O and W Rail Trail

Oneida, Tennessee

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In the fall of 1913, the first track of the Oneida & Western Railroad was laid along the canyon floor northwest of present-day Oneida. Its remnants form a doubletrack corridor where mountain bikers can pedal the 11 miles (one way) from Toomy to Zenith, a total out-and-back mileage of over 22 miles. With only a slight grade, the O & W Rail Trail is a ride best remembered for its water, mud, and rock. Along the creek, the tops of sheer cliffs loom straight up, allowing little direct sunlight to hit the trail. Do not ride this trail expecting to stay dry, no matter what time of year it is. Even though the ride is at the bottom of the gorge, away from all the overlooks, it is here that the scenery of Big South Fork is at its best.
Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

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Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

by Steve Jones (Menasha Ridge Press)

In the fall of 1913, the first track of the Oneida & Western Railroad was laid along the canyon floor northwest of present-day Oneida. Its remnants form a doubletrack corridor where mountain bikers can pedal the 11 miles (one way) from Toomy to Zenith, a total out-and-back mileage of over 22 miles. With only a slight grade, the O & W Rail Trail is a ride best remembered for its water, mud, and rock. Along the creek, the tops of sheer cliffs loom straight up, allowing little direct sunlight to hit the trail.

Do not ride this trail expecting to stay dry, no matter what time of year it is. Even though the ride is at the bottom of the gorge, away from all the overlooks, it is here that the scenery of Big South Fork is at its best.

©  Steve Jones/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Oneida
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: All-season, except for periods of high water.
Local Contacts: Superintendent, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 615-879-3625
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
Driving Directions: Directions to O & W Rail Trail

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May 2018