September 19, 2014
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.