Poplar Cove

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Make sure you and your bike are in good shape before tackling this 5-mile loop trail. Don't let the distance fool you; this trail is difficult. Poplar Cove throws all kinds of technical challenges at you. The climb through the cove is steep, rocky, and technical. The descent to Jenning's Creek demands your attention as you pick your way down steep, twisty, and tight singletrack. Once you get to Jenning's Creek, you'll travel along it (and through it) on rocky and boggy singletrack before picking up a gravel, then paved road back to the trailhead. Poplar Cove will not only challenge your riding skills but also impress you with its scenic beauty. This ride is located within the Horse Creek Recreation Area; a daily usage fee per vehicle is required. If you have time to look up from your front wheel, you'll enjoy lush rhododendron thickets nest to the creeks, a beautiful stand of fairly mature Poplars, and view of rock outcroppings.

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"Make sure you and your bike are in good shape before tackling this 5-mile loop trail. Don't let the distance fool you; this trail is difficult. Poplar Cove throws all kinds of technical challenges at you. The climb through the cove is steep, rocky, and technical. The descent to Jenning's Creek demands your attention as you pick your way down steep, twisty, and tight singletrack.

Once you get to Jenning's Creek, you'll travel along it (and through it) on rocky and boggy singletrack before picking up a gravel, then paved road back to the trailhead. Poplar Cove will not only challenge your riding skills but also impress you with its scenic beauty. This ride is located within the Horse Creek Recreation Area; a daily usage fee per vehicle is required. If you have time to look up from your front wheel, you'll enjoy lush rhododendron thickets nest to the creeks, a beautiful stand of fairly mature Poplars, and view of rock outcroppings."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Greeneville
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Nolichucky - Unaka Ranger Districts, 423-638-4109.
Local Maps: USGS: Greystone, TN-NC.
Driving Directions: Directions to Poplar Cove

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May 2018