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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +360/ -374 ft
Total: 85 riders

Mountain Biking Shutes Branch

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#33 of 199 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#1,574 in the world

8+ miles of mountain bike trails near the lake.

First added by Jeff Barber on Jul 11, 2011. Last updated Sep 28, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
Take I-40 east out of Nashville and exit for Hwy 265/45/Old Hickory Rd. Turn left (north) then right on Andrew Jackson Pkwy. This turns into Saundersville Rd. Just after you cross over Old Hickory Lake, look for the Shutes Branch Recreation area on the right.
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  • JollyRogerX

    I enjoyed the trails. A little rocky at points but not overly so. Not too many features, but mostly natural obstacles. Only thing I did not like was this trail system appears to be multi use, and too many blind turns with runners on it. Not a fan of shared use trails.

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  • SlimChilly

    This trail is very underrated.
    It's got something for everyone.

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  • JollyRogerX

    Found this trail to be open unlike many during this time. Had fun with this trail system. Very little elevation change over the 8 miles of trail, easy to run it twice if you are looking for something longer. Not a lot of features except for some moderate rock gardens. Trails appeared to be well maintained. First few miles were relatively quick then a couple miles of rocky terrain, then more smooth trail with occasional rocky spots. A lot of switch backs to get 8 miles in a limited space is how I remember it. Thank you to the folks that maintain these trails systems.

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  • Kenneth A Freeny

    trail was super dry and fast today. Roots and roots are more exposed this year. Makes for some tech and rougher rides at speed.

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  • jstack11

    Fun trail, a little technical. Low advanced. The signage is very good, you can bail just about any time (we had to, as it was 95 degrees, and my son got sick!). Not much elevation change, but you can whip around here for a good hour non-stop having fun and not stopping to look to where you should be. Just follow the trail letters

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  • joshr502

    This is a fun trail. It's well maintained and used to be an old campground. This trail isn't crowded either. I've been out here a few times where I was the only rider on the trail.

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  • nlester032

    Shutes Branch was in good shape. There was a guy doing trail maintenance while I was there and it looked like a good bit of weed eating had been done recently to clear some of the trails near the hillside section.

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  • WFU_Showtime

    Pretty fun trail, never crowded but well maintained. Cool scenery being an old campground. Not nearly as much flow as Percy Warner, but not a ton of climbing either. Lots of rocks and exposed limestone. A fun ride.

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  • LStadelmeier   ✓ supporter

    This is a fun trail. The bulk of the course is short choppy stuff with a lot of rock. I rode my SS (32 x 16) and was hoping for a little more flow. The rock allowed me to work on my low speed balance and handling skills. I will ride this again

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  • HeyJeffreyDavis

    Excellent trail! Maintained on a nearly daily basis. The first 2 miles are beginner friendly followed by 7 more miles of mostly technical terrain and rock gardens, with a smooth and fast switchback climb up the "hillside" as a reprieve.

    Plenty of options and features and lines to take on any given section. Options for rock drops and a couple of jumps too.

    If you've ridden trails near this one, Shutes Branch is a pretty good mix of Lock 4 and Hamilton Creek, albeit more similar to the latter.

    The trail has recently been extended to its final ending point back at the main parking lot.

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  • Daniel Hanks

    Surprisingly good and fun trail which has become one of my favorites since i live close to it and hamilton creek. The beginner section is good for speed. The intermediate section is fun and can be very technical in sections with a lot of rocks reminiscent of Hamilton Creek. The most fun part for me was the back part near the national weather service building. There is an old campground road that is very easy to get to from all parts of trail and get back to the trailhead when you have had enough or if you get a flat. Well maintained trail tht is definitely worth a ride.

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  • Eric Fisher

    If I could describe Shutes Branch with one word it would be FUN. With lots of turns and some rocky technical sections this is one of the best trails to work on bike handling skills. The first 2.5 miles is a great beginner section and great for kids, and fun to ride fast. My favorite section is the last part J to N, that is fast, flowy, technical and a good workout when ridden hard. A old camp road makes it easy to jump on and off the trail, so you can ride the sections your in the mood for that day, it is good in both directions. Do to a small but dedicated crew(including the "Trail Maintenance Jedi") this trail is getting a lot of love. Its one of the best maintained trails in the area. I never get tired of riding Shutes. Check out the new Shutes Branch face book page.

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  • Chris Lapointe

    Great trail that's well maintained and marked. Trail is built on an old campground that has a road running through it that gives you several access and exit points for the trail. This trail has a lot to offer from quick flowing singletrack, technical rock gardens, to tight turns and climbs and is very fun. One of my favorites in the area and to build my skills.

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  • dave61

    I live close to this trail and try to make it out several times a week. The first 2.5 miles are good and fast, not many obstacles but a lot of short climbs and you can get a good workout in by riding this section 2 or three times. The next 5.4 miles considered the intermediate section, is very technical with long sections of rocks and tight turns and some interesting drops. When I find myself needing a break from the technical riding you get to the fast and flowy hillside section. The next section is probably the most technical just when my legs already want to scream. Overall this trail is a great place to ride and work on fitness and technique.

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  • Cotharyus

    The key to this trail is it's FUN. I can't speak to the entire trail, because about the J marker I cut a massive, massive hole in my tire. But up to there, it was fun. Varied trail, some fast, some technical, tight, a good section with some rocks, some flowing sections, it's really got a little of everything except a lot of elevation.

    Signage has been stepped up, a few spots it's still a little confusing, and easy to end up on a connector back out to the road, but other than that, it's easy enough to navigate your way around. The first couple of sections are suitable for beginners. Theres a good group of people that take care of keeping things trimmed up out there as a rule, and their schedules can be kept up with via a local forum.

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  • Aa18384639

    A winding, technical trail. Not very fast, but still a good time. Needs maintenance in some areas where it's become overgrown. Broken glass in a couple places that I cleaned up for the rest of you. Pretty solid trail that just needs some work!

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  • guseden

    Re-worked and re-opened in 2012, this is a fairly simple trail system. Some technical rock sections but overall a good intermediate trail. Print off a map to take with you if you can as there aren't a lot of signs.

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