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Tanasi Whitewater

Average Rating:    (4.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

There is a smooth but steepish climb (about a mile) up to the various single track loops. There are now several great new sections. All are terrific! I started a new review for this trail because with all the improvements it deserves a WAY better score and 3+.
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Latitude
35.07538631636978
Longitude
-84.48125839233398
Trail Directions
This trail have been improved BIG TIME!!! Park at Whitewater center. The trail begins just left of the far side of the upper bridge. Cross either bridge and go left.
Trail Length
up to 20 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Between Cleveland and Ducktown
   


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Review Date
April 10, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: anj ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was my first time riding the trails of Ocoee and didnt by any means get to see all of them but here's my notes on the first one. More to follow as I intend to go back there as often as I can. Parked at the White Water Center parking area and rode back up to the upper bridge by the center but instead of crossing over to where Bear Paw begins, I decided to take the Old Copper Road trail which is about three miles and pretty easy except for the one section of roots and rocks that tend to keep you on your toes. It's also a nice ride along side the Ocoee. It ends at a road which is what I assume to be the access road that leads down to Ocoee #3 dam but instead of going down the road, I went up to the trail that leads up to Boyd's Gap overlook. This trail starts off nice but ends up being a 1.6 mile climb with some very tricky spots and I ended up hiking up a great deal of it. Then when you get to the top, the trail opens out into Boyd's Gap overlook and the Brush Creek trail head. I took Brush Creek trail 6.x miles down the mountain and it made the climb well worth the trouble. Smooth and flowing with nice switchbacks and decent berms all the way down to river level then gently back up and out onto Hwy 64. The trail is VERY narrow and if you meet someone coming the other way, one of you is going to have to leave the trail to let the other one by. Anyway, at this point my plan was to just take the highway back to the white water center where i was parked but after about a mile or so, I came upon the road access to Boyd's Gap Overlook again so instead of taking the highway, beautiful though it is out there, back down to the WWC, I deciced to take the Boyd's Gap Overlook trail back down the way I had come up! It's much more fun going down but not much less tricky :) Then I simply backtracked over the Old Copper Road and it's rooty rocky parts back to the WWC parking area. A total of 18.17 miles, according to Cyclemeter and that Brush Creek section is the best stretch of 'narrow' single track I have ever ridden. Easily five stars.

Recommended Route:
For beginning MTB'ers or long time ones who've been on hiatus (like me), I would park at Boyd's Gap overlook and take Brush Creek Trail until it comes back out on Hwy 64. Then go right and take the hwy about a mile to the Boyd's Gap overlook where you parked. Now... if you're up to it, do it again!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
i can't personally recommend yet but others seem to like:
Thunder Rock Express
Chilhowee
Bear Paw
and others in the area



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Review Date
July 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: robertbeckman ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Chestnut Loop is very good, would recomend a clockwise direction. Thunder Rock Express is one of my favorite DH's in the South. Very fast, some burms, and you don't want to fall off the left edge. Epic DH run, wish i could do it over and over. (Insert Ski Lift Here) Anyway quartz loop is good also, ride it clockwise. River view loop is a great XC trail, and has good views of the upper. Try Boyd Gap Trail Too.

Recommended Route:
Start at the top (if you have two cars) ride the quartz loop, then down to chestnut, go clockwise if you want to head to Thunder Rock Express. Go counterclockwise if you want to head to the riverview loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tsali, Chilhowee, Raccoon Mountain



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Review Date
May 22, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mscookla ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trail was great. The first climb gets your heart rate up fast. Did most of the singletrack off Chestnut Loop. Would have done more, but had a raft trip that afternoon. I highly recommend the afternoon raft trip, sort of like taking a bath.

Recommended Route:
We went up to Bear Paw and turned left to Chestnut. Rode River View and then Quartz Loop. Fast downhill on Chestnut to Thunder Rock Express. That is a good description, express. Great downhill singletrack. Finished on Rhododendren Trail to watch the rafters.

Not very technical, but good aerobic workout because of the climbing.

Great scenery!



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Review Date
March 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Wcurider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Okay, so it's my spring break, so what to do? Go riding! Alright. I rode tanasi. Awesome, well kept trails. Smooth, fast, hard, and painful. Did i mention painful? The first climb gets your lungs going. I was a lil out of it, but I made it to the top ate a powerbar and kept going. I came to a trail called riverview. Take this trail! Fun as can be. After getting off riverview, I climbed some more, and some more until i got to thunderock express. Wow. Awesome downhill.

Recommended Route:
Chestnut to riverview, to chesnut. Take trail to thunderock. Back to whitewater center. A lot more trails than this to explore.



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Review Date
November 5, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtb777 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
WOW, THIS PLACE IS JUST GREAT AS FAR AS VARIETY AND TRAIL CONDITIONS. I ONLY GOT TO RIDE HERE THIS ONE DAY BUT I'LL DEFINETLY BE BACK! IF YOU READ THE LONE CLYDSDALE'S REVIEW, HE'S RIGHT ON TARGET. I RODE THERE IN MID OCTOBER '05 AND THIS WHOLE AREA IMPRESSED ME SO MUCH. IT'S AS FUN AS TSALI WITH MORE TECHNICAL AND WAY MORE SPEED! THE VIEWS AND SCENERY ARE SIMILAR TO TSALI, BUT THE FACILITES HERE ARE MUCH BETTER. THE GANG I WAS WITH DID TWO RIDES. MOST OF US DID A MODIFIED REPEAT RUN OF THE NORNIG RIDE IN THE AFTERNOON, WHILE SOME OF THE GUYS RODE OVER AND DID THE NEWER BRUSH CREEK TRAIL SECTION DOWN THE ROAD AND REPORTED THAT TO BE FUN AND FAST, BUT, NOT REAL TECHNICAL. THEY COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT THE LONG ROAD RIDE FROM WHERE WE PARKED A WAYS FROM THE WHITE WATER CENTER (WHICH IS NOT TO BE MISSED, THEY HAVE GREAT TRAIL MAPS THERE FOR FREE AND LOTS OF OTHER INFO ABOUT THE AREA AS WELL) LIE I SAID, NICE FCILITIES!

Recommended Route:
IN THE MORNING WE HIT THE BRIDGE FROM THE PARKING LOT AAND CLIMBED UP BEAR PAW LOOP RUNNING STRAIGHT THRU(LEFTISH) TO CHESTNUT MT. LOOP TO (RIGHT) RIVER VIEW LOOP WHICH RAN BACK INTO CH. MT. LOOP(LEFT) TO THE INTERSECTION (RIGHT) ONTO THE QUARTZ CONNECTOR TRAIL TO WHERE IT SPLITS AT THE BIG WHITE QUARTZ ROCK! I(AND EVERYONE ELSE) RECOMMENDS HEADING TO THE LEFT FOR A CLOCKWISE LOOP WHICH HAS MORE DOWNHILLING AT THE END AND JUST FLOWS BETTER. POP OUT BACK AT THE ROCK AND OUT THE CONNECTOR AND GET BACK ON CHESTNUT (RIGHT) FOR SOME WIDE, FAST DOWNHILLING!! PASS BY THE ENTRANCE/EXIT TO WEST FORK AND CONTINUE TO THE BOMB!! ON THE LEFT OF A HAIRPIN YOU'LL SEE THE UPPER TRAILHEAD FOR THUNDER ROCK EXPRESS! BY ALL MEANS, TAKE IT AND HOLD ON.... IT'S BY FAR ONE ON FUNNEST, FASTEST DOWNHILLS I'VE BEEN ON. IT'S NOT A KITSUMA KINDA DH, BUT JUST FLOWY AND QUICK. WATCH OUT FOR THAT SHARP RIGHT ABOUT 2/3'S OF THE WAY DOWN THAY'S IN A REALLY FLAT SECTION THAT'LL SEND YOU OFF INTO THE WILD BLUE! THE BOTTOM HALF ROCKS WITH SOME BERMS IT THE CROTCHES. TAKE THE CAMPGROUND LINK TRAIL BACK TO THE PARKING LOT. IT'S FAST, FLAT AND SWOOPY BIG RING FUN, BUT WATCH FOR HIKERS AS ALWAYS.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
NEARBY, IS THE CHILHOWEE TRAIL SYSTEM. WE ONLY GOT TO RIDE THERE A HALF A DAY. WE SHUTTLED MC CAMY LAKE TRAIL TO SLICKROCK TO CLEMMER TWICE. WHICH WAS A BLAST. THERE'S DEFINITEY A DAY OR TWO OF RIDING HERE AND TANASI W.W.C. THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR AN EXTENDED WEEKEND!!



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