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Chickasaw Trace

Average Rating:    (4.49 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 37

The trail runs clockwise primarily with lots of loops. So from the parking area go right onto the trail and it follows the creek. Shortly after it turns away from the creek the trail splits. Advanced riders should go right and ride the short rocky hill loop. Others can bear left and continue on toward the boat ramp (a mile or so). The singletrack wanders on to the river. Go straight across the road at the boat ramp and ride along the river. This section does a 180 at the end and brings you back up along the river on new twisty singletrack all the way to the boat ramp parking lot. There you go back down the field on a truck path. When you get to the major intersection, go across the gully to the left and follow that loop around the field (in the woods). When you come back across the gully take the trail marked "Woodland". From this point on it is fairly easy to stay on the main trail. If anyone is beat at this point then shortcut back, because the hard stuff is just beginning. A few miles later is another split down in the "Blackfoot" or "Blackhill" section - go left (down) for the full loop. When the trail comes back out to the road, there are two trails going back to the parking area. The straight across one has eroded and been rock-filled (you can still ride it) go to the right 20-30 yards and you'll find the new diagonal cut back to the car. The race route is 9 miles (with added road and field riding, blah), so this one should be 7-8 miles of 95% singletrack.
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Latitude
35.66224756351073
Longitude
-87.08085536956787
Trail Directions
Take highway 7 out of Columbia toward Sante Fe (Sante Fe Pike). Turn left at Chickasaw Trace 1-2 miles past Brooks Machine. Turn left again after crossing the bridge (Knob Creek), then left again at gravel road (50 yards). This drops down to the parking area.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Columbia
   


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Review Date
August 28, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Borobiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Whew! Just finished it. Quite the challenge. It was lots of fun through the half way point and then it got tough and then it got even tougher. Several of the climbs, I didn't have enough gas left in the tank to climb. But I'll get them next time. It was a fun trail and I will be heading back again!



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Review Date
July 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jyeager ,  Racer

Summary:
There were no recent reviews so I thought I'd write one. I remember this trail kicking my butt when I first tried mtn biking. Over time I've advanced and now understand why so many people called it a 'flowing' course. At first, 'flowing' would never have described me and mtn biking...but now I get it.
This trail is a ton of fun and I love learning the best line over every section and turn. I'm also now in good enough shape to enjoy all of the climbs.
The trail has had a few changes last year. The 'butt crack', that short climb up the V shaped gully on the trail of tears has been removed due to erosion concerns. The new bypass was at first, very hard to navigate but this season is very rideable.
Also, the crossing over the road has been removed with the end of the trail being diverted down to the creek and crossing under the bridge. It's nice not to have to cross the street at breakneck speed and hope no motorist is going to kill you.

Also, many of the handful of places I found extremely challenging have either worn in, or been 'improved' and overall the trail is less challenging (technically) than it's ever been. This is both good and bad, but the good side is that more of the course is rideable to novice riders.

Trail maintenance is good for the most part with great volunteers owning sections of the trail..Thanks to you!

Recommended Route:
The whole route is somewhere around 8 - 8.5 miles. You have the option to bypass 2 difficult spots and those spots are marked.

If you are a first-timer or very novice...then River Loop is the perfect place to start. Maybe 1 mile long. You can repeat it multiple times. For that, go to the end of the road near the boat ramp. You can step up to the Ravine loop that's immediately after the River Loop for your next challenge.

The most entertaining part for the well-initiated will be the trail of tears and black hills trail (the last half of the full ride).


Avoid the river loop after a rain.
If it's rained recently, you will find most of the trail of tears to be OK because it drains so well.

This is Tennessee red clay soil, so it's absolutely terrible for a few days after a rain...much like riding in dog crap the whole way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There aren't enough in the area. But Lock 4 and Montgomery Bell also offer great riding.



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Review Date
November 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dsain ,  Racer

Summary:
This trail is the best trail I have ridden. It has a variety of fast/flat, hill challenges and technical fun. It has some awesome scenic parts where you ride on the edge of a creek, a river and a ravine. The Adopt-A-Trail thing that the Columbia Cycling Club is using apparently works, because the trails stay trimmed year round. There are no park closings unless it floods. I travel 300 miles to come to the races conducted at these trails because the races are the greatest anywhere. I love camping for free on site (at races).



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Review Date
October 7, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Robert ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I picked up two mtn bikes this summer to see if my daughter and I would want to get into trail riding. We've ridden some small trails at Lock 4, the perimeter trails at Bowie State Park in Fairview, and Montgomery Bell.

Chickasaw, the entire loop, was by far the most challenging. The downhills and three scary drops were way cool. I ended up having to skip part of the Black Hills trail, but my daughter finished the entire loop.

This is a beautiful and fun run. You can cut it short in many ways which I think makes this trail awesome. I'm going back as often as I can.

Recommended Route:
Don't miss any of it, but if you have to, you may want to cut out the Trail of Tears and Black Hills routes. The map I have shows cut outs in dashed lines. Try to build up to being able to take the entire route. Its worth the pain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I don't know a lot about Lock 4, but what we rode was fun. The perimeter loop at Bowie is fun and a little technical. The beginner loop at Montgomery Bell is pretty awesome. It was a little intimidating the first time where we took the beginner white trail starting to the right.

my ratings on the left are based on six rides on four different trails.



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Review Date
March 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: UCFJosh ,  Racer

Summary:
I raced in the Chickasaw Trace Classic and really enjoyed the course. it doesn't present any significant technical challenges, but the climbs in trail of tears and, to a lesser degree, black hills make up for it. the first few miles are a blur, fast, smooth singletrack. the hills in trail of tears are tough, both up and down. the descents are fairly quick, but curvy and bumpy to keep you on your toes. the first few climbs are moderate, but more than enough to wear you down before you get to the longest one. once you survive that one, the black hills section is a peice of cake.

the park was beautiful, central tennesseans should be proud to have such a nice place to ride and relax sitting right there, and free to boot. Much credit to CCC for a great network and a good race too.

Recommended Route:
Ride it all, the route seemed easy to follow.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haven't ridden others. Down here in florida, Santos and Reddick are fairly similar to some of the terrain at Chickasaw.



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