October 13, 2017
Had a blast at this trail. It's probably the best one I've ever ridden. I grew up riding at Yellow River, and recently have been living in Nashville. I would say the closest I've come to a trail this good was at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
I rode all the loops, and every one was a blast. The yellow loop (south loop I think) was definitely the most challenging, with most of the challenge coming from steep climbs. There was a fair share of fun obstacles, but I would say the incline was what wore me out. These trails are marked better than most as well- I only got lost once and it was on the south loop. I kept finding myself riding sections again, eventually riding out in the wrong direction (good thing there wasn't anyone else on the trail!)
Two of the highlights have to be the skills park right at the beginning, and Quehl Holler. I'm not good enough to do the large gap jumps down Quehl, but if you stay to the left and map it out first, there's a way to just get in some table tops and berms. The huge wooden berm at the base of the run is probably the most fun feature I've ever ridden. Also a shout out to the Stewart's Rock and Shock line off of the Dwelling Loop. Really fun drop at the end. Speaking of drops, there are several awesome ones scattered throughout. I even saw a really cool one on Mosquito Flats, but was riding the opposite direction of it.
One weird thing that did happen, was that the entrance to the parking lot was blocked and it said the trails were closed. As I drove over an hour to get there, I was thrown off a bit. It hasn't rained in several days, and it seemed dry, so I found the trial conditions online and it said it was all open. I then found the phone number and called, and the automated message said they were all open. There was also a sign at the beginning of the trail that said open...so I parked at the church and rode. When I came out of the trails the chain was down. I saw several people see the chain and turn around and go home. Glad I didn't! I had a blast, and the trails weren't wet at all. Must have just been a logistics hic-up.
The south loop also goes next to a beautiful river/lake that would be perfect to take a dip in. It's a section of river leading to Lake Altoona I believe.
Anyways, I hope to make it back one day. Many thanks to SORBA and everyone that has worked hard to make this trail exist!