Dry Creek Trail System

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Dry Creek Trail System

Postby cfernan62 » Fri May 06, 2011 3:28 am

Dry Creek is where we start the 34Miler of the Snake Time Trials. The Dry Creek Trail system
has been in the works for past 5 years. It was recently completed last month. I'll let you
know when I find out the official opening, but I was told by Larry Wheat that the trails are open
for riding. Big thanks to Larry Wheat (Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association) and Larry Thomas
USFS for making this trail a reality!

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David Wheaton and I rode about 8 of the 26 miles of the Dry Creek Trail System.  These trails are great! 
The scenery is beautiful.  Check it out when you get a chance, you won't regret it. 

I recommend taking a map with you.  The trails are not marked, so the map will help you find your way.

More Pictures from Dry Creek

Walk thru of trail flagging with Larry Wheat and Larry Thomas in 2008

Google Earth file for Dry Creek ride - from David

Directions:

Dry Creek Parking Lot Directions The Dry Creek area of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is located in northwest Georgia about six miles south of Villanow, off county road 705 (Subligna-Villanow Highway, also called the East Armuchee Road). The East Armuchee Road is a scenic highway that extends southward from Villanow to Subligna and on to Gore at US 27 a few miles east of Summerville. The Dry Creek area straddles the Walker and Chattooga county line.

· To reach Villanow from I-75, when traveling north, take the GA 136 exit (Exit 320) and proceed west 14.3 miles on GA 136 until you reach Villanow. Villanow is a small town at the intersection of GA 136, GA 201, and county road 705. The Favorite Market store/gas station is on one corner of this intersection.

· From Villanow, travel south on the East Armuchee Road for 6.5 miles (about 10 minutes) to arrive at the turnoff to Forest Service (FS) road 226. Turn left on FS 226 and travel 1.5 miles (keep to the left when you encounter side roads) until you arrive at the new parking lot at the top of a hill. (About 200 yards before reaching the parking lot there is a road to the right that crosses East Armuchee Creek. There is a primitive camping area located across the creek that is used by equestrians and others.)
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby raja » Fri May 06, 2011 6:03 am

Great news!

We need to get up a group and go explore these new trails.
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby MrUnderhill » Fri May 06, 2011 8:17 am

Larry Wheat.........Equestrian, right? :thumbup:
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby TheHeckler » Fri May 06, 2011 8:34 am

Definitely need to go check these out. Thanks to Larry and Larry for making this happen! :thumbup:
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby davidmuse » Fri May 06, 2011 10:35 am

Awesome. Can't wait to ride those trails.

Larry Thomas is a great guy. He has done great work, for mountain biking and just recreation in general in the NF. The equestrian community has been great to work with (and ride with for that matter) for the past few years as well. This trail system is a big win all around.
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby TheHeckler » Fri May 06, 2011 10:42 am

davidmuse wrote:Awesome. Can't wait to ride those trails.

Larry Thomas is a great guy. He has done great work, for mountain biking and just recreation in general in the NF. The equestrian community has been great to work with (and ride with for that matter) for the past few years as well. This trail system is a big win all around.


+1 David! Larry is a great guy; known him for years and he has always been an advocate for mtn biking. Likewise the equestrian community has been great as well and have gotten along with mtn bikers for the most part up there. Back in the day have done some good trail work up at Iron Mtn trail with some equestrians.
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby tenbsmith » Fri May 06, 2011 11:34 am

Awesome, can't wait to get the chance to give her a go.
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby co-nasty » Fri May 06, 2011 11:53 am

This is awesome! I know where my next ride will be. Just a few questions, does it connect to, or part of the pinhoti? Or is everything on the map new stuff? Where is the start? and on the map What do the different colors mean? Thanks and Triple thanks to Larry and Larry.
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby cfernan62 » Fri May 06, 2011 6:45 pm

MrUnderhill wrote:Larry Wheat.........Equestrian, right? :thumbup:


Yes, Larry's a very nice fella. He is the president of Back Country Horsemen of North West Georgia
and serves as a director on the Board of the Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association. He's been a great
supporter and designer of sustainable multi-use trails.

Say hello to him if you see him on the trail.

Here's his buddy "Flame":
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Re: Dry Creek Trail System

Postby cfernan62 » Fri May 06, 2011 7:02 pm

co-nasty wrote:This is awesome! I know where my next ride will be. Just a few questions, does it connect to, or part of the pinhoti? Or is everything on the map new stuff? Where is the start? and on the map What do the different colors mean? Thanks and Triple thanks to Larry and Larry.


I don't have a legend, but I figured out that the Pinhoti is the solid red. Blue is forest service roads. The dashed red lines are the new trails and the yellow line are existing bandit trails that were incorporated in the new system ( I think ).

We just started from the horse parking lot [P] & [PL] and explored the southeast part [4F, 4C, 4D, 5C, 5D, 4G, 4I, 4J, 3J] and then headed north [2E, 2D, 2C, 2B, 2A] to Pinhoti. We used the forest service roads as references to make sure we were looking at the correct spot on the map.

There's suppose to be a huge sink hole. It's labeled [SH] on the map ( South east part close to 4I ). We didn't see it from the trail.

[EWK] on the map is some earthworks structure is very close to the Pinhoti after crossing the creek on the climb towards Johns Mountain.

Google Earth Map of first ride at Dry Creek Trail System by David W.
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