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Latitude
36.093932848018035
Longitude
-84.3419337272644
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Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Unknown
City/County
Knoxville
   


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Review Date
October 31, 2006

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: type2teach ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Wind Rock rocks! Down, down, downhill all the way. No, it's not super steep the whole way, but maybe 40% of it is. The other 60% is fast, rocky downhill xc riding, but you barely pedal. Basically you start at the top of the mountain and ride DOWN. There are ladders, drops, wood banks and plenty of rocks. Most of the north shore stuff is centralized in one area and is really one line that goes gap, drop, bank, drop, bank, drop, gap. If you want, you just push your bike up the hill and do it again. Bring armor. Shin pads, knee pads, even a full face helmet would be great. Expect to fall. There are quite a few techy, rocky sections that would take incredible skill to get through without at least putting a foot down. I fell more than a few times, sometimes going over my bars.I suppose you CAN ride it on an XC bike, but I don't see why you would want to. Also, unless your hardtail is burly and you like punishment, don't bring it. All-Mountain, Freeride and DH bikes are what you want to bring. I have an '06 SX Trail with 6x6 suspension and it was great. Oh yeah, a chainguide is pretty important too. My buddy's chain came off numerous times.
Make sure you bring two cars to shuttle. Another reviewer posted that it takes an hour to push your bike from the bottom of the mountain to the top. We hitched a ride up, but I agree that it would have taken at least an hour to walk to the top. The place is actually a playground for ATVs and dirtbikes. It costs 15 bucks to get in. I went on a monday, so there was no one else there, but on the weekends I hear it gets pretty crowded. Getting there is really easy. Mapquest Windrock Road in Oliver Springs, TN. It is at the end of that road. You can't get lost.

Recommended Route:
Like I said, DRIVE or hitch a ride to the TOP. Yes, the very top where the wind turbines are that look like huge white windmills. The road will come to a locked gate. Park somewhere around there and then head back down the mountain on the main road for a couple hundred feet where the main road curves to the right, and two trails split off to the left. The middle trail goes UP to the peak of another small hill that has a huge power line tower on it. Go UP that trail and that's where the bike trail begins. From then on, don't take your hand off your brake levers. We rode the entire trail once and it took us about an hour. If we had time to ride it again, it probably would have taken us 30 to 45 minutes without stopping to ride stuff again or take pictures. The bike trail is single track, so if you get on double track (an ATV trail) for too long, you know you accidentally got off the bike trail. If you aren't used to looooong decents, be prepared your your forearms to be tired. Have fun.



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Review Date
November 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: bigkonarider ,  Downhiller

Summary:
#1 original DH course is pretty cool.It could be "not as steep" in sections-but it is what it is!
Jumps are cool,rock garden isn't bad.The waterfall section is what i don't like.I like fast world cup kinda courses & Windrock is full-on almost North Shore Canada style,where you only get to a certain speed & never past it...
It will make you a better rider no doubt-so it's all worthwhile. The climb/push to the top is apx. an hour or more if there is no shuttlers there.
Lot's of 4-wheelers around,so watch out when crossing the roads !Go to Harpers Bikes in K-Town for pictures & info!...

Recommended Route:
Go to Oak Ridge-then to Windrock road! better ask..

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Norris for easy fast DH! Haw Ridge for V-Trail .....& Big 4x track at the Saulway for great jumps & berms!



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Review Date
September 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ronny Grady ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Wow, this place was great! I just rode the DH course a few times and it blows away anything else I have ridden in the Eastern USA. You definitely want a DH bike for this one!

Let me see, 3 or four good drops that can be from 5 to 15+ feet, depending how fast you hit them, 6 good doubles, really smooth for a mountain bike, lots of rock drops in the 4 or 5 foot range, and just overall great steeps and rough trail. This trail was great, I will be back.

All they need for me is some good skinies, although I haven't ridden everything out there yet.

See you out there.

Recommended Route:
Check with the outfitters or go when others will be out there



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Review Date
April 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: glove&thespecialsauce , from knoxvegas

Summary:
Have not been in awhile (lots of rain makes big mud holes silly sized) but, this is the place for the long ride junky. The downhill guys have built real-deal pro-level++ courses but the 300+ miles of gravel, dirt and atv trails make this place a long ride beauty. It is no problem to do a 50 mile 6000ft. of vertical ride and you barely scratch the surface. Now you have to pay to play but it is probably worth it. Get a permit but start the ride knowing that you need lots of food and water and a love for climbing. Hopefully we will have a drought this summer so as to go back on the mountain and not be completely underwater.

Recommended Route:
Up, down repeat as needed (4-5 hours worth is usually enough)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
It is truly all good, it just depends on your mood and the weather.



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Review Date
March 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tgaines72 , from Louisville, KY

Summary:
Wind Rock will destroy you...
...and your bike. Wind Rock is an abomination of nature, created and built by evil minds who plot destruction. And I like the way they think!
Wind Rock is the evil side of nature ( natures bastard son.) Brutally steep trails through rock gardens and drop offs. Your mind toils overtime, laying out impossible lines, with your seat in your gut, brakes locked, power sliding over boulders, ramping through burms which set you up for ladder bridge drop offs into steep transitions which set you up for more aerial docents, then through another rock garden then into doubles, jumps, gap jump, then another double.
When powering through a steep drop, my handle bars were hung on a tree. The momentum garnered, in incredible down hills, coupled with the impact of the tree, pitched me over the bars, tossing myself nearly 6 feet up and out, down the hill as my bike bounced nearly 20 feet down the cliff. Climbing down to get it was difficult. With gashes in my armor, I attempted to climb back on my bike, shake the dirt and forge on to the parking lot, to catch a shuttle back to the top.
1,800 feet up. The weather changes, but only slightly. The trail head is marked by a 6 foot drop in, and ramped around to a boulder field. The merciless trail continues on to a drop into a 20 foot transition which sets you up barreling massive speed into the jump section. Rattled and torn by this point, the rock garden throws you out into menacing boulders ready to eat you alive and grind you into the dirt.
And when you think its over its not. You roll off a 40 foot cliff into a water fall of death. If you make it out alive, the freeride park offers many ways to huck yourself off a rock, then another, then another.............
Bomb out and into doubles then more doubles then into power slides as the elevation drops at incredible rates. The decent is rapid and almost vertical. Rock drop offs into, over-the-bar type-speeding hills.
A short trip on the decline of a logging road takes you to another steep, steep drop in to a fast section winding around trees, as speed caries you into a ladder bridge drop, then another then rock face then big doubles, etc. etc.
And that is only Downhill course #1. My experience with downhill #2 is limited, yet shattered images of boulder fields crushing spirits permeates and resonates my memories of this trail. The rock garden is impassable at first glance, yet round 2 shows lines not previously seen.
I am icing my bruised body as masochistic dreams dance in my head. Writing this description is just a matter of grasping on to flashing images of speed and gravity.
It is only fitting that the builders of these trails were in tattered condition. One of the master minds had a serious leg injury, that kept him off the bike. However, he kindly lent a hand on shuttling. This sick and twisted death squad of trail builders are actually a good group of people, who welcome challengers. So if you go, visit Earth Traverse Outfitters, and bring your game face. Hard Core is not just a buzz word. Anything less than body armor and beefy bikes lends terrible tragedy. Only skilled riders need challenge this atrocity of a park Wind Rock is beautiful yet, decadent and depraved. It is nestled in the Cumberland mountain range on a coal mining mountain, who lends its land to all type of off road vehicles. Clear cuts and erosion is evident on nearly every bit of Wind Rock. Bastardized nature, surrounded by beauty. . "It's better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't."
-Butthole Surfers

Recommended Route:
call Earth Traverse Outfitters



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