3State 3 Mountain Training Ride73.1 mi, 4168 ft, max grade11.1% at mile 37.3, mountains
This route was originally developed as a training ride for the 3 State 3 Mountain century held yearly in Chattanooga. Alternately climbing and then descending, this route plays on the north facing ridge which stretches along a line south of Dallas, Rockmart and Cedartown. Hulseytown Rd, Paris Mountain and Hightower Rd are the climbs. The twisty descent on Everett Mountain Rd can be challenging if ridden hard while the steep descent on Cobb Mountain Rd is breathtaking for sheer speed - 50 MPH is not uncommon. This route covers some very remote areas so make sure your bike is in good working order and bring dog spray just in case. Opportunities for store stops at 24, 56 and 61 miles.
Atlbike.org Sky Loop Long Option40.4 mi, 2065 ft, 7.1% max grade at mile 31.3, hills.
Longer option for the weekly atlbike.org "Sky" loop. Start at the Race Track gas station on the corner of 278 and Cleburn Parkway/Poplar Springs Rd. Follow the light blue (sky) chevrons >>. There is a store stop at mile 17.
Atlbike.org Sky Loop Short Option29.6 mi, 1471 ft, 7.1% max grade at mile 20.4, rolling to hills.
Shorter option for the weekly atlbike.org "Sky" loop. Start at the Race Track gas station on the corner of 278 and Cleburn Parkway. The light blue (sky) chevrons >> will take you on the longer route. This shorter route avoids a few hills and will be improved when construction is complete on Winndale Path, hopfully by the 2016 season.
Braswell Mountain Metric61.3 mi, 3606 ft, rolling to mountains.
Starts in Brookstone Village in Acworth and travels south via Poplar Springs Rd for a 19 mile ride on the Silver Comet Trail . Leaving the trail at Coots Lake, the route climbs over Braswell Mountain and then takes rolling and twisty Narroway Church Rd toward the infamous Harmony Grove Church Rd climb. Seven Hills Connector takes the rider back to Acworth. The view of Kennesaw Mountain in the distance from Harmony Grove Church Rd is worth the price of admission. Store stops at 11, 31, 41 and 54 miles.
East Paulding Loop33.1 mi, 1728ft, max grade 7.1% at mile 22, rolling.
This route is mostly north of Hiram and Dallas on some excellent East Paulding roads. Starting at the Seaboard Trailhead on the Silver Comet Trail, this route takes local roads to the long descent on Mount Tabor Church Rd. followed by the rollers on Ivey Gullege. Another fast descent on County Farm Rd takes the rider into Dallas for a store stop at mile 20. Mt. Olivett Rd takes the rider back to the Silver Comet Trail (look for the ramp on the left after the lake) for the return to the trailhead.
Hillseytown76.1 mi, 5040 ft, max grade 11.9% at mile 34.5, mountains
Starting in Dallas and heading west entirely on roads (no trail), this route includes three infamous climbs - Willow Springs/Hulseytown, Hightower and Paris Mountain - for close to a mile of climbing. There is a twisty descent of Everett Mountain Rd and the 12% drop down Cobb Mountain Rd is breathtaking. A variant of this ride was once used as training ride for the 3 State 3 Mountain challenge held yearly in Chattanooga. Bring food because store stops are sparse and make sure your bike is in good working condition as you will be way out in the country. Store stops right at the beginning/end and at miles 17.5 and 67.8.
Hillseytown Optional Route80.2 mi, 5319 ft, Max grade 11.9%, mountains
A variation of the Hilseytown route above. Slightly longer with a store stop in Rockmart around mile 55.
Hiram-Kingston Century101.7 mi, 4262 ft, max grade 7.9% at mile 79.2, rolling
The same route as the Coots-Kingston Metric on the Floyd & Polk County page but starts at the Seaboard Rd Trailhead on the Silver Comet Trail. The trail adds 18+ miles each way turning the metric into an enjoyable century. This route actually takes the rider from Paulding to Polk county and into Bartow county as follows: From the Coots Lake Trailhead on the Silver Comet Trail, this route heads north from Polk County into the beautiful country roads of the Etowah River Valley in Bartow County. The quaint old town of Taylorsville, excellent views of the powerplant, covered bridge and a stop in the historic town of Kingston are features of this ride. Taylorsville Rd never disappoints. Store stops at mile 18.1, 44.9, 52+ and 83.6.
Hulseytown Metric62.2 mi, 4249 ft, mountains.
Starts in Brookstone Village in Acworth and travels south through Western Paulding County to Dallas on some genuinely fun rollers and a few kickers. From Dallas you will climb Mt. Olivett, Willow Springs and the infamous Hulseytown Rd. Descending from Yorkville to the Silver Comet Trail, the route heads North from Hiram to Acworth via Mt. Tabor Church Rd.
Land of Sunsets Century104.7 mi, 3856 ft, flat to rolling
This is an infamous century ride from Hiram to the Alabama border and back. Its unofficial name is the POA Century as riders often ride to the Georgia-Alabama border, pee on the state of Alabama, and then ride back. The route avoids many of the larger climbs with some time on the Silver Comet Trail. This can be a very fast century if you are with a group that knows how to form a proper paceline. Morgan Valley Rd on the way back is a treat. Store stops at 18, 40, 51, 62, possibly 73 and 87 miles.