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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +490/399 ft
Total: 427 riders
 

Mountain Biking Yellow River

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#236 of 395 mountain bike trails in Georgia
#10521 in the world

This trail is well maintained by Gwinett County Parks and Rec. Mountian bikers and equestrians cross paths in a few places but the trails are seperate. Please respect the privillege we all share in using this trail. The "River" loop starts with an easy winding single track then runs along the river before begining to climb. The trail gets somewhat technical at this point with several short climbs and descents before returning to the easier flat single track sections. The "Creek" loop is much more difficult and technical. You cross Juhan Rd. and begin to climb the first of two difficult, long climbs. This is rewarded by a fantastic descent with several 2'-4' drop-offs in rapid succession. You end up at the creek, follow it for a senic while before heading up again, then down a straight fast single track with three big drops the last of which you should survey before you try. A fast single track with some short climbs,descents and a couple of stream crossings leads you back to the base of the first climb or your return to the easier "river" loop, Juhan Rd or your car.

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First added by alvin.santoy on May 9, 2020. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
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"From the east side of I285 (Atlanta Perimeter)take Hwy 78 east, toward Stone Mtn. Exit and go right on West Park Place (keep Target on your right). At the end of W.Park Pl. go right on Annistown Rd. You will pass a BP on the left and then an Ingles on the right. Less than a mile after passing the Ingles you will see Juhan Rd. to the right(among heavy road construction-look closly. If you cross the Yellow River you have gone too far). Go right on Juhan Rd. Yellow River parking is on the left one mile down.
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  • SocialDiana
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    This trail system used to be harder (I haven't improved that much, so it's def the trail.). The only thing that qualifies for intermediate are possibly two short uphills. It's a shame. It used to be heart pumping in several spots and now it's almost impossible to call it a workout.

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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter
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    Got to say I was a little disappointed with this trail system. Yes the trails are well maintained, that was a big plus, but the trail markings were very confusing. I rode every trail in the park and there is nothing out there that would warrant an intermediate rating. Use this trail to stretch your legs, go somewhere else if your needing more of a work out.

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  • jdbakin1
    ****

    Really fun spot. There's trails for both beginners and intermediate riders. Not well marked, but you can't get lost.

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  • Louis Harris
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    I would probably give this 3.5 stars if possible. It's a nice wooded area. It's great to have this type of forest in a suburban area. I used to ride out all the time. They completely changed it and not for the better. It used to have a well defined loop on the riverside. There are a lot of flat sections along the river and a few climbs. There is not too many technical sections. The few technical sections have a lot of roots. This is a good place to go if you want to explore. I live on the other side of town otherwise I would ride this trail more often. I ended up riding 7 miles. I road the creekside. If you take the hiking trail it dead ends into a neighborhood. I rode out on the neighborhood road and came back on Juhan road.

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  • C-Lo   ✓ supporter
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    Nice trail system. It just needs a little more signs. If you are one that loves to explore this is the trail for you. If you need signs for every little turn or have problems with direction, you will not like this trail system. I kind of liked the different options this trail offers. I just didn't like when the mtb trail lead to a horse trail with no other options and I had to turn around. At one point I just rode on the horse trail for a few miles.

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  • steveskinner99
    *****

    This is about 700 acres of forest with lots of river and creek trail in rolling hills. Of course, you will get LOST but it's a suburban location so just head for the sound of Juhan Rd and you won't die. C'mon guys, half the fun is blazing new trails anyhow. Every inch is scenic and there's everything from very easy to pretty difficult trails. They say 12 miles of trails, but if you count the unofficial ones, it has to be 25 or 30 miles. As of 2018, fairly low usage.

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  • mike1002
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    Could be an amazing trail but it is very confusing and the map did not help at all. I felt like I spent more time trying to figure out where I was than riding. Go with someone who knows the trail system.

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  • Teutac
    *****

    Great trail, buuuuttttt you should come with the mentallity of solving a puzzel as far as markings go. Can be done by early beginers, just take it slow.

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  • 10boom4evr
    *****

    Great ride for novice to intermediate. Beautiful day with limited interactions

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  • DudeBikes
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    Not my kind of trail. Way too many instersections that are confusing. I spent more time trying to figure out where to go then I did riding. I actually ended up riding the paved trail back to the parking.

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  • TheFuzz1290
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    This trail system isn't well marked and has bike-only, horse-only, and hiker-only trails. There is also no daily directional guide and many places that you could collide head-on with someone where there's low visibility. Not that a dailly directional guide would help in some spots, especially when you come to an intersection with 3 different options and no clue which one continues the loop you're on. There were a few short, but moderately challenging climbs and a section or two of fast, flowy trails, but for the most part it wasn't anything special. I went there at 11:00am on a week day, where it was fairly cool for the time of year, and I picked up every spiderweb (full spiderwebs in many places) on the trail, showing it's not ridden much. With better markings, I would've given this trail a rating of 4, but until then its not worth the 45 minute drive.

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  • SocialDiana
    **

    Fairly contained and hard to get lost in. There is a creek side and a river side, and not sure of rules but sometimes can get into the horseback trails if the bike ones look daunting. Typically they're not.

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  • Thomas Kreutzer
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    Super short, not much there. I will likely never return. Very pretty otherwise, but I need longer trails.

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  • caleslie
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    Fun trail. When I rode the trail markings were so terrible it was frustratingly hard to get around. With better signs, this place would rock.

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  • The Goat
    ****

    Nice trees trail system. Many trails to choose. Not well mark. But if you like to ride and make your trail and get to a cross road and have to choose on the fly. This trail is for you.
    You have 2 sections to choose. Creek side slightly more technical then the river side. One of the reasons I like this trail is because every time I ride here it feels like I have it all to my self.
    Great place to great away from the norm.

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  • Scapel Assassin
    ****

    Nice flowing trails at Yellow River. I had an awesome 8 mile ride their this morning. Nice scenery and not to many hikers/runners. I rode with a friend that knows the trails at Yellow River like the back of his hand. Our ride consisted of marked, unmarked, and horse trails. However, as other reviewers have pointed out, the trail is poorly labeled and has many intersecting trails. This trail is very enjoyable if you have a guide or know the trails there.

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  • Scapel Assassin
    ****

    Nice trail. Did 9 miles there this morning. I rode with a friend who knows the trail like the back of his hand. We rode a mixture of marked, unmarked, and horse trails. Ride was awesome and challenging. However, like the other reviews indicate - the trails aren't well marked. If you do not have a guide, you may not enjoy the trail as much as I did

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  • ***

    The trails themselves are pretty fun. However, the lack of good signage just about ruins the fun.

    I've spent most of my time here trying to decide which way to go. It seems like every couple hundred yards you come to an intersection. Most of the intersections have no signs.

    You'll stay on what you think is the right trail and all of the sudden it's for horses only, no bikes. It's super frustrating to ride here.

    It's extremely hard to get into any kind of rhythm going out here. If they improved the signage so you knew where the hell you were going, I would rate it a 4.

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