F.A.T.S - Trail, Augusta, Georgia

F.A.T.S - Trail, Augusta, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

FATS stands for Fork Area Trail System. The system currently consists of four loops, with a total of 27 miles of single track. There are very few technical challenges. However, the trails are very fast and flowy. VERY fast. It's like riding a roller coaster. The Deep Step loop is the most challenging, offering the fastest descents and the hardest climbs. Great Wall has the second most elevation change. The Skinny is the best beginner loop. Brown Wave has the least elevation change, but has the most whoops; you can get in over your head very quickly if you're going too fast. If you plan to ride all four loops, I'd recomend riding Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, and Brown Wave last.

Two additional loops are currently in the works. The new loops will have even more climbing and jumping than any of the existing loops.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 02, 2012]
Bryce Boeke
Weekend Warrior

Very fun trail. Fast and lots of flow on trails. Most of the trails don't have any crazy uphill sections except big rock and tower. Plenty of whoops and jumps to hit on all the trails.

Similar Products Used:

Horn Creek and Modoc

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 09, 2012]
kinsler
Racer

As a preface to this review I use to live in central VA and rode very similar terrain and I now live in the SW and ride desert trails and escape up to the mountains when I can. I was in GA visiting my boyfriend and we rode this trail based on the good reviews, milage and the fact it had achieved "epic" status (plus it was too long of a drive to the mountains for the weekend).

This trail system felt like how a roadie would build a trail. There are some twists and turns and pump track like sections, but overall nothing difficult or engaging about these trails. I rode the entire system (34 miles) in one day and can't say that any particular trail or portion stood out. It's great for what it is: a ton of mileage in a small area, but aside from some roots there was nothing technical about it. The "climbs" are really small hills that are done after a few cranks out of the saddle. That being said if I lived in the piedmont area I'd be happy to have these trails in my backyard. The trails are well maintained and almost "manicured." Good signage and a nice place to stop and ride if you are in the area, but I wouldn't call it "epic."

Customer Service

2 loops on the northern side and 4 loops on the southern side with a connector trail and a short section of paved road and forest service road in between.

Similar Products Used:

Modoc trail, Northern GA, Harbison State Park (Columbia)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 29, 2012]
adam fancher
Racer

FATS is one of the best trail systems I have ever ridden. The trails are well built, easy to navigate, and just plain fun. The total system contains roughly 38 miles of trail, broken into six main loops of about 3-8 miles each. An experienced rider can expect to complete all six loops in 3 - 4 hrs.

Skinny and Brown Wave are some of the best trails in the southeast for introducing riders to mtb'ing. More advanced riders will appreciate the challenging climbs and rewarding downhills of Deep Step. Tower climbs to a neat overlook. The Great Wall has some beautiful views of the Savannah River. I didn't care for Big Rock, but there is a cool looking rock in the middle of the trail.

CSRA-SORBA's web site has pretty much everything you need to know about FATS, including a great map laid out over google maps: http://www.sorbacsra.org/Trails/FATS.htm.

Bottom line - this trail should be on your bucket list.

Customer Service

If you're trying to ride all 6 loops, I recommend the following order of most challenging to easiest: Big Rock / Tower, Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, Brown Wave.

Similar Products Used:

Not sure about other trail systems in the area, but there is a great 50 - 60 mi group road ride that embarks around 9am on Sundays from the Goody Two Shoes at the intersection of Milledge Rd and Broad St near downtown Augusta. The sponsoring bike shop is Outspokin near Augusta (http://outspokinaugusta.com/articles/rides-and-events-pg37.htm).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 12, 2012]
ep1nephr1ne
Weekend Warrior

Great spot no doubt. Talk to a local if its your first time helps to know which way is the most fun so your not going up hill the whole way and not getting a good run down hill.

Customer Service

Skinny either way if your new.

If your not new get over to the North parking lot and ride tower and big rock.

If your tired of biking then help out put in some time. deep step is getting beat up.

Similar Products Used:

stevens creek

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 27, 2009]
famdam
Weekend Warrior

The Forks Area Trail System (FATS) is a fantastic 20+ mile system, built with care and very well maintained.
You simply cannot get lost as signs are clearly posted at all intersections, leaving you free to enjoy the ride without having to worry about finding your way back.
FATS consists of 6 trails: Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, Brown Wave, Big Rock and Tower.

All trails are an absolute joy to ride, with Brown Wave and Skinny being the easiest of the bunch. I take my 7 year-old on Skinny Loop regularly.

FATS is unlike any other trail system in the area. A lot of attention was put into the flow of all these trails, with lots of dips and whoop-dee-dos throughout the entire system. You can roll through these, or more advanced riders can really get some speed and catch some serious air through certain parts.

Beginner to intermediate riders will enjoy Skinny or Brown Wave. Advanced riders will enjoy them too, probably at a much faster pace :)
If you're like me and love some fast downhill single track, Deep Step to Big Rock and Tower is the way to go.

I'm lucky to live 10 minutes away, but I would gladly drive hours in order to spend the day riding at FATS. A unique trail system that offers thrills to riders of all levels.

Customer Service

If you're pressed for time, a quick loop around any of the trails near the southern trail head can be done quickly, skinny being the shortest.

For a longer and more thrilling ride (about 17 miles), my favorite route is Deep Step CCW to Big Rock, then Tower back to Big Rock and back to Deep Step. Big Rock and Tower are located about 7 miles from the southern trailhead, but in my opinion are the best trails that FATS has to offer.

Similar Products Used:

Keg Creek is located about 20 miles away and is also worth the trip. It's A very flat 9-mile track that mostly follows the waterline with several creek crossings. A bit more technical in parts, and a more leisurely and scenic ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 19, 2009]
sinac84
Cross Country Rider

This review is for Deep Step and Brown Wave. I started my ride with deep step. It started out very fast with lots of small rolling hills that were easy to catch air on. I'm riding a 29er and I was able to carry aot of speed most of the time. There are some good climbs on deep step too. Mostly in the middle/end of the trail with some good downhill in between. Brown wave in my opinion was a better ride. A little more flowy with more tight single track. There is a great view of the river toward the middle of the ride on brown wave. Both trails added up to be 12 very fun miles. It was definitely worth the 2.5 hour drive from Snellville to Augusta to ride at FATS. I will be back to ride the other 2 soon.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 22, 2007]
quiver
Weekend Warrior

FATS currently has 4 loops open... 2 additional loops will be opening in late spring 2008.

The loops are:
Deep Step - 6 miles
Great Wall - 7.5 Miles
Skinny Loop - 6 Miles
Brown Wave - 5.5 Miles

FATS stands for Forks Area Trail System... what makes this system awesome, every loop branches off from another one. If you add in Clockwise vs CCW, you can have an endless number of ways to ride here. It never seems to get old. There are some physically challenging areas, but nothing too crazy. You never have to dismount because on an incline. There are lots of jumps and rolling hills. Easy enough to allow novice riders on the trail, but hard enough that experienced riders will not be bored.

Customer Service

Endless number of ways to ride it... especially when they open up loops 5 and 6.

Similar Products Used:

Lick Fork (Horne Creek) 5.7 miles... about 10 minutes away from FATS

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2007]
dgaddis1
Cross Country Rider

FATS is awesome! Very fast, tons of flow, more jumps than you can shake a stick at. The great thing about this trail is anyone, of any skill level, can ride here and have fun and be challenged. People bring their 7 year olds out here, and yet people who have been riding for over 20 years can easily get in over their head. There really is nothing on this system that is hard to ride if you go slow. But the faster you go, the more challenging the trail gets. The best way I can describe this trail is it's like riding a roller coaster. There are tons of places you can jump (if you're brave you can even try to double in a few places), but there is nothing that has to be jumped, so, again, anyone can ride here and have a blast. Check out these videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CtsgZ-Iaws

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoWyd_tUnBE

Customer Service

All four loops are the most fun counter clockwise. My favorite combination is Skinny to the Brown Wave, a total of about 13.5 miles. If you plan to ride all four loops (26.5 miles) ride in this order, all ccw: Deep Step, Great Wall, Skinny, Brown Wave.

Similar Products Used:

For more trails in the Augusta, GA area check out:

www.sorbacsra.org

And for locations of trail heads check out:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?oe=UTF-8&hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=112493191138240861154.0004351308c52f1b7228a&z=10&om=1

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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