Tanasi Trail System

4.39 out of 5
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↑ 3,800 ft
↓ 3,900 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Something for everyone! Chestnut Mtn Trail to Thunder Rock is fast and technical. Old Copper Road Trail is very flat and easy. Well maintained, and hard to get lost. Lots of fun for all levels. You can ride Old Copper Road over to Brush Creek, and Boyd Gap is short and technical near Brush creek as well.

While most of the singletrack trails require a good bit of climbing on fireroads to connect them, the singletrack is well-worth all of the effort! There are climbs and descents aplenty, as well as beautiful roller coaster trails that make you wonder which you've done more of, climbing or descending. With some sections rolling along the tops of the ridges and other deep beneath the boughs of mighty old-growth timber, the beauty of this area is astounding!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: are the trails open in mid February -Guest

A: Open year round.

Guest answered on March 23, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: How about wet conditions? Do they close? -Phil Mason

A: Was there once after 5 days of pouring rain, hiked in water up to my ankles. Was riding at noon the next day!

Guest answered on March 4, 2018. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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System Trails (9)
System Trails (9)
Thunderrock Express
Chestnut Mountain Loop
Bear Paw Loop
River View Loop
West Fork
Quartz Loop
Bypass Trail
Old Copper Rd
Rhododendron Trail
Local Info & Nearby Trails
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Reviews (44)

Granny Gear

September 27, 2019
bcbeckner Granny Gear  
Review: My first time at Tanasi. Chose to do Brush Creek out and back...we needed a break from the heavy climbing. It was a FUN ride! Watch those wet bridges as others mentioned, we both took a tumble on the bridge closes to Boyd Gap on the way back...ouch!


January 4, 2019
bboehman Gnarly  
Review: Awesome trails! Love coming down in the spring to hit the warmer weather and the hills! There is something for everyone and it is a great area to ride and stay in. The trails are amazing!

Bunny Hop

May 25, 2018
Review: Love these trails. Come back every year for the cohutta 100 and big frog 65. Lots of climbing and some technical rocky rooty sections.

Bunny Hop

May 19, 2018
SarahBrown Bunny Hop  
Review: Great variety of trails. Plenty of climbing and fun descents. Enough technicals to keep you focused. This trail system really feels like being out in the wilderness.


September 11, 2017
Review: I started at thunder Rock campground which was free parking. Did the Rhododendron trail, fun, easy, but watch out for walkers. Then Bear Paw, several hikers, and climbing. Chestnut MT. to 1330 Bypass, Quartz spur then picked up Chestnut Mt. again. (This was mostly climbing the whole time and no hikers after Bear Paw). Then the downhill fun begun on Poplar Hollow and 45FS back to TRC parking. this was 7.8 miles w/1153 ft. elevation. Great workout.

Similar Trail: Coldwater Mt. Bomb Dog


April 12, 2017
jsoflo Gramcounter  
Review: Fun and challenging. We climbed from the Ocoee Whitewater center up Bear Paw and it is a very challenging climb. Anyway you want to ride this- other than on Old copper or rhododendron, you are going to have a big climb to get up to the trails. But the challenge and downhills that follow are worth it. We took a left on to Chestnut, which is a fire road that climbs, and climbs. We rode Riverview loop counter clockwise and it was a thrilling ride that ended with more climbing. We jumped on the bypass and rode that, which was a nice trail, followed by Quartz loop clockwise before heading over to Thunder Rock express. Nice thrilling finish. The next day we went back and did Bear paw loop as a loop and the finish was an absolute speed run. Save that for a weekday, as there are many hikers on that up hill loop on the weekend. All in all a really fun, well maintained trail network.

Similar Trail: Shares some similarities to Pisgah, but without as much hike a bike and technical features.


September 23, 2015
djcmmoore Gnarly  
Review: Great trail system, I have ridden throughout the southeast and this has something for all but beginner riders. This is mountain riding and you will do a lot of climbing and decending but it's not super crazy. The trails are pretty smooth (not super rooty or rocky) for mountain riding and traction is very good. This is not as difficult as Elligay/Pinhoti trails or as rocky as Raccoon mountain, just good plain fun.

Granny Gear

August 15, 2015
Review: Great trail system! I rode up from the whitewater center on bearpaw and chestnut mountain and took thunder rock express down...what a ride! I wish I had time to explore more of the trails but my limited experience was enough to bring me back here as soon as possible!


June 29, 2015
Review: Great trail system, by far one of the best in East TN. I like to ride it backwards from the thunder rock campground for the tough climbs. You can start by the whitewater center and hit a few climbs, but then it goes into downhill. It offers something for every riding level.


August 7, 2014
j.ewing Gramcounter  
Review: Lots of climbing but I loved it.

Tanasi Trail System MTB Trail 4.39 out of 5 based on 44 ratings. 44 user reviews.
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