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Chilhowee Trail Complex

Average Rating:    (4.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

This is an interconnecting network of trails. There are trails for all skill levels once you have made the climb up from the trailhead (or as accessed from the campground). The initial climb is fairly long (about 2 miles) and is aerobically challenging since it gains about 1200 feet of altitude in that distance to just over 2000 feet. The highest point in the system is close to 2200 feet, and the trailhead is at under 850. There are sections that are extremely challenging, steep, technical etc. There are also trails that are little more than smooth dirt roads.
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Latitude
35.11499405872882
Longitude
-84.57910537719726
Trail Directions
From Cleveland take Hwy 64 East to Hwy 30. Turn Left and go maybe 100 yards and turn left again into the Forest Service Parking Area. From Ducktown take Hwy 64 West to Hwy 30. Turn right and then left after 100 yards. The trail head is near the fee drop. You can also access the trails from the Benton Springs Campground.
Trail Length
20+ miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Between Cleveland and Ducktown
   


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Review Date
December 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: MIKEJ5 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Simply put, this trail is technical. All trails are fun both ways with the exception of clear creek (it would be a very difficult uphill). Clemer - a long gradual climb up, not very steep, or a fast wide-open downhill. It flattens out about 3 miles up then is a leisurely ride up to the campground. Most of the trail system stems from clemer. Slickrock - Clockwise starting from the lower point on clemer slick rock is a slightly steeper climb thatn clemer but not too bad. Half way up you hit fire road 5050. Take a right on the fire road to continue up slick rock. It then dives back into to woods on the left. More climbing...you'll see a grassy field on your right, your almost to the top. At the top you can see to road on your left and a valley beond the ridge line. You start to decend down a technical rocky section then it opens up into a fast fire road. You will reach a small grassy field. Here is where people get confused. This field is a 4 way intersection. Its hard to see the blazes but they are there. Hard right is the continuation of slick rock. Go left and there is an upper (left) and lower (right) entrance to the Naked Widow loop. Fast down hill with some whoop-dee-doos then your back on fire road 5050. Go left to continue slick rock. It will end up on clemer again. Naked widow loop - If your on clemer going up to the campground from the bottom first entrance to naked widow loop is on your left and its a extremely technical climb up to the grassy field. At the field take a right to go back down. This is a smoother ride. You will end up back on clemer. Azelea is best from the top parking lot of the campground. Its a slight down hill that will dump you on to clear creek. Arbutus is a fire road and not worth riding unless your using it as a connector trail. Clear creek is tight and twisty at the top. follow it to the intersection with rimrock trail. Right to go on rimrock left to stay on clear creek. Rim rock is ridable this way. Very steep down hill in to a creek. (creek is not ridable) then a climb out over to clemer. Left at intersection of rimrock and clear creek will continue down clear creek. THIS IS A VERY TECHNICAL SECTION. The worst on the trail. Follow it down to 3 way. Right to go dry left to get wet.

Recommended Route:
First off, I ride a single speed. Also you can get a trail map at www.chattbike.com. This map is not 100% accurate but will help. It does not show the lower naked widow loop. -- Up clemer to 2nd slickrock entrance, up slick rock, left at grassy field down 2nd part of slick rock, left on clemer up to first entrance to Naked widow, right at field to go down 2nd part of naked widow. Left on clemer up to campground, Azelea at to of parking lot to clear creek, down to rim rock (rimrock over to clemer if I want a screaming fast down hill or right to stay on clear creek for more technical riding) Both are fun. If your up for challenging your skills I sugguest you stay on clear creek. Watch for the hike-a-bike section followed by 8 or 9 jumps on a fast down hill. The last jump is kind of a table top that you can gap right by the 3 way intersection. Also clear creek has some realy cool exposed sections that you can really get good views of the terrain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tanasi, Brush creek, Raccon Mtn. Tsali and Flint Ridge behind the NOC.



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Review Date
July 10, 2008

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: robertbeckman ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I love the DH on Clemmer. I have always kayaked the ocoee, and never knew i was passing by one of the best MTB trail systems around. Now me, and a few others that took up biking have been Downhilling and freeriding all over the SE to get our kicks. Clear Creek trail has a little uphill on the top, then it gets rocky & really steep. Deffinetly one of the best trails around. Clemmer is great, a little rocky at the top of the DH run, then it turns into a wide gravel road that my computer clocked me doing 41 mph on. Me and some other thrill seekers love to air out long sections at the bottom using the dirt humps, or woop-t-doos. If your looking for a fast DH run, just cheat and have your significant other drop you off up top, and pick you up in the parking lot. (Don't laugh, my bikes heavy boys). Next head to Tanasi.

Recommended Route:
Ride up, then DH all the way down either clemmer or Clear Creek.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Thunder Rock Express, Boyd Gap Trail, Raccoon Mountain.



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Review Date
November 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jmabry87 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just to add to my review below. Clear Creek has been cleared, at least the dry route has. A fun little trail I had never ridden before last week makes a loop around the lake.



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Review Date
July 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jmabry87 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have ridden these trails several times over the last few years. Make sure to get a map. Chattanooga Bike club, www.chattbike.com, has good maps and suggested rides. If you want a challenge, start at the bottom of the mountain in the parking lot just off of highway 30 where it intersects 64. You also avoid paying the $3 fee which you pay at the top. Ride up Clemmer trail. To get to the trail, which passes the parking lot on its way to its end at 64, you have to ride a short connecter which is steep and you may just elect to dismount and scramble up the short, steep hill. Clemmer is smooth and somewhat gravelly up to the flatter top of the mountain. Once up the mountain, prepare yourself for rock gardens, switchbacks, whoop-de-doos, creek crossings, and people. Lots of families hike on Benton Falls trail. Slickrock loop is fun and is connected by an old Forest Service road. Naked Widow Loop is very fast and has nice whoop-de-doos. Azalea is rocky and technical in sections. Clear Creek down past Rimrock trail is very rough, overgrown, and is covered in fallen down trees. Arbitus is basically a dirt road. Clemmer is very fast downhill. All but Clear Creek are in good shape and lots of fun.

Recommended Route:
Clemmer to Slickrock down Naked Widow, up Benton Falls trail to the campground (bathrooms, picnic tables, water, the beach and lake), to Azalea Trail (across upper parking lot), To Arbitus, Clearcreek, to Rimrock, to Clemmer, to Rim extension, and all the way down Clemmer

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brush Creek and Tanasi, Go to Ocoee Whitewater Center for info.



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Review Date
December 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mark ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a trail (many trails)that can test everone in the family. It has hard trails and easy. There are many incredable views along each and every trail including a beautiful water fall (Benton Falls).



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