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Average Rating:    (4.42 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 38

Many trails to choose from, Clemmer is a great climb or descent depending on which way your going. Slickrock has some real nice sections, less straight uphill/downhill then Clemmer. Benton falls is great for jumping with a good vista of the falls. Clear Creek is a good workout. Lots of good singletrack, doubletrack. Forest and views are a beutiful compliment to the trails. The Rangers out there are making an effort to make this area one of the best riding spots in the southeast and have allotted the money and resources to do so. These trails are already great, so it will be interesting to see the devolopment in the future.
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Latitude
35.11443238130784
Longitude
-84.57854747772217
Trail Directions
hwy 64 to hwy 30, take left on 30 then the very next left into parking area.
Trail Length
35?? miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Cleveland
   


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Review Date
November 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Trail_nazi ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Hey folx, just a heads up. The beginner trail to take new riders to is the Brush Creek Trail in the Tanasi Complex. You've just about got a great trail ride in a bag over there. I've taken a few non-riders over there and they loved it, bought bikes and are riding more than me.
I really dont recommend Chilhowee any longer for a first time rider. Erosion and poor trail layout have created a very technical trail system. This is where I use my 5" travel bike the most and it makes mince meat of the technical stuff. Using a hard tail or single speed there, ya need to be on top of your technical skills. Good body english and the occasional bunny hop helps you through it much faster. Azalea, what used to be the beginner trail has turned into a technical if not the most technical trail on the mountain.

I'm not a racer, just someone who loves to ride. I can be found on anything from a 20 pound single speed, to a Cross country race bike, to a dirt jump bike, to a FR/DH bike, and any of them work well up there. Although, the DJ bike is blast!!
Myself and a few others have worked on these trails for years in an attempt to make them better. These are National Forest trails though, so progress is rather slow. If you know of anything You'd like to see up there, just post it; maybe it can be done.
FreeRide Park?-Nope, I've already tried...... It would be an awesome place for it though!!

Recommended Route:
Anywhere as long as its on two leg powered, knobby tires.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Tanasi Trail Complex



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Review Date
December 1, 2003

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: ube ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
awesome trail! i rode with a friend who knew the trail so i can't recommend a route but all of it was great. nice long climbs and great rolling decents. a great intermediate trail.



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Review Date
March 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dylan , from Cleveland

Summary:
The new trail is completed. Granted its pretty short, its still a lot of fun. BE VERY WARY of the dirt jumps, a couple of them will launch you in directions that you cant control if you hit em really fast. One of the jumps includes a 5" tree in the launched trajectory path! Other than that, the rock garden will sneak up and bite ya if you dont read the line pretty well. On azaelea, the old mud bog is gone now, due to the efforts of many trail volunteer hours. Of course, it appears that a new mud bog is developing about 50 yards on down.

Recommended Route:
Any of em, they all work for me.
Try em on single speed. Its amazing how a single speed with a rigid fork completely changes the way you see the trail!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We're prepping to open the new brush creek trail up on Boyd gap. The riding is gonna be nearly identical to riding the faster trails at Tsali. No steep climbs, smooth and rolling, its gonna be awesome. We still have a lot of trimming out on the trail to get stobs and thorns out of the trail bed, but once its complete; fast baby, fast!!



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Review Date
February 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Tmack , from Atlanta, Ga

Summary:
Nice trail! Starting at Clemmer, I went up and around to the Red Leaf trail, then came back via the Clear Creek "Dry route". Clemmer starts off as an uphill doubletrack. Its not too steep, but does go uphill for about 2mi or so. Once you get to the top it levels out into some fast wide singletrack/double track. I took the Rim extension loop, but it was a bit of a dissapointment, not much of a view and several large trees across the trail (at handlebar height, otherwise I would ride over them and not complain). There are alot of small stream crossings (and muddy spots), so if its cold, be prepared for wet feet. This section I give a 4, I took it uphill, but it looked like a fun downhill too, should be no problem for beginners. The area up around Red Leaf has been forrested, apparently to get rid of the pine beatles. All the large pine trees in the area have been cut down and left laying around. Red Leaf itself was freshly buldozed doubletrack with lots of sand, was like riding through a wet sandtrap. Not too impressed by that, so I give this part a 2. Clear creek started off ok, bridges over the creek with ramps, nice single track. Beware of the bridge that has no ramp, there are DEEP mudholes at the bottom of the steps. Almost lost a shoe. Up to the Rimrock branch this is a very nice trail, lots of short hills, a few rooty/rocky sections, but nothing bad, lots of fun so it gets a 4. After the branch, it takes off uphill. This is where the trees really became a nuicence. Every 1/4 mi I had to get off my bike and figure out a way to get me and my bike around some sort of treefell obsticle. Again, like the rim extension, not just logs on the trail, TREES, usually multiple, across the trail (one obsticle on the switchbacks required sliding my bike sideways between two downed trees). Otherwise this would have been another great trail. There are some very sketchy rocky downhill sections on the edge of a very steep slope that might require walking past to avoid sliding down the slope on the loose rocks. The "Dry" route still has a few wet spots, but is for the most part dry, and will dump you out onto hwy30. This last section should get a 3-4 but currently gets a 1 since I felt I spent more time trying to get around down trees than actually riding. The trees are probably from the storms that came through not long ago, most looked like the fell recently.
One note: Check your tires and brakes before going on this one, you will need them on the downhill, and there are some nice rockgardens to give you a pinch flat (cant ride tomorrow cause I used my last tube today, and it was flat when I got home).
See the "Chilhowee Trail Complex" review for a link to a map of the trails.

Recommended Route:
Any way you want.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Somewhat close: Iron Mtn, Sumac Creek, other stuff in the cohuttas, havent ridden much else around Chattanooga/Cleveland.



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Review Date
November 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Santa Cruzer , from Harrison

Summary:
I used to ride here weekly, but I haven't been in a while. I tried the new trail for the first time and It's a BLAST. It's a little short, but I love it. No one is riding too much in the area so leaves are hiding the trails. Coming down the Rim from Clemmer you should watch out as there is a huge new tree down. It's a pain to get through. Bravo to whoever built the log ramp on Clear Creek. Nice one.

Recommended Route:
They are all good.



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