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Mountain Biking

Singletrack, doubletrack, or old roadbeds — any natural surface trail that winds through woods or open fields beckons fat tire enthusiasts. Whether you prefer to ride flat and easy or tight and twisty or somewhere in between, Knoxville has trails for your enjoyment. Mountain biking on uneven surfaces presents challenges that give the opportunity to build skills and improve endurance. Within the Knoxville area we’re fortunate to have numerous parks and trail systems to explore. Got a little more time to spend? Head outside the city limits to ride one of the regional trail systems — there are miles of trail awaiting.

Our local shops and clubs love to ride the trails around our area. Their ride schedule is posted on our weekly events calendar. Check the main calendar for trail work days, mountain bike races and demo days.

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Concord Park
Ft Dickerson Park
Forks of the River WMA*
Haw Ridge Park*
Meads Quarry at Ijams Nature Center
IC King Park
Anderson School Trails in the Knoxville Urban Wilderness
Loyston Point Trails
Melton Hill Park
Norris Dam State Park Trails
Norris Watershed Trails*
Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park Trails
William Hastie Natural Area
*Check TWRA for hunting dates - RIDE SAFE

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Big South Fork NRRA Trails*
Black Oak Ridge Trails*
Frozen Head State Park Trails
North Boundary Trails*
Panther Creek State Park Trails
*Check TWRA for hunting dates - RIDE SAFE


IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.

  1. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
  2. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  3. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
  4. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
  5. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
  6. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

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