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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +173/162 ft
Total: 69 riders

Mountain Biking Jones Mill

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#119 of 196 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#8,471 in the world

This trail will force you to take control of your ride! The more you ride it the better you will get at riding over large rocks and loose grit on trails. The trail has four possible routes now, with the longest being 4.5 miles, the next is 3.5 miles, then a short loop that is about 2 miles, and a very small loop of just over a mile. With a lot of exposed roots and loose rocks, it is advised to take your time on your first ride. The climb to Bald Knob is an excellent climb with switchbacks and some boulders, so testing your bike control and legs is moderate. The downhill from Bald knob is a blast and will get your blood pumping when flying over the loose rocks and trying to stay on track! Enjoy, be safe, and remember, leave nothing but your tracks!

First added by hydrospeed2000 on Jun 12, 2009. Last updated May 8, 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
From Nashville head East on I-24 to 840 east (toward Knoxville). Exit on Couchville Pike and turn left. Approximatley 4.5 miles to Bryants Recreation Area of Long Hunter State Park, Road is on the left at a sharp right turn, so it is easy to miss. Parking lot is approximately .5 miles down on the left.
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  • SlimChilly

    Y'all need to update the map
    Your information on this app is out of date

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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter

    Thought I would give this trail a try on this trip, I was pleasantly surprised. There is nothing overly difficult and the trail is well marked. A few climbs and some minor rock obstacles to negotiate make for a fun time

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  • tryathlons

    Worth a visit. Some reviewers have undersold this trail. If you attack the uphill sections, then it can provide a good workout and the uneven rock surfaces reward quality handling.

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  • Khershman

    A good trail for beginners to experience some minor technical terrain. Lots of rocks and roots

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  • iliketexmex   ✓ supporter

    This is a pretty fun trail, some moderately flowy sections and some rocky, chunky bits too. Nothing overwhelming. I took my newbie 13 year old nephew on it and he handled almost the whole thing with just a few foot down moments. Light-Moderate elevation changes, no super steep stuff. Shady, peaceful and fun. Seems to drain pretty well in most sections, but some small areas look like they hold water.

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  • FU Forties

    Just passing through from Missouri - Didn't have a whole lot of time so we enjoyed the short loop and views around the lake!. My girlfriend is very much a beginner and I was impressed with her handling of the roots, rock and switchbacks. I'd come back no doubt. Sure it doesn't pose much challenge for the experienced rider, definitely not considered beginner trail. Requires your attention.

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  • Aa18384639

    Aside from a couple fast sections- this trail is short and somewhat plain. Some rocky areas and a brief climb/descent. There are much better trails in the area- I don't think I'll be coming back. As far as difficulty- I would rate it between beginner and intermediate.

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  • overdrive74

    I ride a rigid Redline Monocog so my review my be different then someone riding with suspension. The trail was full of loose rock and gravel with lots of roots and boulders to maneuver over. I thought the trail was a lot of fun although I could never get a whole lot of speed on it. The climbs were not difficult at all. It could use a little TLC but not bad for a trail that does not seem to be overly ridden. I thought it was a compressed version of Hamilton Creek.

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  • scrux

    This trail is beginner or easy intermediate. It is only 3.5 miles long and the park plans to extend it further south to the actual jones mill area that will add about 5ish miles. Good fast flowing trail with roots here and there as well as some wet sections that could last up to a week after rain. Great for a quick ride!

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  • PaulB_Mboro

    I only saw 3 different loop options. The 3rd brings in moderate climbs. Allot of loose rock, some bedrock, some roots but not too much mank. Short, less than 4 miles. Closest trail to my house and I usually prefer more dirt and flow, but after a couple trips when only the first 2 loop options existed the third really improves the overall experience here. I would rate the first 2 loop options easy and the 3rd a notch harder.

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  • ccallen50

    Rode this for the first time last week and seemed to be an ok trail, lots of rocks and the parts that aren't are loose pebble and sand, there were a couple of patches of packed dirt. Definitley on the shorter side, I doubled my speed on the second round. Great trail for me to stop at on the way home from work and get a quick fix.

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  • *****

    This trail was absolutely awesome. After a disappointing trip to Twin Forks I decided to come here. I did not see the extra mile of trail though. The path I rode was app. 3.75 miles.

    On top of being careful on when it was dry I would also advise being extremely careful after any rain. The rocks on the trip to Bald Knob becomes extremely slippery.

    All in all this is definitely the trail to hit in this area.

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  • *****

    First time on any trail so nothing to compare to, but this was a nice trail. I rode it twice because once was not enough! The ap says 5 miles but It was only 3.7. I thought I did the full loop, but may not have. I was riding a duel sport bike and did not have a problem. I have only been riding a week and that has been all road or greenways. I was not what sure to expect, but I am hooked!! I will be going back and will be taking my wife and son.

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  • Jmountain

    Jones Mill is a fun, short trail to ride any time of the year. Most of the trail consists of semi loose rock, rock bed, and the normal area woods. Sections of wooded areas break up the rocky areas giving the trail some variety. Over all this is just the type of trail I like to ride. Two laps around the loop and I’m usually done. The mild changes in terrain and elevation makes Joans Mill an enjoyable ride for anyone. Plenty of straits allow you to let loose, but there are just enough hazards to keep you in check. I can’t say exactly what it is about this trail, but something keeps me coming back again and again.

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  • gottaluvit

    This trail very hard to find but i made it eventually. As for the trail, its about 95% loose rocks and roots. But dont let that drive you away. It flows very well and is fast paced. There is only one real climb and it is not bad. It is very short though. I could have ridden it two to three times in one day. All in all this is a very good trail for someone just wanting to go out and ride. I will be shure to return here soon.

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  • shoopie

    The trail was a lot of fun but like a lot of mid-TN trails there is enough limestone to go around. PS be sure that you only ride this trail as it is the only trail open to bikes. I found that out a little to late, luckily the Park Ranger was very friendly and understandable

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  • theraywatcher

    Good trail - Hard to find. Still missed it even with directions! You are looking to turn left onto Barnett Rd if coming from I840. The trail is a loop with an offset loop to go around Bald Knob. Great view of lake. Bald Knob spits you back onto main trail and you can loop back to trailhead from there. If coming from Smyrna, you can take Sam Ridley to Weakley Rd. Take Weakley until it deadends into Couchville and then left. Barnett is about 1-1.5 on the left. Easier to go this way then go all the way down to I840.

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