Your Complete Guide to Tennessee Bike Trails

Tennessee is filled with great mountain biking trails for everyone to ride. There are some smooth, fast, flowing trails, and for the more adventurous type, a few trails filled with rocks, roots, and drops. Finding a bike trail to suit your riding style is always easy in the Middle Tennessee area. You can find, and help us keep trail information updated on the Bike Trails section of the TNMB Message Board. You'll find info about trail maintenance days, trail conditions, reroutes, and more.

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Hamilton Creek Bike Trail
Hamilton Creek

There are two loops, the "lakeside" loop, which is approximately 3 miles long, with twists, turns, rocks, roots, and a few hills....and a longer, bit more intermediate/advanced 6.5 mile loop. Both trails are quite hilly, with plenty of layered rocks, roots to ride over, and a few trees to cross.

Hamilton Creek is considered one of the more "technical" trails in the Nashville area. The longer trail is basically just more of what the shorter is, with a one longer climb, and a long downhill section with large rocks, roots, trees, etc...great for honing technical skills. The trail is closed when wet... Read More...

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Long Hunter State Park Bike Trail
Long Hunter State Park

The beginner section is newly opened with 2.8 miles of trail. It is mostly flat with no technical areas making for a fast trail. In the future will be an intermediate loop and a trials section, with a more advanced technical loop in the works... Read More...

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Chickasaw Trace Bike Trail

Chickasaw Trace

Chickasaw is suitable for all levels of Mountain Bike riders - from expert racers to 5-year-olds. Several sections of trail have been identified with the signs being constructed and installed through an Eagle Scout project. The trail is a 7.75-mile serpentine loop.

If ridden in a clockwise direction from the trailhead at the MTB parking lot, the initial four miles are relatively flat and follow Knob Creek and the Duck River. Upon entering the "Trail of Tears", the final four miles become very difficult, also known as "technical" among Mountain Bike enthusiasts. The course is designed with several... Read More...

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Montgomery Bell Bike Trail
Montgomery Bell

The Montgomery Bell mountain bike trails consists of about 21 miles of trail with 2-3 miles more to be built before completion. The trail is located in a dedicated section of the park, on the north side of Highway 70. The trail is open only to mountain bikes.

The trail is divided into basically two sections; the east section with the easier trails (trail colors white, blue and red), and the west section (trail colors green and yellow) for advanced riders. The entire system is singletrack that winds through mature upland hardwood forest interspersed with large pine groves. The area is bisected by... Read More...

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Lock 4 Mountain Bike Trail
LOCK 4 Mountain

This 8.5 mile trail is considered a great scramble trail. Don't let the length scare you away. It's more of a riding trail than a technical trail. The singletrack is twisty and narrow at times with some 4X4 roads for high speed.

Yellow arrows mark the main trail. Since the park is on a peninsula, it's hard to get lost, although you may repeat parts of the trail if you don't pay attention. The trails are well maintained by the Lock 4 Trailblazers. Closed when wet... Read More...

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Fairview Bike Trail

Fairview is extremely fun to ride as it can be challenging and fast or easy and slow. You can tell this multi-use trail was created by Mountain bikers as the numerous bridge crossings, log stacks and other fun additions make this fun.

The only thing this trail lacks is a better map and clearly defined loop options. It seems 2 or 3 rides and you'll get it down.

Yellow arrows mark the main trail. Since the park is on a peninsula, it's hard to get lost, although you may repeat parts of the trail if you don't pay attention. The trails are well maintained by the Lock 4 Trailblazers. Closed when wet... Read More...

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More Great Tennessee Area Mountain Bike Trails:

Shutes Branch
The first 2.5 miles of the trail are easy and smooth - great for beginners and a good warm-up. The next 1.5 miles is more advanced - lots of rocks, short ledges, and tight turns to hone your skills. When you get to the end turn around and you'll get a good 8 miles of riding in. See here for details: Friends of Shutes Branch... Shutes Branch Trail Map

AEDC is very flat and fast, 13.1 miles, ride all day.
AEDC Trail Map

Tim's Ford
For more details including a trail map and points of interest, visit the Tim's Ford Google Map. Tim's Ford is an out and back with a lot of steep climbing (will get you in shape quick) and super sweet single track. Park at the visitors center and follow the paved bike trail until it dead ends and then take a right on the trail.

Defeated Creek
There has been about a mile or two added to the upper loop. Get out and ride it in!! It's pretty twisty and has some very steep switchbacks. And it goes by a huge sinkhole - no cave though. This is one cool trail on a 300 ft high ridge side. We did the upper loop once and the lower twice for 11.3 miles. If you haven't ridden this trail, you should. It has the most relief of any trail in Mid-TN. Tim's for is a close second (but I think it actually has more total climbing). Defeated Creek Trail Map

Rotary Park
The trail actually has about 6 miles of trail to offer. The trails are only marked in certain areas but all of the trails are easily found. There is an area where the locals are putting together some stuff for the freeride crowd and each of the obstacles still have a way to get around them if that isn't your thing. If you are in the clarksville area and are jonesing for a ride. It's there. Friends of Rotary Park

Franklin State Forest
20 miles of mountain bike trail in a loop. Franklin State Forest Trail Map

Raccoon Mountain
The Raccoon Mountain Mountain Bike Trail Network is located just 15 minutes west of downtown. The trail network currently offers approximately 17.5 miles of intermediate and advanced single track. However, plans are underway to more trail, hopefully doubling the amount of single track in the next few years. Raccoon Mountain Trail Map

Mousetail Landing
Around 8 miles of single track in a forest with large trees and little undergrowth. Mousetail Landing Trail Map

LBL (Land Between the Lakes)
There are two trails here that can both be started from this point, the North Welcome Station. The Canal Loop is an 11 mile single-track loop. The Canal Loop Trail Information and Map. The North-South trail is a out and back and is 31 miles each way. Land Between The Lakes Trail Information and Map. For more information on Land Between the Lakes visit the Land Between The Lakes Website.

Lake Barkley
8 miles of single-track. Lake Barkley Trail Map.

Sewanee Parimeter Trail
Around 14 miles of singletrack with a few hike-a-bike sections. Sewanee Parimeter Trail Map. Check out Woody's bike shop if your in the area.

Tanasi Mountain Bike Trail System
The Tanasi trail system is about 11.5 miles and is located near the Ocoee White Water Center (4400 Old Copper Rd/ 4400 Highway 64) in the Cherokee National Forest. The trail system consists of mostly machine-cut singletrack loops that are connected togehter by forest service roads. No visit is complete without riding the Riverview Loop trail or decending the Thunder Rock Express trail, one of the best down hill cross country mountain bike trails in the state. Tanasi Trail System Details.

Chilhowee Mountain Trails
Azalea Trail #141: Beginner/1.5 miles. This ride is fun for beginners and experts alike, with fast narrow singletrack leading mostly downhill (if you start across the lower campground road). You can use this trail to connect up with the rest of the system or just as a short loop back to the campground area.
Benton Falls Trail #131: Moderate/1.5 miles. This wide track leads from the lake to the waterfall. Watch for hikers and be respectful.
Clemmer Trail #302: Advanced/1.5 miles. 4.5 miles on Benton Falls Trail to the junction of Trail #302. A classic screaming downhill or a gut wrenching uphill (depending on which direction you ride it). Clemmer has it all: several creek crossings, rhododendron tunnels and surfaces ranging from sandy to rocky. The high end of the trail is at the beautiful Benton Falls (accessible from a short hiking trail.)
Clear Creek Trail: Advanced/3+ miles. One of the most challenging trails in the system; be ready for some killer climbing, 3 extreme switchbacks, one of which is just barely but not impossible to ride. Be very careful especially in the middle of this trail where there is a fairly steep rock cliff area. Near the end, be ready for an extremely fast downhill with some wonderful whoops to fly off of. There are a couple of options at the end of this downhill depending of how wet you want to get.
Rim Extension: Moderate/0.4. A short technical sidetrail.
Slickrock Trail Loop: Advanced 3+ miles. A sweet trail system which is actually a small network of trails hooked together by a couple of old Forest Service Roads. You will find singltrack with climbing twists and turns and some fun downhills with whoopde-doos. One section has been unofficially named Naked Widow Loop. This stems from several sightings of an elderly woman bathing in the small creek at the middle of the branch. Legend has it she lived with her husband on the Benton side of the mountain when her husband died, whereupon she began to endlessly wander the trails.

Tsali Recreation Area
Over 39 miles of arguably the best mountain bike riding in the southeast. Maps and more information about Tsali Recreation Area.

Cotton Mill Reserve
For more details including a trail map and points of interest, visit the Cotton Mill Reserve Google Map. 10 miles of trails located on 250 acres of private land. Used only for the special event race "Dirt, Sweat, and Gears". Check the DSG Website for more details.

Fall Creek Falls
There are two trails that both begin from this trailhead: 1. Upper Loop - 14 miles of technical single track. Northern Loop Trail Map 2.Chinquapin Ridge Trail (Southern Loop) - 5.5 miles of scenic single track and fire roads. Relatively flat with a couple of creek crossings. Southern Loop Trail Map

TTC (Trials Training Center) Gravity Park
300 Woodland Road, Sequatchie, Tennessee 37374... Downhill riding and racing with trails ranging from beginner to advanced at its best! Anyone is welcomed and you dont have to have a DH rig as there the easier trails will take a smaller FS bike or even a hardtail depending on skill level. However, we do have a DH bike for rent now to get the full experience! The Trials Training Center has allowed us to build trails on an area that is more than 700 acres. The best part is that we have full permission to build trails how we like them and put any features that we want to see. In addition to more than 5 DH trails, there is a full skills park under construction at the base, as well as the beginnings of an all mountain loop around the property! If you want to spend a weekend there also, there are cabins, camp sites, wi-fi, ice machine and a rope swing/swimming hole.

Windrock DH
Windrock at 555 Windrock Road, Oliver Springs, TN 37840... As its often said, If you can ride Windrock, you can race anywhere in the US. Need anymore be said? This really does have anything for everyone as almost all features can be ridden around. Check out youtube plenty of good vids! This full is on downhill riding at its best!

Enterprise South
This is a 3 mile loop trail. When you enter the trail system on the paved road you will see a trail the to left and one to the right. Trail to the right is Log Rythm loop. Its 2.6 mile loop that has some technical features as well as some logs to ride across. To the left there are 2 loops. The TNT loop is 4.5 mile loop that has some great jump features and rhythm sections. Off of the TNT loop is the Black forest mtn loop which is 3 miles. Very easy loop with a gradual climb.

The Trails at Fontanel
The Trails is a 2.5 mile long, shaded trail rated at an intermediate level. Many bikers have commented how fun and challenging the trail is, even given its short length. The Trails at Fontanel Trail Map.

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