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Level: Beginner
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +111/104 ft
Total: 16 riders

Mountain Biking Water Tank Trail

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#162 of 397 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#4,391 in the world

Approximately 4 miles of tight single track packed into a small spot behind the Water treatment plant. Some decent views from the top and several small creek crossings along the way. Smooth hardpack for the most part but the twisty trail will keep you on your toes. Great for people who live in the area.

First added by GoldenGoose on Sep 1, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-75, take exit 312 and head west (Ga53). Turn right on US 41 north. Left on Ga 156 west/ West Line street. Head approximately 1/10th of a
mile and make a left on Kirby Street just before the bridge. Kirby is not well marked so keep your eyes open for the water plant. Make a left on the first gravel drive on your left, marked no dumping, and follow the signs to the parking area.
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  • ms23t

    Really nice single track. Has been recently cleaned up and was a challenge for a trail run! Go check it out!

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  • ryanholio

    Having lived most of my life in Calhoun I am pleased to see something like this in the area. I would like to thank the people for putting in the time to making it and keeping it up. Having said that, i would like to see them expand this to make some rock garden sections. I have been living in New England for the past 15 years and rocks are EVERYWHERE. You eventually adapt to the riding style and itbis actually fun once you acclimate. This trail is ridiculously easy except for the small push to the top. I miss riding in the South but this trail needs the rock garden section to add some diversity. The downhill is very fun in a flowy XC kind of way. You could ride this entire trail on a road bike. Again, thanks to all who built this. I appreciate your time and hard work. Just make it a lot harder in a few sections and watch this place come alive!!

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  • Rxvxs

    Well maintained bike/hiking/running trail. Lots of roots with a big climb to a scenic view. It is a 4.4 mile loop in a clockwise direction.

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  • spc7669

    I rode the trail for the first time today. Great afternoon ride. Tight singletrack with some good climbs. As is typical in NW GA, there are a lot of roots. All in all, it was well worth it. I rode CCW, but it seemed like everyone else rode CW. I'll try it that way next time.

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  • tangomm

    Nice little flow a couple of climbs nothing bad and definitely worth coming here. I live in Rome ga and didn't know this existed. Funny thing is I road snake Creek gap yesterday and that was a booger and even ended up over the handlebars so today was a breather. I plan on going back after I totally recoup from that endo, nice trail.

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  • toprodtn

    Friday, 4/12/13 trail was wet and muddy in many sections but mostly dry on Sunday 4/14/13 but lots of mosquitos.

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  • toprodtn

    Water Tank Trail built under the leadership of Jim Prater, Prater Ford and Marcus Palazzolo, Cherokee Cycle in Calhoun with support from the city of Calhoun. The trail is maintained by the city and volunteer efforts. To learn about volunteer opportunities "like" Cherokee Cycle on Facebook.

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  • toprodtn

    Fun, Fun trail. I live just 2.8 miles from trail head. Kirby Rd is now well marked - turn right off Line Rd and go a short distance on gravel road and turn left to parking area. The trail head is NOT at parking area but ride back down road and turn left, down the hill and trail begins on left just before road begins to go up.
    I would love to know who designed and built this trail and who maintains it now. I would like to volunteer.* Review edited 9/27/2012

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  • bigb2000

    My parents live in Calhoun and decided to drop in on this trail. Not what I was expecting. Seriously kicked my butt. have rode harder trails, but something about this one. Reminds me of the old trails in woods we rode 20 years ago. You will like this one if:
    - enjoy ungroomed trails.
    - having the trail to yourself, it's lonely.
    - tight single track with downed trees and roots.
    - laugh at poison Ivey and thorny bushes.
    If you ride alone, let others know your going. It's not remote but definitely unused.

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  • StolenGoose706

    Kirby road not marked, turn right ar "Calhoun Rabies Control" sign, then turn left where it says bike strail. Overall nice trail, has blazes and well marked. However the back the back portion is now flooded by the creek due to recent storms.* Review edited 3/10/2012

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  • may0307

    Nice track. Well taken care of.

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  • jashyde

    The directions are confusing. I lived in this area until just recently and there are much easier ways to get here. Take exit 315(Red Bud Rd.) and go west, cross 41 and make a left on Mauldin. Turn left when you dead end at the National Guard Armory and take your next right. Kirby Rd. will be about 1/2 mile up on your right. Turn in at the "no dumping allowed" signs.

    This was my first time riding the trail(I've heard about it from friends but haven't made the trip). My bike computer showed roughly 3.30 miles on both laps. The trail is laid out fairly well although there are a couple spots where a quick downhill could continue straight but instead makes a quick left or right turn. Lots of potential here for free ride areas. Scenery is nice too. It's not a trail to make a special trip to but, if you have your bike and are in the area check it out.

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  • GoldenGoose

    After a little confusion finding the place, I was pleasantly surprised to find a fun, albeit short, ride. Twisty singletrack lays out before you and the trails take advantage of every speck of dirt possible. I preferred the flow when ridden in a clockwise direction but both ways were fun. Trails were very well marked and it even looked like someone may have staged a small race there recently. The only spot that can be a bit difficult to navigate is the area near the radio tower. Lots of options in that area for small shoot trails. For the most part, everything comes back to the main loop so don't worry about getting lost.

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