June 25, 2018
Rode this trail for the first time. I parked in a University apartment complex crossed by the bike route which enters the trail from the East on Old Taylor Road. Parking is also available on Chucky Mullins Drive next to the appliance factory construction site where the South Campus rail trail crosses Chucky Mullins.
The trails form loops on either side of a high tension line easement - a bike path follows the easement, and a singletrack trail continues along the easement under the wires, deeply rutted by rains. I explored the trails north of the high tension lines and south of Highway 278. Trails are twisty, loopy and poorly marked, and often cross one another. It was easy for me to get turned around, and I found myself going around the same section of trail multiple times. The trails were well packed and dry despite some rain last night. They need more traffic - lots of small broken branches little the trails and like to roll out from under wheels in turns. Most of the trail is packed dirt, but parts are sandy with some gravel. The terrain is quite hilly, so there are some twisty climbs and a few flowy gradual descents, but the trails are a good workout. This being my first time here I was taking it easy - I don't get down to Oxford often, but will try to ride again. Riding them several times just to get to know the area would make it more fun - a bit of a tough slog for an older guy from the flatlands like me, but still a lot of fun.
Stanky Creek Trails, Bartlett, TN