We visited Durhamtown Plantation on 11/4/2012 as a family. We brought 3 motorcycles and rented a small ATV for our 16yo daughter who's never ridden. Check-in was smooth and easy. We were invited to check out the ATV's before selecting one. Then we were handed the keys with a 'have fun'. I tried to ask the check-in lady for suggestions on easy trails, but no input was given. I have never visited Durhamtown and wish there had been more information on how the property is laid out, what areas would be best for us, what to expect. So let me share what I learned no others 'moms' can be prepared.
There are beginner trails, but I didn't figure this out until we were turning the ATV in at the end of the day when we happen to pass the sign for them!! Trails A,B and C are beginner. Trails C and up are harder and the riders....well they ride FAST!! We were in first gear and had to keep moving to the side to let others pass. The trails are very hard and bumpy and not nearly as 'wide' and fun as I expected. I think they are 'fun' in guy terms, but not girl terms. Fun to me means views, smooth, easy. Several trails (maybe P and Q) had obstacles to tryout along them (Monster Mountain...you climp up 25-30 feet to the top, then down the other side), MX5 course, Redlands (like a bowl for MX and ATV), But again, as a 'trail' rider, I was getting run over by the men/boys who like to ride fast and all out.
They had several MX competition tracks...one for PeeWees, several for next level, and one with big jumps for more advanced. My husband and son enjoyed these. It was fun to watch the very skilled riders on these tracks. There is a BMX track behind the registration area.
There is a LOT of dirt and dust blowing!! We were coated and had to wipe our faces a lot during the day. Bring your own food and drinks. There is a small restaurant on site, but we didn't buy there.
They have camping areas and 'cabin' rentals. Those areas are not 'pretty' or groomed. They again, are 'guy' oriented. Cabin's are small, like those outbuilding rectangle shaped things you can buy. So don't expect 'cabin in the mountains'. They offer hunting, and places to 'clean' your catch. Places to wash your 'toys'. A store with clothing, gear, some engine parts. On saturday nights they sometimes have a band play on the patio.
Good: It is affordable to families. It is well managed...staff patrols on the weekends to make sure people are not riding out of hand in crowded areas. It is laid out and organized where you check in and get rentals. Lots of space. A little something for everyone if you can find it.
Bad: not enough info provided to first-timers. So you can't get full enjoyment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer Cabin/RV Rentals. We also have 100 RV Sites with full hook up. Durhamtown is the perfect place to bring the Family or plan corporate Events. We offer hunting,skeet shooting,fishing and Off Road Riding of ATVs, Dirt Bikes and UTV's. We have 150 miles of one way trails that are all marked with signage. We also have 6 MX Tracks and a dirt Oval Track as well as, a dirt Drag Strip. Durhamtown is located on 6,750 acres of hardwoods and pines in Greene County GA.Come see us today! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Durhamtown Plantation Sportsmen`s Hotel Union Point