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Collier Ridge trail

Average Rating:    (3.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Collier ridge is a loop after crossing Bandy Creek. trail is sandy/clay hardpack. Some climbing and steep downhills sections. One of the best Mountain bike trails in BSF.
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Latitude
36.4749969367731
Longitude
-84.72759246826172
Trail Directions
Follow signs to the Big South Fork River National Park outside of Onedia, TN. Park near the Bandy Creek Visitor's Center, or in the campgrounds if you are staying overnight. From the visitor's center turn left at the stop sign on West Bandy Creek Road. Go approx. 1 1/4 miles (beware of a horse trail crossing shortly after bandy creek road turns to gravel. Make sure to yeild to horses on this trail many riders are inexperinced on a guided ride). Trail starts at bottom of hill just past a small cemetery on right of gravel road. The Trail starts on left of gravel with a bule bicycle marker.
Trail Length
13 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Onedia
   


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Review Date
August 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: susy1313 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Really nice ride with some climbs, rolling hills. The advanced section should not be missed. Don't let the 'advanced' rating scare you...it is not difficult. There is one 2 foot or so rock dropoff near the start of the section but it is very doable. BSF management should be applauded for having mountain bike trails. Most national park areas do not.

Recommended Route:
clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grand Gap



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Review Date
June 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: qdean ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Excellent trail....I'd recommend taking the advanced section of the trail, though. Been on this trail several times and I've found taking the "easier" fork in the trail is rather boring. If you have a cheap bike with no suspension like mine, or aren't keen on rough riding, you may have to get off and walk down one large drop off and a couple of really steep climbs on the advanced section. The rest is a piece of cake. My 11 year old hated the advanced portion (he's one of those not too keen on rough riding)), but my 13 year old and I loved it.

Recommended Route:
West entrance parking area if you're not camping at Bandy Creek. Otherwise, you'll have to endure a 1 1/2 mile climb back up a gravel road to get back to the Bandy Creek campgound/parking area.



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Review Date
November 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: keith , from Marietta

Summary:
Really easy trail with no major obstacles,good trail for advanced beginner or intermediate rider ,a so so down hill at the end of the loop kinda short but a fun ride nice area but better for hiking and horse back riding than mountain biking.

Recommended Route:
Go left at the start of the loop section .

Other recommended trails in the same area:
other trails close by are very sandy ,better for horses.Go to Chilowee or Tsali much better riding.



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Review Date
November 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Tennessee Jed , from Oneida, TN

Summary:
Collier Ridge is a very nice ride, particularly if you ride the "advanced" section. Don't be put off -- it's really not that hard. On the loop there are some nice creek crossings, a few steep hills, fast downhill, and twisty singletrack. Classic eastern singletrack, in fact. If you combine Collier Ridge with the Duncan Hollow and West Bandy bike trails -- all three can be linked up by horse trails -- you have a nice half-day ride. Talk to the Park Service folks at the Bandy Creek visitor center for info on these other trails. Also, these three bike trails are basically "in shape" year round.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big South Fork has a few other worthy rides, and there are other excellent, "local knowledge" trails in the Oneida area, including at the airport and at Royal Blue wildlife area. Great stuff...



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Review Date
October 19, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Vic , from Knoxville, TN

Summary:
Do NOT park in the Bandy visitor area. Why? Because you'll have to endure 3 miles with mouthful of gravel dust and a bike covered with fine slippery powder just to get to the trailhead. Instead, park at the West entrance of Bandy Creek off 297W and enter from that side.
The trail however rocks. Nice stream crossings and good single track. Be sure to do the Labor Day race portion of the trail.

Recommended Route:
From Knoxville, Take I-75N to 297W into BSFNRRA.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North White Oak Overlook



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