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State parks offer a step up from a hike
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Whether you’re an experienced biker or simply trying to follow through on a New Year’s resolution to get fit, there are lots of opportunities to go cycling at Georgia’s state parks and wildlife management areas.

Most parks have at least one bike trail, and some are even suitable for the youngest riders, too.

“Whether you’re just learning to ride your first two-wheeler or you ride for miles every weekend, we have bike trails that everyone can enjoy,” said Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark, in a news release.

For example, kids can ride alongside their parents at Tallulah Gorge State Park in Talullah Falls. Tallulah, along with Unicoi and Fort Yargo state parks, are also good places for bikers who are looking for a challenge.

If you’re simply looking for a good workout and pretty scenery, Watson Mill State Park near Athens has gentle hills and a covered bridge to ride through.

For riders who want to be challenged and travel to different parks, the Muddy Spokes Club is a great way to earn some bragging rights.

There are 11 state parks included in the club, ranging from grueling rides to paved paths. And if you finish all of them, you can get a “mud splattered” T-shirt.

Cycling is also allowed in wildlife management areas around the year, unless otherwise posted. Cyclists are restricted to open roads, designated trails or designated areas.

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