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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,627/1 ft
Total: 69 riders
 

Mountain Biking Big South Fork

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#37 of 196 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#2,347 in the world

In Big South Fork National Recreation Area, some steep deep woods trails, some moderate, lots of woods, creeks, logs, rocks, mud. Some technical, some not. Single track to dirt/gravel roads to short paved stretches. Great scenery.

First added by WBrown729 on Mar 27, 2005. Last updated May 2, 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
From I-75 near Tn/Ky line take exit 141 to Tn Hwy 63 West, US 27 north to Oneida, 297 west to Big South Fork park, follow signs to Bandy Creek visitors center for instructions/maps.
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  • TD101
    Reviewing Grand Gap:
    *****

    A fun trail that was well maintained. There were enough hills on it to have a good workout, but nothing too strenuous. There were a few rocky sections but not very technical. Next time I'm going to ride the gravel road to the TH.

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  • Ron_Zannini
    Reviewing Grand Gap:
    ****

    The Grand Gap is open to mtn biking 7 days a week now. The sand stone soaks up any moisture from rain, so trail conditions are always good. Three good overlooks along the gorge for photos. A couple of sections are marked with signs asking you to walk your bike.

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  • Ron_Zannini
    *****

    There is a reason BSFNRA obtained epic status. Trails include awesome overlooks, rock houses, old homesteads, fast flowing single track above and below bluffs. There are a couple of beginner friendly trails for the lesser experienced riders.

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  • djcmmoore
    Reviewing Grand Gap:
    *****

    I have ridden all over the southeast and this is the most beautiful and fun trail there is. Better yet there are a lot of ways to ride it. For a longer ride go from Bandy Creek (this involves a lot of gravel roads). You can park at the parking area off Duncan Hollow Road (better but a big climb out). Or park right at the trail head for a pretty easy, scenic 6 mile loop.

    The John Muir trailhead is right here as well and it's a great out and back or loop trail to complete a fantastic day.
    Be sure to thank the rangers for giving us access to this awesome terrain.
    Check out the Big South Fork Bike Club as well as they have been instrumental in opening up these trails for us.

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  • djcmmoore
    Reviewing Grand Gap:
    *****

    One of the most beautiful trails I have ridden in the Southeast. Not only is the trail fun to ride, the overlooks are fantastic. You can ride from Bandy Creek or drive down and park at the trail head for a much easier ride. I like to add the John Muir trail as well as an out and back to make a 20 mile ride.

    Be sure to stop in at the ranger station to thank them for the access.

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  • cavedweller
    Reviewing Rock Creek:
    ****

    We rode this section after riding the john muir overlook trail. The trailhead is directly across the gravel road (Divide Rd) from the John Muir Overlook trail. It is fast and flowy at first then quickly decends down roughly 1500ft to the river. We like to call this area Middle Earth. The decent follows an old rail line and you can feel the cross ties under your tires as you bump your way down. This area is very technical and presents many difficult sections....FUN FUN FUN!. Once you get to the river bed there are many options to jump in the creek. There are numerous other trails that can be found down there where one can explore all day. We followed the John Muir then climbed back up to the Rock Creek trailhead then back to the gravel road. It was a tough climb out, lots of hike/bike sections but overall rideable.

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  • cavedweller
    ****

    Rode Grand Gap with some new friends. This trail has a lot to offer, fast flowy, tech, rocky/rooty and some sweet lookouts. We saw several snakes along the way...a rattlesnake, a copperhead, a corn snake and a garder snake. The trail tread is very similar to other parts of the Sheltowee...sandy/rocky stuff that is uneffected by rain. Lots of trail here, plan to spend the night because there is just way too much cool trail to see in one day.

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  • cavedweller
    Reviewing Grand Gap:
    ****

    This trail is a must if your in the area, it's fast, flowy and has some killer views of the Big South Fork. The trail rides right past some 250 ft overlooks...so please be careful. All easy to moderate difficulty with a few walk-a-bike sections and a few rooty/rocky spots. You can really get some speed on the fast flowing downhill parts. I rode it counter-clockwise but it can be ridden both. The trail is now open all the time for bikers and not just on the weekdays. Enjoy!

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  • watch4me
    *****

    Awesome views with great trails. I rode Grand Gap counter clockwise and then rode John Muir north. This is what I would consider a destination trial. One of the best. Go ride it!!

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  • SaintPatrick
    ***

    Good well marked trail. You can park near the Bandy Creek Visitor Center for an easy ride out to the Duncan Hollow Bike Loop trailhead. The loop is short but has some serious climbs. If you were unable to make the climbs, it maintained enough that is is easy to push your bike up the trail.

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  • SaintPatrick
    ****

    Great out and back trail that can be combined with other trails and roads to be a loop or figure 8. Open sunny at parts but then damp in low creek areas. Trail is well maintained and well marked. Leads out to the John Muir Overlook along Chestnut Ridge but my boys did not make it that far out. There are other sections of the John Muir that you can mountain bike in the BSF.

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  • SaintPatrick
    Reviewing Rock Creek:
    **

    Nice open trail at the beginning then descends into a creek valley and joins up with the John Muir Trail. We combined the two and utilized Divide Road for a 9 mile route.

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  • *****

    Great place to ride!!! 5 of the big south fork mountain bike trails just received "epic"status by imba fall of 2012. Great trails for all skills levels. West bandy loop, collier ridge trail, Duncan hollow loop, grand gap, and John muir. Just this month @ least 16 more miles of trail opened on the foe tress county side of the park. I believe it's called chestnut ridge. Trail description can be found on the Bigsouthfork mountain bike cubs website.

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  • SaintPatrick
    Reviewing Grand Gap:
    ****

    The Grand Gap was an easy trail with spectacular views. It generally follows a ridgeline dodging into the forest then out along the ridges. Some sand along the trail as well as some wet spots. I took my two kids (8 and 11 years old) and they loved it. We were the only bikers or hikers on the entire trail. An outstanding way to enjoy the BSF on an afternoon. Well marked and well maintained. Provides some of the classic vistas of the Big South Fork.

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  • dirtstud
    *****

    BSF is a great place to spend 2 or 3 days camping with your bike. there are trails here for all skill sets. I highly recommend going during the week so you can ride the Grand Gap. Also, the Collier Ridge/Advanced loop is first rate. The downhill section near the end is fantastic. I make sure that I ride here twice a year. The trail departing off 297 (I can't think of the name, sorry) and going down to the O and W bridge is a good ride. Be sure to make it here.

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  • bluemidiot
    *****

    Park Rangers were fantastic and helpful. Trail maps are at the lodge, make sure to go during the week if you can to do the Grand Gap Loop. Spent two days camping and riding out here. Time well spent.

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  • honkonbobo
    ****

    We rode the Collier ridge trail in the pouring rain and given the conditions it held up better in the rain than any trail i have ever ridden. Nice rolling single track that most would call intermediate at most in difficulty. A couple creek crossings and a shortish "advanced" section that has some ups and downs and offcamber stuff keep it interesting but overall not overly physically demanding as there are no real major climbs. Nice down hill near the end after the ride on the ridge is a nice sendoff as well. Great for an hour or so ride but not an all day trail.* Review edited 1/8/2007* Review edited 1/8/2007

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  • susy1313
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    This trail info actually refers to two different trail, Duncan Hollow and Collier Ridge. Duncan Hollow is about 7.5 miles total with around 3 miles of that singletrack. It is some climbs and rolling woodsland. The better trail of the two is Collier Ridge with around 9 miles total and about 6 miles of that singletrack if you take the advanced segment. Collieir ridge has some good climbs, easy technical sections, nice ridge riding and a great downhill near the end.
    Also check out Grand Gap, which the park service just opened to mountain bikes July 2006

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