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Level: Beginner
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +853/747 ft
Total: 93 riders
 

Mountain Biking Herb Parsons

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#31 of 195 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#1761 in the world

Tight singletrack through the woods around a 300 acre lake. Beautiful ride. Some small hills. A tight bridge and some log sections that you can go around if you choose. The Memphis area trail team cleaned this place up and added about a mile and a half. Trail is wide and clean with very little poison ivy now thanks to these folks. Not difficult. Go around twice.
Because it is an old TN state park, there is great parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and a bait shop to get a drink or ask questions.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Interstate 40 Exit 25, on Collierville/Arlington Rd. go south approx. 9 miles to Macon Rd. Turn left (east) and continue on Macon Rd. approx 2 miles. Turn right (south) on Fisherville Rd. Go about a mile on Fisherville Rd. and you will see the entrance to Herb Parsons State Park. Trailhead on left.
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Q: Are there a lot of snake sightings?
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  • DOCD
    *****

    Rode the trail today. Green trail takes you mainly around the lake and is a very easy ride. If you are looking for a bit more then yellow and red trails are for you. Yellow and Red offer some small hills and obstacles you can negotiate if you choose. It was wet for a majority of the trail but totally doable. Great scenery and good place to improve your skills!

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  • 44stevenson
    ****

    Trail is in good condition. There's nothing technical here, not hard any elevation change. Good beginner trail.

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  • LStadelmeier
    ***

    This trail was a pleasant surprise for the area. Nothing technical, just a good fast work out. The trails were well marked and easy to follow. I will ride this trail again.

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  • Grayrider17
    ***

    Nice trail with good flow. A little hard to follow as leaves covered most of it. Saw a lot of other bikers and some hikers.

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  • TAvery
    *****

    I have biked Herb Parsons, Stanky Creek, and Tour De Wolf. I love Herb Parsons. You can bike fast or you can tackle it at a steady pace. The views are amazing and the obstacles can be rode by just about anyone.

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  • Cover666
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    I really enjoyed this trail. It has everything from easy routes to some highly technical spots. Also, the scenery around the lake is beautiful with a few strategically placed benches.

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  • WRS223
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    Love this trail!!!! There is a lot of work done on this trail by volunters.

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  • Defshark
    *****

    great trail system we did the outer loops, still have not rode the parts closer to the lake. the locals we rode with say that its 11 miles long by taking all the outer loops. we had a blast here,nice flow some techy areas, has some drops, and nice well built bridges. Drys out fast after a rain shower. This is a shared trail and everyone we came across was friendly,runners/hikers, dog walkers where all aware and moved over for all on bikes. Can't wait to get back here will be a monthly trip for us only 45 minutes away.

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  • *****

    Nice scenic ride around the lake, not to difficult at all.

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  • Heroux
    *****

    I love this trail. You can really get a nice rhythm going - it just flows. HP is in *great* shape now after a cleanup effort following many, many downed trees from an apparent tornado and heavy rains in the spring. Go ride it now.

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  • neilttabor
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    If you stay close to the lake, the trail is a little over 5 miles long. If you take the longer trails that move away from the lake, it can be lengthened to 8+ miles. There are several bridges that must be used. There are a few low spots on the trail that get very muddy after a hard rain.

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  • Martino0626
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    Its a nice trail with nothing to difficult. Its well kept, the land mgt. allows the local trail org. take care of it. Perfect for beginners and a descent workout for the experienced riders...just take the loop to the archery section then double back to make it longer and more strenuous

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  • mikepage7708
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    The trail was very fun but it was very repetitive. I would say this is a great trail for people just getting into the sport. It seems as though the trails condition has gone down compared to what I have read. The trail also holds water pretty bad in a few places.

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  • jetdrvr
    *****

    Just started Mountain biking. previously rode Motocross til bad accident so making the switch to still enjoy 2 wheelers. This was my first trail. Very good trail for beginner skills. Non-technical. Nice ride thru the woods around the lake. 5.5 miles. Start from over the levee. Track is clear and not overgrown at all. Track does have some split offs, stay close to the lake side, except near the end they ask that you go around the Archery stand, so just follow the track to the right near the very end. No big deal if you miss it, I did. A couple of wood bridges and tree jumps. Can go around the jumps easily. Highly recommend for a nice workout and for beginners. * Review edited 8/1/2007

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