April 12, 2017
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.
Shares some similarities to Pisgah, but without as much hike a bike and technical features.