West of Knoxville and west of Wartburg on the Cumberland Plateau, the 80,000 acre Catoosa Wildlife Management Area has 40+ miles of mountain bike trails. The trail system consists of gravel and dirt roads, along with some singletrack. On the main routes, there are several spur trails which lead to overlooks from sandstone cliffs.
For a 18 mile loop on gravel road, start at the Catoosa Checking Station and head around to Buck Switch. Continue on up to the Bicolor Checking Station and head down to Island Creek. From here, continue around to the Catoosa Checking Station. This route has a total vertical gain of about 2,000 feet.
To reach the trailhead from US27 in Wartburg, head west on Catoosa Road for 5.9 miles to the parking area.
Overall, Catoosa Wildlife Management Area is the 11th most popular mountain bike trail of all 21 mountain biking rides in Tennessee.