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Elm Hill to Hamilton Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Right now the trail is rough and not well developed. It runs along the lake all the way to Hamilton Creek. This trail is a straight ride without switchbacks, it ranges from slow rocky technical sections to fast straight shots. There are several small streams to cross making the entire area mushy after rains. The end of the trail takes you under Bell Road via a large culvert. From here you can cross over and ride Hamilton Creek.
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Latitude
35.31736632923787
Longitude
-87.36328125
Trail Directions
Elm Hill is located on Percy Priest Lake with Hamilton Creek just off of Bell Raod. Park in the Elm Hill recreation area at the first parking lot. Enter the trail at the first picnic bench.
Trail Length
4 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Nashville
   


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Review Date
January 1, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Gary ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is an awesome mntn. Bike trail for us Mid. Tn. Riders. I have been riding this trail for nearly 20 years. Greg ruff is wrong, in the fact that this trail HAS been approved for mntn. Biking, for... About twenty years. It is in a state park. I think it's the first, if not one of the first, legal mntn. Bike trails for Mid. Tn. The main problem with this trail, as mentioned, is that it doesn't drain well. The trail should not be ridden wet, and that is where the problem lies. A lot of people still ride it wet. The park rangers do post "closed" sign when it's too wet to ride.

This trail has a great technical decent with a rock garden for those that want to dare it, with plenty of other technical sections to challenge every skill level. There are some great single track sections where you can really build up some speed, then test out those brakes as you get into a curve and, or, some trees. Several good technical hill climbs on the "advanced" section, and also on the way back out of the advanced side of the trail. Some decent hill climbs on the intermediate, beginners side. This trail is meant to be ridden in a counter clockwise fashion "beginner , intermediate side", and in a counter clockwise fashion on "advanced" side. Riding other directions can cause crashes, as there are plenty of blind spots... I've seen the accidents, and is probably why the Tn Parks and Recreation mapped a helipad landing site for emergencies... Greg.

Overall about ten miles of pure mntn. Bike fun, with a few brief views of Percy Priest Lake. This trail has been approved to ride, and is monitored by the state parks of Tn. When it's wet please remember to give this trail time to dry. There are other trails in mid. Tn to ride wle Hamilton Creek trail dries.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise from Hamilton Creek trail head, ride both intermediate, and advanced if you dare. "you can always walk around the technical stuff". :-) Fun Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Montgomery Bell State Park, and Lock Four.



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Review Date
May 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: homerjones ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Primary trailhead is at Hamilton Creek Park, off Bell Rd. There are basicly two loops. The first being "beginners" that becomes "intermediate". There is an out route at the beginning of the intermediate. About the only difference between beg. and inter. is log crossing and slightly steeper climbs.

The second loop is "advanced", and marked well off of the intermediate loop crest. Beginner and intermediate trails are windie with some rock and roots. The advanced is more skill and endurance demanding. Compared to other trails in the area, more rock crossing, climbs, and drops. Good news is, to qoute the friend that first talked me into trying it, "There's nothing that you can't walk or ride around." If it looks scary, walk it or bipass it. Find a friendly line and ease through. It's all do-able and lots of fun. It will hurt you if you're not careful. In middle Tennessee, it's my favorite. Great confidence builder. Doing a full lap with no blood is something to be proud of. I was.

The down side is that it doesn't drain well. It takes two or three days of warm, breezy weather, after a mild rain to ride without trail damage and muck.

Recommended Route:
My favorite route is right (counter-clockwise) on each loop.

The easiest is left (clockwise) through the beg./inter. and right (clockwise) through the advanced. The later gets you to the advanced entry quicker, with fresher legs. Fresh legs are good in the advanced.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I rank Mongomery Bell (White Bluff) a close second. Not nearly as techically demanding but lots of climbs and run-downs.

Lock 4 (Gallatin) is fast and flow-ie.

Bear Wheels at Defeated Creek (Carthage) is similar with the toughest climb this side of Raccoon Mt.

Chickasaw Trace (Fairview) is challenging. Spray for chiggers in the summer.

Then there's Raccoon Mt. (Tiftonia) that's not exactly "in the area" but combines the best of all of the above in a 16 mile loop.



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Review Date
November 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: rtrick69 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
hey yall im new to nashville. i know this has nothin to do with the reveiw. but im lookin to meet some bikin buddys to hit the trails with. drop me a line. lets ride!!!! im used to ridin rock and dirt in chico california

Recommended Route:
dont know yet......hlp me

Other recommended trails in the same area:
hlp with this to plz...lol



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Review Date
February 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Squidman , from Nashvill, Tn

Summary:
It a great run that is nice and technicol. It is a lot
more developed now adays. Highly recomend it. Not for beginers!!!

Recommended Route:
Start in Hamilton Creek Then cross over.



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Review Date
November 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: CHUCK"GATORMAN"COOK , from HENDERSONVILLE,TN USA

Summary:
ADVANCED PART OF THE TRAIL IS 6.6 MILES.THE TRUE MEANING OF MT-BIKING.IT HAS SOME REALLY TUFF STUFF.BIG TIME ROCKS,ROOTS,TREES AND MORE ROCKS.AND IF YOUR BAD ENOUGH,DO IT BACKWARDS.AND EVEN COOLER DO IT AT NIGHT.THIS TRAIL IS NOT FOR ROOKIES...

Recommended Route:
FROM THE PARKING LOT.EASY 1 MILE,THEN FOLLOW THE ADVANCED SIGNS.IF,AND I SAID IF YOUR A GOOD RIDER.IF NOT JUST GO STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR THE OTHER 1.5 MILES.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
LOCK 4 IN GALLITAN,TN.IS A GREAT TRAIL,CHICKASAW IN COLUMBIA,TN.



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