Best Mountain Biking in Tennessee

This list represents the most popular mountain biking in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee mountain biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Harrison Bay


This is a fun, twisting, curving single track alongside Chickamauga Lake. There are several vantage points for views across the lake which also make good places to take a break. Expect gently rolling…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Chattanooga, TN - Mountain Biking - 4.4 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#2. Cherokee National Forest, Southern Districts Campgrounds


The southern districts of the Cherokee National Forest stretch from the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Georgia state line and are bordered on the east by North Carolina…
From the guidebook "Camping Tennessee"
Tellico Plains, TN - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Booker T. Washington Trail


This is one technical little ride and a gem for Chattanooga. Once you’re on the trail and in the woods, it’s hard to believe you’re so close to the city. Take in the great views of the lake and watch…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Chattanooga, TN - Mountain Biking - 3.8 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#4. Lookout Mountain


You'll find this to be a pleasant ride around the northern nose of Lookout Mountain. The route follows the old truck roads within the Chattanooga National Battlefield Park. Upon leaving the parking…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Chattanooga, TN - Mountain Biking - 10.2 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#5. Panther Creek State Park


The three different loops found inside Panther Creek State Recreation Area make up a total of over 6 miles, mostly easy double- and singletrack. There is, however, a small singletrack (a 2.5-mile loop…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Jefferson City, TN - Mountain Biking - 7 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#6. I.C. King Park Trails


The difficulty level of this ride will depend on how much of it you choose to do. Want an easy ride? Stay on the north side of the lake. Want to add some steep climbing and tight turns? Head over the…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Knoxville, TN - Mountain Biking - 7.5 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#7. Haw Ridge Lake Trail


The biggest challenge on this route—other than the rocks, roots, steep pitches, and dropoffs—is to not get lost. You’ll find technical stretches mingled with easy, fun single track as you circle the p…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Oak Ridge, TN - Mountain Biking - 6.7 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#8. Norris Trail


The Norris Watershed holds an assortment of well-maintained and marked trails. Many are short connector trails and any number of loop combinations exist. The outer loop described here should get you o…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Norris, TN - Mountain Biking - 8.6 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#9. Chilhowee


If you're just getting started in the sport, this route is a great introduction to single track riding. If you've been biking awhile, you'll love its simplicity. The trail takes you out to Benton Fall…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Benton, TN - Mountain Biking - 4 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#10. Concord Park Trails


It’s hard to believe how much trail can be packed into such a small geographical area. It’s done here with tight turns and a trail layout that looks like a plate of spaghetti. On a bike it’s a blast a…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Knoxville, TN - Mountain Biking - 8.3 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#11. Clemmer / Clear Creek


This one throws the book at you. A long climb on Clemmer Trail takes you to Benton Falls, a great place for a break. Once on Clear Creek Trail, prepare for technical riding. This tight single track go…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Ocoee, TN - Mountain Biking - 11.4 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#12. Haw Ridge - Ridges Trail


Unless you’ve got motors for legs, plan to do some pushing on this route. It starts out with a goat path warmup by the lake then takes to the ridges above. Tighten those brakes and get ready to sit on…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Oak Ridge, TN - Mountain Biking - 4.3 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#13. Buffalo Mountain


This ride climbs Buffalo Mountain to Pinnacle Tower where you can see Erwin, Johnson City and the Blue Ridge. The view is simply great. Keep it in mind as you make the long climb to the top. Then hold…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Erwin, TN - Mountain Biking - 12.5 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#14. Gatlinburg Trail


This walk between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Gatlinburg is not for people looking for a wilderness experience in the Smokies. As a shuttle or out-and-back hike, there are better short hikes than th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park"
Gatlinburg, TN - Hiking, Mountain Biking - 3.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Benton Falls


This three-mile loop inside the Chilhowee Recreation Area combines singletrack and a short piece of pavement for an easy ride through the Cherokee National Forest. The mature mixed hardwood forest of…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Ocoee, TN - Mountain Biking - 3 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Buffalo Mountain


If you want to test your aerobic fitness and technical riding skills, this trail is for you. This 6.8-mile loop starts off innocently enough with a quick descent down paved Dry Creek Road. That's foll…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Erwin, TN - Mountain Biking - 6.8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Old Copper Road


This is an easy trail, great for beginner riders and fun for just about everyone. The trail follows the last existing segment of the Old Copper Road which connected the copper mines in Copperhill with…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Copperhill, TN - Mountain Biking - 5.2 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#18. Black Mountain


On this remote and difficult ride atop the Cumberland Plateau you'll circle Black Mountain on a maze of double track jeep roads. Partway around you'll encounter a hidden cave where three streams flow…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Crab Orchard, TN - Mountain Biking - 10.8 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#19. Cemetery Loop


Prentice Cooper State Forest is filled with a maze of double track that can keep you busy for days. This popular loop leads out and around a small cemetery. Much of the terrain is rocky, and in places…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Chattanooga, TN - Mountain Biking - 12.4 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#20. Conasauga River


This beautiful trail runs right alongside the Conasauga River on the Tennessee-Georgia State line. You can do it as the loop described here or combine it with the Iron Mountain Trail in Georgia. Sho…
From the guidebook "Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee"
Ocoee, TN - Mountain Biking - 6.4 miles
Published by Milestone Press