June 18, 2019
I decided to go to Talking Rock based on a friend of mines suggestion. My local rides are Taylor Randahl and Blankets Creek. So, I was up to trying something new that is relatively close by.
I arrived at the trails and parked in the first parking lot I came to on the gravel road (Carns Mill Rd.).
I look at the trail map and then proceeded to the first trail known as Fast Charlie's Loop. It was fast alright, as it may have taken me about 5 minutes to ride it, but it was a nice warm up lap with nothing to technical to ride over, and only some moderate climbing. This trail is single track with a lot of old pine needles, so it can be a little slippery when you overcook a turn. Upon coming out of Fast Charlie's, I went right into the next entrance which is Jon's Trail. Most of the trails are directional, and on this day it was clockwise. There's are signs that will keep you going in the right direction as well. Jon's Trail was just like Fast Charlie's but was about 2 miles longer. There is also a jump line loop called the Dragon's Tail that is fun. After riding Jon's and Charlie's I was thinking that I may have wasted my time coming here. Don't get me wrong, the first two trails were fun, but they weren't challenging, or scenic for me to think this was anything worth coming out to again.
From here I made my way back toward the parking lot and on to a connector trail that led me to the North Nitro Nix trail. North Nitro Nix is a two way trail so you need to look out for oncoming traffic. This trail I liked, because it started to feel like I was further north into the Ellijay trails. The hills got steeper and the vibe felt more remote. At the top of the first climb, the trail went into two directions. So wanting to keep the clockwise route going, I went left which brought me back to the gravel/fire road. I turned around and went back to the split and took a right this time. This took me to what I believe is the Black Trail, and I went down a couple of blazing fast downhills, that had switchbacks, diving turns and some good rocks to pop off of as well. There was some more climbing too, but nothing too radical. This trail would eventually flow back into North Nitro Nix. I also saw a trail that split off to the left, but I did not take it. I heard later that this is a good trail too. I really enjoyed this section of the trail, as it took more time to ride and had some nice challenges along the way.
I then road the South Nitro Nix Trail that is fast but short; a lot like Charlie's. So, not wanting to leave just yet, I rode Jon's and the Dragon Tail one more time for good measure.
Overall this was a fun ride that was worth taking a break from the usual trails I ride. I consider myself an advanced rider, and I have been riding MTB's for 30 years; I know what a good trail system is, and I'd say this one is good. This trail system can be even better with the addition of more trails. I rode my single speed (it's a good single speed ride) this day, and probably rode around 8 to 10 miles.
Some is like what you'd find at the Allatoona Trails, and some is like you'd find at Bear Creek.