin the climb to the main loop.

First added by sean_murphy on Sep 25, 2010. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I285 take the Cobb Parkway Exit US41, to Spring Road, drive 4 miles,
(Spring turns into Concord after you cross over South Cobb Drive), left at
North Cooper Lake Road, approx 1 mile to park on left, Open daylight hours
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Rider questions

Q: I saw a news story about development plans for this park, to be decided by 9/2018. I'm looking to buy a house that appears to border this park and it would be awesome to have backyard MTB access! (and to work w/local riders to maintain trails easily!) Can anyone give me updates on what's happening with this park?
A: Grand (re?) opening of the park October 19, 2019.

Q: What time does park open
A: Park used to have a gate that was only open durning daylight hours. The gate is gone now, but there are still a couple signs referencing daylight hour usage.

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  • SamWhited
    *****

    Nice easy trails without having to load up the truck or leave town; seems to be well managed, but I wish they didn't allow walkers on the trails. Overall I'm very pleased that this exists so close to town, it's not the best trail in the world, but it's great to have nearby!

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  • pkrohnert   ✓ supporter

    Unfortunately this park used to be an old landfill, and there are still some remnants of that. Smyrna Parks & Rec are working to get the problem areas cleaned up, but their time is divided among many other parks as well.

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  • William Whitley
    ****

    The trail is open prior to the official on 10/19/19. Not too many miles, but there is a long descent and smooth climbing. Nice, but not very technically challenging. The skills course is pretty good. Several wooden ramp table tops, a big wooden berm, Several short rock gardens to practice on. If you combine both, this new park is worth visiting.

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  • pkrohnert   ✓ supporter
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    Trail is currently closed for construction, as of July 9, 2019. I ride there fairly frequently, I'll post an update when I see that it's open again.

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  • davidaholcomb
    **

    The main loop is a short beginner loop. The split off to the right (Tuesday) changes to intermediate. There are bridges, and punchy hills. All the side trails seem to run into someone's back yard or dead end into a street. Some how I was able to get in three miles w/o a dog chasing me or someone yelling at me from their kitchen window.

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  • pkrohnert   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Someone has blown the leaves off of the first half of the right (Sun-Tue-Wed-Fri) loop, it's in great shape. The second half is covered in leaves, but I wasn't having any traction issues. The last time I rode the other trails that loop around the other side of the park (a month ago?), they were getting pretty sketchy.

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  • pkrohnert   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Fun little loop, close to home. As BobATL said, the bridge at the entrance is composite not wood - I had a minor incident there too. The other two bridges on the trail are also fairly slippery when damp, use caution. I've been riding it fairly early in the morning on the weekends - keep an eye out for a little tortoise that seems to hang out right on the trail.

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  • BobATL
    **

    Didn't expect the bridge to be composite not wood at the entrance
    :( ... crashed .. then the main trail needs clearing badly... poison oak is overgrown ... SORBA time!

    We feel this is slightly above Blankets Creek and give it intermediate more than beginner...

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  • mitari
    ****

    Pretty fun trail near my house. The main loop is really clear with some fun but easy elevation changes. There is a new part to the trail that is not very well marked but very fun with some really punchy climbs and some good obstacles. It was in need of a little work but not too bad. All they need to do is better signs and a little maintenance and it will be a great trail.

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  • Louis Harris
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    I reviewed back in 2013. Just noted. I thought I would update the review. The N. Cooper Lake park gets quite a bit more foot traffic these days so the trail is a bit more worn. I have mostly been using the trail as a hiking trail. If you start on the Eastern side of the park near a big cut down tree you will find a trail that loops around the backside of the park behind the retention pond. It connects with the short section with the bridges. Overall I can get a solid 1 1/2 hike with some pretty decent elevation changes. I have no idea how people traverse some of the trail sections on a mt bike but more power to them if they do.

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  • hammerite
    ****

    I use this trail for getting a quick 30 minutes of exercise in when I don't have much time. I live nearby so it happens to be easy for me to get to. The main 0.75 mile loop is clearly marked, and very wide in some sections. There are 2 very over-built wooden bridges on that section, but it still has some fun sweeping elevation in its short distance. If you look for the off shoots, there is another section of trail maintained by a neighbor which offers more challenge. This side of the trail is setup like a ladder with 3 side to side trails connected by the two up/down trails, so you can mix and match and make your workout unique.

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  • TheFuzz1290
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    The only reason I gave it a 4 is that its good for what it is. This is a 3/4 mile track that isn't maintained by any SORBA agency. There are some side trails that were made by a local rider, but some have been chained off by property owners. Counter clockwise offers a decent climb, and two bridges as well. Dog walkers out number riders 5 to 1, as I've never seen anyone else on the trail with me. This is probably a beginner trail, but not difficult for an intermediate or advanced rider, but if you need a quick fix its not bad. There's also no limit on how many loops you can make, but you'll get bored before any real mileage kicks in.

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  • sartogo
    ***

    Very short trail, but it's a loop so you can keep going as much as you like. Has some elevation, a few bridges and a couple of tight turns. Can be a good workout if you live in the area, but not worth driving to if you are closer to sope creek or other real trails.

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  • TJB85
    ***

    I went out and road this trail today. It seems that it's not been used at all, the trail itself is hard to see. It's very short. I live very close to here, I won't be coming back.

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  • Louis Harris
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    Just got back from this trail. The main loop is about 1/2 mile. It's really compact and has some steep but short climbs and dips. There's really no way to get any momentum going. It would be better if they would carve out some more switch backs rather than blaze the trail straight up the hills. Still it is what it is; a short mt bike trail in the middle of Smyrna. If you do multiple laps it will give you a good workout and is a good trainer for longer rides.

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  • leeboat
    ****

    As stated before, this is a great little trail to get a quick workout, work on your skills. I try to get out there at least twice a week (between riding my road bike and swimming). It needs to be ridden in more and occasionally needs a limb or small tree cut and removed from the path. Say hi to the dog walkers!

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  • kingjohn08
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    Put Honeysuckle Dr SE Smyrna, GA 30082 in your Gps go past the street maybe .3 miles the driveway to the trail will be on your left next to a house with 2 old muscle cars (1 is a old green gto) in drive way, Its the big fence cant miss it If u come to a stop sign you've gone to far. ======= Ain't nothin sketch unless your scared of old white people in gardening clothes.
    kinda loose packed dirt absorbs energy on climbs. I'd say its really technical, steep down hill/up hill into sharp corners. Ive rode the Van Michel at blankets creek no crashes but North cooper lake trail I drop the bike almost every other time and i've rode it many time (live down the street).and I'm a pretty decent rider i think. If u take it slow you'll be fine, but who goes slow?lol. Its a very tight trail compact trail.* Review edited 5/26/2011* Review edited 5/26/2011

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  • GoldenGoose
    **

    Short beginner trail in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Great for kids and first timers. Less than a mile and almost nothing technical. With a few more miles, this would be a nice beginners trail.

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  • WillardZ
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    This trail was a great little workout trail. When you put this in the GPS it can bring you to the wrong location, which the other reviewer probably went to. It is not sketchy, it is at N Cooper Lake park, off Concord Rd, not East West Connector. It is small, and easy but it is close to me, so I will be going back frequently.

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