There are plenty of places for beginner mountain bikers (and budding thrill-seekers) to explore near Atlanta, from meandering trails near streams to paths that putter through meadows. Keep reading for our five favorite trails to tackle.MoreLess
This well-loved Atlanta park offers a 1.5 mile loop trail around a lake, and is good for all skill levels. There are bridges to cross, turns to make, and a pretty hefty hill, but none of the path is unmanageable for a beginner mountain biker. Just be on the lookout for runners and walkers, who share the path.
With 15 miles of trails that are good for both beginners and advanced riders alike, the SORBA-maintained trail system weaves near the Little River, which means you can hear the bubbling water between your kids' shouts of "wahoo!" The Explorer Trail Loop 1 (.5 miles) is the only beginner rated trail in the park, and has a wide, smooth singletrack path.
Situated next to Lake Allatoona, this 15-mile multi-use trail system has mountain bike paths ranging from beginner to expert. There’s a skills course for the bikers who want to try their hand at riding on logs, doing jumps, and handling curves before they encounter them on a more advanced path. With so many paths available to take, make sure you start on a beginner course, or else you might find yourself quickly out of your comfort zone. Always check the site for the trail status before riding.
Don't let the name worry you. This Cobb county park has multi-use gravel paths and is a great place for families with lots of ball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing pond, a large rec center and even a senior center. If you go for the beginner mountain biking trails, you're nearly guaranteed not to get lost. The Pond Trail is a level track that loops a pond, and is perfect for beginners.
Located in Hall County near Gainesville, Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Park has 21.3 miles of mountain biking trails that range from beginner to advanced. For your newbies, get them started on the Tortoise Trail or the Hare Trail, both of which are easily accessed from the parking lot.