Chickasaw Trace

4.39 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This small park has one of the best rides in Middle TN. Every year there is a race called the Chickasaw Trace Classic, lots of fun. The trail begins with a fun, fast pace, low on intensity and difficulty level but increases as you warm up. The first two-thirds of the trail rank all easy-moderate, it's the final third that rocks! They call it the Trail of Tears and the Black Trail. There are some tough climbs and fast switchbacks. My friends and I usually warm up on the easy trails and double up on the Tears and the Black. And for all of you hardcore singletrack junkies (myself included), ride to the left along the creek and follow across the road and up the hill on the right to follow the most challenging sections backward. There is no better singletrack that I have found in the Nashville area yet and it's only 45 minutes or so from Nashville.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is this trail smooth enough to pull a buggy -Guest

A: No, not even close.

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Reviews (33)

Granny Gear

June 6, 2018
Review: Good trail - has something for everyone.

Granny Gear

June 3, 2018
ameyers Granny Gear  
Review: A great trail beginning to end with nothing that is too technical. The direction of travel is reversed on the first Sunday of the month, so I wound up doing the most difficult section first. That was probably for the best though because when I made it to the easier trails, my legs appreciated the break!

Granny Gear

June 3, 2018
1oldguy! Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail for getting in some good excercise... the first four sections of the loop are pretty easy, hate the top of the rock garden on trail 1, then you get to the last two trails... the trail of tears and the black hills trail... one is a leg burner and the other is just fun... there are some technical areas but not anything to difficult. Very nice trails system and very well kept!


August 11, 2017
Midmoab Trailblazer  
Review: Rode this trail on a whim as we passed through so we didn't have a great map. Snapped a picture of the map at the trailhead but I suspect some of the loops and shortcuts have been added throughout the years. The trail is really fun and fast. We found only a couple of areas that would be considered technical but all the same a swooping flowing dirt pack can be really rewarding. I didn't have the stamina to complete the trail of tears but I think a second time here knowing what to expect would alter that outcome. I would recommend all but the last two miles of this trail for all skill levels.

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Granny Gear

July 28, 2016
FergmanTN Granny Gear  
Review: Have ridden most of the trail multiple times. Have yet to complete the entire loop in one run.

Starts out easy (other than 1-2 rocky climbs) for first 2 miles and then slowly ramps up the difficulty. There are some very strenuous climbs near the end and 1-2 technical spots. Is rooty in some areas which are very slick when they are wet from rain or dew. Lot of spiderwebs early on a summer morning.

I just wish there was a nice stretch or two of good jumps, rollers, tabletops, etc. built into the trail somewhere.

An interesting view in first couple of miles is a Ford pickup truck that has been stuck in the Duck river next to the trail. Fun to speculate what idiot got his truck stuck in the river, .25 miles downstream from a boat ramp.

Granny Gear

July 2, 2016
Review: Great trail with some good challenges. First 1/2 mile is a little rocky and rooty but after that it smooths out nicely for some fast single track for the next 2.5 to 3 miles. After that the next 4.5 miles you get some nice drops and some good climbs that will challenge you if you are out of shape. Lots of tree roots throughout the ride. Right now the trail is in great shape. I can only make it through once however I know some guys will make a couple loops in a day. Really a very fun ride.

Granny Gear

April 8, 2016
hardyj Granny Gear  
Review: Great speed trail, very well kept. Good short burst climbs and descents. A lot of twist and turns and but with a good flow. Just a fun overall fun ride.


January 6, 2016
aip2479 Gramcounter  
Review: First 4 miles are bland but after that it's fun fun fun some ups and downs mixed with speed great trail


January 19, 2015
Dogwood Gramcounter  
Review: Great trail! I'm from the Oxford, AL area so I'm used to riding Coldwater. This trail has a lot of fun, tight turns, climbs, and pretty scenery. Good change of pace, and I plan on riding again, soon!


August 15, 2014
Cotharyus Doubletrack  
Review: Good trail, on the whole. I had a good time on most of this trail, and suspect I should have had a better time on the rest of it, but I was suffering pretty badly from a hurt knee the day a group of us when down to this trail. That made the last section and a half pretty tough for me, but from a standpoint of liking what I saw even though I was struggling with it, this trail for sure gets thumbs up.

The first couple sections are pretty fast single track next to the river, then a flyer through a field, some rolling stuff up through the woods to the R/C track, and then the pain kicked in - the trail just runs up and down this hill, over and over again. It's actually done relatively cleverly.

One thing that stood out to me was how well the local cycling club maintains this trail. There were only a few places I felt like a branch was too low, or something needed to be done to the trail, so those guys get major kudos too.

Similar Trail: Like Lock 4 only with climbing.

Chickasaw Trace MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 33 ratings. 33 user reviews.
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