Flat Creek Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"You'll gradually climb to the head of Flat Creek before turning back down through the cove. Expect small stream crossings, tunnels of rhododendron and to slip-slide through baseball-sized rocks. It's a steep climb back to the start of the loop."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume III: A Guide to Mountain Biking in North Georgia (Milestone Press).
"You’ll really enjoy this ride on a hot day, when the surrounding peaks shield you from the hot summer sun. Conversely, you can get pretty cold on this ride in the winter. If you always end up with wet feet on any ride like I do, take extra socks. Part of this trail follows a creek as it tumbles down along an old roadbed, and part of this trail is the creek. The numerous rocks and crossings will challenge your technical riding skill, especially if there’s ice on the rocks or your rims. This loop configuration is the favorite of the locals; the ride is great in either direction."
--Alex Nutt, Mountain Biking Georgia (Falcon Guides).
Probably not for beginner biking. Took the trail counterclockwise. approx 1st 2miles = Long inclining grade on medium track covered with 1" gravel; next mile is downward slope and rocky through beautiful rhodedendrum and hemlock along flat creek had to walk bike down a couple of sections; crosses flat creek near large campsite and narrows slightly the remainder of the way with gradual inclining to moderately steep grade. The more experienced are likely to really enjoy this workout. Also would make a great hike. We were beginners and will likely go for a less challenging track without so many rocks next time.
FANTASTIC TRAIL. GREAT UPHILL, DOWNHILL AND FLAT RIDING.
ONE OF MY FAVORITS SO FAR. TECHNICAL AND WIL GET YOUR HEART RATE GOING ALONG WITH SOME GOOD LEG BURN.
It was OK. I happen to enjoy high speed and this one was difficult to gain any speed. The rocky descents were treacherous especially with the leaves fallen. The climbs were challenging but not that bad.
A fun rolling dowhill through the forest, w/some good views at the beginning. Climb at the end is steep, but short.
We hiked the loop and I must say it was well worth the trip to Aska. We did not even see another person until we were leaving (@10:00 am).
The trail is well marked and it is a very nice medium distance hike.
If you get the chance, hike or bike (it does seem quite technical) this trail!
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