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Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement

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Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement (BORCE) is located behind K-25, on the far west side of Oak Ridge. There are about 2.6 miles of singletrack trails and 11 miles of dirt/gravel roads. miles of dirt/gravel roads and singletrack ranked moderate to difficult. Most of the trails are open for mult-use, except Gallaher and McKinney RidgeTrails which are for foot traffic only. Located on the Department of Energy Reservation, the trail passes through ridge-top woodlands, karst bluffs covered in mountain laurel, and creek-side habitats. A variety of wildlife and native plants as well as remnants of pre-Manhattan Project settlements are present. The trails are nearly mud-free year-round.

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Bird Watching: Woodland birds are common to abundant across Oak Ridge. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chuck-will's-widow, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, and Summer Tanager are found commonly in summer. Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and other resident woodland birds are common year round.

Mountain Biking: The singletrack trails are contour-routed to conserve momentum descending and for relatively easy climbing. The many small trees in the trail corridors and the sharp, off-camber turns, control speeds. The trail treads are sparingly benched, narrow and hard to master. Only riders with good maneuvering skills will be able to hold the speed potential of these singletracks. The gravel roads are generally hilly and are sharply steep, over 20% in many places. They can be crazy fast if you are fearless or foolish. The steep grades are prone to forming gullies in heavy rains and should not be ridden fast without pre-riding them. Though the roads are well maintained, they are changeable and the gravel repairs are often deep and loose. To maximize the single track to gravel ratio and avoid the steepest roads, the following 11.5-mile route offers 5.2 miles of single track and only 1320 feet of climbing: Ride west from the parking lot and stay on Dyllis Orchard Road, ride each of the single tracks out-and-back as you come to them. Return along Dyllis Orchard Road to the short connector crossing to West Ridge Road. Go left on the connector and right on West Ridge Road and take it all the way down the hill. Return to the parking lot via Twisted Beech Trail and Dyllis Orchard Road. Note the namesake tree on Twisted Beech.

Trails: Trails have good drainage making this a great place to hike, ride or ride after inclement weather. Around 60% of the trails are gravel with the remaining being singletrack and are considered moderately difficult due to some steep grades. more information

Map Black Oak Ridge Trails

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