Rotary Park

   
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7
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,700 ft
4.1
avg mph
54
ridden
13
wishlist
1:10
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
3.50 out of 5
About This Trail
added by stripes Trailblazer on December 31, 2002
 
The main loop (Red Cedar Loop) begins and ends at Pavilion I located at the park's entrance. It is approximately one mile long. Take a left at the first intersection for either the Bluebird or White Oak loops, which are longer in length. The trail-tread is smooth and fully benched. The dominant them is tight, twisting lines combined with short climbs and descents. Loop options connect all three of the park's pavilions and the amphitheater. The White Oak Loop is the largest of the three loops and is still under construction. When completed, the park should contain approximately eight miles of trail. Signs should be installed by the end of 2007. Other users include hikers and trail runners. Motorized vehicles and equestrians are strictly prohibited on the trails. For more information visit www.friendsofrotarypark.blogspot.com.
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giantman25 on August 14, 2014
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Review: Nice track if they can keep the kids from destroying the course. It makes it a danger to riders. Good place to ride but be careful

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Cotharyus on October 13, 2013
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Review: I've been riding Rotary for two years, it's 20 minutes from my house, and every other trail (currently open) in the area is over an hour away. So, how's Rotary stack up?

The good: There's a little of everything. Some decent climbs for this area, some decent descents, the trails are mostly rooty, which adds some technicality, but on the whole, these trails should be ridable by beginners as long as they have a reasonable amount of fitness. Certainly there are places a new rider should avoid - the Amphitheater for instance.

The Bad: Some of the trails can hold a little water because of where the ground flattens out around the creek. Occasionally some of the trails can be a little sketchy, a few places some of them weren't benched adequately, and you get some real off camber fun, that gets hairy when loose rock accumulates.

The Ugly: Signage really isn't good enough. There are some new painted hash marks on the trees, but you still might not be able to follow these unless you have some idea where you're trying to go to start with.

Full Disclosure - I'm in the COGS Cycling club, which is where COGS MTB comes from. We reworked a lot of the structures in the amphitheater, rerouted a bit of trail at the top of the park that went outside of the park onto private land that was logged, and we are working on some other sustainability and overall fun improvements. Unfortunately it's a slow process, as there are a lot of projects taking place in the park being run by the county. We have to get authorization from them to do any real changes. More than once, projects we have worked on have been destroyed or broken as one other person mentioned, which I would be willing to bet comes back to a political struggle that predates my involvement, the basics of which are that equestrians claim to have built all of the trail in the park, and have since been disallowed from the park, which they blame on mountain bikers. I wasn't there, I don't know, but I think a lot of the trail destruction that takes place here is backlash from that.

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gloriaM on April 9, 2013
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Review: all around a grate trail for begginers like me it gives u a taste of riding downhil and climbing all in one i lkie to bike the middle section the most theres ramps bridges and one or two really steep hills along the trail there creek crossing and a local biking club that welcomes new commers they met every sat at 4pm and set out at 4:15 there really helpfull and nice people in the group and hikers too kinda pack on weekends but during the week its amazing

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drdirt777 on October 8, 2012
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Review: Great trails. Nice climbs and descents. Some technical areas, good all around trail. But, very poorly marked. A couple of very nice signs at the beginning, but that is it. I got lost.

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macheekin on September 4, 2012
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Review: See my newest pic. Classy Clarksville really classy

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macheekin on September 4, 2012
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Review: Ok so this is a fun rip for locals but SOMEONE is going through wrecking it. A few of LOCALS who ride there more than once a week and I went out to do maintainence and built a fun small and I mean SMALL feature into a bank. I don't know if it's local kids or some other people who don't appreciate people trying to help. I know it wasn't the weather because I had accidentally left my gloves on the tree and they were placed on our destroyed banked turn. Almost to say hahahahaha got you. I hope it's not the local team that rides out here. This is the second time I've heard of this. I'm glad I wasted my day making this a better and safer place to ride for someone to come behind me and ruin it. Go to monty bell.

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macheekin on August 27, 2012
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Review: Pretty solid for middle TN. Some tight switchback turns with banks that don't quite work but still fun. Be prepared to earn your gravity the hard way, as in peddle up to get the good downs. Tons of options and the "downhill/freeride" section is super fun and smooth after the locals hooked it up. A lot of fun features an some sketchy advanced things. Over all one of the best local places I've ridden. A real joy to ride

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Crash29 on July 7, 2012
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Review: Great ride for all levels. Se eral options for riders of any skill level or any age. Trails are well maintained through several volunteer groups such as COGS MTB Club and the TN Trails Assoc (TTA) and now The Friends of Rotary Park. Lots of activity on the trails...runners, kids, hikers and dogs. Most of the time it really isn't an issue. There is a small freestyle section with some pretty nice obsticles and jumps. Though recently there has been some maintenance that has removed or relocated obsticles along the trail. Several trail heads so you can start just about anywhere. This is a great trail to have in my local area. Several loops to get some.miles under your wheels but there are so many options that you can change up the route and keep it exciting. A must ride if you are in Clarksville....Montgomery Bell is less than an hour away as well so make it a double if you have the time!

Similar Trail: Montgomey Bell State Park

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Crash29 on July 7, 2012
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Review: Great ride for all levels. Se eral options for riders of any skill level or any age. Trails are well maintained through several volunteer groups such as COGS MTB Club and the TN Trails Assoc (TTA) and now The Friends of Rotary Park. Lots of activity on the trails...runners, kids, hikers and dogs. Most of the time it really isn't an issue. There is a small freestyle section with some pretty nice obsticles and jumps. Though recently there has been some maintenance that has removed or relocated obsticles along the trail. Several trail heads so you can start just about anywhere. This is a great trail to have in my local area. Several loops to get some.miles under your wheels but there are so many options that you can change up the route and keep it exciting. A must ride if you are in Clarksville....Montgomery Bell is less than an hour away as well so make it a double if you have the time!

Similar Trail: Montgomey Bell State Park

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Mudpuppy on May 6, 2012
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Review: Rotary Park is just up the street from my house and I ride it often The trail has several great down hills and climbs. There are many off shoots you can explore which adds to the distance and the fun! There are a few switch backs off of one of the down hills and it is pretty sweet if you get up to speed. The turns are built up pretty good but alot of the brush on some of the smaller trails needs cut back. All in all a great ride for beginners and advanced riders.

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jim71mitch on July 2, 2011
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Review: Nice riding trails.includes swichbacks,good intermediate climbs. A couple of water crossings which I love.if u pass a old barn u r going to dead end. That is frustrating. Unless I dont see the trail. When u enter reminder this is a single track and foot traffic is sometimes heavy initially. I have found that once u cross the first bridge foot traffic is non existent. Just wanted to update. 24/Aug/2013, Just want to congratulate all the workers trying to make this trail better. I ride this trail weekly. The trail is always getting better due to the constant maintenance. Reminder this is a small course with variations. And it has everything packed into a nice short course. Underrated.

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tdbgwl on March 16, 2011
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Review: This trail is ten minutes from the house so I might be biased. Rotary is a great ride with lots of uphills, downhills, and obstacles. There has been a lot of work done at the park lately and it keeps improving. We have gone here for years as a family to hike, take the kids to the playground, let the dog get some exercise, fly kites and play ball in the open spaces, etc. Recently I have begun mountain biking and this park is also great for that too!! That being said, I don't think that the trails are marked very well, it's easy to lose the trail or end up on another trail without realizing it(you won't get "lost"). Also, there is a lot of foot traffic to contend with, and one of the trails just dead ends into a neighborhood. But, all things considered, it's a great ride and I would recommend anybody to give it a try.

* Review edited 3/16/2011

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hammermtb74 on December 24, 2010
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Review: Although Charlie83 is correct in regards to County Parks and Recreation rules, if it were not for the efforts of a select few, the trails at Rotary would be in disarray and the recent traffic increase to the park would not exist. We took it upon ourselves to maintain Rotary while not asking for permission, in addition we did not ask for payment and every improvement that was constructed was financed through myself, and a few other mountain bikers as well as a couple residents who live in the Villages which borders the park to the North. As a member of the Rotary Park Trail Maintenance Team and a full supporter of following rules/regulations, no other work will be conducted on Rotary's trail system without the approval from Mr Jerry Rivers and the Parks/Recs. Dept. In addition, due to our care in design with diligence paid toward safety, erosion, sustainability, etc., if people continue to change the original designs of features emplaced in the park, which were designed for all age groups, experience and multi-directional flow, we will not bother with this park's maintenance, either approved through normal means or otherwise, and the park will undoubtedly return to its defunctory state that existed a few years ago. Please stop by the local bike shop to get a map of Rotary. They have the best one made up to date.

Similar Trail: Loch 4, Montgomery Bell SP, and The Canal Loop

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rmarcyes on December 23, 2010
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Review: This the best in Clarksville need to work on the the Super D Track and work with the City to have races here.

Similar Trail: Cucamonga Canyon, CA

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Charlie83 on November 25, 2010
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Review: [b]NO Person shall erect any structure[/b], stand, or platform, or hold any organized sponsored athletic contest in any park or recreation area without the written approval of the Director. This provision does not prohibit informal games or athletic activities such as casual matches, scrimmages, pick-up games etc. http://www.montgomerycountytn.org/county/parks/rules.aspx

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mtbkrbp on October 25, 2010
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Review: rotary park is a work in progress, do to the efforts of volunteers rotary park will soon be on the map. we are currently banking turns leveling where needed and have already added 10 new bridges and scratched out an additional .5 miles of new trail in the last six weeks rotary will soon be a place riders hikers and walkers will want to be, this jewel is here in our back yard right here in clarksville our objective is to be comlpete by feb. 2011 with singage throughout and optimum trail condition along with a race loop

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kronacious on June 26, 2010
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Review: I just rode this area for the first time today and it was fun and challenging. I did not pay attention to markings to know what trail I was on. It seemed the entire area was woven with various trails leading different directions with several up and down hill slopes. Couple areas seemed to have really washed out and eroded from the recent flood but it just adds to the riding experience. I rode for about an hour and there are still more trails for me to discover. Look forward to going back and getting a better understanding how the loops go around. Nice place to ride if you don't feel like driving over an hour to LBL.

Similar Trail: LBL bike trails

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jim71mitch on April 7, 2010
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Review: I rode this trail for the first time last saturday. I am trying to break in my bike. So this trail was very good for general riding. I don't think it was to difficult. But there were some good obstacles that i would like to practice on.

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mtnspectre on June 21, 2009
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Review: The trail acually 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.

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nexus1200s on March 31, 2009
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Review: I love this place. It is in Clarksville so I dont have to drive far, I have reviewed this place before and I still have nothing really bad to say. The freeride section is great, lots of fun obsticles and it flows really fast. The only thing I have had problems with were the slick rocks in the creek crossing, for some reason the algea builds up and makes it really slick. If you want more information on people riding there or work days, check with www.nationalmountainbike.com. Keep on rolling.

Similar Trail: most western tenn. trails

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doverhxc on March 1, 2009
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Review: I ride thhis park on a fairly regular basis. It is a bit smaller than many of the surrounding trails, but has a lot to offer. It has undergone a lot of work and major improvements lately, to include a freeride section. This park has a few good climbs, and in turn some good descents. I rode there today and some sections have been eroding from the rain we have been getting. The friendsofrotarypark blog hasn't been updated in a while, if anyone knows of a new site that organizes trail days here, please share. If there isn't a new site we can always use this one, If anyone would like to help I am going to try to organize one in the next week or two.

Similar Trail: canal loop at lbl(currently closed for cleanup after the ice storm)

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george24 on October 4, 2008
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Review: i thought it was a pretty good trail.

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pjcochrane on February 17, 2008
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Review: The Red Cedar Loop is fast and smooth with some slight grades and fun down hill. I ran it in less then 10 mins. Great for a beginner and a fun time trial for the novice. The White Oak trail is really long, and about half way thru it is intersected by a subdivision under construction. I lost the trial for a bit, but the adventure to find it was fun. Overall, these trails were a lot of fun for everyone.

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jkerrigan on October 10, 2007
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Review: The Red Loop of Rotary park is nice and quick,has a good amount of technical obstacles for such a short loop.Its mainly good for beginners such as myself for learning techniques on how to overcome such obstacles.The longer trail loops are just as nice,but you can tell they are still a work in progress.Overall Rotary Park is a good place to spend a day rather than driving down to Hamilton Creek for the weekend.

Similar Trail: Hamilton Creek-The best in the area.

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nexus1200s on September 8, 2007
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Review: The trail is really nice, lots of different paths were nice so you dont always see the same thing twice. Sometimes the paths just dead ended though which threw me off, I know that they are still working on it though. Would be somewhat difficult for beginners, but if you have some experience on a bike it wasnt to challanging. The mud made it a really fun ride but I wouldnt recommend a wet ride to a new rider.

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cgclark10 on July 2, 2007
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Review: This trail network has experienced great change in the last two years. Volunteers have worked tirelessly to improve the stacked loop network by creating three distinct loops. The trails are tight but the tread is smooth and fully benched. They are a blast to ride. Once White Oak Loop is complete, this will be one of the premier mountain bike destinations in Middle Tennessee.

Similar Trail: Montgomery Bell

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sgthuddleston on August 31, 2006
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Review: really nice close to home trail and great job for the people working on it!! the stream crossing are great and the random paths to take are nice too

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Guest on March 11, 2004
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Review: This is a really nice trail with lots of hills and a few small stream crossings. There are lots of different paths to choose from, when I first started going here it was a great place to explore. It is a very slick trail when it rains so be careful if you just started riding.

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Guest on March 11, 2004
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Review: great trail, whoever is working on it keep up the great work, if you need help send me an email, I would love to help in any way I can.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Great trail to improve your skills. Don't ride in wet conditions!

Similar Trail: Canal Loop at LBL

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Great place, I ride there often. Whoever is working onthe new trail taking off from the old barn in the main hollow. You are building a fun addittion to the park.

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Rotary Park MTB Trail 3.50 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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