Don't let the modest length of this trail fool you. South Rockdale Park offers a variety of riding experiences in a compact package. Despite its 4.8-mile length, the trail manages to cram in singletrack segments, a couple of optional detours, and multi-use paths that make every ride a new adventure.
The trail is primarily a singletrack, punctuated with patches of wider paths that lead you toward the loop's more intricate sections. Anticipate rock garden crossings that will challenge your bike-handling skills whether you're going uphill or downhill. Besides rocks, you'll encounter an interesting mix of roots in some segments that add a layer of technical difficulty.The trail features good climbs and descents, but nothing too harsh, aligning with its 'very easy' difficulty level. It also provides options for 4x4 trails running on a gas line clearing, offering a different kind of fun.
Technically, the signs say hiking, but at present, cyclists are welcome. Be mindful that this is a shared space; horses and hikers are common. Though it is tagged 'very easy,' the trail offers enough features like roots, rocks, and optional detours to keep even experienced cyclists engaged.
The trailhead is located at 3909 East Fairview Road. From Interstate 20, take exit 82 (GA Highway 138 & 20), go south, and follow 138. Turn right at East Fairview Road and travel about a mile to find the park on your right.
South Rockdale Park may not offer an extensive mileage count, but it does a remarkable job of maximizing its limited space. It provides both beginners and experienced riders a playground to test their skills. The trail's ease of access and the diverse terrain make it a notable pick for anyone in the Conyers or greater Atlanta area. Given its evolving nature and future potential, this is a trail to watch—and to ride.