East Tennessee mountain bike rides
So many trails, so little time.
The following are brief descriptions (plus maps and pictures) of various
East Tennessee mountain bike rides.
The rides range in difficulty from a
"ride in the park" to wilderness adventures.
Popular mountain biking rides in the Knoxville area are
Lone Mountain, and
Here is a map of East Tenn. (135K)
indicating where some of these places are,
more or less.
(Or, on a 3-D topo map (400K)).
We have GPS waypoints (.gpx), maps, and driving directions for some of the
trail heads at trail-head parking.
Many of the East Tennessee trail descriptions include GPS tracks
and elevation profiles.
These pages describe ridable trails/roads over the last dozen years or so.
Some trails/roads may be closed due to Mother Nature or new access restrictions.
Please obey posted signs.
Be aware of hunting seasons and try not to look like a deer.
(Units A and B, see TWRA state units map)
WMA hunt schedule.
Also the Oak Ridge reservation is closed for fall hunts, see
the Oak Ridge Reservation
Frozen Head State Park steep climb, fire tower
Lone Mountain State Forest nice single track
Caryville good views from Ash Log Mtn.
Royal Blue aMAZEing (WMA, access fee), fire tower
Fork Mountain north of 116 (private land)
Indian Bluff "tallest" mountain (access fee)
Windrock three-mile descent, free-rider downhill
Walden Ridge (private land, limited access)
Big South Fork water, sand, and horse mementos -- epic ride
Black Mountain caprock and trillium (private land)
Catoosa wild and scenic rivers (WMA), fire tower
Prentice Cooper NW of Chattanooga (WMA), fire tower
Oak Ridge (locator map
and Visitor Bureau)
Haw Ridge mountain biker's gym, single track,
trail runners delight
Gallaher Bend easy family ride
Melton Lake Greenway paved bike trail,
extended to 5.6 miles, April, 2012
North Boundary road scenic gravel plus single track
Black Oak Ridge rolling scenic gravel plus
some single track (BORCE)
Wiltshire a small, possibly endangered, species
outdoorknoxville.com trails, greenways, parks
Big Foot Park CLOSED, private property
Concord Park single track
I. C. King Park rolling single track
Forks of the River WMA and Georgia Marble quarry trails
Hastie Park Dirty South trails being developed ...
Knoxville trails Hasite, Georgia Marble, Concord
Sharps Ridge trails under construction (2013),
Cherokee National Forest
Horse Creek/Upper Paint Creek mountain streams,
balds, and fire towers
Paint Creek Hurricane Gap, Chimney Rocks,
Citico/Tellico mountain streams, Cherohala
Starr Mountain fire tower
Ocoee Clemmer trail and Tanasi trails
an IMBA epic ride
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Rich Mountain/ Parson Branch variations on Cades Cove
Foothills Parkway Townsend/Wear Cove, to be closed
and Townsend/Alcoa/Maryville greenways
Mt Sterling/Cataloochee eastern edge
of the Park and Max Patch/Harmon Den
Tsali "take a number" ... ok, so it's in North
Carolina (access fee) -- epic ride
Panther Creek State Park intro to mountain biking
Norris "dam" good trails
and new Hemlock Bluff trail (Loyston Pt,
loystonpt.gpx view with
Chuck Swan ... YAFT (yet another fire tower) (WMA)
Wears Bend rolling dirt roads (WMA)
Links authored by others
more info on rides in
Chattanooga/Ocoee area Chilhowee, Chestnut, Edward's Pt
Raccoon Mountain trails
or race course
or current and planned
Chattanooga's Enterpise South Nature Park
trails opened 4/9/11, bout 10 miles of mtn bike trails, 2800 acres,
see GPS track
and elevation profile
Collegdale trails on
White Oak Mountain or pdf map
Harrison Bay state park 4.4 mile
Booker T Washington state park
mountain bike trails (5 miles)
Cherokee National Forest
mountain bike trails
Goat Trail Cowan/Sewanee
rails to trails
Franklin State Forest trails
Koerner's North Cumberland trails Google earth zip file
windrock, royal blue
Chickasaw Trace county park, Columbia, Google
and park info
more tennessee trails
Tennessee rides Buffalo and Bays Mountain,
northeast TN mountain bike association NTMBA
Warriors' Path State Park trails
and Steele Creek Park
and SORBA mid TN trails
Montgomery Bell Park trails (20 miles)
Fall Creek Fall state park mountain bike
trails (21 miles)
Mousetail state park mountain bike
trails (9 miles)
Tims Ford state park mountain bike
trails (6 miles)
Big Hill Pond mountain bike/horse
trails (10 miles)
Warriors Path state park mountain bike
trails (9 miles)
Land between the Lakes
mountain bike trails
SORBA's list of
Tennessee mountain bike trails
Tennessee trails trails.com
TN trails in americantrails.org
TN state parks biking
TrailLink TN mountain bike trails
North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest
Pisgah National Forest
western north carolina rides,
Pisgah, Nantahala, Dupont Forest
see GPS track
Bent Creek NC
Panthertown NC trails
NC Kerr Scott trails
and Rocky Knob trails
trails in the NC research triangle
and Google Earth data
Beartree Campground area
Virginia's epic ride,
New River Trail State Park 57 miles (former railway)
Daniel Boone National Forest
singletracks.com TN, NC, SC, GA
Chicopee Woods Nature Prserve
Silver Comet trail
Georgia pinhoti trail and
Alabama, trail alliance
Silver Comet, Virginia Creeper, Chief Ladiga, Wild Horse
mountain biking in Snow Shoe West Virginia
Greenbrier River Trail
Ladiga trail paved
SOR southeast mountain biking
Appalachian downhill mountain biking
missouri katy trail
Mtn biking USA
Brown County trails
C&O canal bikepath
National Mountain Bike Patrol
knoxville cycling forums or facebook
Tennessee mountain biking alliance
blog and links
Friends of Haw Ridge Park
and Yahoo news group blog
Tennessee landforms waterfalls, arches,
balds, etc. (maps/waypoints)
and lookout towers
trail building and maintenance
more info on
IMBA/Haw Ridge trail school Apr, '03
and other IMBA
IMBA trail bridges
Wetlands Trail Design and Construction bridges, boardwalks, etc.
trail design and construction
and bridge construction
trail tools pulaski, mcleod, etc.
and IMBA's tool guide
or here or
or rogue hoe
or lamberton rake
or forestry suppliers
or Ben Meadows
Tim's chainsaw tips
mechanized trail equipment
and ask woody
trail construction manual $3/ft of trail
US DOT trail design and maintenance
AT trail work manuals
trail blazes guidelines
Local bike stores may have maps and current access information.
USGS quads can help with topography, but trails and jeep roads depicted
on these maps often
do not represent current conditions.
USGS quadrangles can be obtained at hiking stores, map stores
(Omni), and from
TVA map store (800-627-7882).
Delorme's 3-D Topo Quads
have USGS quardrangles on CDs with GPS support,
as does Maptech's
and maptech have topos online.
may be of use for Wildlife Management Areas and general directions.
You can get Wildlife Management Area maps at
Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer
includes coarse topographic information and
is available at book stores.
David Moore's book
Tennessee Mountain Bike Adventures has
trail descriptions and maps for many areas of Tennessee.
Also, see Parham's book
Off the Beaten Track: Mountain Biking in Eastern Tennessee.
And in 2009, see Colquitt/Livengood book on mountain biking in TN,
Off Road Trails.
Also see mountain biking books.
East Tennessee weather
and historical weather stats.
East Tennessee webcams.
Also visit the AMBC
SORBA/Appalachian Mountain Bike Club page
or their facebook
and here are some
Tennessee Bike Clubs.
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