Heritage Park - Trail, Watkinsville/Athens, Georgia

Heritage Park - Trail, Watkinsville/Athens, Georgia

DESCRIPTION

new trail in Oconee County . Great ride pretty much something for everyone . I have only ridden it once , but it was very enjoyable and no traffic . The trail has a few minor uphills , some real fas downhills , a couple of creek crossings . Will ride again .

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 05, 2012]
david
Cross Country Rider

This is a great technical trail that is very well maintained and is very challenging for the advanced rider. Total trail mileage is 11 miles if you take the longest route........the expert one. There is a great variety of terrain and most of it is very rooty and rocky and requires constant attention. Midway into the expert section is a very steep climb with 2 paths to the top. There have been some great new re-routes/trails created recently. Kudos to those who did the work! The final section is a great twisty trail to the top and then the boy scout trail to the end. Great trail! But, not for beginners!!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 10, 2009]
cdlinz
Weekend Warrior

i've been riding this trail for 10 years. as my skill level and equipment have improved, so has my appreciation for this trail. compared to chicopee this trail is a lot more technical and three dimensional. there are lots of roots and rocks to negotiate, and some gnarly creek crossings. it's twisty all the way. wider bars may make it tough. you can get hurt out here if you're not careful, but this trail challenges you, and can be very rewarding. i see wildlife out here almost every ride. snakes, turtles, almost always deer, and once a bunny that refused to get out of my way!

Customer Service

i do the red advanced trail, then the extra loop expert (orange) and back to red. it takes me 75 minutes. the orange adds a very challenging climb. short but steep and technical, and a corresponding technical downhill which ends with a sorta muddy creek crossing. there are two moderate climbs after that, one rocky and one rooty. the last 15 minutes consists of a sustained double track downhill ending in a creek that now has a bridge. but if you want a challenge the creek itself is a rooty, rocky, gnarly challenge. just past that you have a long double track climb to the parking lot, or you can veer off right into the woods and get some more bang for your buck. this last mini loop dumps you out at the top of the double track.

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chicopee is probably the best and most comprehensive trail in the area. but this is a close second, and more rewarding from a technical standpoint. yargo is an ok ride, but not very technical. i mean you see families with young kids riding out there. nothing wrong with that, but that's an indication of the low skill level required.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 15, 2009]
willevans
Racer

A poorly maintained trail with serious erosion problems and low-hanging branches in all the worst places.

Customer Service

Ride Fort Yargo instead. Heritage park has no redeeming qualities.

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Fort Yargo is awesome compared to any trail system so I can't see why anyone would ride at Heritage Park instead.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 16, 2008]
epxhammerhead
Cross Country Rider

I've ridden this trail hundreds of times over the last 10 yrs or so and it still is a blast each time. A new bypass of the very rough downhill, before the bridge before the climb to the landfill section, completed recently is excellent. Ride this trail backwards (counterclockwise) and you will work your ass off. Short intense aneorobic bursts to get over sharp roots, rocks , dropoffs will get you huffing and laughing at the same time. Clockwise is less difficult and allows you to flow. Don't forget to do the boy scout trail to the right of the trailhead as you are facing away from the highway. You must do the "expert" section. If you miss this you're missing half the fun.
Drawbacks: Oconee county locks the on site bathrooms. Guess they don't want to spend the $$ to clean them if they were open.

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Ft. Yargo
Fast, Fun, Flowing, Aerobic. New sections added regularly. Bathrooms open . Friendly St. Park staff. Lots of riders to talk to at the parking area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 24, 2007]
thubeav
Cross Country Rider

Follow the arrows and keep pedaling. This was a very refreshing ride with a little of everything. Everything like rocks and roots and creeks and bridges and woop de doos, etc. Very entertaining.
I really didn't know what to expect and it was a pleasant surprise. Everyone in my ride enjoyed it. Even the novice guy who kept screaming but then he would still clear whatever obstacle we had just covered.
I rated these a Four for technical and aerobic to say that if you want more you can just ride harder, faster and well you get me. If you want to take it easy then just Keep on Ridin'

Customer Service

Follow the arrows and keep pedals spinning. I'm not sure what 'route' we took but we rode about 8 miles.
We only did one lap because we were on our way to meet folks in Athens for a wheelhopper ride. See Wheelhopper dot com for that info.
There we rode more but not on better trails. The Heritage loop was the main event for the trail portion of our show and the Athens ride was the mileage skit.

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I wonder if Hard Labor Creek has trails or Bert Adams scout ranch. Surely there must be more out that way. I think the Oxford trails are there still too.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 23, 2007]
tgw1trk
Cross Country Rider

Nice trail. Much more technical than Conyers Oly course or FtYargo. Lots of roots, rocks and a couple of creek crossings. No real long climbs, descents or flats, the terrain is always changing, sometimes very quickly. Lots of gear shifting on this loop. Haven't ridden the "expert" sections yet, but I'm guessing if they are more challenging than the regular loop (which was used just prior to my visit for a race) they are pretty interesting. There are some "novice" side trails also.

Customer Service

The intro for this trail says it's in Athens/Watkinsville, but it's pretty far south of Athens on the west side of U.S.441, actually closer to Madison.

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Ft Yargo
Conyers Olympic trail
Tribble Mill

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 04, 2005]
Chello
Cross Country Rider

Was in Athens over the weekend, and decided to check out Heritage. Great mix of terrain along the trail. Few nice creek crossings to chill your legs and then threw a couple open fields to warm you back up. A very fun trail full of rolling hills, single track, and a few short fire roads. if your in the area i would reccomend this trail to anyone. It does have a few weaving technical sections that are a ton of fun. The trails are very well marked with arrows pointing you along the loop, and side loops. great job SORBA.

Similar Products Used:

Athens 441, yellow river (well not anymore)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 14, 2005]
olsenjl
Weekend Warrior

This is the first time that I've gone out to ride on a trail. Still getting used to riding a bike again, so this was all new to me. There is supposed to be trail settings for all rider levels, but they can be hard to find. For the other beginners- If you go up and behind by the auditorium there is a dirt trail, if you follow this you will see the white arrow, connoting the beginners trail. A few peddles behind the auditorium off the dirt trail to the left, you can see a passage somewhat overgrown that goes back to an intermediate trail. I took my dog and she had a good time, there's plenty of creeks for them to get wet.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 04, 2005]
johnbspinnen'
Cross Country Rider

I've riden Heritage a total of 8-9 laps in 4 visits there. Its a great workout. Nice sustained climbs and some screamin' downhills. The aerobic difficulty is as hard as you wanna make it. The expert loop gets its name from the tighter single track and a tougher steeper (but shorter) hill. Still not overly technical, but excellant use of the land they have. I dont know who maintains the trail but its always in great shape. I rode it a few days before Christmas on my way through the area and the final uphill, the one with all that nice red/orange Georgia clay was quite rutted from drainage. Came back through about 10 days later to find the hill was closed and a re-route was built through the woods with some of the nicest uphill switchbacks I've ever seen. They did all this in a week. Kudos to the trail builders, you folks rock. You cant miss the place just look for the endless white fence on the west side of the road. All in all a great ride.

Customer Service

You can follow the nice map found on The Soutern Lights site : http://www.southernlights24-7.com/trail_map.shtml The beginning of the trail is hard to find since they're building a new structure on the site. From the parking area travel south all the way to the property line then stay between the new building and the property line. Also check the trail marker signs/meanings they're a bit confusing. Red with a white arrow is easiest. Orange with a white arrow is hardest. White w/a black arrow is .........well I guess its white w/a black arrow! lol These are impossible if you're wearing Oakleys on an overcast day with those yellow (shooters) lenses. Heritage is a 10-15 ride from Athens and there's a nice Best Western hotel w/free broad band IA close by. You should also check out the Hub bike shop which is on the same road. Great selection of mountain bike parts and freindly knowledgable staff. They also are the home shop for the Jittery JOes Racing team. There's even a convienient "quarter" car wash to clean that clay off your bike on the way. The only car wash that actually YELLS at you.

Similar Products Used:

Conyers Dausett

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 04, 2003]
bombertown
Racer

Best trail in the area, an excellent combination of technical, fast, extended climbs and descents, open areas, twisty singletrack, water crossings, you name it. i ride out here just about every day. some extensions have been added lately, and the expert loop has a nice killer climb followed by a mean little s-shaped downhill into a creek. the best part about it is you can come out here and train for a race or you can bring your girlfriend and her $200 Giant. Experts and beginners can all have fun out here, just choose your loops wisely. when it is dry, it is very fast, and fast is good.

Customer Service

take every left you can (clockwise) -- this'll give you the best combination of loops for an advanced rider.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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