Tanasi Whitewater - Trail, Between Cleveland and Ducktown, Tennessee

Tanasi Whitewater - Trail, Between Cleveland and Ducktown, Tennessee

DESCRIPTION

There is a smooth but steepish climb (about a mile) up to the various single track loops. There are now several great new sections. All are terrific! I started a new review for this trail because with all the improvements it deserves a WAY better score and 3+.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 10, 2012]
anj
Weekend Warrior

This was my first time riding the trails of Ocoee and didnt by any means get to see all of them but here's my notes on the first one. More to follow as I intend to go back there as often as I can. Parked at the White Water Center parking area and rode back up to the upper bridge by the center but instead of crossing over to where Bear Paw begins, I decided to take the Old Copper Road trail which is about three miles and pretty easy except for the one section of roots and rocks that tend to keep you on your toes. It's also a nice ride along side the Ocoee. It ends at a road which is what I assume to be the access road that leads down to Ocoee #3 dam but instead of going down the road, I went up to the trail that leads up to Boyd's Gap overlook. This trail starts off nice but ends up being a 1.6 mile climb with some very tricky spots and I ended up hiking up a great deal of it. Then when you get to the top, the trail opens out into Boyd's Gap overlook and the Brush Creek trail head. I took Brush Creek trail 6.x miles down the mountain and it made the climb well worth the trouble. Smooth and flowing with nice switchbacks and decent berms all the way down to river level then gently back up and out onto Hwy 64. The trail is VERY narrow and if you meet someone coming the other way, one of you is going to have to leave the trail to let the other one by. Anyway, at this point my plan was to just take the highway back to the white water center where i was parked but after about a mile or so, I came upon the road access to Boyd's Gap Overlook again so instead of taking the highway, beautiful though it is out there, back down to the WWC, I deciced to take the Boyd's Gap Overlook trail back down the way I had come up! It's much more fun going down but not much less tricky :) Then I simply backtracked over the Old Copper Road and it's rooty rocky parts back to the WWC parking area. A total of 18.17 miles, according to Cyclemeter and that Brush Creek section is the best stretch of 'narrow' single track I have ever ridden. Easily five stars.

Customer Service

For beginning MTB'ers or long time ones who've been on hiatus (like me), I would park at Boyd's Gap overlook and take Brush Creek Trail until it comes back out on Hwy 64. Then go right and take the hwy about a mile to the Boyd's Gap overlook where you parked. Now... if you're up to it, do it again!

Similar Products Used:

i can't personally recommend yet but others seem to like:
Thunder Rock Express
Chilhowee
Bear Paw
and others in the area

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 10, 2008]
robertbeckman
Downhiller

Chestnut Loop is very good, would recomend a clockwise direction. Thunder Rock Express is one of my favorite DH's in the South. Very fast, some burms, and you don't want to fall off the left edge. Epic DH run, wish i could do it over and over. (Insert Ski Lift Here) Anyway quartz loop is good also, ride it clockwise. River view loop is a great XC trail, and has good views of the upper. Try Boyd Gap Trail Too.

Customer Service

Start at the top (if you have two cars) ride the quartz loop, then down to chestnut, go clockwise if you want to head to Thunder Rock Express. Go counterclockwise if you want to head to the riverview loop.

Similar Products Used:

Tsali, Chilhowee, Raccoon Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 22, 2006]
mscookla
Cross Country Rider

The trail was great. The first climb gets your heart rate up fast. Did most of the singletrack off Chestnut Loop. Would have done more, but had a raft trip that afternoon. I highly recommend the afternoon raft trip, sort of like taking a bath.

Customer Service

We went up to Bear Paw and turned left to Chestnut. Rode River View and then Quartz Loop. Fast downhill on Chestnut to Thunder Rock Express. That is a good description, express. Great downhill singletrack. Finished on Rhododendren Trail to watch the rafters.

Not very technical, but good aerobic workout because of the climbing.

Great scenery!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 12, 2006]
Wcurider
Cross Country Rider

Okay, so it's my spring break, so what to do? Go riding! Alright. I rode tanasi. Awesome, well kept trails. Smooth, fast, hard, and painful. Did i mention painful? The first climb gets your lungs going. I was a lil out of it, but I made it to the top ate a powerbar and kept going. I came to a trail called riverview. Take this trail! Fun as can be. After getting off riverview, I climbed some more, and some more until i got to thunderock express. Wow. Awesome downhill.

Customer Service

Chestnut to riverview, to chesnut. Take trail to thunderock. Back to whitewater center. A lot more trails than this to explore.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 05, 2005]
mtb777
Weekend Warrior

WOW, THIS PLACE IS JUST GREAT AS FAR AS VARIETY AND TRAIL CONDITIONS. I ONLY GOT TO RIDE HERE THIS ONE DAY BUT I'LL DEFINETLY BE BACK! IF YOU READ THE LONE CLYDSDALE'S REVIEW, HE'S RIGHT ON TARGET. I RODE THERE IN MID OCTOBER '05 AND THIS WHOLE AREA IMPRESSED ME SO MUCH. IT'S AS FUN AS TSALI WITH MORE TECHNICAL AND WAY MORE SPEED! THE VIEWS AND SCENERY ARE SIMILAR TO TSALI, BUT THE FACILITES HERE ARE MUCH BETTER. THE GANG I WAS WITH DID TWO RIDES. MOST OF US DID A MODIFIED REPEAT RUN OF THE NORNIG RIDE IN THE AFTERNOON, WHILE SOME OF THE GUYS RODE OVER AND DID THE NEWER BRUSH CREEK TRAIL SECTION DOWN THE ROAD AND REPORTED THAT TO BE FUN AND FAST, BUT, NOT REAL TECHNICAL. THEY COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT THE LONG ROAD RIDE FROM WHERE WE PARKED A WAYS FROM THE WHITE WATER CENTER (WHICH IS NOT TO BE MISSED, THEY HAVE GREAT TRAIL MAPS THERE FOR FREE AND LOTS OF OTHER INFO ABOUT THE AREA AS WELL) LIE I SAID, NICE FCILITIES!

Customer Service

IN THE MORNING WE HIT THE BRIDGE FROM THE PARKING LOT AAND CLIMBED UP BEAR PAW LOOP RUNNING STRAIGHT THRU(LEFTISH) TO CHESTNUT MT. LOOP TO (RIGHT) RIVER VIEW LOOP WHICH RAN BACK INTO CH. MT. LOOP(LEFT) TO THE INTERSECTION (RIGHT) ONTO THE QUARTZ CONNECTOR TRAIL TO WHERE IT SPLITS AT THE BIG WHITE QUARTZ ROCK! I(AND EVERYONE ELSE) RECOMMENDS HEADING TO THE LEFT FOR A CLOCKWISE LOOP WHICH HAS MORE DOWNHILLING AT THE END AND JUST FLOWS BETTER. POP OUT BACK AT THE ROCK AND OUT THE CONNECTOR AND GET BACK ON CHESTNUT (RIGHT) FOR SOME WIDE, FAST DOWNHILLING!! PASS BY THE ENTRANCE/EXIT TO WEST FORK AND CONTINUE TO THE BOMB!! ON THE LEFT OF A HAIRPIN YOU'LL SEE THE UPPER TRAILHEAD FOR THUNDER ROCK EXPRESS! BY ALL MEANS, TAKE IT AND HOLD ON.... IT'S BY FAR ONE ON FUNNEST, FASTEST DOWNHILLS I'VE BEEN ON. IT'S NOT A KITSUMA KINDA DH, BUT JUST FLOWY AND QUICK. WATCH OUT FOR THAT SHARP RIGHT ABOUT 2/3'S OF THE WAY DOWN THAY'S IN A REALLY FLAT SECTION THAT'LL SEND YOU OFF INTO THE WILD BLUE! THE BOTTOM HALF ROCKS WITH SOME BERMS IT THE CROTCHES. TAKE THE CAMPGROUND LINK TRAIL BACK TO THE PARKING LOT. IT'S FAST, FLAT AND SWOOPY BIG RING FUN, BUT WATCH FOR HIKERS AS ALWAYS.

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NEARBY, IS THE CHILHOWEE TRAIL SYSTEM. WE ONLY GOT TO RIDE THERE A HALF A DAY. WE SHUTTLED MC CAMY LAKE TRAIL TO SLICKROCK TO CLEMMER TWICE. WHICH WAS A BLAST. THERE'S DEFINITEY A DAY OR TWO OF RIDING HERE AND TANASI W.W.C. THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR AN EXTENDED WEEKEND!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2003]
Harvo
Weekend Warrior

The trails are in really good shape right now. The leaves are falling and the trails are covered, which makes for incredible riding. No blow downs, no mud bogs. The only soupy place is on Thunder Rock just past the first bridge. Everything else is super! Rode 13 miles this morning and the last 2 were in the rain. It was great... best ride I've been on in months.

Customer Service

Pick and choose. Do them all.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 14, 2002]
Trek Daady

This is one of the best trail systems in Tennessee.Be sure to bring your climbing legs. The Thunderock Express is a must do downhill. The Riverview trail is another must do.

Customer Service

Exit I-75 north of Chattanooga on Hwy 64 follow signs to Whitewater center. Park at Whitewater center (for a couple of bucks) or park on road near Thunderock campground for free. The trail head is located across bridge behind WWC.

Similar Products Used:

While in the area check out the Chilhowee mountain trail system.Its very close and maybe better than the Tanasi trails. You decide ENJOY !

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

This is a great ride. I rode all the new terrain for the first time last weekend. They have really come a long way!!!

Customer Service

Park at Thunder Rock. Climb FS45 to Westfork. You have to really watch for this one. It is on the left in a big hairpin turn in the road. It is easy to miss because it drops off sharply from the road.

Similar Products Used:

Chilhowee -- A slightly more challenging but at least as fun ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 28, 2002]
Trekdaddy

The best in Tennessee (my opinion)Be sure to do the Thunderrock express downhill

Similar Products Used:

Chilhowee Trail system is close by and just about as good

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 16, 2003]
Bryan & Tammy

Nice climb up the Bear Paw Loop to the wider Chestnut Mountain Loop. We rode here two days on saturday we went to the right Chestnut counter clockwise to Quartz Loop (ccw) good, which went from double track to nice single track untill the Thunder Rock Express. From there the C.M.L. goes double track again. The Quartz loop is nice single track sunday we rode it clockwise, and this made a steep climb into a very nice downhill. So do the Q.L. clockwise. Saturday it started to drizzle so we hit a friends truck who was parked at the bottom of the West Fork. West Fork is a wide screaming down hill with dry water-bar jumps. Sunday we parked at the picnic area across the river (very nice). The ride took us up the Bear Paw again to C.M.L. clockwise UP..UP...UP.. to River View Loop. R.V.L. is the trail that XC mountain bikes are made for. R.V.L. is a total rollercoaster. It is a new trail and is a blast. We then rode to 1330 Bypass to Q.L.(CW). Screamed downhill on the C.M.L. Tammy's computer said top speed was 38, so I had to be doing 45ish. Then we hit the Thunder Mountain Express to the bottom. What a great piece of trail T.M.E. is one of the funest trails we have ever been on.

Bring spare tubes I got 2 flats the first day. Thanks to our trail angel and saturday guide Don Fox I made it out without walking. I had air and tube for only one flat. He carries two tubes all the time and rides there often.

Bring lungs, legs, water, tubes, and air.

Customer Service

Up the mountain then down. Get a nice map at the info center. Bring a buddy for safety.

Similar Products Used:

none yet

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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