South Loop

4.65 out of 5
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↑ 500 ft
↓ 600 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
A 4.2 mile directional loop that is directional based on the day of the week. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are counter clockwise. Listed as advanced in difficulty, the loop is more of a technical challenge than the others in the Blankets Creek system. The aerobic level is moderate but that is all relative to your level of conditioning and the pace you decide to ride. Several rock gardens, a couple log crossings, and a tons of roots await you. While you may encounter hikers on the other trails in the Blankets system, the sign at the South Loop trailhead specifically discourages their use of this trail as it is very tight and could cause injuries.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (18)

Granny Gear

May 27, 2019
pauldominy Granny Gear  
Review: I am a local so I ride Blankets regularly. South Loop is not a flow trail nor is it a trail that is particularly fast. There are a LOT of roots and rocks with some technical climbs thrown in. However, it is a trail that will challenge your technical riding skills and aerobic capacity. I ride it often and I enjoy it. Afterwards, Dwelling Loop makes a great cool down ride!

Granny Gear

July 22, 2018
Les_197 Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome trail, not as much flow as Dwelling or Van Michael, but it is a great place to work on technical skills.

Similar Trail: Rope Mill, Jackson Hill, Dwelling Loop


December 1, 2016
Review: Van Michael is one the best trails in the state. Especially since they have re-done so many of the rollers and turns


November 13, 2016
C-Lo Singletrack  
Review: This is one of the fastest trails I have been on. I wiped out on the first few turn coming down from the top. The climb to get to the top is a beast but worth it.


September 15, 2015
Rebus Singletrack  
Review: A lot more fun than I remembered. A good place to work on every skill in MTB.Rock gardens, roots, steep drops, etc. A good workout.

Similar Trail: Rope Mill 's Avalanche


May 7, 2015
Review: A little slice of North Georgia close to the city.

South Loop is the most technical trail at Blankets Creek. Excellent for working on your bike-handling skills.

Some tough, switchback climbs with rocks in them keep you on your toes. A couple of high speed descents, nothing very long of course. Feels much more remote than the rest of the trails there.

You're less likely to run into other riders on South Loop. All around great trail.

Similar Trail: Dwelling Loop / VMT / Blankets Creek, Rope Mill


November 23, 2014
acwtim Gramcounter  
Review: This trail has some very difficult climbs. Half of the loop follows the shoreline of lake Allatoona with moderate elevation changes,but the other half has difficult climbs and descents with some pretty technical rock sections.


June 3, 2014
Review: This one is very technical with some rock ledges and very tight sections with a mix of good climbs with some good views of lake Allatoona.


May 28, 2014
jkey6 Gnarly  
Review: Definitely the best technical trail in the Atlanta area. Sad to hear that VMT is having issues, hopefully it will open back up soon!


April 8, 2014
nohyphens Gramcounter  
Review: They've recently closed the rocky, switchback section that's made this trail so famous (see profile picture). It's still a hell of a ride, but about 1 mile has been cut off. Trail now redirects riders through Inner Loop trail instead of outer VMT at end. Still very technical in fun but missing its signature calling.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti Trails, Taylor Randahl

South Loop MTB Trail 4.65 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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