Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Elevation: +342/315 ft
Total: 518 riders
Mountain Biking Sope Creek
#178 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#9046 in the world
With around 9 miles of intermediate trails, Sope Creek is one of the most accessible MTB trails near the city of Atlanta. The trail is directional, depending on the day, and form a figure 8 with a bidirectional connector between the top and bottom loops. The top loop, around 2 miles, is flat and perfect for an experienced intermediate and above. The 7 miles bottom loop (also known as Cochran Shoals) is intermediate with flowy, hilly and rocky sections that will give you a good workout. Watch your 10mph speed limit and be friendly to hikers and dogs since this trail gets busy on weekends.
Three parking areas, all with a $3 daily fee, are convenient depending on where you are driving from. From the Cochran Shoals and Columns Drive parking areas, follow a quarter mile gravel road until you find the trailhead and go uphill to view the day's direction. From the Paper Mill Road parking area go downhill on the gravel trail past Sibley Pond to main trailhead map. Bathroom and water facilities located at the Cochran Shoals parking area nearest I285.
Before you go
- Drinking water
- No E-bikes permitted
- No Fat biking allowed in winter
- No Fee required
- No Lift service
- No Night riding allowed
- No Pump track
From GA 400 southbound take Abernathy exit. Turn right on Abernathy. Travel about two miles on Abernathy to Johnsons Ferry Rd. Turn right onto Johnson's Ferry. Go past the river and turn left onto Paper Mill road, the second intersection after the river. Go about two miles and turn left into the parking lot marked by the brown Chatahoochee River Recreation Area signs.
Alternate: From 285, exit Northside Drive (stay north of 285). From east, take right onto Interstate N Pky-looks like you are going into office park, but otherwise you just get back on 285. From west, left on new northside, cross 285 and stay straight into Interstate N Pky (basically u-turn). Turn into parking lot immediately after river. Make donation. Don't be fooled by number of cars-mostly hikers.
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