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nkinnick
Joined: 04/21/2008
Posts: 11
Location: powder springs, ga
one way direction needed (Score: 1)Posted 10/27/2016
Date Visited
10-23-2016
Track/Trail Feedback
very dusty
Least Favorite
they need to institute one way trails, we had to go into the woods to be missed by 2 razors that were going very fast down the trail right at us.
Most Favorite
the trails are great and very technical in places
Extras
mostly clean
Member Rating
7/10

EddieT
Joined: 04/08/2013
Posts: 12
Location:
Back in the Gap (Score: 1)Posted 04/23/2013
Date Visited
4-21-2013
Track/Trail Feedback
Other than the usual areas affected by heavy rains, the trails were in tip top shape. A little dusty but tolerable.
Least Favorite
The bathrooms were nasty and stank to high heaven.
Most Favorite
The trail conditions, courteous riders, and the increased Forestry Service presence to police the parking area, trails, and to educate the visitors. AAA+++
Extras
Parking area and trails were pretty much clean and debris free. BUT the bathrooms were horrendous, the female riders refused to use them.
Member Rating
8/10

EddieT
Joined: 04/08/2013
Posts: 12
Location:
Riding the "Gap" (Score: 1)Posted 04/22/2013
Date Visited
4/03/2013
Track/Trail Feedback
The trails were in excellent condition. A little dusty but not too bad.
Least Favorite
Not a thing. :-)
Most Favorite
The bathrooms were clean, the trails were in great condition, the few riders that were on the trails were very courteous.
Extras
Everything was in great shape. Great place to take the whole family.
Member Rating
10/10

HolderCo
Joined: 10/18/2012
Posts: 1
Location:
HERO HAS FUN HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN (Score: 1)Posted 10/20/2012
Date Visited
10/06/2012
Track/Trail Feedback
AWESOME TRAILS, WIDE AND CLEAN, NO RUTS
Least Favorite
NOTHING
Most Favorite
PAVED PARKING AREA, LOTS OF ROOM TO LOAD AND UNLOAD AND PICNIC
Extras
BATHROOM A LITTLE SMELLY, BUT HEY, IT'S A LATREEN...CLEAN.
Member Rating
9/10

ponyboy96
Joined: 08/04/2011
Posts: 120
Location: Marietta
Awesome Place (Score: 1)Posted 10/30/2011
Date Visited
10/30/2011
Track/Trail Feedback
Trail conditions were very good. Not rutted out, not too muddy, it was just right
Least Favorite
I really can't think of any. I really liked this place.
Most Favorite
The hill climbs are fun. They are challenging, but not too difficult. I really liked the mix of they types of trails. You had some fast trails, hill climbs, some rocky areas, water crossings, etc... There is something for everyone.
Extras
Bathrooms were clean and well maintained.
Member Rating
10/10

KTM250oliver
Joined: 05/30/2010
Posts: 2
Location:
Danger Around the Corner (Score: 1)Posted 06/10/2010
Date Visited
may
Track/Trail Feedback
trail conditions are great
Least Favorite
This place is not safe!!!! all trails are 2-way. please do not take your kids to this place.
Most Favorite
trail conditions are great
Extras
all is well
Member Rating
1/10

Swatcop2310
Joined: 04/22/2010
Posts: 1
Location:
Very Nice (Score: 1)Posted 04/23/2010
Date Visited
4-22-10
Track/Trail Feedback
The trails were in great condition. There was no garbage scattered around as others have said (which may be because it is early in the season). I took my 10 year old son who has only been riding about 5 months. He did great and did not have any problems.
Least Favorite
I did not have any dislikes. We had a really good time.
Most Favorite
There is a super nice loading ramp. The bathrooms were clean considering they are in the middle of no where. Going on a weekday meant there was hardly anyone else there. The trails were marked with difficulty levels which kept me from getting the son in a bad situation.
Extras
Big parking area. Restrooms were clean. Trails were in good shape.

Very happy overall!
Member Rating
10/10

Wolfwispr
Joined: 03/03/2010
Posts: 1
Location:
great place to ride (Score: 1)Posted 03/03/2010
Date Visited
august 2009
Track/Trail Feedback
a little dusty but no big deal
Least Favorite
nothing
Most Favorite
the trails, the other courteous riders.
Extras
clean bathrooms, a really nice place to ride.

never had any trouble with people camping out there and making noise with latino music, and if i had i would have made the call to the park officials. it's a national park so alcohol is not allowed.
myself and my kids are there alot and we camp there often to ride.

never had problems at all, and the park staff are always friendly.

Member Rating
10/10

gaquad
Joined: 09/26/2009
Posts: 7
Location:
Loud people (Score: 1)Posted 10/04/2009
Date Visited
10/03/2009
Track/Trail Feedback
The trail condition was great...a bit dusty but not a problem. One trail was closed to to a fallen tree, 2 more were closed due to extensive damage.
Least Favorite
1)The bathrooms were good when we arrived and nasty when we left.
2) People speeding in parking area. Late night engine reving (12 midnight until about 3am)
3) We camped across from bathroom at the trail head and had a loud family on either side of us drinking heavily getting loud and playing latino music until about 4 am
4)People over driving for their skill level and speeding on the trails without little consideration for other riders...at one time a head on almost occured with the 4th rider in my group.
5) Bud Light seems to be the beer of choice along the trails due to the large number of empty beer cans.
6) People need to stay on the trails...the main trail had a swamp/wetland and you could see where people had been driving through it.
Most Favorite
1)The terrain
2) The ability to camp and ride at the same place.
3)Can ride at night
4)Helmets not required but suggested.
5) Different trails for begineer to advanced.
6) I love steep hills...this place had several!
Extras
The bathrooms were clean when we got there but later in the evening they started to get nasty due to all the drunks puking and pissing all over the floors and toilet seats.

Below is asking for a rating. Had I not experienced the loud mouth and obnoxious campers I would rate Houston Valley ORV an 8. Due to my latest experience I will rate 5 or less. I will go back because the facility is and was great, it was just a bad group of riders this day.
Member Rating
3/10

Edward2

Joined: 05/26/2009
Posts: 272
Location: Ball Ground
Kid friendly (Score: 1)Posted 08/11/2009
Date Visited
08/09/09
Track/Trail Feedback
Overall, the trails were in very good condition. There were a few mudpits, but other than that, I didn't see any bad ruts.
Least Favorite
Nothing really.
Most Favorite
I took my son (riding a CRF80) with me for his first time riding on trails, and we had a great time. We did not ride all of the trails, but we did ride most of them, and he did not have any problems. Like any beginner, he was certainly a little slow on some sections, but he was able to make it up and down all the hills. I think his favorite part though was going full-speed on the main entrance trail.
Extras
Bathroom could use a cleaning (smell), but parking area was pretty clean.
Member Rating
9/10

mhammer
Joined: 12/27/2008
Posts: 1
Location:
What a Trail system! (Score: 1)Posted 12/28/2008
Date Visited
12/272008
Track/Trail Feedback
Trail system is laid out very well. It was not rutted despite obvious heavy use and late in the season. Very sloppy wet this time of year. Extremely muddy but lots of fun.
Least Favorite
The parking lot was out of control. Rowdy, anxious riders, mostly young people, revving engines, burnouts, donuts, general stupidness. Once on the trail didnt notice any of that. We saw riders with no helmets, riding double on single quads. Even saw riding double on a 3-wheeler. Definately needs to be a ranger presence in the parking area.
Most Favorite
Despite the craziness in the parking area, there was nothing but fun riding for all on the trails. The trails were laid out well and obviously maintained as they were great for ATV or motorccyle use. It was very slick and sloppy muddy this day but was still a lot of fun and you could see the potential for high speed fun when the trails dry out and return to dirt. Not the most technically challenging trail system which made it perfect for this middle aged couple on our sport quads. We will definiately be back! Overall, an awesome experience, just watch out in the parking area.
Extras
Bathrooms were as clean as they could be given the muddy clop everything was. No toilet paper in mens room and of course someone always has to leave their trash.
Member Rating
8/10

treelimb
Joined: 11/11/2006
Posts: 80
Location: NW GA- Rome/NE Al- Cedar Bluff
YEAH.I'll return. (Score: 1)Posted 12/17/2008
Date Visited
12/14/2008
Track/Trail Feedback
It was good enough that I have decided to return for a day on my bike.I rode here the first time on a Honda rancher 350 4 wheel drive atv.Considering that this was my first time to EVER ride an atv of any kind off road or on a trail,I'll give the H Valley ORV Area a 93 out of 100.
Least Favorite
The trailheads were a bit trafficky(is that a word?)BUT consider this is a two way traffic area.Away from the parking lot,i do not recall seeing another bike or atv.
THE BAD:idiots that littered out on the trail and IDIOTS that made their own trail(s)w/their atvs.what else is new with that happening?TOO MANY of them doing it and it will hurt us all.
Most Favorite
The varied terrain.the hill climbing w/the jumps.The actual expanse of the area to ride.REALLY LARGE.REALLY SPREAD OUT.Had a few streams and all to ride thru too!!
I give it an overall 10 just because once away from the parking lot and up on the highest ridge,I cut the atv off and heard NOTHING.There was about a half full parking lot too.SO either it is that large of an area OR it is well designed OR both.I vote both.
Extras
bathroom must have been cleaned up as it was not as others had claimed.Actually fairly clean.
Member Rating
10/10

hankmanwhe1994
Joined: 08/12/2007
Posts: 5
Location: Atlanta GA
Bring exact change (Score: 1)Posted 08/12/2007
Date Visited
8/11/07
Track/Trail Feedback
The trail was great!
Least Favorite
We had to pay for many days of riding, we did not have exact change.
Most Favorite
The trails are labled so I never got lost.
Extras
They had a great camping spot. Great parking.
Member Rating
10/10

Robbie
Joined: 07/03/2007
Posts: 90
Location: Rossville Ga.
to fast 4 u (Score: 1)Posted 07/05/2007
Date Visited
7/01/01
Track/Trail Feedback
Trails are in pretty good shape, kinda rough for 2 wheelers but that is just better for the challenge. needs some rain but don't we all
Least Favorite
well let's just say if John J. Crapper saw that crapper he would roll over in his grave. please look out for small rider the 2-way traffic is very bad on busy days. please remember you are not the only one out there. I love to ride fast too but I would hate to think I hurt a small child by being careless.
Most Favorite
love the hard trails bring them on!
Extras
parking and spectater area great shape. BATHROOMS- well there are 2600 acers out there use them. I rate this a 7 due to the bathrooms and 2-way traffic. Great place to ride for just 5.00 a day
Member Rating
7/10

jasonfincher
Joined: 04/02/2007
Posts: 46
Location: Marietta
Great Ride (Score: 1)Posted 04/10/2007
Date Visited
04/04/2007
Track/Trail Feedback
Trails in great condition, little muddy after all the storms.
Least Favorite
THE BATHROOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most Favorite
Lots of variety of trails, great for kids.
Extras
Parking area is great, bathroom stinks.
Member Rating
9/10

atv35
Joined: 12/18/2006
Posts: 9
Location: Dallas, GA
Kids can make it! (Score: 1)Posted 12/18/2006
Date Visited
12-16-06
Track/Trail Feedback
Trail was in great shape. No dust on the trails and the water holes were just right for my little guys. Nice easy riding, nothing is too hard here.
Least Favorite
It was a little crowded for my sons 8 and 6. People who ride off the trail in restricted areas. These people are the ones who get our riding areas closed.
Most Favorite
There are some really good trails for kids, if you stay to the left side of the main road. They did great on a 50 and 90 on the easy trails. It wasn't too bad crowded down there
Extras
Member Rating
8/10

Tony SanAntonio
Joined: 01/04/2006
Posts: 22
Location: Chattanooga,TN
Be Careful - 2 way trails (Score: 1)Posted 04/13/2006
Date Visited
April 13, 2006
Track/Trail Feedback
Trails are in excellent shape. Some good berms. Well groomed. excellent facility with toilet, camping, and bike ramp.
Least Favorite
I don't like the 2 way traffic on these trails. Way too many blind turns, jumps, and uphills/downhills. It's really sketchy. Not so fun to ride when you are always on guard for someone coming right at you (although I never had a problem). Some trails have loose rocks which can trip you up in a flash. No signs on the roads there.
Most Favorite
Facility is great. Marked trails with difficulty and good markers telling you which way back to the parking lot. A good trail network.
Extras
This place is perfect for ATVs. It has trails for all skill levels. Easy access from the highway.
Member Rating
7/10

bumper46
Joined: 01/31/2005
Posts: 12
Location: woodstock
Love the speed (Score: 1)Posted 08/09/2005
Date Visited
August 6th, 2005
Track/Trail Feedback
The trails were in great shape. I was very suprised how good they really were. We had so much rain, and the big storms, I thought many of the trails would be washed out. It looks as though some work had been done on many of them, and lots of trails had fresh gravel spread out.
Least Favorite
It was a little busy for my taste, but it was a beautiful day and lots of people wanted to ride. I was upset to see they closed off my favorite mud hole area. It had been filled in with gravel.
Most Favorite
THE SPEED. I love to drive fast when ever possible. I am a very safe rider since I ride with my wife and two boy's, but when I can, I like to open up and see what my atv will do. The main road or trails will allow you to do this.
Extras
The bathroom was in need of a GOOD cleaning. I would also like to see at least one more bathroom brought in. One can not take care of the amount of people that show up The parking area was crowded, but very clean.
Member Rating
9/10

blake20
Joined: 04/19/2005
Posts: 1
Location: Marietta, GA
impressed (Score: 1)Posted 04/19/2005
Date Visited
3 April 2005
Track/Trail Feedback
awesome except for one but that was do to the all the rain earlier in the week
Least Favorite
the trail that has all of the steep hills rutted out to much from the rain and four wheel drive atv's....too much two way traffic on some of the trails but i believe that was do to it being the first weekend of being opened...not enough parking wolud like to see some more open area's maybe a track in there somewhere too
Most Favorite
the location was good and the trails were well marked had tons of fun ridin ...me and a buddy spent about 6-7 hours riding before it started to get a little old of ridin the same trails but like i said had a blast and was worn out the next morning
Extras
need more than one bathroom
Member Rating
9/10

finsfamily
Joined: 12/28/2002
Posts: 22
Location: Canton
My Favorite USFS Area (Score: 1)Posted 04/06/2005
Date Visited
4/5/2005
Track/Trail Feedback
My first time out this year to Houston Valley- trails were in good shape. Some muddy, slick spots and a few ruts, but remarkably dry condidering all the rain this spring.
Least Favorite
One major downed tree- the path around it was a little tricky- off camber 180 gave everyone in our group fits. No crowds today but be careful for two way traffic on the weekends.
Most Favorite
I really like the huge variety at Houston Valley- something for everyone- hills, rocks, mud, clay, gravel fire roads, water crossings, and water breaks.
Extras
Houston Valley has paved parking! Also, not far at all off the main road. Those dragging small trailers will appreciate this.
Member Rating
8/10