Treat yourself to miles of mountain biking and hiking trails with an added bonus of a paved Greenway that curls around the Clinch River. There are 30-miles of trails at Haw Ridge, ranging from super solid rooted single tracks with tasking climbs and rewarding descents to shoreline trails that are mere feet from the waters of the beautiful Clinch River.
What Makes It Great
This park is great in all seasons, each one offering something different. In the fall, enjoy the colorful leaves. In spring, enjoy the colorful wildflowers. In winter, enjoy the cool weather. And in summer, enjoy a swim in the river after your ride. Be sure to pack a helmet and water. You can't really get lost out here, as everything eventually runs either to the Power Cut or to the Middle Trail - both of which provided a quick way out. If you are around this area and looking for a good ride, be sure to stop by. It's definitely worth your time.
With options to ride hard or simply enjoy the soothing riverside, Haw Ridge Park has something for all interests and experience levels. The trails on the outskirts of the 780 acre property follow the meandering Clinch River and are perfect for visitors just looking to enjoy the river views. Bikers, hikers, and runners have the option to follow these riverside trails or to venture into the center area of the park for a much more technical and exciting adventure. Once in the more central trails, steep inclines and lightning fast descents await you.
Washing Machine, a more recent addition to the Haw Ridge trail system, gives a short 0.6 mile dose of adrenaline flying down the north face of the ridge. To find this prime southeastern burm-fest, head to the eastern side of the park and search between the Low Gap and Ridge Trails for the trailhead. Although missing from the most recent additions of the map, this is worth a try for anyone looking for nonstop speed. Quality downhill is often hard to find in the Southeast, so if you are in the area and considering a trip to Haw Ridge- do yourself a favor and check out this pristine trail.For a more beginner/intermediate experience, the eastern section of the park has some excellent riverside single track. The Eastern Edge Trail (leaving from the Melton Lake Greenway) gives a great riverside ride that has several options for making a more difficult experience if wanted.
Who is Going to Love It
Mountain bikers, this park is made for you. Haw Ridge Park has plenty to offer hikers and runners, but the trails here are well worth grabbing your favorite bike and sampling the diversity of the area. With such a wide variety of difficulty, this park really does have something for everyone. Some of the inner ridge trails have top-notch black diamond traits, while the outer ring has many options for the beginning off-road rider. No matter what your skill level, you will have an opportunity to push your limits at Haw Ridge.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The main parking areas are at the West Entrance and the East Gate. Each area offers a new set of trails, however you can reach any trail from either parking spot with proper directions. Maps are spread throughout the park and trails are usually well marked. The park is open year-round, however there are several multi-day periods per year that the park is closed for hunting. These dates and some other information can be found here.