Located in Richard B. Russell State Park, Elberton, Georgia, this 3.3-mile loop trail is a part of the Muddy Spokes Club. While it has the potential to be a relaxing cruise on two wheels, it's crucial to manage expectations before heading out here. One of the key aspects that sets this trail apart? Gravel, and lots of it—measuring 1 to 3 inches in diameter and up to 4 inches deep.
The gravel is loose, deep, and uncompact, which may explain the limited traction and rolling speed. It's like "pedaling through marbles," as aptly described by one cyclist. A few hills might break the monotony, but generally speaking, excitement is hard to come by.
To reach Richard B. Russell State Park from Atlanta, take 85N to exit 177. Then proceed onto GA-77S/Route 366 toward Elberton, make a left on GA-368E/Anderson Hwy, take a slight right onto William Smith Rd, and continue onto Russel State Park Dr.
Is this trail for everyone? Definitely not. Does it serve a purpose? Absolutely, especially for those on a mission to collect their Muddy Spokes Club stamps or residents looking for a nearby trail to introduce cycling to kids. The Richard B. Russell State Park Loop is rated easy, but don't let that fool you. The deep gravel ensures that descriptions like "easy," "rolling," or "fast" don't apply here. Overall, if leisurely pedaling through deep gravel fits your bill, then give it a go; otherwise, there are plenty of other exciting options out there.