Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails At Olde Rope Mill Park

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +365/378 ft
Total: 173 riders
 

Mountain Biking Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails At Olde Rope Mill Park

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#296 of 469 mountain bike trails in Georgia
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Currently, 3 loops of varying difficulty amounting to 14 miles of riding. Loops are all beginner to intermediate in difficulty. Loops are stacked, so it's easy to shorten or lengthen your ride as needed.

Avalanche is the longest and most difficult trail with few technical features. Punchy climbs.

Explorer is more open and flowier than Avalanche, but still very XC.

The Mill trails are new-school flow trails with lots of jumps and berms. Jumps are mainly tabletops, but the few that aren't are rollable.

Trails are directional. Sun/M/W/F: CW or left; T/T/Sat: CCW or right.

Room to expand on the north side of the river will probably produce one last loop. Future plans also include connecting these trails to Blankets Creek for over 30 miles of continuous singletrack riding.

Night riding allowed, but park closes at 11pm.

Before you go
  • Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
From the I-75, take I-575 north. Exit at Towne Lake Parkway and turn right. Make your first left onto Woodstock Parkway and follow it until it dead ends into Olde Rope Mill Rd. Make a left. Make your first right onto Rope Mill Rd. The park will be at the end of the road.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Woodstock, Georgia

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Beginner | 1 mi
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Beginner | 3.6 mi
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Intermediate | 4 mi
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Intermediate | 3 mi

Rider questions

Q: Which trail the beginners?
A: The explorer trail and the mill trail both have beginner loops and are well marked. Also there are maps in the parking lot.

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  • pkrohnert
    Reviewing The Mill:
    *****

    Great trail - a lot of climbing, but the fun, flowy descents are worth it. I think I prefer counter-clockwise days.

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  • Geopht
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    Park was closed as of 10am 3/7/2020
    Drove 30 miles for nothing ????

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  • rr210024
    Reviewing The Mill:
    *****

    I love these trails. With easily 80% of my rides having been at Harbins, Tribble and Chicopee over the last 20 years, mostly due to convenience, it's awesome to ride something so fast and flowy for a change of pace. Have ridden here 3 times and enjoy the four trails of The Mill a bit more each time. Great set of trails!

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  • BillBB
    Reviewing The Mill:
    *****

    The Sorba crew is working hard polishing the gem of a park
    Raceway and Turbine are all about fun @ easy & easy intermediate

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  • RobNikoleAllen
    Reviewing The Mill:
    ****

    Well marked and maintained, the various loops that make up the Mill section all connect at "the knot" creating a great opportunity to ride the fast and flowey bits or the slightly more technical bits in any combination that you want.

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  • RobNikoleAllen
    *****

    Parking was a little challenging (Sunday after 4th of July though)- but nice facilities, well marked, fast & flowing trails and well maintained. We will definitely be back. I will say even though parking was busy- trails were not crowded.

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  • Slee_Stack
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    So bizarre that the below review complained about these trails so much. I wonder how they haven't been to a true 1 star trail system before. Try The Beach or Silver Comet side trails and get back to us on a real 1 star. Its just plain wrong to rate Rope Mill lower than a 3.

    I personally prefer Rope Mill to Blankets Creek across the road. Act shocked! Blankets is often a tad too busy and I'm just not in love with any single trail there.

    The Mill set of trails provide FASSST fun flow and berms and tables and a few techy alt lines. Frankly, it makes VM at Blankets feel meh. Turbine just rocks! The Mill alone is reason enough to visit Taylor Randahl.

    Avalanche loop(s) provide a workout with all its ups and downs as well as plenty of roots and technical sections. Yes, it requires effort to maintain momentum on Avalanche and there are lots of roots, rocks or turns that will sap momentum. Some people won't like that. I actually like getting a workout, at least for part of my ride and Avalanche gives me that while still providing a challenge beyond a straight climb.

    Explorer trails are a great, mostly moderate warm up. They are the most Vanilla at Rope Mill.

    All in all Rope Mill is one of my personal top 5 trail system around Atlanta.

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  • jdbakin1
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    It's uphill in both directions. Not sure how the trailbuilders did that. Avalanche just sucks the entire time and Explorer is still sucky, but not as much as Avalanche. Both have 3 seconds of downhill and then a 1 minute climb followed by 3 seconds of downhill and then a 1 minute climb. Occasionally you'll get a 10 second downhill followed by a 5 minute climb. Rinse and repeat. Come here to get in a workout, but not to have fun.
    Raceway and Powerhouse are the only two fun ones but they do not have any technical sections - just paved and flowy.

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  • theleggett
    *****

    Super fun trails! Great riding for beginners and experienced folks. Having a blast switching between the trails here and Blankets Creek.

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  • raaiken
    *****

    Great trails especially to bring an occasional mountain biker to. Don't use the directions from the app took me about 20 minutes in the wrong direction and ended in a neighborhood

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  • Louis Harris
    Reviewing Avalanche Trail:
    *****

    Awesome trail. There are some short gnarly climbs at the beginning and end but there are so many good sections. The trail snakes through the woods and there is a lot of fun narrow single track sections. There are 3 loop options that you can use to shorten the trail. Really good mix to do out at Rope is Avalanche, Raceway, and Turbine. IMO Rope Mill is the best trail system in the metro area.

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  • Louis Harris
    *****

    Just rode out here for the first time today. 2 words - awesome and FUN. I met some guys there and we rode Explorer first. This trail has combinations that exist on all the systems - short climbs followed by really fun downhills. Afterwards we did the Mill. It was hard to imagine the trail could get more fun but it did. The Mill reminds me a lot of Thompson Loop at Tsali. I didn't have time to do Avalanche but definitely going to ride out here again - soon. Excellent trail design and rides more like rollercoaster than a mt bike trail.

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  • BillBB
    *****

    Raceway is Hors Categorie....not rateable....
    It is just way too much fun to quantify...
    Ride On!

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  • AUHansel
    *****

    Love these trails.

    Ride Avalanche if you want to "work". It's not too bad, but it is the "toughest" out of the 3 areas.

    Explorer is pretty fun with a couple slightly technical spots, but mostly simple stuff.

    The Mill is super flowy with lots of bermed turns, but is really most fun on Tues/Thurs/Sat (although Turbine is a single direction trail).

    Parking is a bit nuts there now, as the park has become very popular for kayaking, SUP, hikers, and MTB. There is an auxiliary/overflow lot up the hill from the park that I've never seen completely full.

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  • rue_REPTAR
    Reviewing The Mill:
    ****

    This is a fun bike ride but very short on distance. All of the trails come together at one point in the woods which is a good rest/hangout area for bikers. There is water and restrooms at the Rope Mill Park which is attached. There are always a ton of people there so try to go as early in the day as possible unless you are a fan of the crowds. It's a great place for beginners with less experience and lower stamina. Moore's Pass and Turbine come together as one trail for about .25 miles so be careful of this.

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  • CaribMtb
    ***

    The trails are short with good flows. Nothing too hard. Worth doing if you add Blankets & Big Creek into a day's riding

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  • kenwrightjr
    Reviewing Avalanche Trail:
    ****

    This is a really fun trail to ride. Only a couple of cons but, very minor ones at that. There could be better signage nearby the CW and CCW entrances. After you make the initial climb and get your heart rate jumping off the scales this trail has some fun, fast, yet quick flows. Very challenging due to being very narrow at times and some good rocky, rooty parts back on Loop 2.

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