Cool Springs Loop (Fort Mountain State Park) - Trail, Chatsworth, Georgia

Cool Springs Loop (Fort Mountain State Park) - Trail, Chatsworth, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

After a 1.5 downhill on the park road, you hit the dirt for eleven switchbacks downhill to very near the base of the mountain; swooping curves, boulder fields, and then a steep climb out past a small stream and falls. Excellent views. Trail can be connected to others for more distance if you still have energy left.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 20, 2012]
Don
Weekend Warrior

Took this trail with my son....From the parking area to the cool spring overlook was 90% downhill - great riding. Once you arrive at the overlook begins the descent down the switchbacks. Steep/rocky/hairpin turns navigated between plants that sting when your leg brushes them. Scenery was beutifull, I found myself stopping to just, "take it in". Just past the desent, you can hear the faint sound of rushing water. The trail winds its way beside the creek below slowly getting steeper "pedaling is possible/ but strenuious". We converged with the creek to see a fantastick display of stairstepping waterfalls. Good time for a rest..... short but steep switchbacks followed as we continued- bikes were pushed up those. shorlty after we found ourselves in a canopy of forest with a small stream to our left. Our legs burning we crossed the sream via a small wood bridge and found another mild to steep path that we must forge. The last leg of our journey was a test of endurance (for both of us). This trail will test your skill... however, can be conquered by the "Non Professional". You will sweat- I promise.

Customer Service

Trail maps are given at the welcome center. Permits cost us 3 bucks each. Park entrance fee was 5 bucks. routes are clearly marked. 7/2012

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 04, 2008]
jhache
Cross Country Rider

This is a review of the Cool Springs trail (302) only, which intercepts the larger, more challenging (and more fun) East-West Loop (301). I have to say I hated this trail. Let me explain: In February, a friend and I rode East-West loop and I loved it, although it was one of the more challenging trails in North Georgia.

Cool Springs starts with 2 mile windy, twisty downhill that is all rocks. Literally, it was like riding a rock garden all the way down, but the rocks were not embedded in the ground but were instead loose, preventing me from gathering any safe speed. In addition, several sections were overgrown with stingy needle plants, and ungroomed, which is a shame considering you pay 2 dollars for a bike permit, in addition to 3 dollar parking pass. So at the bottom of a very "un-fun" downhill you intercept East-West Loop, but at the last part of the loop wich is all uphill. I don't mind ascending, providing I have a good payoff, or the intial downhill is fun. Near the top, I took a left at the fork which puts you on 301/303 (Goldmine) loop. Here the trail redeemed itself somewhat but only for a short period where I was then dumped onto 303 only which was paved road for about a mile. I could have taken 301, but would have to ride the entire loop and I have to meet some hikers who came up with me.

Anyway, to summarize, if you go to Fort Mountain, budget the time and energy to ride East-West loop and forego Coolsprings. East-West is fun, challenging and worth the last 2.5 miles ascent. Be sure to have tires with strong sidewalls as I ripped a sidewall during my ride.

Customer Service

East-West Loop (rte 301)

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 02, 2007]
Gunner
Racer

The whole first half is really fast down hill with switchbacks and lots of rocks, the second half is up hill switchbacks.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 18, 1999]
Jim Huff

easy ride for a mile or so then a blast down many switch backs. At about mile 4 you climb back out some major pushing/riding. My 9 year old son did this trail (I pushed his bike up the mtn.) and he loved it combined with the gold mine loop.

Customer Service

one direction arrows

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 01, 1999]
Richie

That trail is the best, I love the veiws are great the trail is awesome the surronding are cool everything abou it is really cool there is this awesome and i mean awesome down hill at the end of the trail or if you want you could make it a death defieing uphill but the trail is so fun go ride it you'll love it!!!

Customer Service

Start from the camp site area. That is the best i think but whereever you start it is still fun

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RATING
5
VALUE
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[Nov 09, 1999]
Mimi

This course was great, with lots of switchbacks and some great downhill fun. This trail is fairly new and therefore has not been broken in yet so watch out for boulders, trees, roots, and other pests that tend to get in the way. Be prepared, after the great downhill ride, to work your butt off climbing back uphill. This uphill is well worth it not only for the fun exercise but also the fabulous views.

Enjoy.

Customer Service

Start at the bike parking lot and ride across the street to the start line. Stop by the park office, pay your $2.00 a rider fee and grab a map.

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There are a total of 4 trail loops in this area ranging from beginner to advanced. Try all 4 out.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 14, 2000]
Jim Smeltzer, MD

This is the essence of Eastern mountain biking. There is straw on the lower switch backs that can hide some holes currently but this will be ground into humus for the grass underneath soon on this very new trail. Be careful of the gravel as I wiped major in a deep gravel rut.
See: http://www.mtbr.com/passion/messages/288462.html

Customer Service

Follow the directions from the MTB parking lot at the top of the mountain. If this trail kicks your butt, bail when you get back up to the road, but the final 2 miles is gentle.

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Tatum lead into the ATV loop. All are supposed to be good.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 04, 2000]
ken

Stop in at the park office and get your parking permit, trail map, and a tag for your hadlebars. $4 total.Also notice the large stuffed black bear on display.. The trails are well marked, and listed for skill level. This is a tough but great place to ride with excellent views along the way.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 16, 2000]
Darren

There are 4 trails at the park. I just rode the Cool Springs Loop. It was a blast. Great Downhill and the uphill about killed me. Put your bug spray on and make sure you have good brakes. Seriously check your brakes before you go. Great time. Took about 1.5 hrs to ride this trail. Great views. Take plenty of water. Place was deserted during the week. I can't say enough about the downhill and the switchbacks.

Customer Service

Park at the trailhead and ride across to starting point.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 12, 2001]
chad

killer down hill real rocky with sharp switch backs, good front brake required. pretty good size rocks, make sure you trust your self to be clipped in on this one. the up hill is a killer, but managable--would have been better if drier. the water fall is really nice.

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RATING
4
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