Bike Ride on the Rails to Trails in Harris County GA
Riding the Harris County Georgia Rails to Trails is a great way to spend an afternoon.
We took last Friday off to explore our great county. We took a ride along the Rails to Trails in Harris County. The Rails to Trails is a bike/ jogging trail from downtown Pine Mountain to just south of Hamilton, currently, and will continue farther south in near future. The trail is an abandoned train track covering 21.5 miles starting at Muscogee County line extending up to the Meriwether County line.
What to expect on your ride
We started our ride on the square in Hamilton Ga. The trail runs along the west side of the square. Our ride took us north along Hamilton Pleasant Grove Rd. The first mile was almost flat. However, as we veered away from Hamilton Pleasant the incline started to increase. The incline is a gradual climb up Pine Mountain until mile 4. We rode by some of the prettiest land in Harris County. Old large White and Red oaks provided canopy from the sun.
Eventually we crested the hill and were almost directly behind the Callaway General Store. This area is also known as Hog pass. Hog pass is at an elevation of 1055 feet and is the low point across the mountain.
Also, be sure to ride up the switch back side walk to visit the general store. While up there, cross the street to take in the amazing views overlooking pine mountain valley.
The next couple miles we rode down the mountain, Hurray! Don’t get going too fast just enjoy the wind and watch out for the squirrels running across the trail. Remember if you go down you have to come back up:)
Your ride will take you over the old railroad bridge, behind the Inn at Callaway Gardens and then into downtown Pine Mountain. Be sure to check out Callaway Gardens list of events. We rode in September and they were setting up the Pumpkin event.
We decided that BBQ at the Whistling Pig was well deserved for lunch and maybe even necessary for the 8 miles back to Hamilton. We had the delicious burger and BBQ with some amazing home cooked veggies.
The ride was relatively easy because it uses the gentle slope of the train tracks. The trail has several rest areas. The paths are wide and they are adding railing currently on the steep banks. As we cruised back into Hamilton the welcome sign was a happy sight knowing we had a great day on one of Harris County Georgia’s list of many ways to enjoy the outdoors.
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