Tennessee is full of incredible scenery — breathtaking mountains, vibrant forests, and sparkling rivers and lakes abound. So what better way to explore the state’s natural beauty than on two wheels? Here are four amazing spots to go mountain biking in Tennessee, each with enough variety that mountain bikers of all experience levels will enjoy the ride.
Designed by the renowned IMBA Trail Solutions and spanning more than 40 aces, Tannery Knobs (opening summer 2019) accommodates both beginner and advanced riders in an exciting off-road environment. Its variety of terrain, trails and obstacles make it feel more like a playground for riders than a trail network. Tannery Knobs also boasts some incredible mountain views throughout the park and is only a short ride away from plenty of shops, restaurants, and entertainment in historic Johnson City.
Cane Ridge Park: Antioch
Just 30 minutes south of Nashville, Cane Ridge Park features more than four miles of mountain trails. This beautiful wooded park has trails that accommodate riders of all ages, but is best-suited to beginner- and intermediate-level mountain bikers. While Cane Ridge is appropriate for amateur riders, the path still has plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting for more experienced bikers.
Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, this preservation initiative includes more than 1,000 forested acres along the Tennessee River. With more than 50 miles of trails, Urban Wilderness includes a nature center, adventure playgrounds, five city parks, a 500-acre wildlife area and mountain biking adventures for riders of all levels. Advanced riders will love the thrilling double-black diamond Devil’s Racetrack Mountain Bike Trail, while Baker Creek Play Forest is a great spot the whole family will love. Urban Wilderness is just a short ride from some of downtown Knoxville’s can’t-miss attractions.
Created and maintained by Union University, these public trails offer more than six miles for hiking, running and, of course, mountain biking. The trails are beginner level, but there are some technical challenges, twists, turns and hills along the way to keep things interesting for more experienced riders. The trails loop through a beautiful wooded area right outside the historic city of Jackson.
Mountain biking is an incredible way to explore some of Tennessee’s scenic locations for thrill seekers and nature lovers alike. For more ways to experience the outdoors throughout the state, check out our Outdoor Adventure page.
Celebrate the unofficial start of summer by exploring the scenic beauty of Tennessee. Photo Cred: @lady0nthelake