East of Ducktown and Copperhill in the Tanasi Mountain Bike Trail System of the Ocoee Ranger District, the Chestnut Mountain area has a great network of easy and intermediate trails. For a long intermediate ride, try combining the Chestnut Mountain Loop with the West Fork Loop (11.5 miles) starting from the Entrance Trail. Exit via the Bear Paw Loop.
The trailhead is located at the Whitewater Center. The Whitewater Center is located on the Ocoee River and US Highway 64 in Polk County about 20 miles west of Cleveland and about five miles east of Ducktown. From Knoxville take exit 25, the highway 64 bypass. From Chattanooga, take exit 20, the highway 64 bypass. From there take highway 64 to Ocoee. Pass over highway 411 and pass the Ocoee Dam on the right and the Ocoee Ranger Station on the left. Thunder Rock Campground is behind Ocoee Powerhouse #3 on the right. The Ocoee Whitewater Center is just past the powerhouse on the right (approximately 28 miles from Cleveland).
Overall, Chestnut Mountain is the 2nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 21 mountain biking rides in Tennessee.