COBB & PAULDING COUNTIES, GEORGIA
35 to 55 Miles
2400 to 3700 Feet
Northwest Georgia’s East Paulding and West Cobb counties are certainly more crowded than rural settings further away but the riding can be stellar. Three County Line routes are based on two decades experience riding the area’s roads and provide alternatives to driving an hour or more to the ride start or staring at a screen in the basement.
SoutheastCyclingRoutes.com is headquartered on the West side of Cobb County, Georgia, not five minutes by bike from the Cobb/Paulding border. The County Line routes are the result of almost twenty years riding in the area and some of these roads have been ridden hundreds of times.
Each of the County Line routes straddles the Cobb/Paulding border in one way or another. Maps show them started at Brookstone Village in Acworth but they can be started anywhere convenient. They can be used as is or combined or shortened in any way you see fit. Just keep in mind the following tips if planning your own personalized version.
- The ebb and flow of traffic is generally toward Atlanta (toward the south and east) in the morning and away from Atlanta (toward the north and west) in the evening. If riding during rush hour, try to avoid these directions when traffic is at its peak. This may mean reversing the direction of a loop or starting a little later or earlier to avoid certain roads at a certain times.
- Avoid schools on weekday mornings and afternoons to the extent that it is possible. Inattentive and inexperienced teen drivers are particularly problematic around high schools and these should be avoided in the morning and during afternoon dismissal.
As a final word of encouragement, modern LED lights have revolutionized the way many cyclists ride. Many roads on the County Line routes are all but deserted after 9:00 PM and with proper lighting, riding on empty roads is a treat. There is something special about riding on a calm summer night, especially in June when honeysuckle and ligustrum perfume the air.
Take the lane when you need it. Give it back when you are done.Author Unknown
- Descending Brooks Rackley Rd from East Paulding Dr to Holland Rd will test your bike handling skills.
- See if you can KOM the Strava segment on the long descent northbound on Mt Tabor Church Rd.
- Double Branches AKA "The Wall" in the Seven Hills development located just off the Cedarcrest corridor. Hill repeats anyone?
- Old County Farm Rd climbs in steps from Brooks Rd to Old Cartersville Hwy.
- The combination of Old Lost Mountain, Bullard, Jordan, Luther Ward, Mayes and Friendship Church roads in Cobb County have lots of fast carved turns and the route passes some horse farms.
- The combination of Rich Davis, McClung, Cochran Ridge, Jewel Cole and Davis Mill roads, all south of Highway 278 in Paulding County, have nice climbs, carved turns and the route gets scenic toward the end.
- The Silver Comet Trail is closed from sunset to sunrise. Many ride the trail at night but the Paulding County Sheriff has been known to threaten tickets. Cobb County Police don’t seem to care.
- Park in the Publix shopping center.
- Alternate parking at Children's Dental Centers near McDonalds.
- Convenience stores at the corners of Bobo Rd and Macland Rd (Grands) as well as Old Cartersville Hwy and Ivey Gulledge Rd are well stocked, very clean and cyclist friendly.