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Level: Beginner
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +353/241 ft
Total: 54 riders
 

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#47 of 196 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#3092 in the world

Approx. 13,5 miles of singletracks and fire roads. Trail maps are available at the trailhead. There are numbered route points (1-25) with numerous connectors and exit points. Trail is relatively flat, and fast. The second half is more twisty and has more climbs. Closed to bikes until 12pm on spring turkey hunting days.

First added by fynf on Dec 28, 2009. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take exit 117 from I-24. Go towards the Arnold Air Force Base. (right off ramp if heading west on 24, left off ramp if heading east on 24. Approx. 4.7 miles, turn left on Pumping Station Road. Approx. 2.8 miles, turn right on Northshore; 1.6 miles, turn right at sign for riding stables. MTB trailhead is .2 miles ahead.
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  • oldsetter
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    Great beginner trail or place to train. Fire roads have been reworked so we lost some good single trail, but it will heal quickly. Just enough roots and rocks to keep it interesting for beginners with short climbs and some twisty sections.

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  • Keith Walker
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    My wife and I rode this trail during spring break. A nice, flowing trail with plenty of easy sections and nice wide tracks. It's in a beautiful area of the state.

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  • bigatl22
    *****

    This is a great trail for someone who doesn't get to Mountain Bike often but wants to start getting into more intermediate level singletrack. We spent about 3 hours going through the 14 mile loop. It was pure fun and very secluded!

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  • manco
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    I would call this trail a moderately pleasant ride through the woods. That being said, it is well-maintained but relatively flat with limited obstacles. The lack of topography can get a bit boring with the length of the trail. If you're looking for challenging or beautiful views look elsewhere.

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  • hargisbb
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    This is an enjoyable trail, exactly what I was looking for. It is a "wilderness" trail out away from traffic and people, I never passed anyone which is the way I like it. The surface itself is mostly rocky hardpack with roots. Of the 14 miles, 1-2 are a thick carpet of nothing but pine needles and another 1-2 miles, mostly near the lake where the water sometimes floods in, are extremely corrugated roots that will adequately jar the best of suspensions. I had to inflate my tire pressure a bit more to keep from banging the wheels.

    Last note. The trail is pretty well marked with mile post and number markers but that being said it is intersected at least a half a dozen times by trail connectors(not on the map), old WWII jeep trails, and utility line tracks. Keeping this in mind have a good map or ideally gps or the like with you. I don't have data or cellular at the moment on my iPhone but another top MTB app I downloaded had a compass based downloadable map that worked in realtime and saved me lots of backtracking.

    Enjoy!

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  • plissner7
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    Fast. Nice and smooth. Only complaint is there were lots of leaves on the trail. We didn't make it around the entire main loop got confused and rode all of it down on the bottom towards the water. Cannot wait to go back and do the main loop now that we know where we are going. Very pretty.

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  • Findog3
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    Fast and flowy, covering a lot of geography, so you don't feel like you're always covering the same ground. It's on the Air Force base, but open to the public (ie, no gates to pass through). You can park at the trailhead and follow the well marked trail (26 numbered signs plus mile markers every mile). Nothing too technical so great for beginners but also a good conditioning run for advanced. The trail crosses the paved road twice (I think around markers 14 and 18) and I've parked there as well when short on time. Well maintained, well marked and rolling. On a side note, got a warning ticket recently for expired tags by the Base Police, but glad he brought it to my attention. As mentioned below, during spring turkey season and fall deer hunting season, they do have some closed mornings. Great trail!

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  • *****

    This is one of the best trails I've ever ridden and I've done a lot of epics across the US. It's well marked. Lots of tight and flowing singletrack. Only one rougher section from marker 16-18 down near the lake consisting of roots. I love this trail and wish There were more of this quality!

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  • PaulB_Mboro
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    Fantastic trail, well maintained and lighlty used--good fast flowing sections, some tight spots and not very technical for the most part. Fairly flat with mild climbs in the last 3rd. Lots of dirt and pine needles compared to rocky lake trails around Nashville.* Review edited 7/4/2012

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  • mc3lk1ns
    *****

    Please be advised that this trail is CLOSED to mountain biking until 12 noon on turkey hunting days. Make sure to check the
    postings at the trail head kiosk.* Review edited 4/6/2011* Review edited 4/6/2011

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