Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Central Park Mountain Bike Trail, Cumming, Georgia

Central Park is an unassuming little mountain bike trail that is designed with beginning mountain bikers firmly in mind. At only about 2.5 miles in length, it's tough for even the greenest of riders to get in over their heads here at Central Park. Not only is this trail short, but it is very non-technical and may be one of the flattest trails I've ridden to date. Sure, there's a couple of rocks here and there, one or two spots where the trail dips sharply, and a few small hills, but as far as mountain bike trails go, this is a cake walk!

While it may be a super easy ride, the Central Park trail is definitely well-built singletrack! The trail flows well, even through the tighter sections in the trees. While a half-ways decent mountain biker will need to ride multiple laps to get any sort of work out in, this trail is fun enough to warrant at least 2 or 3 trips around.

Development
I met some really nice guys working on the trail the day that I was out there riding. They were putting the finishing touches on a new addition which I had the pleasure of being one of the first ones to ride. As I took a short water break while chatting with the volunteers, they shared with me the vision that they have for this area. There are plans in place to double the singletrack mileage in the park by looping up and around a massive hill on the back end that will greatly increase the amount of climbing in the loop. 

Also, there apparently used to be a freeride area at the park that got bulldozed due to development. The volunteers that I talked to were hoping to be able to create another similar area somewhere in the park.


Bottom Line:
 While this doesn't rank anywhere near my top 10 favorite trails, this is definitely a sweet little singletrack loop that is perfect for introducing someone to the sport of mountain biking.


Getting There 
When driving on Georgia 400, exit toward GA 306 W. / Keith Bridge Rd. Head West on that road for half a mile and take a left into the park. Continue straight through the park until the road dead ends at the ball fields.

There should be a kiosk marking the trail head. Check to see what the direction of travel is for the day, and then ride! The trail is a loop with no options, so navigation is really easy.

Your Turn: Do you have more information that needs to be included, or do you have information on new developments since I originally posted this review? If so, please leave a comment and help keep this post up-to-date and as useful as possible.

3 comments:

covnitkepr1 January 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

Doesn't sound like it was much of a challange for you. I've watched some of your videos and sometimes I don't see how you do it.

Greg Heil January 12, 2011 at 5:54 PM  

Haha, thanks for the kind words man! No, it wasn't really a challenge, but it was a fun little ride nonetheless.

And, well, it takes lots of practice to get good.... lots and lots of practice. But I enjoy it, so the practice is fun, and enjoy pushing my limits. So that results in some skills! ;) But compared to the pros, I'm just so-so!

SmokelessMike August 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

I rode the trail at Central Park today for about an hour or so for a great little workout. I' kinda ashamed I haven't been there before, since it's about a mile from where I've live for about 3 years… I'll definately be going back.

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