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800 acres = ? miles?

Postby Lush » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:32 pm

I was approached by someone from a county that has 800 acres of land they want to do horse and mtb trails on. Probably stacked looped system for bikers, is there some sort of calculation that can give a rough estimate of how many miles of singletrack can go into it? Or another option would be to compare it to another park of roughly the same size. Like how many acres is Chicopee, Yargo, Blankets etc.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby derf » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:46 pm

There are 1.25 sq. miles per acre.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby Lush » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:57 pm

But how about linear? In that one and a quarter square mile how much trail could be put in there without going too crazy twisty turny? 1/4mi? more? less?
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby mtbdcd » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:35 pm

derf wrote:There are 1.25 sq. miles per acre.

?
One section of land which is 1 sq mile is 640 acres.

800 acres is a lot of land and should allow for several miles of trails.
Just guessing, but would think Big Creek is probably less than 400 acres.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby derf » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:59 pm

for some reason acre was in my mind. 800 acres=1.25 sq miles.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby iride » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:12 pm

it's plenty of room. used to ride a spot in the Hudson valley that was just over 700 sq mi, and there was a ton of trails out there.
clearly it's entirely too technical...

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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby mtbdcd » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:22 pm

iride wrote:it's plenty of room. used to ride a spot in the Hudson valley that was just over 700 sq mi, and there was a ton of trails out there.

I would hope so, that is an area 5 times the size of Atlanta.:)

You guys are having size issues, maybe too much lying to gf/wife.:)
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby bikemap » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:50 pm

A lot depends on the terrain.
Do you know where the land is?
We could start making plans and come up with an estimate.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby Lush » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:55 pm

Somewhere between Athens and Cornelia (Banks Co.) maybe, so looks like its going to be fairly hilly, Broad River watershed type area. Don't know the exact details, but I wanted to see if 20 miles was feasible, if it's not that might be a deal breaker. But then again people are riding Payne's Creek and there's only 7.5 miles out there. It was just brought to me to see what it would take to make it a destination option.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby xtanker » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:01 pm

I've always heard 1 acre = 1 mile of trail
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby iride » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:16 pm

mtbdcd wrote:
iride wrote:it's plenty of room. used to ride a spot in the Hudson valley that was just over 700 sq mi, and there was a ton of trails out there.

I would hope so, that is an area 5 times the size of Atlanta.:)

You guys are having size issues, maybe too much lying to gf/wife.:)


sorry, I meant 7000000.

ok ok, I meant 700 acres.


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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby AlloyNipples » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:03 pm

Blankets is roughly 300-350 acres, 16ish miles or trail. What I (we) could do with 800!
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby Lush » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:14 pm

Ok, that's the kind of estimate I need to wrap my head around. Should be able to do 20 miles and give the horses the 15 they want. I'll keep everyone posted on developments, which as we all know are very slow in nature.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby Dammule » Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:49 am

interesting amount of stuff built on land in Winder. (Fort Yargo State Park)

"ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:

1,816 Acres
3 Cottages ($130) -- #3 is dog friendly ($40 per dog, max 2)
5 Yurts ($65)
40 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28)
10 Walk-in Campsites (fee)
260-Acre Lake with Beach (seasonal)
5 Picnic Shelters ($45)
2 Group Shelters (seat 80 and 100, $105-$155)
Nature Center Pavilion ($85)
Beach Pavilion ($95)
Pioneer Campground ($75)
2 Boat Ramps
Gift Shop
Over 13 miles of Mtb trail, and other hiking trails etc throughout.
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Re: 800 acres = ? miles?

Postby m_ericks » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:29 am

iride wrote:
mtbdcd wrote:
iride wrote:it's plenty of room. used to ride a spot in the Hudson valley that was just over 700 sq mi, and there was a ton of trails out there.

I would hope so, that is an area 5 times the size of Atlanta.:)

You guys are having size issues, maybe too much lying to gf/wife.:)


sorry, I meant 7000000.

ok ok, I meant 700 acres.


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