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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +174/174 ft
Total: 49 riders
 

Mountain Biking Selma Erwin Nature Trail

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#41 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#1207 in the world

This trail is a blast!!! It's fairly technical, and i promise you won't leave unsatisfied. There are abundant climbs and decents. Get you a good set of grippy tires, the trail tends to get muddy after rain, and has parts that are covered with roots. There are a few spots where you ride the side of a small ravine, and a few stream crossings. Plenty of hard turns and technical spots. Two or three big decents (fast as s#@!) It's a great time. Be careful, and be sure to stop by and see the guys at Oconee Outfiters. They're super helpful, and will be glad to make sure you get to the trail.
UPDATE: A new trail head has been built at the intersection of Vinson Hwy and Laying Farm Road. It has a kiosk (with map, history and flora information) and a 2 stall changing room. The new 0.75 out and back connector trail gets you to the original trail which has now grown to just over 5 miles. With the connector trail, you will be riding about 7.5 miles to finish a lap at Selma and will be experiencing almost 1,000' of climb. It is still a BLAST!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Alright, go past Ga college front campus, and continue through downtown Milledgeville. Go through three red lights, and at the third take a right, it'll be HW 112. (Georgia Military College will be on your right) Go down this road until you run into a stop sign. Take a left and drive approximately 4-5 miles. You'll see the prison up on your left after you cross a bridge. Begin to slow down, the trail entrance is on your right, not marked. Two tire tracks are visible. Follow these back (not far at all) and the trailhead will be right in front of you. The local bike shop keeps the trail up. Ride the trail counter clockwise. Have a blast!!!
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Leaf-covered (on Dec 20, 2017)
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  • Hoosker Doo

    Thanks.
    Also, how bad is signage..?
    I wanted to ride both Selma & Bertram w/out getting lost.

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  • tegang300
    *****

    Sorry to hear that you had such a bad time sgcpro. The trails were all blown clean just over a week after you came over. You should definitely come back and give it another try. While you are at it, ride south across the field to Batram Forest and enjoy 8 more miles of single track with some technical sections and lots of fast and flowing sections that will give you a needed break from Selma's roots and rocks. With both trails you can get in close to 20 miles if you take the Red loop at Batram that includes some of the double track.

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  • jparke
    *****

    Selma is now back open after Hurricane Irma. Trails have been blown of all leaves and debris. All down trees have been removed. Selma is currently up to roughly 7 miles of trail with the new trailhead connector. Selma provides some of the most technical trail in the Central Georgia area. Most intermediate riders can finish a lap from the new trailhead in under an hour and a half.

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  • GrantB
    *****

    Still the most technically rewarding trail in this part of Georgia. Makes your heart 'splode. Some of the old straight up climbs have been re-routed into more sustainable switchbacks to the larger benefit of the trail. Still a favorite.

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  • GeorgiaBoy
    *****

    I would rate this trail as a Difficult Intermediate owing to the challenge of balancing on the abundance of roots and rocks on it. Challenging climbs, lots of turns, fun downhills, and a good workout await you at Selma Erwin. I usually ride the trail counter-clockwise first, then turn around...a real workout! Have only seen a couple of other bikers there, mostly hikers.

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  • GeorgiaBoy
    *****

    I would rate this trail as a Difficult Intermediate owing to the challenge of balancing on the abundance of roots and rocks on it. Challenging climbs, lots of turns, fun downhills, and a good workout await you at Selma Erwin. I usually ride the trail counter-clockwise first, then turn around...a real workout! Have only seen a couple of other bikers there, mostly hikers.

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  • *****

    Party on! The trail is awesome and a perfect mix of technical riding!

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  • Hardtail.Junky
    *****

    Used to ride this trail in college. Last time I rode was in 2005 but I still remember how awesome this place was. Would highly recommend this track to anyone daring to make their heart explode. Very tough work out there!

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  • bigjules74
    *****

    Very technical trail. All other reviews are spot on. This is a pretty tough trail but I enjoyed all of it. Bartram Forest is down the road, so be sure to ride that to. And if you can't find the trail go to Oconee Outfitters! Thanks Adam.

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  • smoke711
    *****

    One word: AWESOME! This trail was a blast. It is very very well kept! If you are a beginner to this sport, I advise you to go to Batram Forest and practice before hitting this trail. Alot of roots, rocks, and steep climbs! There is some steep dh's as well. Basically this trail is freaking awesome! Cant wait to go back!
    -"Rip hard, ride free and keep it real"

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  • sarahbeth.t
    ****

    I don't know when I'll have the guts to bike this, but I ran it to check it out and its pretty wild. Just running it was a challenge. Its incredibly well maintained for the length and remote location and it probably doesn't see much traffic because of the trail's difficulty. Very technical, it winds its way through a dozen ridges and stream crossings with plenty of sharp switch backs, steep descents/ascents, and narrow squeezes through trees. Its incredibly beautiful out there though, a hearty challenge, and well worth a run or ride.

    * Review edited 3/29/2009

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  • johnbarberr
    ****

    I'll start off as saying I'm a beginner. This is the second trail I've ever riden. Needless to say, i got my ass kicked by this trail. Tons of roots, rocks, some of the steepest hills you will encounter. I'd say it's easily 75% uphill 25% fast downhill. I ended up walking at least half of the trail. All in all, probably one of the most fun and most difficult trails in the southeast (according to a guy i encountered cleaning sticks off the trail).

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