Coweta County Beckons Cyclists Who Love to Explore on Wheels

Cyclists, Read On!

Georgia's Cycling Destination

Fresh air and open space to enjoy the ride are what cyclists long for—and they increasingly are finding these options along the Chatt Valley. Known as Georgia’s cycling destination, the region covers a handful of counties and offers opportunities for road cycling, mountain biking, and even gravel cycling. With scenic routes throughout Carroll, Fulton, Harris, Troup, Muscogee, and Coweta counties, the region offers a great way to explore our state’s natural beauty on two wheels.

Coweta County is a valuable part of the Chattahoochee Valley Cycling experience for good reason. Just 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta and 30 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Newnan and other Coweta towns have become destinations for anyone who wants to ride for enjoyment or participate in a cycling event. Cyclists who travel through Coweta on the Chatt Valley will appreciate light traffic, rich scenery to admire, and even a friendly face or two to share the ride.

Must-rides in the Chatt Valley

Bike Coweta, a hub for the local cycling community, advocates for Coweta being a cycling destination and must-see portion of Chatt Valley network. Chair Chris Doane points out that although development continues to trickle in, Coweta offers a slower-paced environment that cyclists relish, especially on long-distance rides.

VeloCity, a century ride benefiting Atlanta’s Grady Hospital, “spends a lot of the day in Coweta,” Doane points out. Another ride, the Tour of Coweta, has beckoned cyclists from more than 10 different states.

Because the trails travel from south Fulton all the way to Columbus, the counties work together to encourage more bike activity. “We have worked with other counties’ marketing organizations, and we have all taken on cycling activities as a draw for tourism,” says Doane.

Made for Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikers, too, will enjoy exploring Coweta’s portion of the Chatt Valley. Opportunities for mountain biking include trails at Brown’s Mill Battlefield, and in total there are 14 different mountain bike trail sites, according to Doane. “Brown’s Mill is about six and a half miles, and together, the trails probably offer between 150 and 200 miles of mountain biking trails in Chatt Valley,” he says.

Additionally, Bike Coweta’s Rock & Road Festival—held the same weekend as the Tour of Coweta—includes mountain bike races at Brown’s Mill Battlefield.  Meanwhile, the Junior Rippers mountain bike team, for ages 6 to 12, has drawn a young and fervent crowd each season according to Brent Snodgrass, operations manager for Coweta County Parks & Recreation.

“It’s a fun program,” says Snodgrass. “We’ve had this one kid from Sandy Springs who has been in the program since the beginning. I would say almost half the kids in the program are from outside of the county.”

“It’s really bike-friendly here in Coweta; there are tons of places to ride,” agrees Parks Avery, a lifelong cyclist and Newnan resident. “I biked 30 miles this morning, and it was just beautiful. The birds and horses all look at you. Plus, it’s great exercise.”

By: Denise K. James (Atlanta Magazine Custom Media)

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