I have said before that I am really impressed with Gwinnett County Parks. Yellow River Park is in the Southeast Corner of the County at 3232 Juhan Road in Lithonia. And yes, I am once again impressed by another of Gwinnett County’s Parks.
I first went here to hike the trails, but since the Park has only been open a year and a half, the trails are incomplete. There was, however, a very nice horse trail, and, quite possibly, the finest mountain biking trail I’ve encountered anywhere near the city.
The Bike trail, at this point, runs in two parts. The first, the river loop, runs a little less than four miles, and is an easier ride. Second, the Creek Loop, which is longer, more strenuous, more dangerous (there are some breakneck inclines) and heaps more fun. You can access the trail map here.
If you park in the first parking lot, you are nearer to the easier paths and the paved multiuse path. If you park in the second parking lot, you start smack dab in the heart of a mountain bikers heaven. And for even more challenge, you could try the horse paths, or hiker’s paths (just don’t get caught). The maps are available at the second lot’s trail head or you can download it here
Yellow River Park is a work in progress. It is going to be a better hiking park before its done, but right now its simply the place to go in Gwinnett for Mountain Biking. The future of the park looks bright, and you can see it here. The Present is a great day of Biking.
DIRECTIONS: From Atlanta, take Highway 78 East past Stone Mountain to the West Park Place exit. Turn right and go approximately 3.5 miles to Juhan Road. Turn right on Juhan Road. The parking lot is 1.5 miles on the left.