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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +334/173 ft
Total: 18 riders
 

Mountain Biking Pilchers Pond

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This is a Mixed terrain trail which as the figure 8 is only 8 miles long and utilizes about 4 miles of the Pinhoti Trail used in the first 17 Miles of the Snake Creek Gap time trials. You can add the John's Mountain Scenic Overlook as an out-n-back to make this ride about 12.5 miles long. With the addition, you will climb upwards to 2000ft in the 12.5miles.
Direction: when in the Pilcher's Pond parking lot, head strait out through the gates for about a mile of double track. You will pass a small pond on the right then a larger pond on the left. As you pas the larger pond on the left, you will cross a bridge (this starts the singletrack). From here you will come to a fork in the trail with a Pinhoti Trail sign. Continue up the hill in the direction in which you came (the trail to the left is the one you'll be coming back on). Continue on the Pinhoti Trail for a few miles of flowing, swooping singletrack until you come to another split in the trail...this time the Pinhoti turns right, but you will need to turn left. Follow this down the hill until you hit a gravel road climb. Continue with the climb, followed by a small creek crossing and a downhill until you come to a Paved road...this is Pocket road. Turn left onto the paved road and follow it for about 1.5 miles (uphill mostly) until you come to the John's mountain overlook road on the right. Turn right up the overlook road for about 3/4 mile until you come to the first sweeping right turn. Once in this turn, you will see the Pinhoti trail to your right (going uphill). This is the turn back towards the car if you do not want to do the 13 miler (which is the overlook addition)... for the elevation and mileage, continue up the following 2.5 miles of climbing until you come to the scenic overlook. It's a challenging climb, but has a nice view and a fun downhill. Once you're finished catching your breath, head back down the overlook road to the Pinhoti trail on the left. Start up the Pinhoti trail, it will climb for about 1/2 miles followed by some fun, kinda steep, singletrack that mellows out for a few miles until it hits Pocket road again. At this point, Cross Pocket road and continue with the Pinhoti Singletrack until you come to another "T" At this point turn right and it's about 1.5 miles to the car. If you want to do the figure 8 again, then turn left again up the pinhoti (at the previously mentioned "T")..
I'm sorry if this sounds complicated, it's really not hard to navigate. It's well ridden, well groomed and well marked. For any concerns or if you want a guide, check the NWGA Sorba website. www.nwgasorba.org has their own forum, if you post on it that you want a tour of this trail or any of their local trails, you'll be sure to have a guide or 2 readily available.

First added by sandm96 on Jun 16, 2007. Last updated Apr 28, 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 Atlanta: I-75 north. Get off at Exit 320 (Resaca) and go northwest on 136. Follow 136 North for about 11.5 miles until you pass the Snake Creek Gap (Pinhoti Trail) Parking lot on the right. After you pass the SCG parking lot, start looking to the left as you go around the bend until you see Furnace Creek Road. Turn left onto Furnace Creek road and follow it until it "T"s into Pocket Road. Turn left onto Pocket road and follow it for about 4 miles until you pass the John's Mountain Overlook road on the right, start looking immediately to the left and you will see the Pilcher's Pond Parking lot. (If you see the Keown Falls parking lot on the right side of the road, then you've missed Pilchers, turn around)
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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    Nice chunk of trail. I rode part of this loop during the Snake Creek Gap Time Trial race.

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  • GoldenGoose
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    An easy ride through Pinhoti singletrack and a few short gravel roads to connect everything up. As easier rides go, this was one of the most enjoyable rides I've done. Nothing too complicated. A few short climbs with great, flowy downhill rewards. Keep an eye out for the multiple creek crossings as they'll sneak up on you. As always on a Pinhoti trail section, be aware of possible hikers. Hopefully I'll have a GPS map up pretty soon to help with the directions.* Review edited 12/18/2010

    * Review edited 12/18/2010

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  • jshooie
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    The directions at the top are completely right except instead of Exit 317 it is really Exit 320. It is a fun ride.

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  • sandm96
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    Rode it today with some newbies. Trail was kinda dry and dusty, but fun none-the-less. This is actually a fun night ride, good climbing training as well.

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