Selma Irwin Nature Trail - TRAIL

Selma Irwin Nature Trail - Trail, Milledgeville, Georgia

-oderate to difficult -4.5 miles -761 feet of climbing -all single track -swithbacks -most creek crossing are covered by a bridge If you can ride this comfortably then you shouldn't have a problem anywhere else

User Reviews (10)

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Grant B   Cross Country Rider [Feb 10, 2014]

The additions to the trail have only made it better. There's still tons of rocks and roots thorough narrow tread but the new bermed lines through the reroutes are killer, too. It still takes me one lap of bobbling through the tech bits before nailing them on the second. A third lap usually has me tired enough that I'm less than perfect again. The first descent from the trailhead to the first creek alone is worth the trip. I live about 35 miles away and I am stumped that more locals don't ride this place. That's me reviewing the place in 2007. I still love it the one or two times a year I can get out this way.

Customer Service

I usually flip flop directions to double my mileage. Counter clockwise has some the better descents, though.

Similar Products Used: Bertram is a nice way to warm up or cool down. Thomson and Arrowhead in Macon are good but nowhere near as technical.
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5
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4
fred   Weekend Warrior [Nov 01, 2013]

Trail Update. Much work has been accomplished since the original posting of the trail. Mileage has been increased to 5 1/4 miles and will continue to go up as more of the planned re routes are executed. Making the trail more sustainable and flow in both directions are high on the list of desired characteristics. The trail now houses a few small but tricky gap jumps and several berm sets. The brutal climbs remain but will be addressed due to erosion and thus made longer and rounted in benched switch back fashion. Expect to see more alternate lines with varying difficulty and the introduction of cut-through options to allow riders to mix and match different parts of the trail to broaden the riding experience.

Bottom line: Even though much of the trail needs work due to erosion, maintaining the technicality of the trail with its gnarly root patches and lengthy rock gardens is a must. The goal is to make each technical element flow well into the next.

Customer Service

Because of the increased use and the more aggressive riding style of the local riders, the trail seems best when riding counter-clockwise. Counter-clockwise only has a few very minor climbs in the first mile that is overall flowing downhill towards the pond. This sort of allows the rider to warm up to the trail.

Similar Products Used: Dauset, Heritage
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5
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4
BDub   Weekend Warrior [Dec 20, 2009]

5.3 miles (including new additions) of up, down, left, right, tight, sometimes fluid, rocky, and rooty single track with little sympathy for cardiovascular recovery.
The trail mostly follows once-upon-a-time dear trail and cuts close to obstacles, providing a great place for practice with technical skills, particularly; maintaining traction on steep often loose climbs, creek crossings, sand and mud maneuvers, rock gardens, and slick roots. Selma Irwin is a nature preserve, with a surprising terrain considering its seat below the fall line and also has a diverse flora. Old Beach trees and a rare wildfire azaleas in the spring. Keep in mind that trail work is in progress as of the post date. Certain problem areas will be attended to in the near future as to make it more sustainable. This is a link to the trail map including elevation change (does not include recent 3/4 mile extension. http://oconeeoutfitters.com/selmamap.htm

Bottom Line: This trail's technicality combined with its potent aerobic difficulty probably rates it at a strong intermediate to advanced trail... you will certainly put your foot down on the first ride. A quick lap is 35-6 minutes

Customer Service

The designers built the trail to be run counter clockwise but give both ways a shot. I doubt one would use all ten fingers counting those who have cleanly climbed the switchbacks just minutes in if run clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Bartram Forest as a cool down from Selma. Its not half a mile from Selma's Trail head.
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4
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5
nfizzle   Cross Country Rider [Jun 17, 2008]

An extreme trail with many uphills, large roots, and almost every kind of technical aspect you can think of. This trail is HARD and will humble ANY rider.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise for the true feel, clockwise for better downhills.

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5
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4
Nfizzle   Cross Country Rider [Jun 15, 2008]

An absolutely amazing trail, will humble any rider. I wish i lived closer because it is by far my favorite trail. This trail has everything; roots that can throw you off a bike, Short but steep hills,and crazy downhills! I thought I had good technique until i met Selma. If you're in the area, you have to check this trail out.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise for all around better ride (slightly harder than clockwise)
Clockwise for short but extreme downhills.

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5
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4
GrantB   Cross Country Rider [Jul 30, 2007]

Selma Irwin is everything I like about riding in the woods. The loop is nice and narrow, real live singletrack, and takes you through a pretty hardwood forest. The climbs aren't long, but they are steep and frequent and made all the harder by the roots and rock gardens throughout. There is little cruising here, but a lot of descending with an eye on preserving momentum for the ever imminent pitch back up again. The descents all demand attention, the greatest example of which being a rock strewn set of switchbacks that I literally talked my way through step by step. I will definitely return to Selma Irwin.

Customer Service

The builders/maintainers suggest counterclockwise for better flow, but I see no reason why a lap one way and then the other wouldn't be fun. Instant 9 mile loop, right?

Similar Products Used: In the Macon/Milledgeville area, Arrowhead is the closest analog, though Selma Irwin's climbs are far more likely to make the heart go boom.
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5
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5
VFR   Cross Country Rider [Mar 22, 2007]

This an excellent trail. I consider myself an intermediate rider and found challenges with some dismounts that are doable with some more trail specific knowledge.
There are one or two short technical climbs that at age 50, I do not know if I will ever complete.

Customer Service

CCW

Similar Products Used: I am an out of towner
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5
VALUE
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4
saddlesore   Cross Country Rider [Jan 23, 2007]

Riding this trail weekly now. It has become my favorite. Most areas dry quickly but the roots are extremely slick when wet. Let some air out of your tires for a more comfortable ride and more traction.

Customer Service

counterclockwise

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5
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5
Saddlesoe   Cross Country Rider [Nov 26, 2006]

Most challenging, best kept secret in Middle Ga., Pig trails are a work out, Arrowhead trail can raise your heart rate, but the Selma Irwin Trail will humble anybody. Totally awesome.

Customer Service

Countercockwise.

Similar Products Used: Pig Trails, Arrowhead, Dausset Trails
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5
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5
crager34   Cross Country Rider [Jul 04, 2006]

First time riding it was today. This trail is the one to do (so far that I can tell) if you want to develop your technical skills along with your lungs. This is a well designed trail which gives you some nice downhills at the start, then ups and downs in the middle. The ups by the way are leg burners cause they come right after the downs. The last mile (give or take) is a gradual climb out with some very nice technical sections, rocks, roots, off camber, and tight turns all at once. This is what a Mt. Bike trail should look and ride like. To bad it's not longer.

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5
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4
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