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Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,698/1 ft
Total: 2 riders
 

Mountain Biking LIttle Citico Horse Trails 2&3

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#176 of 198 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#20,415 in the world

A caution: Do not ride this trail, expecially Trail #2 if there has been rain in the past week. It is a mess with the horses using this. But don't be put off by the fact that horses use this trail. Depending on when you ride you may not even see a horse.

This trail combines parts of Little Citico Horse Trails 2 & 3 to form a loop. It's a combination of singletrack and double track.

Starting at the trailhead #2 (single track) follows the Little Citico Creek. There are five creek crossings (shallow), numerous log hops, mud holes, rocks, etc. But overall pretty level and not too exciting. Once you get to the intersection of trails 2 & 3 turn right to begin trail #3 and cross the creek once more before making a very steep climb up Salt Spring Mountain. There's a nice lunch spot at the top (you're gonna need it). While not great views when the leaves are on the trees this is a great area for views in late autumn and winter.

After the rest area you'll continue down the track which quickly gets pretty steep. While you can't go balls out (some wash out ditches and always some trees) you can get going pretty fast. At the bottom of the descent you come to the beginning of the double track.

This is excellent double track as it is finely crushed stone and dirt. Most would call it a dirt road but it doesn't share the mudhole issue that most dirt roads in the east have. Some climbing still to do with a little downhill thrown in to give you a rest once in a while. Then you come to another intersection of doubletrack and you'll turn right and go around the gate. This is the beginning of a great downhill ride. In fact I was enjoying it so much that I blew past the turn to get back onto #3 proper and continued on down the double track which runs parallel to it so no true loss. I'll have to update this later when I go back.

Eventually you'll come to the end of the road (literally) and the double track suddenly becomes single track again. More downhill fun. At the end of this run you'll come to another intersection. To the left is a short loop that is also #3 and to the right is back to the car. Take the right and deal with root alley. Some serious challenges through here as a lot of uphill root hopping checks your skills. BEWARE of one of the downhill ditches as it is a serious eject hazard: hard left turn at the bottom that has enough ditch dip to stop your tire dead cold. Continue on to the #2 trail intersection and turn left to get back to the trailhead.

First added by sleahcim on Aug 1, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 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
There are a lot of ways to to get here but most of them require long drives on narrow gravel roads. This is the absolute fastest and most dust-free way to get to the trailhead.

From Vonore follow Hwy. 360 south for 11.8 miles which brings you to a stop sign at Ballplay. Turn left to continue on 360. Go another 1.2 miles to Chestnut Valley Rd. and take a left. Follow for 1.6 miles until you come to a fork in the road: take the left for Buck Hwy. Follow Buck Hwy. for 3.4 miles and you'll come to the intersection of Citico Road. Take a left. In less than half a mile you'll see a bridge on your right which leads to the parking area for the Trailhead.
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