Paulding County, Georgia
The Braswell Mountain Metric is a classic 100 km road route west from the Atlanta suburbs into rural Paulding County with one major climb over Braswell Mountain. The return east uses the most interesting section of the Silver Comet Trail including the 800 foot Brushy Mountain Tunnel and the 750 foot long Pumpkinvine Trestle which sits 125 feet above the Pumpkinvine Creek.
The Braswell Mountain Metric route has been known as such for close to 20 years. The route is a staple for some Southeast Cyclists and with good reason. As a classic road route it has a little bit of everything and in just the right proportions.
The route can be ridden in either direction but anti-clockwise is preferred for the long, stepped climb over Braswell Mountain toward the west. On the way you will feel almost weightless as you descend Harmony Grove Church Rd, hit two 12% kickers and carve beautiful Burt and Tibbits roads at more than 25 MPH.
Braswell Mountain Rd itself is somewhat of an enigma. Even on a gorgeous Saturday morning, the entire 8 miles can sometimes be ridden without encountering a single motor vehicle. Maybe all the motorists are on the main highway to the south.
The return east begins with 14 miles of what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the Silver Comet Trail. Bisecting the Paulding Forest Wildlife Management Area, this portion of the 100% paved rail trail includes the Brushy Mountain Tunnel and the Pumpkinvine Trestle, both vestiges of the railroad which ran from 1897 to 1903. The flat trail is a counterpoint to the surrounding hills and is one of the longest paved trails in the United States.
The Braswell Mountain Metric route is worth the drive from anywhere near Atlanta. Those visiting the area should bring their bike and enjoy a taste of the area roads.
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- Harmony Grove Church Road can be busy when school school is in session or when the local high school football games let out.
- Park anywhere along the route and ride it any direction. The map shows it started from the town of Acworth where there are several restauraunts and shops and ridden in the anti-clockwise direction.
- At least three convenience stores are directly on the route at miles 20, 31 and 51.