Camp Thunder - Trail, Thomaston, Georgia

Camp Thunder - Trail, Thomaston, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

Starts with a bumpy pebbly rock bed. Turn left for the best climb in South Georgia. Experience some great technical climbs, ride great single track, come down more single track, sweat a lot and then come down some amazing whoop-de-doos

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 15, 2011]
Calvin&Hobbes12
Cross Country Rider

Since I live about 15 minutes away, this is one of the major trails that I ride. My Dad created a lot of trail from scratch here, and nearly all of the trails were built by him. Lots of uphill (in fact, if it wasn't against the laws of physics, i'd say that there's more uphill than downhill!) Awesome ride, not very technical, but tiring. One lap is normally enough to tire me out!

Customer Service

Start off heading out on the gravel river road going about SE. After a creek crossing, take a left and go straight up the mountain. This first trail is composed of lots of switchbacks and then it starts going straight up. Go down the hill on the other side and take a right down to Matt Branch. follow the trail until you end up on a forest road. Take a left and follow to the bottom of the hill. Take a right and go up this short hill. Take a left at the top to go down to moss falls. when you arrive at another forest road, take a right and go to where it T's into another FR. Take a left and when it forks, continue left. This will spit you out eventually on a single track trail where you will turn left and proceed up a hill. After that, just follow the trail until you get to another FR. Take a left and go down a steep hill to the bottom where you immediately take a left. Follow it up a hill and then you will go down fairly long hill. at the bottom, where it veers right to meet up with the main road, continue straight onto the single track in front of you. This final trail will take you straight back down to the parking area.

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Other than Thunder, there isn't a whole lot around upson county. There are a few near sprewell bluff on the Flint River... The next best trail is probably Dauset Trails at the Dauset trails and Nature Center about 45 minutes away.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 07, 2010]
jdunaway
Cross Country Rider

trails are awesome! some of the slowest up hill ive ever ridden. these trails will make your climbing ablity improve very quickly. the downhills are unbelieveably fast and the trail is in really good shape.

Customer Service

just go down river road aways. you will eventually see it.

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none this is the best.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 02, 2008]
sandersbl
Cross Country Rider

This trail is not marked at all.As we started along the river we missed the cardboard arrow on the tree, we knew we had gone to far when we got to a shack down in the woods and could hear .22 bullets zinging over our heads. The trail is marked by cardboard arrows maybe from a race several years ago.Most of them have fallen down though.Blowdowns were everywhere.We even had to do some bushwhacking.My favorite part of the trail was the brutal climb this trail is famous for.With a little bit of work this trail would be awesome but for now its not worth the 2 hour drive for me to get there.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 16, 2006]
spkell
Cross Country Rider

I've had a theophany. In the parking lot was one like unto a son of man who verily hath a carbon Giant steed. he offered to show me the Way, but on the second switchback, verily were mine eyes opened and I saw he hath wings! Upward floated he, heedless of rocks hidden by the 6-inch carpet of leaves. As my leaden-feeling i-drive foundered on yet another hidden 5.5-inch rock (a proverb for the Faithful: "when the leaves are 6-inches deep, only the 7-inch rocks are visible"), he who was like unto a son of man ascended into the heavens as his disciple stood staring at the sky. Either it was the Lord Jesus hisself or Hermes of Greek renown.

Either way, it was good that the lord was out of earshot when my back wheel spun the fifth time as my front hit another rock playing hide-and-seek. Because had the lord heard what I said (not the last time), my immortal soul might have been in danger.

As it was, only my mortal flesh was when I made it to the "goat trail." I had to walk that final rock garden. I might have dared it had I been able to see it.

I rate the trail itself a 5 (holy ground and all), but my bumbling, cursing performance on it, 2.

Customer Service

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

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Pig Trail is my regular, Arrowhead when I have more time.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 14, 2006]
offspringin
Downhiller

Been a few years since i have ridden this trail. Im saddened to learn so much as changed for it. I was in scouts from age 6. I have stayed at the scout camp many many times. As a camper, as summer/winter staff, as a troop scout master. Since 95 i have always remembered to bring my bike. Camp Thunder has so many good memories for me. Much of my first mountain biking was done at this camp. I even taught the mountain biking class one summer. The mogules were excellent, the 45 unmatched. The switchbacks are fun in either direction. Alot of great memories there.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 05, 2006]
GrantB
Cross Country Rider

The big news is that Thunder is back on the agenda of the middle Georgia chapter of Sorba. A small group of riders got out and marked the long, 8 mile or so loop with arrows last weekend. More stewardship is planned.

A complete surprise and a rarity this far south in Georgia, a trail that gains over 500 feet in about a mile of trail. For me, the switchback climb from the river road to the top of ridge is the signature feature of the trail. Steep, rocky and kind of loose. On a recent ride, I sucked it up and used my granny ring the second time up. Other similar climbs abound, and the descent down what they call the Goat Path had my seat bouncing against my stomach, I was so far off the back of the bike.

Customer Service

Print a map here..
http://pages.prodigy.net/bikemap/thunder.gif
then compare it to the map with words and marked features at the trailhead. The newly installed arrows should help out, too.

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Arrowhead Park, East Macon Park, Pig Trail, Thomson (all in Macon)

Dauset Trails in Jackson.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 13, 2005]
tmba2
Cross Country Rider

Camp Thunder is still open but is in need of maintenance. I (John Hightower) was responsible for the initial construction of this trail along with several other locals. However, most of us have grown up, had kids, moved away, etc. I moved away for a few years but have just moved back and want to get it going again. For a while we were adding new sections every year and holding races annually and that kept the trail well worn and easy to follow. There is still more land to build trails on and I'm sure the Boy Scouts would welcome anyone willing to blaze trails. Some of the existing trails have been partially lost due to construction and logging on adjacent land that the trail cut through. Anyone interested in building trails or holding races should contact Joe Wortham (camp director) at jwortham@thunderbsa.org or myself at john_hightower@bus.emory.edu.

Customer Service

Just explore. Topo maps of the camp are available from the camp office. The trails aren't on the map but they weren't on the map but when I first started riding they didn't exist and all I needed was the topo map. Stay off the trail that follows the creek up the mountain (Moss Falls). This is a sensitive area (both ecologically and politically).

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I would also like to see the trails at Sprewell Bluff redeveloped. It has since turned into a state park and I don't know the status of the trails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 08, 2005]
BWatGT
Cross Country Rider

It is sad but true that the trail is in a state of disrepair. This was at one time among the hardest and most fun trails in GA, IMO. If you knew the trail well, it offered a day-long epic of leg killing climbs, screaming fast downhills, fireroad cruising and beautiful views in the fall/winter. One reviewer says that this could be "as good as Blankets creek". Once upon a time it was MUCH better than blankets for the advanced rider. Now the good news. The fire roads are still there, as well as much of the singletrack. I live in Kansas now, but my brother rides there a couple times a month. The following is straight from memory, but should be fairly accurate considering the number of times I've ridden these trails. For the Thunder Epic: Start at the Camp Thunder side. When driving in, go straight at the lake instead of turning left. Turn right (downhill) into parkinglot. Ride back out of parkinglot. turn right on road. road turns to dirt & climbs for about a mile. When the road *finally* levels off look for a gate on right side of road. Go around gate. You are now on Camp Thunder property. Follow doubletrack downhill. Go right at the fork. [along this fork there used to be a relativly long, blazing fast DH to the left down a valley. Worth exploring if ya spot it. Left at end on fireroad.] Fire road splits again go left. this goes to the Indian Camp. down to the camp and keep straight onto singletrack. A few creek crossings & mild confusion puts you out at the Flint river. Left, then up & left on singletrack. 1/2 mile of hard climbing with a few little downs. doubletrack returns you to 1st split. left again. After 2nd split look for doubletrack on rt. climb. After a couple miles stay left instead of taking "the 45" to cruise ridge, then right over ridge & left down mogul hill, launch jump into singletrack thru campsites if it's still there. either road ride back to car or backtrack all the way to 2nd split & take a loose and fast dh back to Camp Thunder proper.

Customer Service

See above. There are more trails, but that is a nice introduction. Go explore and find the challenging "goat trail" dh to the river. At a turn along the ridge, look for a faint and rocky trail roughly parallel to the river. There may be a small cairn around a small tree at the spot. Also, there is another blazing fast dh that is indicated by a very large fallen tree about 50m off the trail. It peeters out atop a short steep hill, you can just pick your own way through the trees to the bottom. Then it goes right and up a steep technical climb now blocked by a fallen tree and then climbs hard for a while before putting you out on the fireroad. Explore, Get lost. It is still worth the trip if you live on the southside and are bored by Dauset.

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Dauset is a manicured, hardpacked blast. If you're not having fun on it, get a rigid singlespeed. That trail is a SS dream. Blankets and Conyers are also good metro-atl trails. I hear good things about the Thompson (of bling-bling seatpost fame) trails in macon, but I've never ridden them. If you're ever in KS (god forbid) check out Camp Horizon, its a bit Camp Thunder-esque, but more technical.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 19, 2005]
cdeanhix
Weekend Warrior

It is sad to report that my days of riding Camp Thunder are over. I was last there at the beginning of August 2005. I tried taking the traditional route starting down by the river. That route was blocked after about a mile because the river has overtaken the access road. There was no passage between the swift waters of the river and the bluffs and boulders that overhang it. I turned back thinking I would be able to find the other end of the trail but came to a huge clear-cut where the final whooptidoo section used to be. There may be another way in, but I was not able to find it. Camp Thunder was once a great trail, and maybe one day something can be done to make it that way again. Rating below are used-to-be's

Customer Service

I was always able to find the place, but I have no idea how to tell anyone else how to get there. It is a couple of miles from the tiny town of Molena.

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Dausett Trails in Butts County is about 35 miles away as the crow flies.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 31, 2005]
Shaw Shank
Cross Country Rider

I have rode this trail a few times but have not been able to make it up for a few years. This trail has fell apart and/or been ripped apart by land clearing. We were able to ride the long switchback climb which was fun but does not make up for a 6 hour drive to get there. The mogals are flat and covered in knee high grass with the woods on both sides cleared away. I looks like the trail has gave way to new camp sites or whatever the scouts need. I understand that this is a scout camp and thier needs take priority so I will let them have it all to themselves. Weekend was saved by Conyers and the Thomson trail in Macon. All in all one thing learned was check the reviews on here before heading out.

Customer Service

The climb in is still great yet covered and hard to follow in some spots. After that turn around and enjoy it as a downhill. Repeat as needed.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
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