Rediscovering Arrowhead Park: A Cyclist's Gem in Macon, Georgia
Two decades have passed since Arrowhead Park's trail system first saw the light of day. What was once devastated by the unforgiving force of the Mother’s Day tornado in 2008 has, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Ocmulgee Mountain Bike Association and Bibb County, risen again. The new trail, a testament to resilience and community spirit, re-emerged in 2011, offering cyclists some of the most challenging yet exhilarating singletrack terrains in Middle Georgia.
With twists and turns, highs and lows, Arrowhead Park's trail system is nothing short of an adrenaline rush. Cyclists rave about its:
For first-timers, navigation is a breeze. Upon entering the park, turn left at the first paved road. The trail kiosk, nestled at the bottom of the hill, marks the start of the Advanced loop. For those eyeing the Beginner loop, a short ride up the road reveals its trailhead. And there's even more excitement on the horizon, with an additional 2 miles of trail currently under construction, expected to wrap up within the year.
A nominal park fee of $5 per vehicle ensures the trail's upkeep, which, as avid cyclists attest, is money well spent. As one rider shared, "If you're traveling I75 through Georgia, this trail is an absolute must!"
West of Interstate 475 lies the gateway to Arrowhead Park. From the Hwy 80 exit, head west for 3 miles before making a right onto Tidwell Road. Follow it to its end, turn left on Columbus Road, and shortly after, veer right into the park's welcoming embrace. Signage might be scant, but a red parking block, adorned with spray paint, heralds the trail's beginning.
Recent visitors to the trail have left with varied experiences:
However, a few riders felt the trail could benefit from regular maintenance, citing overgrown sections and occasional debris.
For those traversing the roads of Georgia, seeking an escape from the mundane or the chaos of peak-hour traffic, Arrowhead Park beckons. With its unique blend of history, challenge, and nature's charm, it stands as a