This route near Atlanta, Georgia comes to you from Kathryn Taylor of Girls Gone Gravel. Girls Gone Gravel is a community for women chasing epic and everyday adventures with a blog that features off-road cycling tips, events and stories. Katheryn is a burned out triathlete who has found new adventures on the gravel roads of Georgia, North Carolina and East Tennessee. Read more here.
This Georgia gravel route is a great scenic ride through the Chattahoochee Hills and getting there is just a 30-minute drive from downtown Atlanta.
The route is mostly non-technical with the exception of a 2-mile stretch that drops riders into Cochran Mill Park. (You can add on some trail miles if you’re up for the challenge!)
Along the way, you’ll encounter quaint country churches and beautiful farmland. Maybe you’ll even meet some goats and their pot-belly pig companion, Patsy Swine!
After several rainy days, the section leading into the park can get sloppy with thick mud and deep ruts from water run-off.
Although 95% of the route is gravel, you will cross a fast-moving highway twice during this route. Use extreme caution as drivers on this road are not known to be bike-friendly!
There is one very steep (but short) hill between mile 17-18. (Drop into the right gear to avoid hike and bike, and be aware that riders may be coming down it quickly from the opposite direction.)
Do this ride if you want a beginner to intermediate ride that lets you explore great Georgia gravel without having to travel far from Atlanta.
At the ride start in Cochran Mill Park, you will find a small bathroom with running water for filling up water bottles.
This route can be a bit confusing so make sure you have a good cue sheet or GPS file downloaded to your device. (Gravel Bike Adventures recommends the Wahoo Element if you want a great, easy to use and follow turn-by-turn navigation bike computer.)
You will go through a gate (make sure you close it behind you) at the end of Whiteside Road and cross a busy highway. Be cautious at this crossing.
You’ll also hit a small creek crossing at the very end. Unless there have been several days of heavy rain, it’s perfect for beginners to try their first water crossing. There’s also a small bridge at the back end.
If you’re looking to feed some goats, it’s worth the pit-stop at the intersection of Jones Ferry Road and Barnes Road. Just turn right onto Barnes Road and check out the farm about 100 yards ahead on the right.
Looking for a great place for lunch after the ride? Visit the community of Serenbe which is just 10-minutes from the parking lot. There you can visit the Blue-Eyed Daisy for delicious baked goods, Halsa for a healthy post-ride bowl, or the Farmhouse at Serenbe for a more hearty meal.
There are different parking options but the most popular (and start of this route) is Cochran Mill Park. Parking is $5 and you can pay with cash or credit card at the machine. (You can hike or even mountain bike the trails at the park after your ride!)
Kathryn Taylor is the founder of Girls Gone Gravel. Girls Gone Gravel is a community for women chasing epic and everyday adventures with a blog that features off-road cycling tips, events and stories. Katheryn is a burned out triathlete who has found new adventures on the gravel roads of Georgia, North Carolina and East Tennessee. Read more here.