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Post subject: Paulding Gravel  PostPosted: Jun 13, 2019 - 02:50 AM
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It's been a long time since I've ridden the gravel in Paulding county. I know a lot of it has been paved over.

Does anyone have any maps, GPS files, links, anything to the Paulding gravel? I'm going to try to put a 35-40 mile route together for me and a couple of ladies.
 
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Post subject: RE: Paulding Gravel  PostPosted: Jun 13, 2019 - 04:32 AM
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Hi Trish. Yeah, I ride there all the time.

As of two weeks ago, the only road which was paved was Brushy Mountain Rd. It is now blacktop from Braswell Mountain Rd all the way to 278.

Some of the roads were recently graded and have fresh gravel including Benson Lakes, Mt. Moriah and the Paulding section of Lucas.

Below are a few suggestions.


30 miles/2000 ft from North Paulding High School complex - this is one of my after work routes.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30258060


36 miles/2600 ft from the North Paulding High School complex.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30258068
This route includes Sheffield and Paulding Forest wildlife management areas which require a hunting license or land pass for access. Lots of people go there without the land pass so just FYI. I have a land pass but even so, I ride there all the time and have never been stopped. There is no hunting now and small game season doesn't start until August 15 for both areas. Reference http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/w-m-a-regulations-i-p/ and http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/w-m-a-regulations-q-s/ for hunting dates for both WMAs.

The large black dog on Lee Rd has invisible fence and the owner is really cool so pay the dog no mind and say hello to the owner if you see her.

There is a gate somewhere around mile 14 - just go around it and keep going down the abandoned roadbed which will turn into the famous Blue Car Body Rd and is very pretty.


45 miles/2934 ft - same caveats as the 36 mile route above.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30258069


42 miles/2800 ft - this route is very adventurous but equally as pretty. It is my favorite. You will be tired after this. Smile
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30258239

Mile 20.5 to 22.9 is not marked on the map but is used by the forest service to stock Raccoon Creek with trout. I call it "Trout Stocking Rd" and have ridden it many times. It drops, steeply at points, from above the Brushy Mountain tunnel down to the Silver Comet Trail. There is a short section of hike-a-bike from the road up to the trail which puts you on the trail 2.4 miles east of the tunnel. The foot path is not obvious but look for it and just go up. The road used to be beautiful and fast doubletrack but they graded it last month and put large 4" chunk gravel in spots so it can be treacherous if not careful. If you take it 100 yards past the foot path up to the trail it will dead end at Racoon Creek and is really pretty. I've tent camped at this spot.

At mile 28.5 you can continue downhill to visit High Shoal Falls or turn right on Rock Creek Rd.

Mt Moriah Rd past Westfork Ranch is gorgeous and stop to see the horses at Foxboro Farms on School Rd.


43.9 miles/3200 ft - a different version of the route above starting at Tara Drummond Trailhead. More pavement than gravel but worth doing.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30258393


Hope this helps. Let us know what you decide to ride and if you discover other nice gravel roads.


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Sadlebred
Post subject: RE: Paulding Gravel  PostPosted: Jun 14, 2019 - 03:04 AM
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Tim--these are amazing! Thank you! I'll look them over tomorrow and choose a route for my friend and me. We are both very experienced cyclists and gravel riders but prefer 30-40 miles so we aren't out there all day (She's quite a bit faster than me). We may stick with one of the less adventurous ones for the first time through Paulding. It's been forever since I've been through the WMAs. I remember quite of bit of climbing from a few years ago and huge, chunky gravel.

How much of a mix of gravel/pavement would you say most of the routes are?
 
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TimH
Post subject: RE: Paulding Gravel  PostPosted: Jun 14, 2019 - 05:27 AM
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If you want 30 to 40 miles then the first or second ride would be nice.

A friend and I rode the 30 mile route tonight. This is Dave cresting a hill into the evening sunshine on his old Rockhopper.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/06_13_16_001_sm_1f3e8ee5c9966beb6160781a3a44b56dc3c61487.jpg

The 36 mile route does climb up Lee Rd but the reward is the long descent down Braswell Mountain Rd on the way back. Gravel isn't too chunky in the WMA's. I run 38 mm Panaracer Gravelking SK and it's alright. You will find some fresh gravel on Benson Lakes Rd, Mt Moriah Rd and the Paulding section of Lucas Rd but nothing I would call huge. The photo above is Mt. Moriah Rd and you can see the fresh gravel.

This is Blue Car Body Rd in the Paulding Forest WMA. Gravel has been packed down smooth by the hunters.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/05_31_19_006_sm_4ba0f8f5f649bdf12d685f4801b114ac87affd0a.jpg

This is School Rd near Foxboro Farms, pea gravel over hard pack and fast.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/05_31_19_010_sm_36282772d04513da0e096cfde171adb7f90b4c29.jpg

I'm guessing that both the 30 and 36 mile routes are about 40% gravel, maybe? I've marked the gravel sectors in blue on the 30 and 36 mile Ride with GPS routes so you can get an idea.


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Post subject: RE: Paulding Gravel  PostPosted: Jun 16, 2019 - 02:07 AM
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Those roads look gorgeous! I have a feeling I'll be exploring more of the Paulding gravel in July and August! I have events the next two weekends including Red Clay Ramble. A friend and I are doing 40 miles tomorrow...we'll see how it goes! We are both on gravel bikes w/38-40mm tires.
 
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