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Stanky Creek

Average Rating:    (4.05 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Approximately 6.5 mile loop with different variations of riding it. The trail is not for the beginner. It is tight and twisty singletrack with abundant switch backs. There are not any hills in this area of considerable grief... but the trail has a lot of fast and tight singletrack sections. This is technical riding at its best in this area. Also there's a bonus jump course near the end of the trail.
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Latitude
35.21904809537145
Longitude
-89.87048149108887
Trail Directions
Take I-40 to Sycamore View and proceed north on Sycamore View to Bartlett Rd. Proceed north on Bartlett Rd. to Yale Rd. then left... the parking lot is the first drive on your right. Trailhead is obvious.
Trail Length
@6.5mi
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Memphis/Bartlett
   


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Review Date
June 29, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: gasiorv ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I see that this trail hasn't been reviewed in a few years and there has been many changes. The total trail is over 10 miles now, you can easily get in 20 miles of singletrack if you ride it in both directions (CW is the normal route, but you can ride it CCW and it is a completely different trail, so ride both ways in one day to get in 20 miles of fresh trail). The parking lot is now paved and there is a nice trail map permanently located at the trail head. This is my favorite trail in the Memphis area. The park is also referred to as Nesbit Park, but the locals all call it Stanky Creek.

Recommended Route:
Starting in the Parking Lot, ride the blue, yellow, white, outhouse, white, new loop, white, back to parking lot in CW direction for over 10 miles of singletrack. If you still want more, ride it backwards for 10 more miles of fresh trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Herb Parsons, Wolf River Trails, Lakeland, Clear Creek (Oxford).



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Review Date
September 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Memphisrider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Stanky has been reviewed as the Bartlett trail, but it is most commonly know as Stanky Creek and is the local Memphis area premiere mountain biking venue.

Almost continuous trail repair over the last year has kept this system in race worthy condition. Several races (NORBA) have been held at this location. This trail system has been increased in length to 9.25 miles. A new 1.25 mile section added in the past month called the “out house” loop adds a section for speed or recovery, an old out house nearby the trail gives the loop it’s name. A planned .75 mile extension will give the trail a total of 10 miles, just in time for the annual 12 Hours of Stanky race Halloween weekend.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wolf River Trail system; Herb Parson Lake



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Review Date
March 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Giant DTZ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Overall this a pretty good ride. It offers a little bit of everything for you to have a little fun. The track is pretty tight in places and you can't get much speed (I think 17 mph is the highest I registered on my computer). The bottoms hold a lot of water in spots and it can get pretty muddy after a rain. There is a decent little technical area with some bridges and rails to ride (thanks to whoever built them). Decent creek crossings and one decent down hill on the Blue trail, which is not as bad as someone had previously posted. The trails however, are not very well marked. They are marked w/ colored paint on the trees but there are several points where there are 2-4 ways to go and if you have not ridden here much (this was my first time here) you can get a little disoriented and wondering which trail to take. Overall it is fun and challenging for the beginner and a good way to brush off the dust after a winter spell of not riding. It is worth going back to. LIVESTRONG!

Recommended Route:
I would start on the Blue trail which is on the left side of the parking area. You will ahve most of you rfun there and then can decide if you want to check out the other trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shelby Farms, or Tour De Wolf is not far from there. I usually hit Stanky and then drive over to the TDW in the afternoon.



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Review Date
July 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dkuhlman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is clearly the best riding in Mempphis. Kudos to the club that maintains the trail. I rode this after a storm and there were all kinds of trees down. This weekend it was cleared and 100% available.

Recommended Route:
I suppose you can start on either end but I like starting with the blue route then yellow and then white. I am not sure why they call the white the expert loop. It is actually the easiest of the lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clear Creek in Oxford MS is better than this with more elevation but farther away. Fruit loops (also in Oxford) is okay but the best part is POSTED.



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Review Date
December 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: shortguyfiftysix ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is a great ride. There are a lot of roots but they just add to the excitement. The root part is crappy if you dont have any type of suspension(as my dad discovered). There are several creek crossings and at one point a very large , fast hill that is very tricky. Overall, its the best ride in TN.

Recommended Route:
any route will do just fine

Other recommended trails in the same area:
this is the best one--so forget the rest



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