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Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is spoke’n hot: About 40 million Americans participate in the sport according to the International Mountain Biking Association. And some of the best terrain in the country can be found in the Tennessee Valley.  

TVA partners with local chapters of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association and with Tennessee Valley cities and counties to provide some of the best trails in the southeast. These include the TVA-maintained Loyston Loop and Mill Creek Loop trails on Norris; the Raccoon Mountain trail system; the Honeycomb Trail on Guntersville; and the Yelling and Dam Builders trails at South Holston.  

“We have trails that are for everyone, from beginners to real enthusiasts, and they’re sustainably designed to last well into the future — here for today, and there for tomorrow,” says TVA Natural Resources Recreation Strategist Clay Guerry. “The trails at Norris and Raccoon Mountain are real destination trails for travelers, too, meaning they have a positive economic impact on the Tennessee Valley.”

History on Wheels

Two new TVA multi-use trails near South Holston Dam are designed to provide mountain biking fun for the whole family now and in times to come.

Killer Biking on TVA’s Mill Creek Loop

Whether it’s rainy or gorgeous fall day, grab your mountain bike and head for the Mill Creek Loop, TVA’s latest and greatest hiking and biking trail, where both the color and the ride are spectacular.

Go with the Flow

Norris Lake’s outstanding Loyston Point trails provide a beautiful setting and a mountain biking experience that will suit your experience level—whether you’re a beginner or seasoned expert.

Mountain Bike Mecca

Bike Magazine summed up Raccoon Mountain’s bike trails in one word: glorious. Find out why these 30 miles of trails are known for monster thrills and family chill.

Get on Your Bike and Ride

But before you do, consider these pointers: 

Get the Right Bike: If you’re a beginner, there’s no need to invest in an expensive bike (and they can cost $12,000), but it’s important to get one built for off-road biking. Look for one with a chunky frame and rugged, high-volume tires that can handle rocks and roots.

Keep Your Head About You: Wear a helmet. Uneven ground ups your chances for crashes, so you want to keep your best asset covered. Expect to pay at least $50 for a good one.

Ride with a friend: Biking in good company makes for greater safety. If all goes well you’ll have shared memories to treasure. If not — and accidents do happen — you’ll be in a good position to get or give help. 

Have a Drink on You:  Trail riding is thirsty work. Never let dehydration become an issue; take water with you. Better yet, have your bike fitted with a water-bottle holder.

You Do You: Never ride trails you’re not comfortable on, or push yourself beyond your limits. Start slow and build your experience. And if you’re with your kids, stay at their level. There’s a lesson here for them: slow and steady wins the race.

 

Here's a list to of TVA mountain biking trails help you find one near you; it includes difficulty level and distance:

Honeycomb Trail—difficult—9.3 miles
Nottely Dam Trail—moderate—2.5 miles
Chatuge Dam Trail—easy—1.5 miles
MUSCLE SHOALS TRAILS
 
Jogging Trail—easy—3.13 miles
  Rockpile Trail—moderate—2.67 miles
  Waterfall Walk—easy—0.18 miles
  Bicycle Trail—easy—1.48 miles
  Old Railroad Bridge Trail—easy—0.18 miles
  Reservation Road Trail—easy—2.6 miles
NORRIS TRAILS

  Loyston Loop Trail—moderate—5.4 miles
  Mill Creek Loop Trail—moderate—7.3 miles
  Point 19 Trail—moderate—1.5 miles
  Clinch Trail—1 mile
RACCOON MOUNTAIN TRAILS

  Chunky Freeride—difficult—1 mile
  East Rim—easy—1 mile
  Electric Ave. 1—easy—1.6 miles
  Electric Ave. 2—easy—1.7 miles
  Grindstone Ridge—moderate—1.7 miles
  High Voltage—difficult—3.4 miles
  Laurel Point—moderate—2.6 miles
  Live Wire 1—difficult—1.8 miles
  Live Wire 2—difficult—3.1 miles
  Lower Chunky—difficult—0.8 mile
  Megawatt—difficult—2.6 miles
  River Gorge—moderate—1.5 miles
  Six Flags—difficult—0.5 mile
  Small Intestine—moderate—3 miles
  Split Rock—moderate—0.5 miles
  Switch Yard—easy—1.5 miles
SOUTH HOLSTON TRAILS
 
Dam Builders Trail—easy—3.1 miles
  Yelling Trail—easy—1.1 miles

For more information, including location and driving directions, visit TVA Trails.