Flatrock Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Flatrock Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbus, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
7 days ago

Went rucking there 2 weeks ago-There are parts of the trail that are clearly marked and parts that are not-I found myself on areas of the trail that branch off in numerous directions and had to rely on your map through my iphone to navigate back to the trail-too many feeder trails off the main trail-Plus the load music from others that come there for other reasons than to enjoy the park and outdoors-

trail running
21 days ago

Clean, quite and nice scenery

1 month ago

There’s rocks you and your kids can climb around on, and there’s awesome trails almost everywhere you look. Me and my Fiancé went walking through the mountain bike trails and saw a ton of deer. It was incredibly relaxing and peaceful. I’m from Texas and honestly when I come back, that’s where I’ll be going first

1 month ago

Good trail for a run or walk. You can choose the hilly trail or a flat bike trail further in to the loop.

3 months ago

good trail for kids! our 2 year old enjoyed it!

hiking
7 months ago

I live close to the park and hike there when testing new gear. Overall, a nice park but unfortunately, there can be too many noisy people blasting horrendous music from their cars. Plus, people don't really pick up their trash.

trail running
7 months ago

After reading other reviews, this trail system gets short shrift. This is a gem for Columbus! When you come into Flat Rock Park from Warm Springs Rd follow the service road all the way downhill to just before it loops back up around the lake--you'll see the parking area at the trailhead. Work from the trailhead, not the upper park areas near the entrance--I can see why some folks get confused and lose the trail from up there. I did 5-miles doubling back the tight winding single track through the trees as a loop from and to the trail head. I then warmed down hiking the trail running south in reverse from the trailhead, finding a mix of single track, old jeep trails and pine needles running variously parallel to the Fall Trace asphalt paved bike and running track that runs from 1.3M north of the Flat Rock Park dirt trails 12 miles south-southwest to downtown Columbus and the Riverwalk area, and in loops back around the small lake in the Park, reconnecting to the trails I ran today to make a continuous loop. The Park is being maintained, and the trails are in fact very clear and largely marked--I found both color coded arrows on steel posts and orangish confidence flags--I confirmed I was reversing over the same section of Trail in part by noting the flags were now on my left coming back. The terrain on the north end is gently rolling, with quite a few roots to navigate, no rocks. Looping south, away from the trailhead, the terrain becomes more hilly and offers more variation. You can choose to parallel the Fall Trace on the trail for some distance. I think you could put together 6+ miles easily. Nothing technical, other than abundant roots to watch for--keep your eyes on the trail. I saw only squirrels--no other wildlife. I saw one blonde squirrel--like a tiny grizzly bear, which I almost stopped to photograph. The Park itself includes some cool geology w a large exposed rock area. The trail system connects directly to Fall Trace at the Flat Rock trailhead and is very clearly marked. I ran an 8-mile out and back on the Fall Trace yesterday from the Psalmist Road parking area and found it great--very gentle grade, smooth asphalt surface with clearly marked road crossings and warning lights--but every driver stopped when they saw me approaching a crossing. You could easily put together Marathon-50K distances using combinations of Flat Rock and Fall Trace. Lots of trees shade the tracks. I've really enjoyed finding this network of trails so close in to Columbus and will run here whenever in town. Easy to moderate compared to Roosevelt Park to the north where GUTS trail race events are conducted.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

The park is beautiful but to say the trail is poorly marked would be an understatement!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

great place for family...

walking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Good trail to walk dogs on! I enjoy it because it's close to my house and most times it isn't crowded.

hiking
Thursday, January 08, 2015

Great local park! I have walked/jogged the trail with my dogs, and although the trail is poorly marked in some area, it is very enjoyable. Even in the areas where you may lose the trail, the lake and the river kind of keep you on track, plus my dogs love getting their feet wet from time to time. Overall I enjoy every trip to this family friendly, well maintained park and my dogs get a kick out of the trail.

trail running
Friday, December 06, 2013

Run Flatrock Park many times, good beginner trail (trail running). Overall the course is relatively flat with tight turns. Few obstacles such as roots or rocks to contend with, markings are not very good, however the shortness of the trail allows you to find your way out rather easily if you get turned around. One additional benefit is having the Fall Line Trace (rails to trails) next to the park for additional mileage if you desire. Like the other reviews the park is family friendly with other activities and picnic sites throughout.

hiking
Monday, October 07, 2013

A great place to bring your kids, dogs and a picnic basket. Open air seating, the water is fun and rails to trails is right nearby.

mountain biking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

FLat rock park is a very nice place to bring your family. Between the Frisbee Golf Course or the 11.5 mile MTB Course, you cant go wrong. The Course has been in the GSC Racing series the past 6 years. The Course gets better by the year. CVA Sorba takes care of the course. technical aspects of the trail I would have to say 3 out of 5. the course is fast but not many climbs or technical areas. Kids can enjoy most of the course. I take my 9 year old and he can ride the entire course.

nature trips
Friday, April 05, 2013

I really love this park. My neice, nephew and sister love it too.

I didn't get to walk the bigger trail on either visit, because there's so much to see in the front part of the park, which I could spend hours enjoying - the water area, the small rock scramble, the swings, the picnic area and the smaller trail to the lake. Looking forward to my next visit so I could finally start/complete the trail.

mountain biking
Saturday, February 16, 2013

First time riding was really fun good workout.like that it has beginner and experienced trail

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Our local trail here in Columbus GA.
Overall it is a pretty nice trail, great for beginners and experienced riders.
But if you drive a distance to ride this and you're up for more of a challenge stop by "The Bike Shop" or "Ride on Bikes" and ask for directions to "The Trail of Tears" in Phenix City AL.

mountain biking
Monday, June 18, 2012

Had a blast riding my bike here at flatrock!! Course was fun and challenging in every way. Hit only one tree haha due to going to fast in right places but over all was a great place to ride. Glad I live next door to it now haha.

hiking
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hiking
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