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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +519/476 ft
Total: 89 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rotary Park

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#112 of 195 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#8348 in the world

The main loop (Red Cedar Loop) begins and ends at Pavilion I located at the park's entrance. It is approximately one mile long. Take a left at the first intersection for either the Bluebird or White Oak loops, which are longer in length. The trail-tread is smooth and fully benched. The dominant them is tight, twisting lines combined with short climbs and descents. Loop options connect all three of the park's pavilions and the amphitheater. The White Oak Loop is the largest of the three loops and is still under construction. When completed, the park should contain approximately eight miles of trail. Signs should be installed by the end of 2007. Other users include hikers and trail runners. Motorized vehicles and equestrians are strictly prohibited on the trails. For more information visit www.friendsofrotarypark.blogspot.com.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
"Take I 24 to exit 11. Head West toward Clarksville. After 5 - 7 miles you will see a Kmart. Continue to go Straight another 200 yards, and there will be a small street sign that says Rotary Drive on your left. Turn onto gravel road the gate will be 200 yards in. The main trailhead is located to the left of Pavilion I, located on the left just past the entrance gate
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  • Gavin Maberry
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    About a year ago I started riding this trail every wknd and I can say it WAS great but, since last year they have stopped taking care of most of the outer trails and it is just hell to try and ride them without falling off a cliff because of the many exposed roots and it overall not being taken care of.

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  • joshr502
    *****

    I'm a total noob and I just rode the red loop. It was a well taken care of trail and wasn't too technical for me. There were a few tree roots that gave me some issues but other than that, nice trail. Not too many climbs and the ones that were there were short.

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  • Alexray04
    *****

    Great place for beginners. Tracks are in great shape. 3 different tracks to choose from.

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  • MConaway
    ****

    This track is fairly technical in parts. Mostly windy trails with plenty of hills to climb. The pump track is a lot of fun and is constantly being upgraded. My whole family rides by my wife and daughter find it too difficult while my son and I really enjoy it.

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  • Charlesmeadows
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    Fun place to ride. Trails arent marked well so you have to explore a bit to learn the best routes for biking. A great place to go for a nice ride and there's some good climbs and switchbacks. Just watch for hikers because there are many, especially on weekends.

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  • garymichael
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    Lots of options to ride. Not all trails are well marked but you won't get lost. There are some fun fast rolling hills and a few technical areas with roots, rocks and creeks to cross. Well maintained and really easy to get to right off of I24. Go and spend a couple hours having fun! Also a great paved and gravel trail if you're gonna take the little ones.

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  • ***

    Nice track if they can keep the kids from destroying the course. It makes it a danger to riders. Good place to ride but be careful

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  • Cotharyus
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    I've been riding Rotary for two years, it's 20 minutes from my house, and every other trail (currently open) in the area is over an hour away. So, how's Rotary stack up?

    The good: There's a little of everything. Some decent climbs for this area, some decent descents, the trails are mostly rooty, which adds some technicality, but on the whole, these trails should be ridable by beginners as long as they have a reasonable amount of fitness. Certainly there are places a new rider should avoid - the Amphitheater for instance.

    The Bad: Some of the trails can hold a little water because of where the ground flattens out around the creek. Occasionally some of the trails can be a little sketchy, a few places some of them weren't benched adequately, and you get some real off camber fun, that gets hairy when loose rock accumulates.

    The Ugly: Signage really isn't good enough. There are some new painted hash marks on the trees, but you still might not be able to follow these unless you have some idea where you're trying to go to start with.

    Full Disclosure - I'm in the COGS Cycling club, which is where COGS MTB comes from. We reworked a lot of the structures in the amphitheater, rerouted a bit of trail at the top of the park that went outside of the park onto private land that was logged, and we are working on some other sustainability and overall fun improvements. Unfortunately it's a slow process, as there are a lot of projects taking place in the park being run by the county. We have to get authorization from them to do any real changes. More than once, projects we have worked on have been destroyed or broken as one other person mentioned, which I would be willing to bet comes back to a political struggle that predates my involvement, the basics of which are that equestrians claim to have built all of the trail in the park, and have since been disallowed from the park, which they blame on mountain bikers. I wasn't there, I don't know, but I think a lot of the trail destruction that takes place here is backlash from that.

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  • gloriaM
    ****

    all around a grate trail for begginers like me it gives u a taste of riding downhil and climbing all in one i lkie to bike the middle section the most theres ramps bridges and one or two really steep hills along the trail there creek crossing and a local biking club that welcomes new commers they met every sat at 4pm and set out at 4:15 there really helpfull and nice people in the group and hikers too kinda pack on weekends but during the week its amazing

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  • drdirt777
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    Great trails. Nice climbs and descents. Some technical areas, good all around trail. But, very poorly marked. A couple of very nice signs at the beginning, but that is it. I got lost.

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  • macheekin
    *****

    Pretty solid for middle TN. Some tight switchback turns with banks that don't quite work but still fun. Be prepared to earn your gravity the hard way, as in peddle up to get the good downs. Tons of options and the "downhill/freeride" section is super fun and smooth after the locals hooked it up. A lot of fun features an some sketchy advanced things. Over all one of the best local places I've ridden. A real joy to ride

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  • MTBCrash29
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    Great ride for all levels. Se eral options for riders of any skill level or any age. Trails are well maintained through several volunteer groups such as COGS MTB Club and the TN Trails Assoc (TTA) and now The Friends of Rotary Park. Lots of activity on the trails...runners, kids, hikers and dogs. Most of the time it really isn't an issue. There is a small freestyle section with some pretty nice obsticles and jumps. Though recently there has been some maintenance that has removed or relocated obsticles along the trail. Several trail heads so you can start just about anywhere. This is a great trail to have in my local area. Several loops to get some.miles under your wheels but there are so many options that you can change up the route and keep it exciting. A must ride if you are in Clarksville....Montgomery Bell is less than an hour away as well so make it a double if you have the time!

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  • MTBCrash29
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    Great ride for all levels. Se eral options for riders of any skill level or any age. Trails are well maintained through several volunteer groups such as COGS MTB Club and the TN Trails Assoc (TTA) and now The Friends of Rotary Park. Lots of activity on the trails...runners, kids, hikers and dogs. Most of the time it really isn't an issue. There is a small freestyle section with some pretty nice obsticles and jumps. Though recently there has been some maintenance that has removed or relocated obsticles along the trail. Several trail heads so you can start just about anywhere. This is a great trail to have in my local area. Several loops to get some.miles under your wheels but there are so many options that you can change up the route and keep it exciting. A must ride if you are in Clarksville....Montgomery Bell is less than an hour away as well so make it a double if you have the time!

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  • Mudpuppy
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    Rotary Park is just up the street from my house and I ride it often The trail has several great down hills and climbs. There are many off shoots you can explore which adds to the distance and the fun! There are a few switch backs off of one of the down hills and it is pretty sweet if you get up to speed. The turns are built up pretty good but alot of the brush on some of the smaller trails needs cut back. All in all a great ride for beginners and advanced riders.

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  • jim71mitch
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    Nice riding trails.includes swichbacks,good intermediate climbs. A couple of water crossings which I love.if u pass a old barn u r going to dead end. That is frustrating. Unless I dont see the trail. When u enter reminder this is a single track and foot traffic is sometimes heavy initially. I have found that once u cross the first bridge foot traffic is non existent. Just wanted to update. 24/Aug/2013, Just want to congratulate all the workers trying to make this trail better. I ride this trail weekly. The trail is always getting better due to the constant maintenance. Reminder this is a small course with variations. And it has everything packed into a nice short course. Underrated.

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  • tdbgwl
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    This trail is ten minutes from the house so I might be biased. Rotary is a great ride with lots of uphills, downhills, and obstacles. There has been a lot of work done at the park lately and it keeps improving. We have gone here for years as a family to hike, take the kids to the playground, let the dog get some exercise, fly kites and play ball in the open spaces, etc. Recently I have begun mountain biking and this park is also great for that too!! That being said, I don't think that the trails are marked very well, it's easy to lose the trail or end up on another trail without realizing it(you won't get "lost"). Also, there is a lot of foot traffic to contend with, and one of the trails just dead ends into a neighborhood. But, all things considered, it's a great ride and I would recommend anybody to give it a try.

    * Review edited 3/16/2011

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  • hammermtb74
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    Although Charlie83 is correct in regards to County Parks and Recreation rules, if it were not for the efforts of a select few, the trails at Rotary would be in disarray and the recent traffic increase to the park would not exist. We took it upon ourselves to maintain Rotary while not asking for permission, in addition we did not ask for payment and every improvement that was constructed was financed through myself, and a few other mountain bikers as well as a couple residents who live in the Villages which borders the park to the North. As a member of the Rotary Park Trail Maintenance Team and a full supporter of following rules/regulations, no other work will be conducted on Rotary's trail system without the approval from Mr Jerry Rivers and the Parks/Recs. Dept. In addition, due to our care in design with diligence paid toward safety, erosion, sustainability, etc., if people continue to change the original designs of features emplaced in the park, which were designed for all age groups, experience and multi-directional flow, we will not bother with this park's maintenance, either approved through normal means or otherwise, and the park will undoubtedly return to its defunctory state that existed a few years ago. Please stop by the local bike shop to get a map of Rotary. They have the best one made up to date.

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  • rmarcyes
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    This the best in Clarksville need to work on the the Super D Track and work with the City to have races here.

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