Steeplechase Loop at the Georgia International Horse Park (GIHP) serves as a thrilling playground for mountain bikers looking for an adrenaline rush and an Olympic legacy. Located just a 30-minute drive from Atlanta, the 5-mile loop is an intermediate-level course but offers features that attract riders of all levels. The loop was among the sites selected for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and has since retained its reputation for fast, semi-technical rides.
The Steeplechase Loop consists mainly of flowy singletrack. You'll encounter several:
While the loop offers opportunities for a bit of air—thanks to rollers and erosion on the backside of roots—the trail is relatively straightforward. Yet, it's engaging enough to keep an intermediate rider on their toes. Don't ignore the signs, especially since the loop should only be ridden counter-clockwise.
Keep an eye out for regular race events, but do remember to yield to everyone else on the trail, including the occasional horse or pedestrian. Races are scheduled semi-regularly, and it's always advisable to check the GIHP website for closures before planning your trip.
Despite a logging history that has reduced the number of trees, the trail remains scenic. If you ride at a moderate speed, you'll likely encounter wildlife, adding to the loop's charm.
From I-20, take Exit 82 "Georgia International Horse Park." Go North on 20 (or East on 138) for about 5 miles. Look for signs to turn right for the Horse Park. A large gravel parking area awaits on the right.
Steeplechase Loop at GIHP stands out as a solid intermediate trail that allows riders to test their skills while enjoying a fast-paced ride. While not as challenging as other trails, it provides a good mix of elements to keep things interesting. So, if you're in or around Conyers, Georgia, this loop is highly recommended for a quick, exhilarating ride.