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Grand Gap

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

6.8 miles of great rolling terrain with some technical sections and some awesome views. Currently (Aug 2006) rideable on weekdays (Mon-Fri) only. Hikers have it on weekends and share during the week. PLEASE honor this as the park has opened this great trail up to bikers on an experimental basis with future trails open to bikers if this works out! This trail is located in the Bandy Creek area of Big South Fork. You can park at the visitor center or the swimming pool (N36 29.419 W084 41.872). for an additional round trip distance of 9 miles on easy gravel roads (total of 16 miles). You can drive to the trailhead but there is tight parking for only 2 or 3 vehicles with the last couple of miles of road single lane traffic. If you elect to ride the whole distance, you can ride an additional 2.3 miles of singletrack on the Duncan Hollow trail; accessible app. 1.5 miles from the swimming pool. To get to the trail head: drive or ride from the swimming pool area on the Duncan Hollow gravel road bearing to the right after app. 2 miles at N36 30.553 W084 40.789. This road to the right is Smith ridge but it was not signed. This singletrack loop can be ridden either counter or clockwise and appears to be slightly harder counterclockwise. Watch for hikers as they have full time access to the trail. Bikers can only ride Mon-Fri! If you like this trail, make your views known: email BISO_superintendent@nps.gov
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Latitude
36.486453054741815
Longitude
-84.67849731445312
Trail Directions
From I-75 near Tn/Ky line take exit 141 to Tn Hwy 63 West, US 27 north to Oneida, 297 west to Big South Fork park, follow signs to Bandy Creek visitors center for instructions/maps. Trailhead at N 35° 30.330 W 084° 39.399
Trail Length
6.8 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Oneida
Zip/Postal Code
37841
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 25, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Elduder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Awesome overlooks nothing tech just a very fun gorgeous ride.

Recommended Route:
I say start up the top of John Muir ride it down to this trail do the loop CCW and head back up. I guarantee you will be smiling ear to ear.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
any of the other IMBA epic trails down here you wont see anyone and have pristine trails all to yourselves.



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Review Date
October 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: acmtbkr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This was by far the best trail I have ridden at BSF. Other than a few spots next to the gorge (800ft straight down) that you should walk your bike and one pedestrian bridge that isnt easily ridden you would think this trail was build for mtn bikes. Mostly narrow singletrack hardpack with not many roots or rocks. Terrain is rolling hills very fast and not overly technical.
I would drive to the trailhead and park. who wants to ride 4 extra miles on loose gravel.
Also only open to mtn bikes M-F for now.

Recommended Route:
We rode counterclockwise from the trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Duncan Hollow, Collier Ridge



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