Bear Wheeler

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SHARES
  
AVERAGE RATING
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3.93 out of 5
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Intermediate
5.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 900 ft
521
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Update 7/24/14:

There has been about a mile or two added to the upper loop. It's pretty twisty and has some very steep switchbacks. It has the most relief of any trail in Mid-TN.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (9 total check-ins)
  iliketexmex   on Jun 21, 2017
  iliketexmex   on Jun 20, 2017
  mtbjason07   on Dec 23, 2016
  mtbjason07   on Sep 4, 2016
  mtbcharlie   on Jul 16, 2016
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Reviews (14)
 

Granny Gear

February 13, 2017
 
Review: The trail quality was good but the trail itself was very poorly marked, it was very easy to get lost and lose track of which trail was which.

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Trailblazer

September 4, 2016
mtbjason07 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Updated Review 12-26-2016: The first time that I ventured out to this trail it was overgrown to the point that it was impassible in sections.... Since my original visit there have been a number of trails days with multiple people (my self included) helping to clear the overgrowth and down trees. I can now happily say that the trail is OPEN!!! And boy is this a great trail!!! There is truly nothing else that is like this trail near Nashville... Strava shows the full segment at about 8.0 miles. You start out at the bottom of the hill and over the course of about 6.5 miles climb about 452 feet. After the climb up you start descend 452 feet over the course of about 1.5 miles, makes for a very nice downhill section although. Tips: - While the climb is not horrible it is draining so be ready for that - I would recommend taking it easy the first lap around until you know the trail (esp since everything is covered in leaves right now)

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Trailblazer

October 28, 2016
 
Review: We will be heading out to Defeated Creek tomorrow Oct 29th to reopen any impassable areas on this trail. in years past it has been a small dedicated group that has maintained this trail. SORBAmidTN will now be maintaining this trail regularly. I hope you can join us. http://www.sorbamidtn.org/schedule/2016/10/29/trail-party-defeated-creek

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Granny Gear

April 18, 2016
Jbrunetti Granny Gear  
 
Review: Good trail with a nice climb towards the top. could be better marked. Nice fun fast downhill smooth and not technical. Very peaceful.

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Gnarly


March 11, 2016
djcmmoore Gnarly  
 
Review: This is one of the more challenging rides in middle Tn because you actually get a long, sustained climb. From the parking lot if you ride the trail counter clockwise (go out on the double track about 1/4 mile then take the singletrack on the right) this is the best direction. You will have a 6 mile ride to the top with about 900' of vertical once you reach it. From the top you can do a 1 mile downhill or turn around to give yourself a really nice 13 mile ride.

Similar Trail: montgomery bell

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Granny Gear

January 9, 2016
Eric Meyn Granny Gear  
 
Review: I give this trail 5 stars for what it offers to the trail runner. The only reason I gave it 4 is for trail markings. It is longer than advertised at approximately 8 miles (as opposed to the advertised 5) and there are a couple of spots along the trail where it is not clear which trail you are supposed to take in order to stay on the one you intended to run. The trail itself is an agility challenge with a lot of rocks and roots that must be paid attention to in order to avoid an ankle sprain. But keep your eyes ahead and be prepared to collapse a knee if you miss an obstacle and don't step right. The trail is beautiful and a lot of fun to run!

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Bunny Hop

June 24, 2015
mtbcharlie Bunny Hop  
 
Review: It's been a few years since I rode this trail but it didn't disappoint. This is a tough trail but very well marked and a ton of fun. There was some undergrowth to deal with but you could still see the trail very well. Well worth the trip!

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Granny Gear

December 28, 2014
PJ74 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rode this trail yesterday and it was a little wet but still very fun. Lots of switchbacks and some were tough in the wet conditions and some had some rocks. Overall, not a very technical trail, but has some good climbing, especially if you ride the loop backward. Very fun coming down. I especially like how this trail feels like you're "getting away" and the view at the top is spectacular. Can't wait to come back when there are some leaves on the trees and it's dry.

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Granny Gear

September 19, 2014
Findog3 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Found this trail thanks to Singletracks.com. Originally posted as Defeated Creek Campground trails. You can get there by heading to Carthage TN and then following the signs for Cordell Hull Lake and Marina. Turn into the park and then follow the park road for about a mile. The trailhead is on the right, starting at a small parking lot just before you get to the entrance of the RV park. There's a park shelter just down the hill from the trailhead/parking lot that includes bathroom facilities if you need a place to change. As of 9/18/14, the trail seems to be under ridden. Coming off the parking lot, you can head right or left. Both head up and it appears most riders head right. I ended up on Black Bear and followed the white squares painted on trees. As mentioned below, the blue markings are for the hiking trail. Bottom section was rolling with nothing technical. Overgrown badly, often times running through 12 inch foliage that totally obscured the trail. Had to pick out a line by looking for barely visible trail 10 feet to 30 feet away. Once you climbed out of the bottom, this problem faded, but never completely. Black bear leads you to an exit trail offering or you can go right and start the slow, gradual climb up to the top of the mountain on Grizzly Bear trail. Tons of switchbacks with a decent climb at the end. Many large trees down, some totally blocking the trail. Trail has potential, just not ridden much. Weekday ride, so felt like a spider/spider web snow plow most of the time. Probably saw 20 different deer during the ride. Turkeys too. Love to try new places, but this one probably a one-timer for me.

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August 16, 2014
Guest   
 
Review: Right now this trail is really overgrown and has some sharp turns that you cant see through all the tall weeds. It also has three or four places with downed trees that are to big to get over. The grizzly track was pretty steep so if you don't want a continuous climb with a few dipped sections I would just stick to the black bear section. It was a fun track, but you really need to pay close attention to sections where the track gets a little to narrow. I don't think it would feel to great to go off the side of this track.

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July 25, 2014
Guest   
 
Review: This really is a great trail. Plenty of climbing, descending, and fast, flowing sections.

The only issue is that it's in need of some serious maintenance. The single track is getting very narrow in many areas, and branches/thorns reach into the trail all over the place. Lots of downed logs and trees.

All in all a really excellent trail that really needs some love.

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Bear Wheeler MTB Trail 3.93 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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