Chilhowee Recreation Area - Mountain Biking
Chilhowee is one of the few places to ride mountain bikes on singletrack in the Cherokee National Forest , and that riding is challenging and excellent. Earn your turns from the Clemmer Trailhead and reap the reward on the way back down!
While there are many, many options for riding at Chilhowee, the described loop is approximately 20 miles.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The trail surface isn't typically very technical, but some sections—especially the uppermost portion of the Clear Creek descent—will require some walking for most riders. The trails are also older, hand-built singletrack, which is typically more challenging terrain for those used to modern machine-cut flow trail. Starting from the Clemmer Trailhead, as described, also means beginning one's ride with a 2.5-4.3 mile climb (depending on route).
Time To Complete
Plan on 2-3 hours to do the suggested 20-mile loop
Chilhowee's trails are old and well-bedded, meaning this can be a good choice when some of the trails closer to Chattanooga are too saturated.
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