Booker T. Washington Park - TRAIL

Booker T. Washington Park - Trail, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Almost all twisting single track with lots of roots and bumps. There are some challenging short climbs and drops and some downed trees to attempt. The view of the lake is excellent.

User Reviews (23)

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9round ben   Weekend Warrior [Nov 05, 2010]

I just had a great experiance at Booker T Washington Park. We loaded up the bikes and dogs on the boat and cruised across the river to the park. After tying off at the dock we burned through the loop in an hour and a half. With the wind through the trees and the chop from the river the trail had a west coast feel. We got to the boat as the sun was setting, shoved off, and cracked a few cold ones. What a great set up so close to Chatty!

Customer Service

Either way.

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5
VALUE
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3
LindsayB   Weekend Warrior [Aug 06, 2010]

Being as how I am a beginner and this was the first trail I rode, holy crap it's nuts! Definitly an aroebic workout and leg shaker too. Passed by a few people that were hauling butt and I had to quickly get out of the way. Some spots where hike and bike was a necessity for me... The really cool short and steep ditches are the funnest part.

The only thing is that the trail is not clearly marked towards the end. So, when you are really tired and ready to go, if you don't know where you are going, you'll end up exiting at the entrance. They need exit markers!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
RyanHerb   Weekend Warrior [Aug 13, 2009]

All the reviews of this trail are spot on. Trail is in great shape with some challenging ups, roots, downed trees and dirt jumps for some thrills. Although be careful extremely busy trail with bikers and hikers with children scattered all along the trail. I ran into 10 or so bikers and 5 or so groups of people with kids. The view of the lake is nice.

Customer Service

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
mjcahoon   Weekend Warrior [Jul 27, 2009]

Rode this trail on a recent visit to Chatanooga. It is a smooth and fast singletrack compared to the rooty, rocky rides I typically experience in New England. There are enough bumpy stretches to keep it interesting and a couple of nice bridges. The park is beautiful and I really enjoyed how close these trails are cut to the shoreline. I was there on a Saturday morning and I was the only rider in the parking lot (it was almost 95 degrees by about 9am). I would ride these trails every day if I lived in the area.

Customer Service

As you enter the park, go straight past the guard station. Head down the hill and you will see a sign for picnic area #1 on your right. Turn in and travel down to the lower parking lot. You will see the sign for the bike trail directly in front of you as you look at the lake.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
knaprd   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2009]

I am writing this review to confirm that the earlier reviews are still descriptive of this trail as of May 2009. I enjoyed this trail a great deal and am happy to report that the trail is in great shape and well marked. While it may not be the most technically challenging trail in the area, it does have several long climbs and will challenge your fitness level. Other than that, check out the other reviews for more detail about the trail. Enjoy!

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Paul   Weekend Warrior [Nov 02, 2008]

Nice little system. Very nice. We didn't have the time or the energy to ride Raccoon Mtn., so we came here instead. It was nice knowing that I could ride hard and not worry about having enough to get home. It doesn't have much for logs or drops, but it has a nice pump section and lots of swooping turns. Well laid out and executed trail. I'll definitely be back some time. My rating indicates the fun factor, and that's at the core of trail riding.

Customer Service

I think we went clockwise. We hugged the lake on the way out.

Similar Products Used: Raccoon Mtn., Tanasi
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Asahi   Racer [Jan 08, 2007]

New trail is being built. Phase one will reconstruct one small bridge, build two new bridges in the low areas and then we will add 1.5-2 miles to the interior of the existing loop. We have phase 2 that is approved will add an additional 3/4 mile and make approx 7 mile system. IF you have ideas for the area or want to help check the SORBA Chattanooga calendar for work days.

Here is an up to date trail guide
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=54

http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/forums/calendar.php

Customer Service

Clockwise

Similar Products Used: Raccoon Mountain.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Harvo   Cross Country Rider [Dec 24, 2006]

More trail to ride now. SORBA is adding several more miles and a couple of bridges. The loose hill that erodes has been taken out - trail rerouted around it. Still a blast. Watch out for poison oak.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
ChipV   Weekend Warrior [Sep 09, 2005]

Twisty single track, some roots, moderate climbs & decents...The lower portion tends to flood after heavy rain. All in all a good trail to hit after work if you live near by & are pressed for time, but not something I would waste a free Saturday on.

Customer Service

I ride the lolipop portion counter clockwise...just get out there & wander around.

Similar Products Used: It is a shame there are not more trail near Chattanooga. There are so many places that have great potential but do not allow mountain bikes. Everyone has covered most of the XCish trails withing an hours drive, but I would put in Pigeon Mountain, Iron Mountain, Sumac, & Wendy Gap- they are not as manicured as the Ocoee/ Chilhowee trails and offer a few more log crossings, technical sections.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
The Lone Clydesdale   Cross Country Rider [Dec 19, 2004]

SORBA has gotten permission from Tennessee State Parks to add another leg to this loop that will open up the current "lollipop" to a full loop from the parking area. This will facilitate having race events at Booker T. which the park rangers are psyched about. We're going to use part of the old fitness trail that got grown over (we actually started in December '04) and then hand bench some nice narrow tread in the neck of park property between Champion Road and Chickenwater Lake. This will add nearly a mile to the loop. There is lots more acreage on the north side and especially the interior of the peninsula that the trail runs around to add even more. I think we could eventually have nearly ten miles out there, adding to the Singletrack Mind Initiative to have 100 miles of singletrack within 10 miles of metro Chattavegas by 2010. Can you dig it? Then check the SORBA-Chattanooga website calendar for trail work days or ask Erik at Owen Cyclery (he is the SMI liaison for Booker T.).

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0
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0
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