Paynes Creek

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Beginner
10
miles

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↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
705
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The trails are more or less a lollipop system with another lollipop offshoot from the main loop. You will enter the trail head and there will be a map board beside it. Upon getting to the split you will see a sign telling you the direction for the day.

This is a brand new trail built in co-op between the Army Corp of Eng and IMBA. Multipile SORBA chapters helped put the finishing touches on this trail and it will only get faster as its ironed in. Super fast fun and very flowy is how I would describe this awesome new addition to the NEGA area. All the fun of FATS without the drive! Built by Long Cane Trails.

Night riding is allowed, but the park closes at 10:00pm.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: How long is it -Guest

A: Says 10 miles, but If from the one review it takes 30 minutes to ride both trails I wouldn't imagine it would be longer than 4 miles or so?

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Granny Gear

July 26, 2017
 
Review: Great views of the lake. Well maintained (all blow downs and sticks are moved off the trail) Easily followed yet winding. Elevation change minimal to the point you won't have to stop unless you want to stop. Pay attention to the direction/day of week, be safe, have fun!

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Granny Gear

July 21, 2017
 
Review: I'm a beginner, 62 year old hiker and this trail was great. There were roots and rocks to watch for but the grade was good using switchbacks instead of steep climbing.

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Gramcounter

May 25, 2017
 
Review: Fast, smooth, and scenic. Flows better counter-clockwise. Very nice campgrounds.

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Granny Gear

May 2, 2017
Byram_90 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I enjoy riding this trail which is fast and flowing. I am a beginning rider (less than 1 year) and this trail is fun to ride in both directions. Limited climbs which are not too steep, and wide trails that are easy to stay on. The only downside is the number of roots along the lake shore, but I still enjoy the trail. Probably the best trail I have ridden in my limited experience.

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Granny Gear

February 11, 2017
 
Review: Today was my first ride on these trails, both the main trail and the Heart breaker. Trail conditions were great and the trail quality was excellent. Kudos to SORBA and the local volunteers for making this partnership with the USCOE happen. Excellent work and a job well done. I left a donation and I will be back even though I'm an hour and a half away. Worth it! ???????????

Similar Trail: Jackrabbit in Hayesville, NC

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Bunny Hop


February 1, 2017
archercrew Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I rode this trail on a gorgeous February day with temperature in the mid 60s. It's nice to live in the south.I rode on a Wednesday (goes counter on tue, Thurs. Sat,)in the clockwise direction and included the heartbreak ridge section as well. I would describe this trail as a feel good trail. It's long enough for a nice aerobic workout but I would say there are few technical obstacles. It is mostly good for flowy up-and-down fun riding with a few sharp turns and twists. There are only a couple of gentle sustained climbs but nothing in the Pisgah style. I would compare this trail to Tsali with smooth hard packed trail but just with no long climbs. There are some good lake views and roots really do not add to the technical challenge on this trail. This is a great trail especially if you were just getting into mountain biking. If you are a seasoned rider in shape I bet you could put it in the big ring and have a blast with some significant speed. I'm somewhere in between and had a really good time on this trail. The trail was in excellent shape and somebody has put a lot of work into maintaining it. The signage is excellent and I do not believe you could get lost even if you have never seen a map. A couple of notes. There are no bathroom facilities anywhere. And this is an extremely rural area. I was the only car in the parking lot and I suspect there was not a soul around for about 10 to 20 miles unless they were on a boat in the lake If you are in the area this is definitely a nice trail to spend a morning or afternoon.

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Gramcounter

October 2, 2016
Rkg80 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Awesome trail system!!

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Granny Gear

October 1, 2016
nicomyth Granny Gear  
 
Review: I love this trail! It's not Hardcore, challenging, or technical; it's just pure, flowy, smile-on-your-face fun. The trail is all wooded with tons of lake views. You could even stop and swim to cool off.

Both directions are a hoot but counter clockwise is best (Tues, Thurs, Sat)

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Granny Gear

August 27, 2016
koltanp Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great flowing trail, lots of fun smooth down hill. No big climbs or descents. Very fast and Easy to ride.

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Bunny Hop

July 14, 2016
jlwest60 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great Trail. No change to what others have described. I was traveling back from Helen, GA area to Savannah, GA. This provided a great place to get one more trail in during our vacation while traveling back home on a 5hr trip.

My experience: I went to the Main Trailhead with the Multi-Purpose Sign you see posted in some of the pictures on the site. If you follow the sign labeled "trails" when you drive into the campground, you can't miss it. When entering the trail, just inside the tree-line, you will come to a set of signs that give you the direction of the day. It was Weds, so I went left. This was perfect as I had an hour available and it was my first time on the trail. With that, the Weds Course will bring you to another intersection with a sign for either Heartbreak Ridge or the Main Trail System. I took Heartbreak Ridge, which on some Google Image Searches is the Blue Route. I provided a link if you would like to cut and paste it into your browser. BTW, the map with Heartbreak Ridge (blue route) is not posted at the main trail entrance.(http://www.mtnlakes.com/Nearby/PaynesCreekMultipurposeTrail/PaynesCreekTrail.htm).

Timing: From the Main Multi-Purpose Trail Head, using the Weds Route, then take the Heartbreak Ridge Trail, it only took me 30mins to complete. Perfect if you only have an hour, you could do it twice and see if you could make the second turn faster.

Trail: Trail was dry, solid, and fast. Because there has not been a lot of rain, the corners where slick, even with low tire pressure. Since I was not familiar with the course I used a lot of brake.

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