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Conasauga River to Iron Mtn Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Flat, scenic ride along old railway bed on the Conasauga, then a deep river crossing and climb (not technical)then down fast on horse trails
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Latitude
34.974594921136045
Longitude
-84.64553833007812
Trail Directions
It's off that highway that goes along the Ocoee, we turned at a gas station before 411, which took us down on dirt roads to 55, past Sylco, turn on 211 and park at Jacks river trailhead
Trail Length
10
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Chattanooga
   


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Review Date
November 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Santa Cruzer , from Harrison

Summary:
JoCo... you missed the real descent. at the top, you cut back right into the woods for a screamer of a downhill. It's all singletrack with some wide sections. The end of the downhill is a collarbone breaking near vertical rocky drop back into the river (which you can't cross in the winter). Then the last few miles follow the river back to the road. Sorry you missed it man. I think I met those permanent residents at the campground too.

Recommended Route:
From the horsies to the campground

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sumac Creek



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Review Date
November 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JoCo , from up north

Summary:
wow this trail humbled me. i'm just bummed that the bulk of the elevation drop was on forest access roads--almost felt jipped that i climbed so hard up the technical singletrack after the river crossing (almost like a 4 mile climb, except for a few 50-100 foot downhill sections in between!) but overall it was a good adventure up in the GA boonies. hell, i even met a few people there that LIVE in the campsites! i thought that sh@$ was only in the movies about the south!

Recommended Route:
Start at the campgrounds on the TN side of the Conasauga...to avoid the unfriendly stares of the cowboys...but then ride to the starting point at the horse camp, wade/cross the river, climb for about 4 miles, come to junction and might right. keep climbing until you reach the lookout point (very nice). turn around, keeping right the whole way on the forest road until you make it back down to the old GA route 2 entrance road (you came in on this one). watch out for the damn mean dogs near the entrance to this road. i think they'll rip your leg off if you set tire on their property--careful.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
the mountain creek trail and the conasauga river trail...gonna do these next time.



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Review Date
June 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Sam Poyner , from Cottontown, TN USA

Summary:
Its a 10 on singletrack downhill sections in this area!!

Recommended Route:
Start at horse camp, cross creek and follow normal route to the Conasauga River, wade/ swim the Conasuage, beware high water can put the river fast and high. Don't cross but follow plan "B" back to horse camp. But, if river is crossable, cross over to the old railroad grade and follow along. Be watchful of old trail to left that climbs steeply up and up. This super sweet piece of grunt has been all but forgotten as it climbs up to the forest service road. We usually climb until it starts to flatten out and the old road is in sight then turn around and let'er rip along this cliff hanger of trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sumack



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Review Date
August 22, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Kevin , from Chattanooga

Summary:
I don't think all of these reviewers rode this whole trail. Alot of people I talk to don't find the whole thing. The first climb is so technical (loose, steep, roots) that if you stop, you may not get started again. It's awesome. Then good singletrack to a junction. Turn back to the right on a double track for some more uphill. The reward is a FAST downhill on the doubletrack with 4ft waterbreaks (Big Air !) Watch out though... all the waterbreaks are in curves so the big air is sideways big air. Then it turns into an extremely technical tight downhill singletrack on its way to the conusaga river. The last 50 ft. of the descent is so steep and technical, we call it "collarbone". You figure out why. Cross the river (Nice Cool Off) and ride the opposite side of the river on the old rail bed in and out of the creek. Back to the gravel just down from the parking area where you began.

Recommended Route:
Park in the horse trailer lot and start at the trail head. Killer climb (read steep) after first water crossing.



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Review Date
May 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scott

Summary:
This is a great trail. You start out with wet feet and climb a wall that seemed eternal but I was following some hammerheads. The trail the levels off and then sends you downward to lose half of your hard earned elevation. But don't worry you'll regain that elevation. About this time the trail turns into some really great singletrack even though most of the trail is old doubletrack. After this get ready for climbing again and then some really cool downhill where air is available for the taking. On one of these sections I popped a seat bolt. Thanks to McGyver I was able to ride out. The river crossing is cool but I wouldn't like it on a cold day since your going to get some important body parts wet unless you have really long legs.



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