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Riding Around Atlanta Episode 5: Roswell To Hickory Flat

 

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Riding Around Atlanta

Atlanta has grown substantially over the past decades.  Areas that used to be green landscapes and farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and homes.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for alternate modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta is made up of several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock.  Major highways as well as beautiful back roads closely tie these cities.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be discussing a route from Roswell to Hickory Flat, a few miles North of Mountain Park (Roswell GA).  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making the trip excessively long and complicated.

This Route starts at the heart of GA’s first Cycling Friendly Community (thank you Bike Roswell!) Roswell.  It is approximately 16 miles long and has around 830 feet of ascending with a net loss of 60ft.  It should take about an hour and a half of total time at an average speed of 11-13mph.   This route is relatively safe and passes through some beautiful country roads.  It does contain several climbs that may make it a bit difficult, but the scenery is well worth it.  Along the way you will go through Roswell and Milton finishing at Hickory Flat.

Leg One: Roswell and Over Hwy 140

Starting from Downtown Roswell, on Canton St. (from your favorite coffee shop or restaurant) head north until you approach the intersection with Woodstock Rd.  Once there, make a left turn and ride through one of the roads in Roswell with some of the best bike lanes.  After a few miles on Woodstock Rd. you will come to the big intersection of Hwy 92 and Woodstock Rd.  Cross Hwy 92 and pass Roswell High School to your right.  Keep going straight and cross Hardscrabble Rd. then hop onto King Rd.  King Rd. has a nice downhill that will get your speed up to at least 30mph.  Once down at the bottom of King Rd. the climb up is steep but short.

When you get to the 3-way intersection of King Rd and Cox Rd. make a right turn.  Keep going until you get to Arnold Mill Rd. (Hwy 140).  Make a left turn onto Arnold Mill Rd. then an almost immediate right turn onto Ranchette Rd.  You are now on the north side of Hwy 140 / Arnold Mill Rd., a major highway we try to avoid for the most part due to traffic speeds.

Leg Two: Through Milton

Once you have passed Hwy 140 and are on Ranchette Rd. you will come to the intersection with New Providence Rd.   New Providence Rd. is popular with local road riders.  It contains a long downhill followed by a good climb that turns into rollers.  Try to beat the Strava segment leader and feel the burn.

Once you get to the intersection of New Providence Rd. and Birmingham Hwy. you will encounter a 4-way roundabout.  Take the third exit and head north on Hwy 392 / Birmingham Hwy.  After about 0.3 miles make a left turn onto Batesville Rd.  This road contains a “stair-stepping” hill.  It is not too hard of a climb but it will take you a few minutes to get to the top.  It’s right at about 1 mile at 3% with the record time up it being 3 Minutes and 5 seconds on the Strava Segment.  Once at the intersection with Sugar Pike go across then continue on Batesville Rd.  Ride on Batesville Rd. and make sure to stay to the left  as it becomes Hickory Rd.

You’ve made it!  Now let’s see what there is to do in Hickory Flats:

• JB Owens’ Park
• Hickory Trails Park
• Old Country Place (BBQ Restaurant)

*Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

Riding Around Atlanta Episode 4 - Roswell to Woodstock

 * This route is for experienced riders.  There are several short stretches with traffic.

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Riding Around Atlanta

Atlanta has grown substantially over the past decades.  Areas that used to be green landscapes and farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and houses.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for alternate modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta is made up of several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock.  Major highways as well as beautiful back roads closely tie these cities.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be discussing a route from Roswell to Woodstock, a few miles West of Downtown Roswell.  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making the trip excessively long and complicated.
This Route starts at the heart of GA’s first Cycling Friendly Community (thank you Bike Roswell!) Roswell.  It is approximately 17 miles long and has around 950 feet of climbing with a net loss of 110ft; slightly downhill on the way there.  It should take about an hour and a half of total time at an average speed of 12-13mph.   Roads like Arnold Mill and Hwy 92 are not ideal places to ride your bicycle in, however, sometimes connectivity is an issue and these roads are the only way to get there.  While you may be riding on one of those roads during your travel you will not be riding on either one for more than what is  practically needed.

This route contains 2 sections that we deem have high traffic and at least two major climbs that can prove to be difficult for some.  Keep reading to find out where those are.

Leg 1 - Roswell to Mountain Park

Starting from Downtown Roswell, on Canton St. (from your favorite coffee shop or restaurant) head north until getting to the intersection with Woodstock Rd.  Once there, take a left and ride through one of the roads in Roswell with some of the best bike shoulders.  Once you reach Jones Rd. make a left and ride up and down some small rollers until you get to stop sign at Bowen Rd.

Bowen Rd. is a slight uphill until you reach the Hwy 92 stoplight.  Once across Hwy 92 you will pass the Giovanni’s Tile Design showroom to your right, famous for their Bicycle Racing team .  Keep going down a long sweeping downhill towards Mountain Park.  Once at the bottom it is time to climb some more!  This will get you past Brookfield Country Club and up to the entrance of Mountain Park where there is a three way stop sign.

Leg 2 - Mountain Park into Cherokee County

This is probably the most beautiful part of the ride. Mountain Park is a small city between Roswell and Woodstock that seems to have gotten stuck in time as a vacation resort. Beautiful and unique houses surround a small lake that gives it a great vibe of peace and relaxation.  Feels like you are riding somewhere else, not in the Atlanta suburbs.

Go down Mountain Park Rd via a steep descent.  This one has two speed bumps and can get your speed up quickly so be careful.  At the end of the descent you will encounter a stop sign.  Make a right at the stop sign and keep rolling until you get to another three way stop sign where you will see Garrett Lake.  There is a bridge ahead, which is Russell Rd., and a left turn that continues onto Mountain Park Rd.  Make a left turn.  Here you will ride on what is quite possibly the hardest climb on the ride.

Once you climb out of the “stair steps style” hill you will get to the end of the road where there is a stop sign.  Make a right turn onto Wiley Bridge Rd.  Roll up and down Wiley Bridge Rd. and go past Cox Rd. where you will run into another stop sign.  Take a left turn into West Willey Bridge Rd. This road is very pretty and has a nice climb out although not quite as difficult as the one on Mountain Park.  Once you climb out of West Wiley Bridge you will come to an intersection with Hwy 92.  You are basically zigzagging around Hwy 92 to avoid it.

Leg 3 - Woodlands to Woodstock

At the intersection of W. Wiley Bridge and Hwy 92 make a right onto Hwy 92 and ride on the shoulder lane or sidewalk (whichever you are more comfortable on) for about 0.6 miles.  Get to the next stoplight and make a right turn into the Woodlands subdivision.  This Subdivision has a very nice bike lane and takes you through the neighborhood, which has a nice Club House and park. 

Continue on Woodlands Pkwy (take first exit at the round about) until you reach Celandine Place.  Take a left onto Celandine Pl. then take a left onto Persimmon Trail.  This short road will intersect with Ragsdale Rd.  Take a right onto Ragsdale Rd. and then an immediate right onto Trickum Rd.  This road will take you along the Little River Elementary School all the way to Arnold Mill Rd. where you will make a left turn. 

Once you make a left turn keep riding on Arnold Mill Rd. for about 3.3 miles on some rolling hills.  This part of the route is arguably the most congested with vehicular traffic so be careful and choose a bright and sunny day, if possible a weekend day in the morning.

Voila! You have reached Downtown Woodstock.  Now lets see what Downtown Woodstock has to offer

•    Olde Rope Mill Park
•    Little River Trail
•    Reformation Brewery
•    Taste of Italy Pizzeria
•    Canyon’s Burger
•    El Don Taco Truck
•    Salt Factory (like the one in Roswell!)
•    MUCH MORE!

*Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

Riding Around Atlanta Episode 3 – Roswell to Dunwoody

*This route is for experienced riders.  There are several short stretches with traffic.

RATING (max rating of 5 bicycles)

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Riding around Atlanta

Atlanta has grown substantially over the past decades.  Areas that used to be green landscapes and farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and houses.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for alternate modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta is made up of several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be discussing a route from Roswell to Dunwoody, a few miles southeast of Downtown Roswell.  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making the trip excessively long.

Summary

This Route starts at the heart of GA’s first Cycling Friendly Community (thank you Bike Roswell!) Roswell.  It is approximately 10 miles long and has around 625 feet of climbing with a net loss of 50ft; slightly downhill on the way there.  It should take less than an hour of total time at an average speed of 12-13mph.  We try to avoid Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. for the most part by taking you through a nice park just east of GA400 south of the Chattahoochee river.

Leg 1 – Crossing the river

Starting from Downtown Roswell, on Canton St., head east on Norcross St.  Go across Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. and ride about 1 mile until you arrive at the traffic circle.  Once at the traffic circle take the first exit to the right.  Once on Grimes Bridge Rd. you will go down a long hill then climb a nice 0.4 mile stretch to descend again to the stop light that intersects with Dogwood Rd.  Take a right onto Dogwood Rd and continue straight for about 1.5 miles until you reach the intersection of Hwy 9 and Riverside Rd.  Turn left onto the Hwy 9/Roswell Rd. bridge and cross the river with caution.  This bridge will be the part with the most traffic during the ride.

Leg 2 – Under GA400 to the east side

Once you cross the Chattahoochee river you will take a quick left onto Roberts Dr.  CAUTION!  You will most likely be on the right lane of Roswell Rd. after crossing the bridge and will have to cut through 2 lanes of traffic to get to the turning lane.  Once on Roberts Drive you’ll ride some rolling hills until you get to Island Ford Pkwy.  Keep an eye out for it since it’s not an ordinary intersection and sort of hidden.  You will notice that this Pkwy has a gate keeping cars from entering.  You’ll have to ride around the gate to get in.  Island Ford Pkwy takes you through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area which is very nice.  It has a big hill to climb out of, but it is worth the ride.  Once getting to the top of the hill after the lake you will notice a road going off to the right. Take this road and go around a second gate to get out of Island Ford Pkwy.

Leg 3 – Chattahoochee Nat. Rec Area to Dunwoody

Once out of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area you will be riding on Northridge Rd.  This is basically the Eastern end of Exit 6 on GA400.  Ride approximately 0.8 miles and across a roundabout until you get to the Roberts Dr. and Northridge intersection.  At that point you will see the exit to GA400 North to your right.  Turn left onto Roberts Dr.  Once on Roberts Dr. you will continue it for about 1.7 miles crossing Spalding Dr. until you arrive at the Dunwoody Village.

Congrats! You’ve made it to Dunwoody from Roswell.  Now it’s time to check what Dunwoody has to offer 😊

What to See:

  • Brook Run Park
  • Treetop Quest Dunwoody
  • Dunwoody Nature Center
  • Spruill Center for the Arts
  • Village Burger
  • Carbonara Trattoria
  • Old Hickory House

*Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

Riding Around Atlanta: Episode 2. Roswell to Buckhead

* This route is suggested for experienced riders that have logged miles on the road for some time and feel comfortable in higher traffic zones.

RATING (1 Bicycle is Lowest, 5 Bicycles is Highest)

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RIDING AROUND ATLANTA

Atlanta has grown substantially over the past decades.  Areas that used to be green landscapes and farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and houses.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for alternate modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta is made up of several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be talking about a route from Roswell to Buckhead, a few miles north of Downtown Atlanta.  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making your trip excessively long.

SUMMARY

The Route starts in downtown Roswell where you can get some nice coffee at Provisions or Crazy Love and heads down south from there.  It is approximately 18 miles with 920ft. of climbing and a net loss in elevation of about 100 feet.  It should take about one and a half hours for the average cyclist (12mph average).   It is somewhat hilly so make sure that you are comfortable climbing for several minutes at a time.  We try to avoid Hwy 9 (Roswell Rd.) since we are not particularly fond of that road.

THE ROUTE

Starting from Downtown Roswell head south on Canton St. and take a right on Magnolia Rd then a left onto Mimosa Rd.  Turn right onto Bulloch Ave. right before getting to Hwy 120 (Mariettta Hwy).  Ride all the way to Bulloch Hall then take a left and ride through the parking lot down to Hwy 120.  Once on Hwy 120 it is recommended you take the multi modal transportation path (see photo below) alongside the highway.

Once you approach Willeo Rd, take a left and go across Hwy 120 towards the river.  Willeo Rd. is very scenic all the way to the roundabout that leads to Lower Roswell Rd.  Once on Lower Roswell Rd., second exit on the round-about, you will be going uphill for a few minutes.  It is not an easy climb but there is a nice bike lane so traffic should not be an issue for the most part.  At the top of Lower Roswell Rd. you will get to a big intersection that meets Johnson’s Ferry Rd.

 
Take a left onto Johnson’s Ferry Rd. and try to stay on the right lane.  While Johnson’s Ferry Rd. is a busy road, it has three lanes which gives cars plenty of space to go around.  Before getting to the river there is a long downhill where speeds can exceed 40mph on a bicycle.  Be very careful on this part of the ride.  Once across the Chattahoochee river it is all uphill on a bike lane until you reach Sandy Springs.  You are already on another city!

SANDY SPRING

Now it’s time to head further south.  Once you go up the hill on Johnson’s Ferry Rd. and you get to where it flattens you will have to turn right to continue Johnson’s Ferry Rd., otherwise you will continue into Abernathy Rd.  It is now a little calmer although a two-lane road, so watch out for traffic and obstacles on the road.  Take a right turn onto Sandy Springs Cir. then right again on Mt. Vernon.  Now you are in the North Buckhead / Sandy Springs suburbs.  These neighborhoods are full of beautiful houses and parks.

After only a few hundred feet on Mt. Vernon Rd. take a left onto Lake Forrest Dr.  Here you will encounter what some of us call “rollers”.  They are a series of hills that go up and down in a very dramatic way, one right after the other.  They look worse than what they really are.  Just keep “rolling” until you get to Chastain Park.  Once in Chastain Park you are already in Buckhead!  Keep heading south on Lake Forrest Dr. alongside Chastain Park and the North Fulton Golf Course.  This area is particularly beautiful and well worth the ride.

After passing Chastain Park and reaching the top of Lake Forrest where it intersects with Powers Ferry Rd. you will go across onto Putnam Dr. NW then quickly make a left turn onto Blackland Rd and across Hwy 9 to Piedmont Rd. 

Now you are in the uptown part of the city of Atlanta, Buckhead district.  Roads are wider and more trafficked but with several bike lanes on the main arteries.  Here you can decide to take different roads and explore what Buckhead is all about.  Enjoy the breath-taking city sky scrapers, have some coffee or go shopping in this beautiful and upscale part of Atlanta. 

WHAT TO SEE:

  • Lenox Mall
  • Phipps Plaza Mall
  • Many, many, many restaurants and bars
  • Beautiful skyline
  • Streets of Buckhead Complex
  • Governor’s Mansion on West Pace Ferry Rd.
  • Beautiful Neighborhoods

*Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

 

 

Riding Around Atlanta: Episode 1 Roswell to Alpharetta

RATING (1 Bicycle = Low, 5 Bicycles = High)

Atlanta has grown a good bit over the past years.  Areas that used to be green landscapes with nothing but farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and housing developments.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for other modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta / Fulton has several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock between others.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads that are good for some great rides. 

We all ride bicycles for different reasons.  Some people ride their bicycles as a hobby, some as a way of transportation and others for fitness and health.  No matter what your motive is, you can find a good place to ride around Roswell. Here are several recommendations on roads you can take from Roswell to other cities in the North Atlanta Area.  Our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making your trip excessively long.

Roswell to Alpharetta

Route #1

The most direct route to Alpharetta from Downtown Roswell is via Highway 9, however, we do not recommend riding your bicycle on roads like Hwy 9 (Alpharetta Hwy).  When leaving downtown Roswell there are two “bike friendly” arteries that will get you across Hwy 92.  These are Woodstock Rd. and Crabapple Rd.  Out of these two we prefer Woodstock Rd.  While the route is a tad longer it has a flatter profile and provides better scenery through some nice suburban neighborhoods.  Once across Hwy 92 you can turn right onto Hardscrabble which is basically a straight shot to Alpharetta.  Roads like Mayfield Rd. and Mid Broadwell are the two best ways to approach Alpharetta.  This route takes you through Milton, home of the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub which hosts the Olde Blind Dog Cycling Club.  Length is approximately 10 miles and should take less than an hour for the average rider.

Route #2

An alternate route to the one mentioned above is to take Westside Pkwy all the way to Academy St.  To reach Westside Parkway from Downtown Roswell you must take Norcross St. heading east to Grimes Bridge Rd. then continue onto Old Roswell Rd which turns into Westside Pkwy.  This route has 2+ lane roads and bike shoulders, however, the speed limits are higher (45mph) so make sure you are comfortable with vehicles passing at those speeds.  Another benefit to this route is the fact that it takes you through Avalon.  This new live/work/play complex holds numerous businesses and restaurants which make it a destination of its own.  This route is approximately 9 miles and should take less than an hour.

Things to see in Alpharetta:

• Alpharetta City Hall
• Avalon
• Wills Park
• North Point Mall
• Alpharetta Greenway
• Jekyll Brewing

Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

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