Chilhowee Trail Complex - Trail, Between Cleveland and Ducktown, Tennessee

Chilhowee Trail Complex - Trail, Between Cleveland and Ducktown, Tennessee

DESCRIPTION

This is an interconnecting network of trails. There are trails for all skill levels once you have made the climb up from the trailhead (or as accessed from the campground). The initial climb is fairly long (about 2 miles) and is aerobically challenging since it gains about 1200 feet of altitude in that distance to just over 2000 feet. The highest point in the system is close to 2200 feet, and the trailhead is at under 850. There are sections that are extremely challenging, steep, technical etc. There are also trails that are little more than smooth dirt roads.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 01, 2009]
MIKEJ5
Cross Country Rider

Simply put, this trail is technical. All trails are fun both ways with the exception of clear creek (it would be a very difficult uphill). Clemer - a long gradual climb up, not very steep, or a fast wide-open downhill. It flattens out about 3 miles up then is a leisurely ride up to the campground. Most of the trail system stems from clemer. Slickrock - Clockwise starting from the lower point on clemer slick rock is a slightly steeper climb thatn clemer but not too bad. Half way up you hit fire road 5050. Take a right on the fire road to continue up slick rock. It then dives back into to woods on the left. More climbing...you'll see a grassy field on your right, your almost to the top. At the top you can see to road on your left and a valley beond the ridge line. You start to decend down a technical rocky section then it opens up into a fast fire road. You will reach a small grassy field. Here is where people get confused. This field is a 4 way intersection. Its hard to see the blazes but they are there. Hard right is the continuation of slick rock. Go left and there is an upper (left) and lower (right) entrance to the Naked Widow loop. Fast down hill with some whoop-dee-doos then your back on fire road 5050. Go left to continue slick rock. It will end up on clemer again. Naked widow loop - If your on clemer going up to the campground from the bottom first entrance to naked widow loop is on your left and its a extremely technical climb up to the grassy field. At the field take a right to go back down. This is a smoother ride. You will end up back on clemer. Azelea is best from the top parking lot of the campground. Its a slight down hill that will dump you on to clear creek. Arbutus is a fire road and not worth riding unless your using it as a connector trail. Clear creek is tight and twisty at the top. follow it to the intersection with rimrock trail. Right to go on rimrock left to stay on clear creek. Rim rock is ridable this way. Very steep down hill in to a creek. (creek is not ridable) then a climb out over to clemer. Left at intersection of rimrock and clear creek will continue down clear creek. THIS IS A VERY TECHNICAL SECTION. The worst on the trail. Follow it down to 3 way. Right to go dry left to get wet.

Customer Service

First off, I ride a single speed. Also you can get a trail map at www.chattbike.com. This map is not 100% accurate but will help. It does not show the lower naked widow loop. -- Up clemer to 2nd slickrock entrance, up slick rock, left at grassy field down 2nd part of slick rock, left on clemer up to first entrance to Naked widow, right at field to go down 2nd part of naked widow. Left on clemer up to campground, Azelea at to of parking lot to clear creek, down to rim rock (rimrock over to clemer if I want a screaming fast down hill or right to stay on clear creek for more technical riding) Both are fun. If your up for challenging your skills I sugguest you stay on clear creek. Watch for the hike-a-bike section followed by 8 or 9 jumps on a fast down hill. The last jump is kind of a table top that you can gap right by the 3 way intersection. Also clear creek has some realy cool exposed sections that you can really get good views of the terrain.

Similar Products Used:

Tanasi, Brush creek, Raccon Mtn. Tsali and Flint Ridge behind the NOC.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
[Jul 10, 2008]
robertbeckman
Downhiller

I love the DH on Clemmer. I have always kayaked the ocoee, and never knew i was passing by one of the best MTB trail systems around. Now me, and a few others that took up biking have been Downhilling and freeriding all over the SE to get our kicks. Clear Creek trail has a little uphill on the top, then it gets rocky & really steep. Deffinetly one of the best trails around. Clemmer is great, a little rocky at the top of the DH run, then it turns into a wide gravel road that my computer clocked me doing 41 mph on. Me and some other thrill seekers love to air out long sections at the bottom using the dirt humps, or woop-t-doos. If your looking for a fast DH run, just cheat and have your significant other drop you off up top, and pick you up in the parking lot. (Don't laugh, my bikes heavy boys). Next head to Tanasi.

Customer Service

Ride up, then DH all the way down either clemmer or Clear Creek.

Similar Products Used:

Thunder Rock Express, Boyd Gap Trail, Raccoon Mountain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 05, 2004]
jmabry87
Weekend Warrior

Just to add to my review below. Clear Creek has been cleared, at least the dry route has. A fun little trail I had never ridden before last week makes a loop around the lake.

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5
VALUE
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3
[Jul 29, 2004]
jmabry87
Weekend Warrior

I have ridden these trails several times over the last few years. Make sure to get a map. Chattanooga Bike club, www.chattbike.com, has good maps and suggested rides. If you want a challenge, start at the bottom of the mountain in the parking lot just off of highway 30 where it intersects 64. You also avoid paying the $3 fee which you pay at the top. Ride up Clemmer trail. To get to the trail, which passes the parking lot on its way to its end at 64, you have to ride a short connecter which is steep and you may just elect to dismount and scramble up the short, steep hill. Clemmer is smooth and somewhat gravelly up to the flatter top of the mountain. Once up the mountain, prepare yourself for rock gardens, switchbacks, whoop-de-doos, creek crossings, and people. Lots of families hike on Benton Falls trail. Slickrock loop is fun and is connected by an old Forest Service road. Naked Widow Loop is very fast and has nice whoop-de-doos. Azalea is rocky and technical in sections. Clear Creek down past Rimrock trail is very rough, overgrown, and is covered in fallen down trees. Arbitus is basically a dirt road. Clemmer is very fast downhill. All but Clear Creek are in good shape and lots of fun.

Customer Service

Clemmer to Slickrock down Naked Widow, up Benton Falls trail to the campground (bathrooms, picnic tables, water, the beach and lake), to Azalea Trail (across upper parking lot), To Arbitus, Clearcreek, to Rimrock, to Clemmer, to Rim extension, and all the way down Clemmer

Similar Products Used:

Brush Creek and Tanasi, Go to Ocoee Whitewater Center for info.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 12, 2003]
Mark
Weekend Warrior

This is a trail (many trails)that can test everone in the family. It has hard trails and easy. There are many incredable views along each and every trail including a beautiful water fall (Benton Falls).

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5
VALUE
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4
[Dec 01, 2003]
ube
Cross Country Rider

great trail. started at the top and rode from there. i can't tell you which trails i rode because i followed someone who knew the way. if you are passing through, i recommend this trail.

Similar Products Used:

ocoee

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 10, 2003]
Trey
Cross Country Rider

These are great trails. They are a bit worn down and need a good bit of attention but still great trails. I particularly like slickrock. If you want a short, technical, fun ride when you hit the field on slickrock go straight across to naked widows loop. Turn right on the gravel road (watch out ofr the culvert). Turn left back onto slickrock off the fire road about a mile up the trail. YOu know you are on the right trail if you hit the jumps. Turn left or you will go down clemmer and have to climb all the way back up. Clear Creek is a great ride as well. Take Azalea in and turn left and veer left onto clear creek. Lower clear creek is still closed I believe so turn right and go down Rim Rock.

Customer Service

Any

Similar Products Used:

Edwards, Tanasi, Mavic Springs, Stringers

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 30, 2002]
Terry

This is (with a couple of exceptions) a top notch ride! The parts that I didn't care for were The Redleaf/Arbutus and the upper portion of Benton Falls trails which were just broad dirt roads. There had been bulldozers in the area pushing dead pinetrees out of these paths (a pine beetle infestation really hit this area hard). This also smoothed and widened the trails.

The Benton Falls trail was also crowded with folks from the campground making the walk down to the waterfalls.

I did not enjoy the Clearcreek Trail as much as I'd hoped. There were several unrideable sections due to large rock outcroppings, fallen pine trees and severe trail erosion. The parts that were rideable were fun, but the walking sections were just long enough as to really rob the rest of the downhill of its thrill, especially after a long day's ride.

Everyone who rides Chilhowee for the first time should probably ride Clearcreek down off the mountain, but I doubt I will do it again.

Everything else was great! Clemmer was a good climb and would have been a screaming downhill, Slickrock was fast in parts and rocky/technical in parts. Azalea was a good roller coaster rip too.

I look forward to going back and doing the stuff I missed. Especially the downhill on Clemmer.

Some notes to avoid confusion. If you take upper slickrock (naked widow) and you want to pick up the other slickrock loop, watch for the open "wildlife viewing field". You will enter on single track. The single track crosses the field and goes about 1/2 mile and hits a gravel road. This is NOT where you want to be. In order to pickup the rest of slickrock when you enter the field, make an immediate right on what starts out as a two track. Trust me, it gets much more challenging very soon!! This will take you onto the portions of Slickrock where it earns its name. You will eventually hit the same FS road, and follow it down past where you would have come out if you had stayed straight in the field.

Customer Service

See the map at: www.chattbike.com/images/maps/chilhmap.jpg

Similar Products Used:

Tanasi/Whitewater

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 14, 2003]
Bryan

Climmer is a great climb and will really open up those lungs for the rest of the ride,
Slick Rock will make you wounder just why you are there untill you hit the top and finaly score your first down hill after 3.5 miles of up hill all out climb.
Benton falls a hikers trail but a fun very fast down hill slope,
Azalia a good point and shoot trail w/ short hills,
Clear Creek just a means to get to Rim Roack unless your going all the way to the bottom of the mtn.
Rim Rock a short steep down hill and a brutal climb back out the other side,
Back to the top of Slick Rock and a 3.5 mile all out down hill to include Climmer be forworned speeds of 32 mph have been recorded on this trail by more than just myself. Do use caution when making your drop off the rock others may be making there way up and at those speeds you will see God if you run out of the trail and off the side of the mnt.

Customer Service

Climmer to slick rock ( the loop ) to benton falls to azalia to Clear creek to rim rock to benton falls to slick rock back to climmer 22 miles +or-

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5
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