Yellow River Park - Mountain Biking

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Summary

At Yellow River Trail, be prepared for mountain biking with short, steep climbs and pleasant forest scenery tucked on the outskirts of Atlanta suburbia.

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Memo Sanchez

Distance

10.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

18.6 miles

Difficulty

4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

2 hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Stone Mountain

Review

Intro

Yellow River Park mountain biking trails comprise 10 miles of overlapping multi-use trails ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging. Although most of the mountain biking trails are singletrack, there are also equestrian trails which provide a less technical, rolling, leisurely ride.  For advanced riders, there are several sections which include series of steep drops that are smooth and forgiving enough for most intermediate riders to enjoy (these are not vertical drops, they are steep 4-5 foot rollers, and quite fun). Parking here is free and plentiful, and the bathroom facilities are among the best in Georgia. The best time to go is from spring to fall.

What Makes It Great

Yellow River Park is a short drive from Atlanta, and is an ideal place for getting your singletrack fix without having to drive 2 hours out of your way. The variety of trails and difficulty here make it suitable for all levels, however, for mountain bikers looking for a ride longer than 60 minutes may be disappointed by the redundancy in trail overlap and frustrated by the poorly marked trails (the signs are almost useless).  The river itself is calm and tranquil and is visible along several sections of the trails.

Who is Going to Love It

Beginner to intermediate riders looking for a new trail system to explore will enjoy Yellow River Park. The best time of year to go is from spring to mid-fall, as the leaves can hide the trails and make it easy to get lost and hard to maintain traction.

The flat, forgiving trails that are located near the parking lot with the bathrooms  are ideal for beginners and or children as they are wide and predictable. For more technical trails, follow the blue signs to the other side of Juhan Road near the equestrian parking lot. Depending on the trail, the climbs here range from intermediate to very steep, so be sure to pack your granny gear!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Follow US-78 eastbound (Stone Mountain Freeway) until you reach Rockbridge Road SW and make a right. Continue straight as Rockbridge turns into Annistown Road (do not make another right turn to stay on Rockbridge) and a final right onto Juhan Road. Follow the signs to get to Yellow River Park Parking Lot. There are two parking lots on opposite sides of Juhan Road, one for mountain bikers and hikers, and the other for equestrians. 

Parking is free, and there are nice bathroom facilities at the trailhead. 

Location

Yellow River Park - Mountain Biking

3232 Juhan Road Southwest
Lithonia, GA, 30058
33.712331, -84.105194

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