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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +779/ -681 ft
Total: 148 riders

Mountain Biking White Oak Mtn Biology Trails

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#11 of 199 mountain bike trails in Tennessee
#262 in the world

The Biology Trail offers some steep climbs, fun downs and is an all around great place to sneak off for a lunchtime or after work ride or just to train in general. There are several short loops off of the main trail. For the more experienced riders there are a few jumps, some step ups and drop offs as well as creek crossings. On top of the ridge there is 2 miles of boulders. Good luck!! Get your trail map at https://www.southern.edu/biology/Documents/biology.trail.pdf because you will need it.

First added by wbernest on Sep 5, 2011. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I75 North to Knoxville. Get off on the Ooltewah exit and turn right on Lee Highway. At the stop light turn right onto Little Debbie Parkway. Go left at Apison Pike. Follow Apison pike until you get to University Dr and go right. You can park behind the Outdoor Center (huge climbing wall).
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Rider questions

Q: Anyone been out today? Wondering how it is drying.

Q: Dogs
A: I have seen dogs off leash running at full speed with MTBers a couple times. If it is allowed I do not know. I have not been there in several months, could have changed.

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  • jezones

    Really great trail system with steep climbs and fun descents. The yellow trail rivals snake creek gap for the gnar. Crazy spider web of trails but really well marked. I'll be back

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  • oldsetter

    Pretty fun, I am out of shape and there is a lot of climbing and some loose rock. Enough diversity to keep it interesting. Nice restroom and repair stand. Not crowded, has walkers

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  • calveryc

    I love the trail. I'm not an expert but know when a trail is challenging and fun and this one is. It's also a place that allows your to expand as your skill expands.

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  • Eric Poehlein

    Another fun and challenging system of trails. Maps posted around the system are helpful in navigation. A few downed trees were present as of 4/1/17. Lots of good riding for all levels. Tough initial climb to go straight up to the top. Not directional so be aware on blind corners

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  • spc7669

    This trail has a bit of everything. The rock garden on top is no joke. It's close to Enterprise South as well.

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  • Dan Bilodeau

    Great flow trails, leaf blown 90..., no blow down:)

    Views great in the fall on the ridge trail

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  • clraney

    A whole lotta variety and a whole lotta fun. I would definitely ride this again.

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  • Leonard Moses

    I really enjoy green loop to the paved pathway, green loop multiple times, blue loop at times, and have realized that something like Cottontail in this neck of the woods is rare (but about to become a little less rare once Raisin Woods opens up soon in Dalton). Nitpicks. Red Loop feels a little tight at times in the corners for my 29er and my current skill level which seems to really take away from the amount of speed possible that you can carry successfully through it, which destroys some of the fun value that could be possible. Also with Cottontail, though I have had some fun with the trail, I am faced with the realization after riding Bryce Mountain's Brew Thru trail that someone really held back on the size of the two tabletop jumps at the top (making the takeoffs steep and small which does not as easily fit modern full size mountain bikes) and on purpose built a speed hump feature on the left and used the built drop almost similarly as lead ups to them. I do not agree with many of the decisions made at the top section of Cottontail and also would enjoy the ramp at the bottom of it more if it was less steep, though yeah I have done it many times on a bike with an okay head tube angle for it. Cottontail is the basis for something better than what it currently is (and probably will always just be that...an unfinished basis). I have gone near 2 minutes on it. I feel that I am entitled to my own opinion as much as I have rode it. At the bottom the lip isn't large enough to traverse to the landing spot without too much speed and then a wooden bridge without an easy to build berm on it? Cottontail was built to control riders too much and only because of the dearth of like trails does it receive my 7/10 rating. Brew Thru is a 9/10 as the berms there are no where near large enough. As a shorter if you want it place White Oak Mountain beats Enterprise South with its plan your route variability. VW delivers the similar yet solid course and WOM delivers creativity. Both are great. 5 points delivers driving time plus a $5 fee and perhaps a slight feeling of luxury. They all have their place and they are all 5 star mtb destinations. East Rim to Livewire 1 and 2 is also.

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  • kevinmaldonado

    Slee: You must have been riding a different trail system than me. I hit this ride based upon the single tracks review. I rode Ocoee the day before and the trails there were a sloppy mess. I expected the same on these trails. To the contrary the trails were dry and tacky. I rode the entire system. There is something for everyone. From flow, to climbs, to super hairy downhills. You can find something for any ability. The upper ridge trail (red, I believe) is some of the narliest rock anywhere. Coming from the East Coast and doing Transylvania a number of times, this is saying something. There aren't. many trails I would bet Adam Craig he could not clean. That is one. Basically, the higher on the ridge you get the more technical. Lower stuff (after initial climb is fun fun fun. Keep up the good work on this trail system. Post a new map with the additional trails which seem to be new. I highly recommend this site for a quick stop or all day. You will not be disappointed.

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  • theschwag

    Trails are nice and fairly wide on most parts. I like the different checkpoints they have setup with maps to show where you are. The trails are marked very well too. It's a nice place to go for beginner to intermediates just looking for a place to get some riding in.

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  • *****

    I am just beyond beginner status and really had a good time with these trails. I had a few wipe outs from loose rocks on the sides of Coyote, and a few others likely due to my clipless pedals. Otherwise great fun!

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  • wkend

    All trails require some climbing, but wide range of skills levels are all available here. Climb to start and then descend forever! Well marked and well maintained.

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  • rangelinenaturepreserve

    There were "You Are Here" maps all over the trails on March 5, 2013 when I was there. They are very well made, accurate, and useful. Good job to whoever is making the maps and their placement on the trails. I still suggest printing one and taking it with you on the trail. I found myself digging mine out of my pocket frequently.

    THE ROCK GARDENS ON WHITE OAK RIDGE ARE AWESOME! Very challenging and fun. White Oak Ridge and Points Unknown are the best trails in the system if you like challenge. Definately expert trails.

    The blue color loop on the map is faster and fun. There is some climbing, but some good downhill too. I rode it both directions and thought clockwise flowed much better. The blue loop is intermediate as the map indicates.

    The red loop flowed good in the clockwise direction except for Big Red (that's the trail name). I found Big Red to be funner counter-clockwise (when looking at the red color trail as a whole). The red loop is mostly intermediate, but parts of it were easy. Mid-Ridge gradually descends making it one of the funnest parts of the red loop.

    White Oak Mountain trails are basically built into a mountain side. The trailhead on University Drive is the low point. You must climb up the mountain no matter what trail you choose. I found it easiest to follow Pine to the top of the map, pick a trail to descend, repeat. Lots of banked turns on the way down..very kewl.

    White Oak Mountain is only 30 minutes away from Enterprise South. I rode every inch of both trails the same day. Enterise South is a good warmup for the climbing at White Oak Mtn. WOM is much more difficult than ES.

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  • *****

    Absolutely amazing trail system, everything from beginner to expert single track trails. Lots of fun berms and hills as well.

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  • corndoggreg

    This trail system is great. Big thanks to Friends of White Oak Mtn. for building and maintaining these trails. The fact is there is something here for all riders. Super technical at the top, fast and flowy in the middle and all of it requires you to climb up the mountain to get started. Awesome! Now get out and ride.

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  • jsmithband

    This is a great trail system! I am a beginner/intermediate and had a blast just on the green loops. Lots of great flow, great speed on downhill sections, and neat variety. These trails are definitely a step up in difficulty compared to nearby Enterprise South. Just a quick note, they took down trail maps this weekend, so take one with you. They are planning on putting them back, but trees have markings to keep you on track, follow green or red if you are on my level.

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  • Love2ski

    Absolutely loved this trail system. Very well built and maintained. The top lop that is double black is insanely technical. It's rocks and boulders for a good half mile. The rest gives great climbs and downhills. Careful as a lot of the trails have loose gravel, but otherwise a great ride.

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  • bhigdon101

    lots of climbs, big rock garden on top of ridge, and fun flow on the way down...

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