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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +156/ -141 ft
Total: 86 riders

Mountain Biking Turtle Back Loop

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#50 of 397 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#1,241 in the world

The Turtle Back Loop is a fast flowing singletrack trail with fun features and a few tight turns thrown in to keep you on your toes. The trail attributes include: several rock features, multiple bridges, berms and dips. The degree of difficulty is beginner/intermediate. The Turtle Back Loop has beginner elevations with intermediate features making it a good choice for beginners with improved skills and conditioning.

First added by rbenson on Jun 19, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Trail can be accessed from the Old Stilesboro parking lot via the Turtle Back Connector.
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  • Louis Harris

    I'll give this trail a 4 based on the overall trail system at Allatoona creek. The trail is a good distance and well marked. It has a few nice flow sections but from about mile 1.5 to 3 seemed like a lot of short uphill climbs without much reward(going counter-clockwise. Overall I think this trail is more fun and has more flow going clockwise. Going cw after about a mile you hit Red Baron with some tough climbs to start; and ends with some good downhills. The last half of TB is a lot of fun with some fun flow sections. About mid-way through you can also detour and go check out the Pitner road dog park and jump area. Also a good fun warm-up is the connector trail from the parking lot.

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  • KenVDZ

    Pretty nice flowing trail with some obstacles but not too difficult. 4 Miles is a pretty long loop though.

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  • belzey

    Great trail. It has great flow and a couple good technical sections. Classic singletrack.

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  • kenwrightjr   ✓ supporter

    Though an approx 4 mile ride it is relatively flat and windy (curvy). No real challenges. But, it is a fun trail to bike on nevertheless.

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  • spc7669

    This trail has plenty of variety and good flow. It's one of my favorite trails to ride. Red Baron and Whipper Snapper are accessed from this trail.

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  • Soerene

    Meh. Not sure why there are so many great reviews of Turtle Back Loop. I found it to be tediously rooty, with very little flow. I bike Blankets and Sope Creek regularly, so I am no stranger to roots. This trail was way easier technically, but the smaller roots seemed never ending.

    Rusty Bucket was a good beginner section.
    Mason's Loop was fun. Nothing hard or steep. Think it was rated more difficult, but seemed about the same skill wise aside from 1 or 2 sections you could easily walk , however a much more pleasant ride.
    Had planned to run Voo-doo but it was closed.
    Decent ride if you are local but we will probably stick with Blankets, Sope, and Taylor Randall rather than Alatoona.

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  • amercycprod

    Nice beginner /intermediate trail. Not too technical to take first timers on (skipping the Red Baron loop). Tough enough for the advanced rider to get a good workout or warm up on and add the Red Baron for more challenges.

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  • Rebus   ✓ supporter

    I like this trail a lot. It's good solid miles with varied terrain and decent flow. There's not a lot of elevation changes, but there are some sections that require a bit of skill to get through. Roots, rocks, the standard stuff for north GA trails.

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  • khicks51

    Great trail. My favorite of all trails at Allatoona Creek due to its variety: really fun flow in areas, no crazy climbs, has some very tight n tricky areas, and most importantly is the gateway to the super fun Red Baron and Whipper Snapper trails!

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  • tom mayer

    After riding all the trails in the park I can say this is my favorite. Not too tough & not to technical. Although the optional obstacles out there are.

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  • montgomery48

    Awesome trail. Really fast and fun. All the features really make this one of my favorite trails.

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  • TheFuzz1290

    I'm still fairly new to riding, but all the beginner trails I've ridden have been too easy. However, most intermediate trails have been hit or miss with their difficulty. With Turtle Back Loop, I found a trail that is perfect for my current skill (and bike) level. There were some tight turns, decent climbs, and even places where you could practice short jumps (I didn't trust my bike to hold up, so I didn't jump). There were also some very tight places where some bigger riders might have a hard time squeezing through. The only time I had to get off the bike and walk up a climb is when I failed to gain enough momentum to make the climb (due to my lack of experience). I missed the Turtle Back Spur trail, but Whipper Snapper was marked well. I'll definitely try to get back to this trail more often, even though its a bit of a drive for me.

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  • Clint Deskins

    Fun Trail. I like this one better than Mason's Bridge across the street. There are a lot of nice berms throughout and and expert .5 mile path called the Whipper Snapper. This trail is def expert also. You can hurt yourself if you are not skilled enough. Turtle Back is very fast and flowy. There aren't a lot of climbs except for one or two on the Turtle back Spur loop. All in all, this was one of my favorite trails while I lived in GA

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  • wizum

    A really fun trail with a lot of tight turns, lots of roots, and not a whole lot of climb. I'd say this trail from a technical standpoint is a beginner to intermediate. There really isn't any climbs, though a lot of small ups and downs. Plenty of windy sections but plenty of places to gain some fun speed too. If you take the spur trail be prepared for a little climb, in either direction. You can get some nice speed on this section. You will also encounter some wood technical ramps that sit next to the trail. These are nice for practicing some balance and control skills. If you come across the "Whipper Snapper" advanced trail be warned. These obstacles are advanced. I have a bent seat to prove it. But stay off that and enjoy a really nice flowing ride. This trail is a 3 miler with an additional 1 mile if you do the spur trail

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  • atlantamx3

    This trail was loads of fun although I think its more intermediate than beginner. Some really narrow spots (more "fat-man squeezes" than necessary) and lots of twists back on itself. That being said, its a great place to hone bike control skills and get a glimpse of some more difficult elements. The "Spur" has some pretty crazy climbs (counter-clockwise) that I had to get off and walk up. Did I say it was narrow? Had lots of fun here and I am a new rider! (BTW, Park at the Pitner Rd Dog Park!)* Review edited 10/7/2012

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  • coolsurf

    Great trail for beginner or intermediate. I am new to Mtn biking and really enjoyed it. Of course we picked the hottest day in years to ride it but it was well worth it. Had it's moderate challenges in spots and good cardio on the uphills which were not too bad. Be carefull of narrow spots if new to the trail. Great trail and will return.* Review edited 6/30/2012

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