Atwood West Brow Loop - Trail, LaFayette, Georgia

Atwood West Brow Loop - Trail, LaFayette, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

Mostly tight single track, some fireroads, and a small amount of gravel. Two small stretches of the trail are unridable due to washouts or extreme rise in elevation. Lots of wildlife potential and great overlook.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 17, 2009]
tbmincey
Racer

This is not a "mountain bike trail". It is a trail in the mountains that is open to bikes. It appears it gets mostly horse use. The trails have not been "engineered" to shed water, so the water has turned the trail into a rock strewn creek bed/gully on some of the downhills. There are sections that are unrideable like the summary says (nearer the Hood Overlook headed north on Atwood). There are also lots of gently rolling streches through pretty woods. There were some blow downs that were not passable without a dismount, but not enough to completely ruin the ride. I would not consider this a destination ride by any means, but if you're in the area and looking for something close, maybe.

Customer Service

Not familiar enough with the system to say. I rode north out of the Hood Overlook clearing. There were two mandatory uphill hike-a-bikes, but they would've been hike-a-bike downhill too, unless you had 8" of travel front/rear and were under 25 years old.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 20, 2006]
XC62701
Cross Country Rider

I rode this trail 4/15/06 and here's my review. The trail needs a lot of maintenance or even just traffic. The trail has great potential if some work is done. I ended up starting the trail from the lower side and ending up at the Hood overlook and it was uphill most of the way which I rather enjoyed. The problem is that the trail is so unused that it gets hard to follow at some points and has so many sticks and blowdown that it can get rather annoying. I made the most of it though as to try and ride over things that normally should be ridden...lol. I hope its just unused because it was early in the season. It could be a great ride if conditions were a little nicer. I biked here mainly because I was climbing at Rocktown and wanted a little bike session to mix things up. Definetly check out Rocktown while you are in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 22, 2004]
sb57
Cross Country Rider

I do not normally like to be very critical of someone's area or trail, so please do not take any offense. Winter is over, for those of you that use this trail and enjoy trekking to the top of Pidgeon Mountain to ride it, work needs to be done. There are far too many areas where a large tree or grouping of fallen brush interrupts the flow of the this otherwise fantastic trail. Now, I know that most of the people that come to this area are dropping into Ellison's cave or something of that nature (which I did and enjoyed very much) but there needs to be some maintenance done on this single mountain top trail, to provide a break from the strains of caving. This ride has the potential to be one of the greats in the southeast. That is why I rated it 4 for aerobic and technical but 2 for overall. I realize that it may be a long trip to the top, but after I finally found it I was glad to have ridden it, although I would have loved to take a chainsaw and a shovel to some of the areas. Section 10.6 is horrible, great downhill completely halted by fallen trees and branches just before reaching the stream bed. That certainly was not the only part that needs work. I will definately be stopping by to try this routea again, I only hope it is cleaner. I do apologize if I sound like a _____, (you fill in the blank), but I feel strongly about this and if I lived in the area I would do the work, alas I am only a Floridiot. By the way, the last guys directions were right on. It's not really that hard to find. Please, someone, clean up this potentially epic trail.

Customer Service

I entered from the Hood Overlook area.

Similar Products Used:

River Loop and Bear Creek in Ellijay, Chickopee (Elachee)in Gainesville, and Stonewall Falls in Clayton, GA.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 24, 1999]
Jennifer Duggan

I was quite dissapointed when at the 9th mile on this 13 mile trek, my partner and I found that the trail was logged out! The trees completely dissapeared! No more blazes meant either turn back the way we came (an unenjoyable 9 miles back mostly uphill) or turn onto a gravel forest road for a possibly longer trek back to our car. We were quite upset because there was no warning on Pigeon Mountain that this area was being logged and if it wasn't for a nice passerby who offered to give us a ride back to our car, we would not have made it out before dark. We plan on calling the DNR about the logging out of the trail. We should have been warned. If anyone knows anymore details about this, post them please. I would give the trail a great rating if it hadn't been for this.

Customer Service

Take the shorter 6 mile route from the overlook (at the trail head it goes left on blue blazes). The long 13 mile route (orange) has been logged out.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 13, 1999]
Chris Snyder

This is a great great trail. It can get a little sandy in the turns when it is very dry. There are some fantastic views and super downhills. You rarely see anyone. This is good or bad if you are in an accident. I highly recommend the trail but ride it with someone else!!

Customer Service

Start at the overlook right after you get onto South Brow Rd. You might see hang gliders here. Go out the back of the parking area and take the Atwood trail to McCutchen Spring Rd(also another possible starting area. Take right back onto the Atwood trail .7 miles later. You will hit another gravel road at mile 7. Go left for 1.3 miles. You are now on McCutchens Spring road again TURN Right. After .5 miles take a left up the West Brow trail. You will ride this great section for2.1 miles until you turn right onto McCutchen Springs road again. Just down the road(.2 miles) You will see WestBrow Trail on your right. After 3.5 miles of great singletrack and a supurb downhill you will hit a parking area on Rocky Lane. Take a left and ride about 100yds. They are logging this area but take the logging road on your right and ride about a mile and it will turn into the Atwood trail again. You can stay straight and go up South Brow Rd. or turn at the Hood or Atwood(lefts) up some steep singletrack. Finish up the road to the parking area.

Similar Products Used:

Iron Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 23, 1999]
Ray

I think the logging referred to below is because of the winter ice storm last year. I rode it shortly after the storm and I ended up carrying most of the way over piles of fallen trees. The area at the top there were huge trees down all over the place that made the ride impossible. It was the worst ride of my life. I could hardly get back to the road. Most of the time this ride is super. I highly recommend it. The view at the High Point is super and the ride down is fantastic down the rock slabs. There are a few trails on this mountain and riding them all is a must. It is a nice place to get away from the crowded trails.

Customer Service

Same as the others. Make sure you make the climb to the High Point.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 02, 2000]
Tombo

Haven't been up there since the fall and as mentioned in all the previous reviews, the recent logging absolutely trashed a large area (downed trees, big mud, etc.) Has an of that been cleared enough that the trail system is back in tact? Please send me an e-mail. Thanks.

Customer Service

All of the trails on top of the mountain are super. You can generally explore any of the inter-connecting single track without getting lost as long as you don't take any of the steep trails down the mountain. The tunnels on the trail up from the quarry aren't much and the trail is pretty steep and technical. Better to take the main fire road up to the top and park in the big meadow. You can still get at least 25 miles in up top.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 14, 2000]
Jeff Wilson

Rolling, fast, tight singletrack. Super downhill approaching mile 9. The logging that has taken place where the Atwood trail used to be is a tradegy! How was this allowed to happen to such an otherwise fabulous trail!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 19, 2000]
Tim Carlfeldt

If you want an epic, afternoon - long, uncrowded, spectacular ride that throws the book of MTBing at you, then drive up here to "my backyard". Atwood has some very rocky and technical downhills and climbs as well as hardpack cruising. Be careful of the sandy spots when its dry - they will quickly get your attention! High Point has got to be the best mountain bike lunch stop in the South. If the breeze up there doesn't cool you down, the downhill of the southern end of West Brow Trail will. The logging on Atwood is not on DNR land, it is private - owned by Mountain Cove Farm, which years ago provided rights-of-way for the small section of West Brow, Atwood, and Hood Trails that pass through. I don't know why it was logged - money? If you are a hiker or can lock up your bike, take a stroll through Rocktown, definitely an unforgetable geologic experience! Be aware that this area is often heavily used by horse riders - bike accordingly.

Customer Service

Drive up Rocky Lane from the game check station to the top where Atwood crosses (about 1/4 mile before McCutcheon Spgs. Rd.). Take Atwood either direction.

Similar Products Used:

Estelle Mine (see MTBR review), Berry College.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 11, 2001]
Hayes

I am writing this review in hopes of drawing attention to it. This may produce discontent from those that applaud its serenity but I am going on the premise that the more attention it gets the more likely it is to stick around. First ride admittedly, but it so exceeding my expectations (when compared to other rides accesible from Birmingham) that I can't wait to get back out there. The ride is an 18 mile loop most of which is singletrack. Didn't have any problems with logging and the trail had few unanticipated stops. Trail is remote but well-marked and offers the rider a chance to explore terrain that otherwise couldn't be found outside of NC. Medium drops, rock gardens, creek crossings, long rolling fast downhills, steep rocky technical downs and progressive ups that offer some difficulty. Trail deserves five stars for its proximity to those of us far removed from anything technical but four is a better indicator of what to expect.

Customer Service

Don't know the mountain well enough to recommend(relative to other trails found up there) but followed directions listed in Mountain Biking in Alabama.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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