Main Trailhead: 5690 Old Stilesboro Rd, Acworth, GA 30101
Alternate Trailhead: Pitner Road Dog Park, 2450 Pitner Rd, Acworth, GA 30101
Located in Acworth, GA, this Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs property consists of 1,450 acres leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Large open fields give way to forest as the property connects to Lake Allatoona. Two creeks, Little Allatoona & Big Allatoona, merge as you near the lake.
Affectionately referred to as ‘The Toona’, Allatoona Creek Park already has several trails in place that cover nearly 15 miles. These include Rusty Bucket, Mason’s Bridge, Turtle Back and Whipper Snapper.
The park will ultimately contain 20 miles of mixed use trail for mountain biking, hiking and running. There will be four single track systems that branch out from the main parking lot. The park will also have a centralized running trail for cross country running, walking, and beginner biking. The mountain biking degree of difficulty for the trails will vary from beginner to expert. A bike skills area is also planned for the park.
Trailheads offer indoor bathrooms and running water. The main trailhead is located on Old Stilesboro Rd while an alternate trailhead is located on Pitner Road. The Pitner Road site has a dog park, playground and picnic pavilion.
Trails are open sunrise to sunset EXCEPT for the following months due to hunting season:
September / October - Trails open at 10 am
November / December - Trails are completely closed - Hunters ONLY
January - Trails open at 10 am
ALWAYS check this site for the trail Open / Closed status before riding:
Turtle Back Connector - .4 Miles (Beginner)
The Turtle Back Connector is a doubletrack bi-directional flat trail that starts out of the main parking lot and crosses Old Stilesboro Rd. The trail features two large bridges that cross Little Allatoona Creek and a section of wetland that houses nesting Herons.
Turtle Back Loop - 4 Miles (Intermediate)
The Turtle Back Loop is a fast flowing singletrack trail with fun features and a few tight turns thrown in to keep you on your toes. The trail attributes include: several rock features, multiple bridges, berms and dips. The degree of difficulty is beginner/intermediate. The Turtle Back Loop has beginner elevations with intermediate features making it a good choice for beginners with improved skills and conditioning.
Turtle Back Spur - 1.3 Miles (Intermediate)
The Turtle Back Spur is 1.3 mile loop that extends off the Turtle Back Loop. The spur has more elevation than the loop with faster flowing sections and heart pumping climbs.
Whipper Snapper - .5 Miles (Expert Only)
Whipper Snapper is a ½ mile skill trail that features expert features such as: rock gardens, rock crawls, ladder bridges, log rides, drops and gap jumps. This trail is accessed from the Turtle Back Loop. It is ½ mile on the left from the Pitner Road Dog Park Trailhead when traveling in the clockwise direction.
Rusty Bucket Loop - 1 Mile (Beginner)
The Rusty Bucket Loop is a relatively flat singletrack trail that has lots of tight and twisty sections that weave in and out of a new growth pine thicket. The trail gets its name from the hundreds of old paint buckets that were found when building the trail. The trail is located on the same side of Old Stilesboro Rd as the main trailhead parking lot. Simply follow the gravel road towards the back of the property. Once the gravel road makes a hard left into a large field, veer right onto the grass and follow the tree line until you see signs for Rusty Bucket on your right.
Mason's Bridge Connector - .4 Miles (Beginner)
The Mason's Bridge Connector joins the Rusty Bucket and Mason's Bridge Loop. This trail is a double track sewer easement that parallels Allatoona Creek and travels under the Bridge on County Line Rd.
Mason's Bridge Loop - 5 Miles (Intermediate)
Mason’s Bridge is a fast flowing singletrack trail with lots of dips and turns. The trail borders a large wetland and contains multiple rock outcroppings. The main loop is 3 miles long while a second 2 mile long section marked as ‘Loop 2’ is accessible via a short section of bi-directional doubletrack trail.