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Level: Beginner
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +63/64 ft
Total: 11 riders

Mountain Biking Bells Bend Trail

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#103 of 199 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#5,761 in the world

The trail is a short, relatively flat loop of single track, designed as gateway trail, to be as easy for new riders as possible. It starts out in a field, goes up a power line, into the woods where there are some small rocks, loops between some woods and the field a little through a rolling section that's good for pumping, then out into a field for the last bit with some fast turns. Very low consequence trail for beginners to learn how to focus on the trail.

First added by alvin.santoy on Oct 20, 2014. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • 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 Briley Parkway to exit 24 (Hwy 12) and head towards Ashland City. At the Scottsboro stop light, take a left onto Old Hickory Blvd (at this point you should see signs for Bells Bend). The parking lot for the trail head is on the right, indicated by the first large Bells Bend park sign you see.
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  • marbare92

    I found this trail deceivingly hard for a beginner. There were tons of rocks my bike was slipping on and I ended up puncturing my tire and had to walk my bike back, like others on this thread have described. There was no balance--the single track was hard and the wider grass path was lame.

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  • leo2675us

    Junk ....absolutely junk no Direction
    No flow nothing more than a bush hogged path trough a field total wast of time and effort '

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  • Foodman911

    Fairly fun trail. Takes a while to get to the single track section and very easy to get lost. Google maps helped me get back to the trail head. I've been three times and each time I've come back with a flat tire. The thorns out there are ridiculous. It's worth checking out, but I don't plan on going back because I'm tired of patching my tires.

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  • Joshua Grimes

    if you have someone that you don't like, that wants to give mountain biking a try, and you are worried that if they like it they will want to go with you, take them to this trail. this trail is the most miserable waste of time you will ever encounter. not worth the drive even if you live next door.

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  • Cotharyus

    This is a great trail for introducing beginners to mountain biking and working on basic trail skills. There are different loop options for more or less fit or physically capable riders, and most sections are fairly low consequence.

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  • mmmarsha

    We think this trail is perfect for its intended use: an introduction to mountain biking. It is an incredibly easy and very short trail. It's perfect to teach someone how to ride a mountain bike, including kids.

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  • mmmarsha

    We think this little trail is perfect for its intended use. It's an extremely easy and short trail--perfect for introducing beginners to mountain biking, including little kids.

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  • hardrocker07

    The worst experience I've had mountain biking yet. The trailhead is deceivingly nice. But the actual trail is nothing more than a bush hogged field with a couple of small trees planted in it. It's completely flat and there are tons of tiny stumps sticking up from the ground where little bushes and trees used to be. It's the perfect place to puncture your tire. I ended up just walking alongside my bike for most of it because of this reason. Plus there is absolutely no way to get out of the sun. I ended up throwing up from heat exhaustion just trying to walk back to my car. Please save yourself and your bike. Don't go there.

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