Haw Ridge Park

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The best singletrack in the area. A multitude of small loops that can be strung together to make as much or as little as you want. Trails to seek out: Saddle, Middle Road, Lake Road, Red Hill, Easy, South Shore, East Shore, East Ridge, Pond, Isthmus and of course, the Hill of Truth. Look at http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/mtnbike/haw.html to download a map.
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Michael Osborne on September 21, 2014
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Review: Haw Ridge is not perfect, but by all means very comprehensive. Varied terrain, canopied, water, rocks, roots, soil, easy, and "holy shit do I have enough brakes for this descent!"

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sleahcim on August 7, 2014
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Review: While this is a drive for me it gives me a chance to work on certain technical skills. There's a lot of variation in the network here. It will take a while to build your mental map as it is confusing at first and there are a lot of trails. New trail maps take a lot of guesswork out of the equation now. Some parts are very challenging and can be daunting if you're a beginner. Overall a great place to play.

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Guest on July 27, 2014
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Review: Saddle if you like to go fast and bank turns, pump track/whoopsies finish it. Smooth and maintained.

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Tom Sharp on December 26, 2013
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Review: Hit some of these trails Christmas Eve while in town and love this place! Still plenty for me to explore but a lot of riding and good mix of skill and a great workout!

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gsteffins on April 2, 2013
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Review: Really enjoyed south shore area, technical meets flowy. The interior has a lot of interval work, especially roller coaster. Back of the power line is an awesome downhill, just wish it lasted longer, same goes for lower gap from the soccer trail. First time riding here and got in 15 miles, fair amount of guesswork, but a little bit of everything for the intermediate to expert rider.

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e1rookie on March 8, 2013
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Review: Needs better trail markers. And it would be better if its dry for a few days.

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minkeyman on January 9, 2012
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Review: I rode this for the first time the other day and, even though we got rained on and had a sloppy ride from then on, I thoroughly enjoyed the singletrack. The trails here are well maintained and are tons of fun to ride! After riding more, I can say that it only gets better. Great climbs of all kinds and awesome downhills that are well worth the climbs. Love this place!

* Review edited 3/30/2012

Similar Trail: Norris

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Jkizz on August 19, 2011
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Review: Road this last month w/ my cousin. It definitely had its moments. It is a great workout and close to Knoxville proper. 4 Stars for locals and 3 Stars for a vacationer like me.

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kyroush on June 29, 2011
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Review: Had a lot of fun on a slow ride through it today. Challenging, fast, steep, obstacles, Haw's got it all. Looking forward to exploring more of this park!

Similar Trail: William Hastie Natural Area (particularly Hard Labor and View Park)

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Ben.L on May 9, 2010
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Review: Great trail. All the prior reviews are correct. It was well worth the trip. Lots of active local riders that are nice enough to point you in the good directions. There are tons of roots and rocks that keep you on your toes and provide a good challenge for technical riders. This system also offers lots of less technical stuff for those of you that like to get in the big ring and hammer. The directions given are accurate and easy to follow. Thanks to the folks near Knoxville that work hard to maintain this great trail.

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elvisgoat on October 4, 2009
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Review: Great '90's era single track.. Much rougher than OVT. Roots and Rock abound. Several mud bog areas that need attention, but overall (from what we saw in a brief visit) great stuff. Very friendly locals. Not to be missed. I'll be back.* Review edited 10/4/2009

* Review edited 10/5/2009

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Landon on February 24, 2008
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Review: It's hard to rate this trail technically, as its characteristics change like any trail. But it is easy and accurate to say that it's some of the best (most enjoyable) singletrack you'll find in the southeast. I am forty years old and have ridden in a bunch of places. And I would be glad on any given day, to be able to ride these trails again. My best advice is to NOT miss this trail system if you are passing through, or specifically searching for a biking destination. Additionally the few locals I ran into were very friendly, to include a member of the local club, who basically gave me a guided tour of the trails. Thanks, Audi!

Similar Trail: Bull Mt. (North Georgia), Tsali (WNC), Panther Creek (East TN)

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EZ-E on September 7, 2007
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Review: The Haw Ridge trail is a hidden gem! Great combination of fast, smooth singletrack, rocky sections, difficult climbs, the park also offers both mountain/ridge riding right next to a beautiful singletrack run along the banks of the Clinch River(West/South/East Shore, Red Hill, Isthmus trails, etc). The trail profile states 25mi of trails- I rode about 10mi over a couple hours...I'm sure you could get 25mi out of the park, but might involve some overlap since it is web/network of short interconnected trails. The ridge climbs can be brutal where advanced riders may pound it out, beginners will probably have to hike it up sections here. Stats I had were almost 1,000ft total ascent over 9+ mi and I topped out around 21mph, mostly on some extended downhills and the big ring on the Lake Road trail(which is actually singletrack). The trails are two-way traffic and while there are signs and numbered marker posts...I had moments at intersections where it took a couple minutes with the trail map to get my bearings. The trail signs have the trail name painted in the color of difficulty(Green/Blue/Black) but are too few in number. The park is contained in a relatively compact area(for so much available trail mileage) - my suggestion is to just get out there and ride, take the options at intersections that "feel" right and when it's time to go home, THEN pull out your trail map and figure out the straightest line to the trailhead. Next time I'm there...from the "Trailhead" bridge I will take a right to start "West Shore" first and wrap up by coming back to the trailhead on the "Soccer" trail. This trail could really benefit from more trail blazes along the trails, similar to the numbered medallions which are used at trails like Dark Mountain. The "Shore" trails offer some fast, flowing singletrack and spots where you can stop to take in some peaceful views over the river - even a spot with picnic tables right on the water which would make for a great break for a packed lunch(see trail pics). We were driving through Knoxville when I opted to check this trail out last-minute - it was an easy-to-find 10-15 min drive from I-40, just make sure to look for the trailhead kiosk in the photos provided - that parking area appears to be the best of 3-4 trail access points. It appears Haw Ridge is the site of an annual 12hr race but also has some minor seasonal closures for trail use in the late fall for hunting...check this site(or the link in the "Description" above) for updated info: http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/fohr/

* Review edited 9/7/2007

Similar Trail: Tsali, Dark Mountain(NC), Over Mountain Victory Trail(NC)

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yuk22319 on January 17, 2005
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Review: What a great ride. You can make it long or short, easy or hard. But no ride is over till you get to the "screamer"

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Guest on November 28, 2003
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Review: This is my personal favorite in the area. There are trails for everyone regardless of skill level. Stay away when raining; stays treacherous on most trails after rains.

Similar Trail: Not much in this area; try Tsali NC.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: I travel for a living, and my bike always goes with me. I just realized, however, that some of the best single-track in the southeast let alone the country. The area is small, but offers something for everyone. Beginners will want to take it easy on the CLIMB in, but it is well worth the effort once you get to the back side. There's something for everyone, and it's an excellent place to practice technique. Tom Dunnigan refers to it as a Mountain Bike Gym. That pretty much covers it. An excellent workout, close to home (if your from Oak Ridge or west Knoxville). If you get The Big Head, try the Hill of Truth (marked on Professor Dunnigan's map as Power Cut)

Similar Trail: There is no other trail. In my opinion, if you can ride here, you can ride anywhere. Or at least anywhere else I've ridden in the last ten years.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Haw is a wonderful place to ride, day or night. The trails are mostly singletrack and somewhat rooty. Recent rain makes parts of the sytem unrideable, and the truly optimum time to ride is mid to late summer/early fall when everything is buff. Hill of Truth is just one of several hard climbs, which reward with cool, sometimes technical descents. Master of Haw is Tim Troutman, who did 14 of the race loops in the last 12 hour race at Haw. If you go through Knoxville on I-40 or I75, you are passing within 10 miles of some tasty, scrumptuous trail riding.

Similar Trail: IC king, also in Knoxville, another urban fun zone, but shorter

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Haw Ridge is one of the most awesome singletracks (with dbletrack power lines and a fire road) in the south. If you're ever in East Tennessee and want a challenge, jump on over to Haw Ridge; there's something for everyone here - the recreationalists and the hammerheads. One thing though - if it's wet then leave it alone - it's a disaster when wet!!

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Haw Ridge Park MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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