The Good Hope Trail-Head is located at the Good Hope City Park,across from the Good Hope General Store .
At the park you will find many cycling-friendly amenities: a parking area, water, bike racks, a picnic shelter and a large kiosk with a map outlining our identified rides.
Across the street from the park you will find the Good Hope General Store. The store provides porta-potties outside for your use. Inside you can refresh with a cold drink along with some BBQ and home made desserts. The General store also provides basic cycling supplies. (inventory is limited)
Good Hope is a popular cycling destination in our region. You will see many markings on the roads to provide directions for event rides. Please do not be confused by any markings you see for these once-a-year events. The routes provided here are NOT marked with signs but riders should be able to follow the maps and cue sheets below.
This route is good for riders who are beginning to ride on public roads. These roads have low traffic and few hills. Please make your sure your bike is in good condition, you are familiar with its operation and that you know the basic rules for safe riding. Have fun!
Are you ready to stretch your cycling legs a little further? Enjoy cycling through wooded stretches, over creeks, past pastures and some lovely homes. Be sure to be prepared with plenty of water, a basic tool kit in case of a flat tire and a cell phone.
This route is mostly flat with few turns or stop signs making it ideal for time trial training, pace line practice or if you just don’t like climbing hills. There is a store in Fairplay at mile 11.5.
This ride travels through Bishop, North High Shoals and Bostwick. There are convenience stores at miles 25 and 38. There is usually water available at the Portico just south of North High Shoals. This route is somewhat more challenging than the South route. Use caution on Aycock Road as there is some loose sand there.
This ride follows rural, rolling terrain through Social Circle, Fairplay and Bostwick. There are convenience stores at miles 16, 26 and 41. This should be considered a moderate ride.
There are many miles of excellent cycling to be enjoyed in Good Hope and these routes touch on just some of them. We will add more routes and if you have any questions or comments, please contact me, Paul Jones, at pbjones8514 @yahoo.com
Paul Jones is a resident of Walton County and an avid cyclist. He and his wife Joyce are the organizers of the very popular Tony Serrano Century Ride (see the link on our links page). Paul is actively involved in bicycling advocacy both locally and state-wide. He compiled all of our rides from his personal collection of rides.