During your first ride at Allatoona Creek Park, you might wonder, “How is this place possible?” It began when Cobb County leased the 1,450-acre park on the northwestern outskirts of Atlanta from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and developed the forest into an extensive mountain bike system. Located on the edge of Lake Allatoona, the park offers a mix of beginner-friendly trails, flowy singletrack, skills areas and jump lines, with a stacked loop system that rolls through open fields, dense pine forest and bio-diverse wetlands.
In sum, there are more than 35 miles of trails, all of which are well-marked and easy to navigate. You can put together an epic all-day cross-country ride here, combining most of the trails in the system, but Allatoona Creek is about more than just logging miles. In addition to a skills park, there’s a trio of jump lines that beg to be sessioned. Beginners can start with Mo Flo, the easy jump line with tabletops you can hit fast or roll over, and move your way through the intermediate Knuckle Sandwich (bigger jumps) before testing your mettle on Medusa, with its mandatory drops, wall rides and gap jumps.
The system sees a lot of traffic from local bikers, but SORBA West Georgia works hard to maintain the trails. Allatoona Creek also hosts a number of races, from annual cross-country speed fests to high school mountain bike team showdowns. The location and easy access also make the system popular with bikers traveling through the Southern Appalachians.