Tanasi Trail System

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Intermediate
30
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,800 ft
↓ 3,900 ft
1,260
elevation (ft)

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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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Q: are the trails open in mid February -Guest

A: Open year round.

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System Trails (7)
System Trails (7)
Thunderrock Express
Chestnut Mountain Loop
Bear Paw Loop
River View Loop
West Fork
Quartz Loop
Bypass Trail
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Reviews (40)
 

Bunny Hop

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

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Gramcounter

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.

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Gnarly


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.

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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!

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Gramcounter


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.

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Gramcounter

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

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Gramcounter

August 1, 2014
sleahcim Gramcounter  
 
Review: Lots to explore here. Parked at the Thunder Rock Campground then followed the trail along the river up to the Whitewater Center to get provisions. they have free maps of the trail system there if you didn't print/bring one. To warm up we took Old Copper Trail up to the Upper Ocoee River putin. Two words: roots, rocks. Otherwise just a pleasant ride along the river.

Next we took the right leg of Chestnut Mountain Loop up to Thunder Rock Express. CML was a relentless slough uphill. Some roots but not bad overall. There is some downhill as well but overall it is a climb. Nice trail though. Loved it. We then left CML to drop down the Thunder Rock Express. Man, what a ride that is. Jumps, banks, thin edges with consequences. Nice! An excellent chance to fine tune your quick reflexes if you stay off the damn brakes and enjoy the rush.

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Granny Gear

May 12, 2014
leswarnock Granny Gear  
 
Review: Really nice trail system, but lots of climbing on fire roads. Well, lots of climbing in general. Thunder Rock is a great downhill for 5 minutes, but not as long as I wanted it to be. Nicely maintained trail system, but not Tenessee's best.

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Gramcounter

May 5, 2014
vandalwolf Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail surprised me after having ridden Chilhowee for the last 6 months this was a breathe of fresh air, incredibly flowy beautifully maintained and the scenery was spectacular -- Highly Recommended!!

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Gramcounter

October 26, 2013
jbond352 Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail system has several features that puts it on the top of my list:
1) The facilities around this trail are top notch because of the whitewater facility. Clean restrooms, water fountains, and a roaring river helps riders get in the mindset to ride.

2) Well maintained trails. These trails are nicely groomed and adequately marked to give the first time user confidence not to get lost. These trails feature a fair amount of climbing and a good amount of technical features to challenge more advanced rider.

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