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Level: Beginner
Length: 18 mi (29 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +460/306 ft
Total: 120 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bartram Trail / West Dam / Wildwood Park

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#148 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#7577 in the world

A 9.5 mile trail that goes along the lakeshore to the Petersburg camping area. It is technical in some areas but mostly for novice-intermediate riders. I have been riding fior 10 years and use it for speed work. You can easily get an average speed of 10-11 mph.

First added by alvin.santoy on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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Take Washington rd out of Augusta to Pollards Corner take a left towards the lake and proceed about 6 mi to West Dam picnic area. Turn left into the park. The trail head is on the left
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Q: Dirt bikes?
A: As in motorbikes? No. No motorbikes or horses.

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  • scgpro
    Reviewing Lake Springs Loop:
    ****

    Watch for logging at the bottom of the long downhill. The trail is still there though. Nothing to worry about today

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  • wfool
    ***

    I like to go to Bartam for a relaxing ride from time to time. They have been doing some logging on the West Dam side. I went to the Wildwood side and there was more logging over there. They have cut some roads into the area and it is a little soft in those spots, multiple trees across the trail. Hopefully the logging will be completed soon.

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  • Scottyray12

    A lot of fun!! Nothing to challenging but if you love to ride, go fast, with lots of cornering this is the trail. If you come from out of town there is plenty of camp sites.

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  • Patt Lennon
    ***

    Very easy flow trail with lots of pain straw. Make sure you do the lake loop. Has a little more elevation and is very pretty.

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  • Wingleader04
    Reviewing Lake Springs Loop:
    *****

    This a great alternative to the FATS trails for newbies like myself. I have been riding for about a month and a half and this has been a fantastic trail to gain some confidence on. It's well marked, has a nice view of the lake, some fun downhill sections and no major features that would be intimidating for new riders. It can be ridden by itself or you can loop it with the 4.2 mile Petersburg trail for a total riding distance of almost 12 miles. It's very beginner friendly and a great place to learn to ride singletrack.

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  • GrindingGears
    ****

    Very nice trail. My son, who is 9 years old and a beginner, had a great time on this trail. It is very easy going and mostly flat. There were a few areas that he had to get off and push his bike up a hill, but nothing too bad for his age and level. We did not take the lake loop which is an intermediate level trail. There was a 'T' intersection that could have used a little better signage...go left if you want to avoid the lake loop.

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  • scgpro
    *****

    Great ride today. I rode from the Petersburg trailhead to the Lake Springs loop. I love this 9.5 mile loop. A big thanks to whoever cleared all the trees that were downed by Hurricane Irma.

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  • Eric Story
    *****

    Trail is in great shape. Very good trail to practice with speed. Like to add that this trail is easily marked and would be next to impossible to get lost, even if you had no signs at all. Wanted to add that after reading a negative review below.

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  • C-Lo   ✓ supporter
    **

    The first mile or so of this trail was great. Then it just got very bland. The trail marking went from great to non-existent. I got about 4.5 miles out on the trail and it just ended at the lake. Evidently I made a wrong turn somewhere. I traced my way back trying to find the trail and just went back to the truck. Maybe if there is a next time I will try the ride from the dam.

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  • MTBCrash29
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    Great trail for beginners! Nice flow of mostly flat/rolling terrain in the woods and along the lake. Wife loved the open area and ease of riding. So much better than pumping station or canal trail in Augusta. This is worth the 25 minute drive from the town. Not to far from F.A.T.S. Combine both of these trails for a day full of excellent riding!

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  • cba2488
    ****

    Runs along the lake and has minimal elevation. Fun to get on and pedal.

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  • ABW928
    ****

    super easy trail, on the section I rode. I understand the other parts are more technical.

    I heard that the trail really soaks up water in the rain, and that was very true today. I rode through a nice downpour and the trail had almost no signs of moisture. Compared to Skinny at FATS which I rode yesterday, these trails were very dry.

    Considering I've never ridden the trail and there was some leaf cover and rail, i'd estimate this to be the fastest trail I've ridden in the area.

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  • SunSnowandWater
    ****

    Great trail for what it is. It is pretty, feeling of remote, and can be real fun. Don't come here looking for anything technical. I'd take a beginner here, but they may be a but hesitant at some of the ups and downs. This is what makes it fun.

    I admit I was a bit bored when I started out, then I got to feel what the trail was. I pedaled faster and had a great time flying over all the many whoop do woos.

    I happened to be working in the area, so I don't foresee me every making a 2 hour drive to ride here again. Locally, it is worth a trip if you just want to enjoy being in the woods and aren't looking for a workout. I went on a weekday evening and was so all alone. It felt pretty remote, and the scenery was nice. Don't forget your bug spray!!

    Funi if you live locally. Like I said, just don't come expecting any elevation or anything technical. However, you can probably get in some fun little jumps if you pedal fast.

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  • PSUtuna
    Reviewing Lake Springs Loop:
    *****

    This is a 3.2 mile loop off of the Bartram Trail. It is a tight and twisty singletrack without a lot of technical elements. Great add on when riding the Bartram Trail. You can get going very fast! All in all just a fantastic loop. If you're on the Bartram, take the time to hit this loop!

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  • PSUtuna
    *****

    Fantastic trail! I rode from the parking area at West Dam to the TH for the Lake Springs Loop. I road the Lake Springs loop and then road from the TH there to the Petersburg Camp ground. Turned around and did it in reverse. Great trail, not technical at all. My average speed was around 8-9 mph on each segment. Great place to put the hammer down! I would highly recommend riding this trail if you are in the area. Also, some other great trails in the area, including F.A.T.S.

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  • Trevor_Saksa
    ****

    Well marked, well maintained trail. Flows nicely and a good ride if camping at Petersburg Campground. We stayed here while in the area to ride FATS.

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  • *****

    As a trail runner, I always search for the trails that mt bikers recommend. I was visiting family in August and found the Bartram trails thru Singletracks. I did an out-n-back from West Dam to Petersberg, about 13 miles. It was a great run, we'll-marked and not over used. Saw one pair of bikers during the run (Sat morn, 9am). I'll definitely come back to do a more planned point to point to take in the rest of the local trail, a total of about 25 miles or so as far as I could figure.

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  • jfigel76
    *****

    I traveled from Maryland to ride in this area. I had the most fun on this trail. It is a linear trail or out and back. It is 18+ miles long. I parked near the dam and rode past the campground and back. I enjoyed this trail probably because I had low expectations because of all the hype with other trails in the area. Nice views of the water.

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