Overnight Camping at Brushy Mountain

This weekend I had a great trip to Brushy Mountain Tunnel on the Silver Comet Trail. The tunnel is about 1/4 mile long thru the mountain and under the Brushy Mountain Road bridge.

This is a beautiful, quiet ride even while still close to metro Atlanta. It’s the longest paved bike path in the U.S. actually, and has very few road crossings even in densely populated areas – the trail goes under or over most roads, using old railroad right of ways.


Once you get up around Paulding County the traffic on the trail all but disappears except for the more dedicated riders. Up there the trail runs through large tracts of conservation land and the trail heads are few and far between. There are a couple long and high railroad bridges. This is a shot from a bridge, looking down at the tree tops and a creek flowing beneath them.


I got up to the tunnel by early afternoon. It was hot out and the tunnel is a nice break, as it always has chilly air inside like it is refrigerated.


I kind of mismanaged my water and found myself wanting to camp with the nearest access to water 10 miles down the trail. I managed to ration my supplies with no great hardship though.

This was the first camping with my new hammock, which proved to be a great way to spend the night in the woods. I found a place near the tunnel, just off the trail on a forest service road that looks like it gets bush hogged once a year. Nicely hidden in the woods.


I slept perfectly in the hammock. Camping where there’s not a nice manicured and clear campsite is where the hammock shines. No need for a smooth flat surface to create a comfortable place to sleep. Works great. Easy on my back. In the woods finding a spot and setting up is significantly easier than with a tent. And I feel like I’m rocking in momma’s arms thru the night.


Also, if I’m just finding a place to sleep in the woods, it’s important to me to minimize my impact on the area. With the hammock I don’t need to clear a campsite. So when I leave you can hardly tell I was there.


I need to either bring my big rain fly or have food that doesn’t need to be cooked. I got lucky this time but would not have a way to cook out of the rain if it were going on.

Riding home the next day the forecast was 90% thunderstorms. I managed to dodge them for all but about 1/2 hour in the rain.

Back in the city again! I like nature. But I like the city too :-)


    Lessons Learned
  • When camping show up with enough water for the afternoon, night, morning, and ride to the first stop.
  • Bring big rain fly for room to cook in the rain.
  • For nighttime temps 65 or below bring sleeping bag
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