Chestnut Mountain Mountain Biking

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).

Chestnut Mountain Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Cherokee National Forest (423) 735-1500.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike! Southern Appalachian And Smokies" from Steve Jones

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Thunder Rock Campground; Leconte Lodge (423) 429-5704

Luxury Loding:  Blue Mountain Mist Country Inn, Sevierville

Local Website:  click here

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/1/2016

Chestnut Mountain Mountain Biking Map


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