Rock Hawk Effigy Trails - TRAIL

Rock Hawk Effigy Trails - Trail, Eatonton, Georgia

Currently 15 miles of trails (5 more miles are under construction). Something for every ability level: Some fast, flowing, machine-cut trails with views of Lake Oconee and some historic sites. Some tight, technical, rocky, old-school singletrack, with more currently in construction. Very scenic, most of the trail winds through old-growth hardwoods and around Lake Oconee.

Camping available by reservation at Lawrence Shoals and you can ride right out of your campsite onto the trails.
http://www.georgiapower.com/lakes/home.asp

Of course, while you're there you've got to check out the namesake of the trails, the "Rock Hawk" effigy. Built out of stone over 2000 years ago by the Eastern Woodlands Indians.

The trail has a kind of a "Jekyl and Hyde" feel to it. The original 10 miles of trail is very flowing and fast, not very technical, but uber-fast and fun. Added last season are 5 miles of new singletrack. These trails are the polar opposite of the aforementioned 10 miles. Tight, rocky, rooty trail that takes advantage of the available topography in terms of climbing.

Coming this Spring are approximately 5 additional miles of singletrack that will mimic the existing 5 miles. Most have been roughed in and are going to be fun and challenging.

User Reviews (7)

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Turtle353   Weekend Warrior [Aug 05, 2012]

Most of the trails are moderate to easy trails. I did venture off on some of the somewhat unmarked single track. The single track I thought was difficult with rock garden climbs, lots of roots, and not ridden as frequently. I found the trail marking to be confusing. It looks solid on the sign, but I still got turned around several times.

Customer Service

I parked at the main trail head and rode orange, technical 3 black diamond, back in orange, yellow, blue, back tracked on blue because I couldn't connect to green?, and then rode the road to green and finished back at the trail head. It was an enjoyable ride, but even staring at the sign on blue I could not get to green. I bet during the fall/winter there are probably nice views of the lake. Also be prepared for fake animals on the blue trail. I popped out of the woods into an opening and catch a mountain lion in an attack pose coming down the hill. Was a little nervous until I noticed it was fake.

Similar Products Used: Dauset Jackson GA
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3
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3
racer101   Cross Country Rider [Dec 31, 2010]

The trail(s) consists of a network of color coded/blazed fire roads (majority) and a small amount of single track. The fire roads (double track) were not very exciting and seem to be suited more for beginner cyclist or bird watchers. I did not find the trails technically challenging except for the singletrack that seemed to have not been rode upon in a while and was hidden to some degree due to the leaves. Beware of the loose rocks under the leaves. If you are out to put in some uninspiring miles, grind out a few laps here. You will get in a good work-out but I wouldnt recommend trekking to the hawk from far away.

Similar Products Used: Heritage (Oconee Co)
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3
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3
ArthurB   Cross Country Rider [Sep 26, 2010]

Good maps at the Effigy parking lot, which is needed in this confusing series of trails. Overall intermediate trails with a few more advanced sections and a number of playful areas to run over and over; a lot to explore if you have the time. Nice forest and lake scenes to cruise through. Many stretches of double track, overgrown with grass in the summer. Decent campground. Bring supplies, not many stores once you leave town.

Customer Service

Good routes described in other reviews. Yellow trail is great though short; we ride it both directions then head to other sections. Talon trail is a long rock garden which cuts off Yellow.

Similar Products Used: Daucet Forest. Heritage Park Oconee County.
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3
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3
The Ola Flash   Weekend Warrior [Aug 05, 2010]

I took myself, and my 13 year old and my 11 year old to ride the rock hawk last Monday.We are all close to the same skill level and we all really enjoyed these trails. Not too hard but not to easy either. The trails were not crowded, bathrooms were available in several locations. The only thing I would reccomend ,would be for a person coming here to bring their own map. I got one that Kevin Heygood did off the sorba websight. I was really glad I brought it because sign boards are posted around the property but they don't clearly show where to go. Also the sign boards show a RED trail that has been closed to cycling.All in all, we had a blast and will be back.

Customer Service

I rode everything but the blue and the Talon.The computer said we went 13.6 miles but I did some backtracking. Don't miss Mcleans loop. It was super cool with rock drop-offs,man made wooden berms, rock sections and tight twisty single track.T-model trail was fun also but was a tad much for my boys in a couple of places.

Similar Products Used: dausset trails,
clayton county volleyball trails, Horse Park
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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
somfas   Racer [Jul 07, 2009]

Tried to find reviews of this trail before the race this past weekend, but there wasn't much. Saw some comments about it being fast and flowy. Just wanted to let you know that they have added some tight and twisty single track. The race loop had us on a mixture of new and old trail. Some of it was big ring small cog double track, and some was brutally slow twisty stuff. I have only ridden it once (the race loop) so I don't know all of the trails. What I did ride had some decent short climbs, a couple switchbacks and some rocks (smallish) to deal with. The techinical stuff isn't scary technical, just slow speed technical. Beginners should have no problem on this trail.

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3
VALUE
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3
tumba   Cross Country Rider [Jun 04, 2009]

Awesome trail for all skill levels. Great place for newbies to be introduced to Mountain biking. 11 miles of fast double track that rolls along mixed forest and the shores of Lake Oconee. About 5 miles of tight twisty single track for the more advanced riders. There are several "options" along the single track and you really need to ride THE OUTLAW on the McClean trail. Kick arse. All in all a great venue, there is camping, boating, fishing, hiking and biking.

Customer Service

I prefer to warm up clockwise on the Effigy trail to the Orange trail. Turn left onto the McClean Trail. At the tramac turn right and follow the signs to the Granite shack trail. Cross the street in front of the guard shack and enter the Hawks head. This runs straight into the Yellow trail which runs into the Blue trail. At this point I go back into the Yellow trail (you back track about 1/2 mile) turn left onto the Talon trail. Follow this to the street and cross both gates and turn left back onto the Effigy trail. Turn left back onto the Orange trail for about 200 yards and hang another left onto the Green trail. Take this nice little downhill about 1 mile and turn right onto the Model T trail, this turns into the 22 trail. At the end turn right back onto the Orange trail and head back into the parking lot. About 13 to 15 miles of riding. You can always mix and match the trails to make any milage combination.

Similar Products Used: Heritage trails in Farmington Ga, Selma Irwin in Milladgeville Ga, Buds trail in Milladgeville Ga,
FATS in SC, Dauset in Indian springs Ga, and Red Road Trail system in White Plains Ga.
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5
VALUE
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3
JAGthree   Weekend Warrior [Feb 10, 2009]

JD said it best-
a trail with something for every rider.
AND MORE TO COME.

Georgia Power/Southern Company is a wonderful partner and has offered the local bike group an enormous amount of leeway. Hats off to Ga. Power and thanks to the many that have participated.
J

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4
VALUE
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3
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