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Harrison Bay Professional Review and Guide
"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 terrain with some rooty sections. Look for wildlife. Highlights: Twisty with tight turns, roots, lake, mud holes."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee (Milestone Press).
It is a very easy trail. Good for touching up on skills and it is a short ride. It is very flat all the way and it has a lot of pretty views of the lake. After a good rain be ready to get wet the trail holds water in the first little section. It is a Beginner trail
Trail has been improved on by the Parks Service Dept. Good trail for both slow and speed riding. Excellent trail for practicing shifting from low to high gears while picking out desired path to avoid roots and rocks. Excellent trail right after slight or heavy rain if you like a trail with both water, sand, gravel, and dirt. Often used by joggers so it does require a little heads up distance observance so you don't run into other. With all individuals would observe the start on the left trail......
Big update for this trail. The park service has done a lot of work here. I just got back into biking and was suprised at what they did. Most of the really low places are filled in and they added a bridge to the place where water always seems to stand. The parking fees that were in place have been done away with so the trail is free again. Be careful, there are a lot of runners and walkers on the trail now.
I went after Harrison Bay its self flooded, the trail was supposed to be closed but I went anyways. It's not a hard trail at all I made it through my first time with a little Kmart Bike a while ago. But after it rains it is really muddy in some areas so if u do do stay to the left and you should be fine. But if u go on a nice day, expect a very nice ride.
Nice ride. I rode the trail in the fall after a dry period and was not prepared for the amount of standing water and mud. I would assume that it is always there. Not necessarily a bad thing, just be prepared. A couple of the mud-holes held surprises below the surface of the water in the form of roots and/or sticks, which caused the bike to make sudden direction changes. There are two areas with benches, access to the lake to assist in a mid-ride mudectomy if desired, and a good place to relax and absorb the lake view. It proved to be a short, mildly twisting, turning, easy single track that provided just what I was looking for that afternoon. It's a fun ride so take a change of clothes and a few towels and enjoy.
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