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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +216/ -218 ft
Total: 95 riders

Mountain Biking Booker T. Washington State Park

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#43 of 199 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
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Booker T. is currently a beginner-friendly jaunt along the riverside, offering plenty of great views and opportunities for a cool dip in the water. None of the hills are very long or too steep, although there are a few slightly challenging downhills and a couple of rooty sections that may give a complete beginner to the sport pause. The track is nice and narrow, with a few squirrely turns through the tight trees. Still, there is nothing too excessive, and Booker T. Functions as a great little loop for locals not looking to do a crazy amount of climbing or those new to the sport.

SORBA Chattanooga has recently added several miles of new singletrack, but at the time of this writing the state park still has not taken the time to install signage. Until they do, don't expect to be able to find the trail without guidance.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 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 a right at the bottom of the hill between two rock pillars and park in the lot past the basketball court.
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  • Shawn Lane

    This is a really nice. The trail is marked really well. It does have a lot of hills you have to ride up. Overall I would highly recommend it.

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  • Michelle Erwin

    Upside: Looking for an aerobic ride - well here it is. Loved it!

    Downside: Watch out for the hikers especially while going downhill!!!

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  • Cap36

    Parts of the trail are washed out making it very narrow in places. This place is not maintained much at all. Not for beginners.

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  • ecross89

    Least favorite place I have rode! Multiple trees downed blocking path, no upkeep of the trail, hard to navigate through the trails because of no signage, most roots I've seen on a trail, in the Chattanooga area, and last but not least, my bike was covered in dog poop once I made it back to the car. I will not be back, too many other trails in the area to mess with Booker T again.

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  • mabella8511

    Single track that can be very wet after a good rain. Some big tree roots and a few downed trees. Trail is marked well. Will be riding this one again.

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  • Jack Dyer

    One of my favorite trails in Chattanooga. 8 miles of rooty solitude. Not very technical but fast and flowy

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  • bhigdon101

    fast trail for 29er hardtail...

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  • corndoggreg

    Group ride this morning. The trail is in rough shape after last weeks wind storm. Lots of trees down blocking the trail.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Sweet little chunk of trail on the lake. Not too challenging, but there are a couple of short climbs and rooty descents. All in all, this is still a beginner friendly trail.

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  • ***

    Just rode it today 4-3-12 and in great shape. There is how ever places where trees are across the trail.

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  • GoldenGoose

    ~6.5 miles of lake side riding that can be shortened by avoiding some of the optional loops if you are short on time or energy. Well maintained singletrack with enough roots and dips to keep things interesting. Not much in the way of elevation gain and no technical aspects that a novice couldn't handle. Still, a fun place for advanced riders to work on speed and weaving in between the multiple trees that hug the trail.

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  • ghr1231

    This trail is a nice place to get in some quick miles. Fallen trees have been cleared but still give you something to look out for. I rarely see anyone out here. Trails are in great shape, lake is low, leaves have fallen. Nice riding!

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  • ghr1231

    Good easy trails. Some tight spots. No big climbing. Great place to get in a quick ride.

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  • rmoon

    I ahve ridden it twice this summer. They ahve added trail and now have about 7 miles. Nice rolling single track. Similar to other lake trails. Very nice, one or two technical spots that might challenge a beginner but a goood trail to step someone up to.

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  • wbernest

    Great time trial loop for people wanting to work on speed. This trail has a little bit of everything.

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  • Tdubya

    Decent Singletrack, near the river/lake. Home of the Booker T, MTB race in the late summer. No real tough climbs or technical sections. Some tight spots through trees, but only concerning at speeds.

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