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Franklin State Forest

Average Rating:    (4.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

The main trail that I know of runs along the bluff line and offers outstanding views of the valley below. From the trail that leaves from the forest office you will come to an intersection and you can ride either left or right. Either direction is an out and back singletrack. The trail to the left has the better singletrack but deadends after about 2 miles. The trail to the right is approximately 6 miles but contains some very technical sections. This section also crosses onto some doubletrack sections that can be included in your ride as well. If you stay above the bluff line your never that far from the hwy so explore a little.
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Latitude
35.29845477264409
Longitude
-85.90450286865234
Trail Directions
I-24 to Monteagle, hwy 64 west to hwy 156, go south on 156 for approximately 5-6 miles to forestry office. Park in pull off in front of office, trail straight across hwy. Alternative trailhead is 2-3 miles down 156 at parking area on left (unmarked to my knowledge).
Trail Length
15-20 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Monteagle
   


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Review Date
July 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 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:
We took the trail behind the ranger station, road for what seemed like forever, afraid we were lost ( no maps available) and finally made our way back. With all that said, what we did ride was a killer! Had to walk the trail numerous times for felled trees or just to steep or too treacherous. But we will go back, with a map, and try the side across the road from the station.



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Review Date
April 28, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chris ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Parked and started behind the old ranger station. This way will take you counterclockwise, and follow the white blaze markings. This side of the road was a better run than the other side, this side is almost 12 miles and other side is almost 8mi. (could have been a better because I want tired yet). The trails were in good shape and several bridges had been replaced very recently. In 18+ miles only had to walk bike over about 5-6 freshly downed trees. This place is a challenge and technical but a very good run.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Racoon mtn.



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Review Date
July 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: B1173 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode up here on July 12,2009. There are quite a few trees down I suppose. It is a tough trail, I don't consider myself an expert or novice but I had a tough time on a lot of the sections. If you don't mind walking your bike occasionally, its worth the drive. Very pretty area. Could not find a trail map. Looked online, didn't find it. I think there is a ranger there sometimes who hands them out, but he wasn't there when I went. I really wish I had a trail map though. If I can ever find one, I'll go back.

Recommended Route:
I parked at the only official looking parking area I saw and crossed the road. I think I rode trails "A" Through "C".

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Similar to slickrock at the Ocoee as far as technicality goes.



Comments
B1173 (07/16/2009)
Lots of mud after rain
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Review Date
March 23, 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: mitchman1982 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode this trail in March of 2009 for the first time, and I plan on taking at least 1 trip a month up there. More like adventure riding than typical mountain biking. It was a slow pace because of the terrain, but super fun. Seems pretty expsed out there and the natural features are very challenging. It was as challenging of a trail as you can get without being so technical that you need to be a trials rider.... but not so technical that you didn't enjoy it. It had the perfect amount of challenge vs fun. I rearely had to walk a section, but it was a commitment and skill... and some luck to make it through several sections. It kinda kicked my butt. Well worth the drive from Chattanooga or Nashville.

Recommended Route:
Park at Log cabin (ranger house) ride across the street and follow posted letters from A-K. at letter K you end up back on the highway. that was 8 miles, but all I had time for, I will go back an dexplore the other trail(s) soon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Raccoon Mtn, Booker T,



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Review Date
April 16, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Maintainer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail directions are not correct, they should be "I-24 to Monteagle, hwy 41-A west to hwy 156". I also want to let every one know that we have built a new trail that runs from the south end trail head parking lot, around the west side of the forest and ties back into the Tom Pack Falls Trail to make a 19.5 mile loop when combined with the West Rim Trail. The first 4 miles of the new trail were built in 2004-2005, the last 6 miles were built 2006-2007 and some of this section needs weathering in. The 6 miles built this year is blazed with 2"x 6" plastic blazes. I have a new trail map that I hand out ot visitors when I am at the forest.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Ranger's Station, (cabin), ride across the hwy, onto the Fern Trail, follow the faint white blazes, to Fern Creek, onto the double track, onto the single track at .6 miles, begine the West Rim trail, south to the trail head parking lot at 8 miles. Cross over hwy 156 and onto the Weast Side trail, follow the blazes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Perimeter Trail at Sewanee, AEDC Trail near Tullahoma, Saint-Andrews-Sewanee race course at SAS School.



Comments
Summit (07/30/2007)
I just rode this in July...nice trail once you find it. But much of it is poorly maintained, terribly marked, and absolutely thrashed by the horses.

I spent about an hour wandering around various spurs looking for the West Rim trail...and eventually found it. Just to clarify the poster's directions: when you hit the first section of doubletrack on your way down from the Ranger's Station, you'll want to turn right.
"Start at the Ranger's Station, (cabin), ride across the hwy, onto the Fern Trail, follow the faint white blazes, to Fern Creek, onto the double track [at which point you'll turn RIGHT and climb a bit, then look for a singletrack split on your left within 1/4 mile] onto the single track at .6 miles"
Summit (07/30/2007)
There is one more major split after that one...just look CLOSELY for the faint white blazes. You'll bear left at the next major split and will then soon come to an actual sign with mileages and names directing you to the rim trails.
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