Explore the most popular trails near Gainesville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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trail running
15 days ago

Great running trail (watch for bikers) with beautiful views, except for that copperhead.

trail running
16 days ago

They charge $5/day to park or $50/year. That parking pass lets you park at only this location and comes with no other perks. This is the same price as the Georgia state park pass which lets you park at ANY state park (but is not honored here)... So parking is WAY overpriced.

The trails are very geared toward biking and if you're a trail runner be prepared to have to yield to bikes a lot. The trail maps are not terribly informative and the trails are poorly marked and overall poorly maintained for the price you pay.

Overall these trails are not worth the trouble unless you're a biker and planning to use them more than 10X per year to pay for the cost of parking.

I'll find somewhere else to get my trail runs in thanks.

good beginner mtb trail

hiking
1 month ago

I did the trail today June 24, 2018 with my pup. Trail was perfectly blazed, I had zero problems following orange blazes for the entire 5 miles. they were marked at least every 50 paces. path was well cared for and a very nice walk, with gentle climbs and obstacles. I found it a very beautiful walk. my only complaint were the gnats which 8 couldn't get out of my eyes.

Nice single track run. I enjoyed it. Very few other users. It was perfect for a lunch break run. Saw a deer. The photo that is posted with the "exercise trail" board is not this trail. The photo posted is part of a short walking trail on the UNG campus that starts near the running track. The two trails can be connected to make for a longer hike/run/bike. The College Bike Trail information on this page is only for the bike trail, called Tumbling Creek Trail, and doesn't include the 'exercise trail' The dire" sign. There is a nice parking lot next to the police station on campus at the trail head.

Such a pretty little trail. Super chill and easy.

badass biking here

on West Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

I had an enjoyable hike. Some of the trails toward the end weren’t as clear as I thought they should be. I am glad I have the AllTrails app on my phone. I saw a few deer. I did the 4.7 mile west lake/East Lake Trail. I will return with a group and hike this trail once again.

hiking
3 months ago

My experience was just ok. I don't agree that the map or the park was well marked. Twice I came across a point where there were 2 paths to move forward and neither pathway was marked and I just had to take a guess. The map they give you really confused me. There were areas I came across that weren't on the map. I never got to the lake and apparently went in a giant circle. At one point I tried to get back to the nature center (where I parked) and followed a marker that pointed to that direction...well the next 2 markers after that didn't say I was heading to the nature center and I was afraid I had gone the wrong way. Finally 20 min. later the 3rd marker showed I was heading toward the right direction which gave me a sigh of relief. Because of all of the confusion, bad map, not that great of markers, etc....it made my experience not that great and unable to enjoy my surroundings. Also there is a $5 parking fee NOT $1 as previously said by another.

3 months ago

The trail entrances aren’t well marked when you first arrive; but the trail itself is beautiful. I have gone twice over this last week because it was so enjoyable.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Chicopee is an good trail. I went on Copperhead which is one of Chicopee’s trails with two of my friends. I found that the trail had many roots. The trail has small logs to which you can bunny hop over. There were also fun descends and ascends. I had an great time, but would advise this trail definitely for advanced riders or for beginners to be a little bit more cautious. Overall I can’t wait to go back.

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed West Lake, East Lake and Dunlop Trails. Well marked and well maintained. Lots of down trees but all trails were cleared. Did not see another human being for the first 45 minutes of my hike. Saw many butterflies and birds. Peaceful during the week.

5 months ago

Nice easy hike

hiking
6 months ago

It was an amazing hike with both the West & East Lake Trail. Really nice folks work at the Nature Center.

They now charge a flat rate $5 parking fee or $50 annual parking pass. Trails are great though, very well marked and kept up. Crowded especially on weekends. Rainy cold days lessen the traffic.

Great trail

7 months ago

Easy trail, has a few minor elevation climbs. Many trees are downed along the trail, and a portion of the trail has been rerouted. Nice views of the creek in several spots, and along the way is a suspension bridge.

hiking
8 months ago

Parking is cheap and it's a really nice place to hike when the leaves are gone. There are enough features aside from the plants to keep it interesting beyond the pleasure of walking through the woods and, for the most part, the trails are easy to follow even with heavy leaf covering. It's pretty low impact with very few areas that are so rocky or rooty that I had to keep my eyes down. Aside from a few creeks, there is also a reservoir with an incredible dock, a pretty nice suspension bridge, and a tiny bit of meadowland to mix things up a bit. The signage is mostly good, though there are a few intersections that aren't well marked where (what I think is) a service road from the Nature Center cuts through the trails and some of the maps are outdated, saying that there is a Bridge Trail when it's actually the Dunlap Trail that goes over the bridge. Also, there are a ton of trees down. None are in the way, but the amount of tree carnage is striking, to say the least.

Dogs aren’t allowed during the week, only on the weekend. I didn’t even get to enjoy the trail after driving an hour with my dog.

hiking
11 months ago

I love loop trails and this one is now of my favorites. In and out. Lots of great sloping hill/elevations and "tree root foot" challenges. If that makes sense. It's a well preserved area with beautiful streams and a nice pond to stop for a snack and watch birds. There is a working water fountain at the top of the hill above the pond near the wooden structure that was a nice respite as well.

Very natural setting and I understand now why it's a favorite for trail runners.

We had a five-year-old in our group and she enjoyed it. Of course we had a very early start at 8 AM so she didn't tucker out too quickly. There are a lot of roots however and she did trip up a few times (as we all did) but no injuries. Just something to keep in mind if you have small children or if you are clumsy. Like me.

mountain biking
11 months ago

This ap says you can mountain bike on this trail so we tried and it was not really doable with all the stairs and steep logs. If this trail is considered moderate for mountain biking then I would hate to see hard. After we did this loop there was a sign visible at the finish that said no biking, strictly a hiking trail which made much more sense.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

ever felt like you were in the way? bikes everywhere. description should say trails mostly used for mountain bikes not hiking. great walk. not hard at all last long as you can dodge the bicyclists. not much to see, though I found a sewer cave our something. if I had my light with me I would've followed it further for the fun it might've offered. fortunately, I was just testing some gear today, so the focus wasn't distracted by views. the bikers are actually quite nice.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A mountain bike trail no views on tortoise.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I thought it was beautiful. very secluded with lots of bridges.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Pleasant well-marked day hiking in Chicopee Woods Natural Preserve. And well worth the $1 parking fee! (Collection box is in the parking lot.) First time I've hiked a trail where they even mark the nastiest roots for you haha. The All Trails directions take you right to the overflow parking lot to set off on the longer West Lake Trail loop, but there is also another parking lot on the far end of the trail right next to Chicopee Lake. Wouldn't make a difference if you set off to do the loop from there if you prefer. The lake is really pretty. It was worth the 35-minute drive up from Duluth, and I'll probably come back a couple times a year.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

lots to see.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Great trail over all you have a little of everything, I also saw deer and turtles through out the trail!!

great for a beginner mountain bike rider

Monday, May 01, 2017

Very fun trail

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Nice easy trail. Well kept w/ lots of birds at the "lake".
Where I'm from they're called ponds. Found myself in Gainesville w/ time to kill so...

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