The Sope Creek Trails at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area are multi-use trails which allow mountain biking. The trails are just under 7 miles long and are directional by day. Check the sign at the entrances to determine which way to ride each day, clockwise or counter clockwise. The trail is laid out as a figure 8, with an upper and lower loop and a bidirectional connector in the middle, check the map below.
These trails are shared with multiple users, are heavily used and are some of the busiest in the Southeast. There is a speed limit of 10 mph and you must yield to all other users as per Park regulations.
Because of the heavy use, it is Park regulation that the trails close to bikes 24 hours after a rain. Check the status on our website, on Twitter or on Facebook before you get in your car to ride the trails. We watch the rain for you!
The trails also close in Freeze/Thaw periods. Again, check the status before you go to Sope Creek.
Best Practices while riding at Sope Creek:
- Yield to all other users
- Don’t wear earbuds – this is an urban trail system and you need to be able to communicate with other users
- Control your speed to 10 mph
- Greet all other trail users and be nice
We have work parties on the third Saturday of every month, volunteer and be stewards of the trails you ride, the Park relies on us to maintain the trails. If you cannot volunteer, then donate. Riding is not free, someone is working to keep the trails you ride open and in good condition, and it is IMBA/SORBA’s Metro Atlanta Chapter – MTB Atlanta.
Trail Difficulty Rating:
Overall these trails are considered intermediate. Some sections are appropriate for beginners but are not segregated or marked with ratings at this time. Beginners can safely ride the 3-mile gravel path loop along the River and the initial section at the Paper Mill Rd parking lot near the lake.
Check out the trails at MTB Project.