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Haw Ridge

Average Rating:    (4.3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

If you want a "rescue trail" while on the road, this is the one: it's for real. Start at the lot, take a right, then take wither Soccer or Lake Road (Rock Garden) into the heart of the trail system. Off of Soccer, Saddle is a nice climb over roots and singletrack, then a sweet descent through singletrack and creekbed. Lake Road is generally a rock garden for @1/4 mile, then turns into a nice little descent into the trail system. You can't really get lost out here, as everything eventually runs either to the Power Cut or to Middle Trail, either of which provide a quick way out. Some nice rides: the Hill Of Truth is a fire road ascent/descent that lives upt to its name. Rainbow is fun, as it has both technical ascents and hairy root-and-leaf descents. Screamer is for the downhill-inclined, and, really, it's hairy enough to make even the toughest think twice. I guess. All in all, if you are passing through and get the chance, ride this place. It's not a half-ass ride!
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Latitude
36.011547189711315
Longitude
-84.16432857513428
Trail Directions
Take Pellissippi Parkway to Edgemoor Rd. Exit. Park @3/4 miles after exit.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Oak Ridge
   


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Review Date
September 12, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: tbmincey ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rooty, rooty, rooty. Tons of intersections. Better than nothing, but hope there's better stuff around for these folks. Could use some colored route markings to mark out courses of different lengths.



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Review Date
March 8, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Borobiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We only had about an hour to ride before dark. The trail wasn't very well marked, luckily a hiker gave us a map. We got caught in the outer loop and encountered some killer climbs and descents. Can't wait to try the lower trails. There is a greenway attached if you want a really casual ride.



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Review Date
June 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 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: RidgeRider865 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There is approximately 32 miles of single track in Haw Ridge Park. There are climbs that are near impossible toward the center of the park on the ridge. However, if you stay on the shore trails the hills are not that tough. There are some technical sections, but most of the park is smooth. The park does not drain well at all so if it has rained there within a couple of days it is best not to ride. There are several trails that have bog bridges to get riders back out there as soon as possible after rain. Haw Ridge Park is the trail system I began on and is the one I ride most often. I never get bored with it and there are always new routes that challenge me.

Recommended Route:
For a beginner, simply take every right turn. That will keep you by the shore and on the less technical and hilly trails. The whole route is about nine miles. For someone more advanced, get a good map (miniadventureseries.com) and mix it up. One of my favorites is Lake, West Shore, Lake, Twister, Red Shore, Power Cut, Silo, East Shore, Power Cut (Hill of Truth), Criminal, Ridge, Saddle, Soccer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Concord Park, The Dirty South (William Hasty, Forks of the River, and Mead's Quarry), and Norris Watershed for a good workout.



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Review Date
January 30, 2009

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: mjvtri ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are nice. Great mix of terrain both smooth and technical. There are some tough climbs but none of them are very long and your always rewarded with sweet downhill runs. I'm going to ride here every time I visit Knoxville. Definitely get a map and make sure you know how to read it. The trails are well marked at the trailheads but they intersect a lot. The intersection are not marked. It's easy to get diverted off to another trail.



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Review Date
July 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mdb1974 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The longest most diverse system in the area. It offers some pretty crazy "roller coasters" and has a little bit of everything (no big air stuff though). But from a purely single track standpoint I.C. King and Concord are more fun and more scenic.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Concord, IC King



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