Carters Lake - Trail, Ellijay, Georgia

Carters Lake - Trail, Ellijay, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

All-single-track loop along the ridgeline of Carters Lake. Many short ups and downs as well as side trails which can lengthen the loop. A couple of technical climbs and downhills.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 04, 2006]
Rex McInvale
Weekend Warrior

Look out for Bubba!!!!

The Army Corps of Engineers website said nothing about hunting season, and signage at the trail did not indicate that a hunt was going on when I rode it this weekend. Halfway around, I met a guy in camo with a bow. He was cool, but I still bailed out to the road and went home. I don't know where you find out about hunts there, but check that out before you go.

Great trail. A few steeps. Very challenging with leaves down everywhere. Worth the trip from ATL.

Customer Service

Follow the signs.

Similar Products Used:

Bull Mountain, forest service roads in the Blue Ridge WMA.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 26, 2006]
JTR
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail for the first time yesterday. I drove about an hour from Atl to get there and plan on returning. This trail is very challenging both from a technical and endurance level. It is not a particularly long ride but you can do several loops. Be ready for some long steep climbs and some fast technical downhills. I definately reccomend going and riding this trail. I will be back myself.

Customer Service

Go whichever way you please. The trail is well marked.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 12, 2004]
LiquidJefe
Weekend Warrior

this ride will force a "cup chek" from time to time...several malicious uphills. stay away from the slim jim breakfast. this ride will either bring out the mtb-ing diablo in you or leave you bent over a log, waiting on mr. park ranger...

Customer Service

counter-clockwise, go left if you are facing the boat ramp...keep ur eyes on the orange markers, i missed a turn and rode an extra 1.5...not good, i was already suckn hind-tit...

Similar Products Used:

stanley gap: 2.5 up, 2.5 down, 2.5 up and 2.5 down...grrrreat ride! girlscouts ride 5, then back to selling cookies...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 12, 2004]
LiquidJefe
Weekend Warrior

this ride will force a "cup chek" from time to time...several malicious uphills. stay away from the slim jim breakfast. this ride will either bring out the mtb-ing diablo in you or leave you bent over a log, waiting on mr. park ranger...

Customer Service

counter-clockwise, go left if you are facing the boat ramp...keep ur eyes on the orange markers, i missed a turn and rode an extra 1.5...not a good, i was already suckn hind-tit...

Similar Products Used:

stanley gap: 2.5 up, 2.5 down, 2.5 up and 2.5 down...grrrreat ride! girlscouts ride 5, then back to selling cookies...

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 28, 2003]
Grant B
Cross Country Rider

I've actually ridden it twice now. Once was the pre-ride before the annual race, the second was the race. Right. It was tough. On the pre-ride there were climbs that had me stopped in my tracks due to steepness, but only one descent that scared the bejesus out of me until I found the right line. In the race, this place was just a killer. Uphill start/finish, guys throwing bikes down as soon as they cross the line. Carter's Lake is tough. That's not to say it wasn't fun, it is. It's just a far cry from the real flowy, twisty stuff I think most people are used to. It is truly all up and down, and few turns on the way down to bank any speed. I wish I lived close enough to ride it at least once a week, because it would really do wonders for any aspiring racer's anaerobic abilities. I just couldn't breathe enough, you know?

Customer Service

Head down to the boat ramp in the rec area. At the top of the boat ramp parking lot, look to your left. There is the first of the orange Corp of Engineers markers that keep you on track.

Similar Products Used:

For more of the same, try Fort Mountain trails. The Gainesville area trails are all good.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 23, 1998]
Evan Stechmiller

Be prepared to climb which also means, scarry fast descents. A short but very strenous loop of about 6 miles w/ very nice views. Luckily, I rode/raced there during the fall when the leaves were just starting to change (very nice).

Customer Service

As described above.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 09, 1998]
Ian

I did a race up there a year ago in the Junior Sport category. The trail was tough. I was training on Yellow River and Conyers I wasn't prepared for that type of strenious climbing. The course is brutally hilly. It was Climb-Fast Downhill-Climb-Climb-Climb All the way through. One loop was tough, two was killer. I did notice however that besides the endurance aspect, It wasn't to technical. I didn't fall and I did get 6th place.

Customer Service

Same.

Similar Products Used:

Yellow River, Elijay

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 04, 1998]
Carter

I usually race this trail twice a year and no matter how hard I seem to train, this trail is killer. One lap hard, two laps killer, three laps imposible. Its got some hard climbs that causes an extream build up of latic acid in the pistons (legs) so take it easy and keep spinning with a high cadence. Enjoy the trail and have fun.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 04, 1999]
Asher Wright

This is very techinacle trail with a lot of steep climbs and techincle areas.

Customer Service

Start at the lake and just follow the trail.

Similar Products Used:

I recomend sope creek and the conyers mt bike trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 27, 1999]
TODD WALKER

I thought that this trail was on the technical side. It definately is one of the tougher trails in the area. It has lots of short uphills with short downs. It also has a long technical descent guaranteed to make your right hand sore. No matter how hard I train, this trail is a beast. I like to ride it to determine what condition I am in.

Customer Service

Start at the end of the main road. This way it is tough going in and tough coming out.

Similar Products Used:

Red and White River Loop, Boling Park(Canton,Ga.)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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