Conasauga River to Iron Mtn Trail - Trail, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Conasauga River to Iron Mtn Trail - Trail, Chattanooga, Tennessee

DESCRIPTION

Flat, scenic ride along old railway bed on the Conasauga, then a deep river crossing and climb (not technical)then down fast on horse trails

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 15, 2009]
michaell
Weekend Warrior

just wanted to say this can be an awesommme trail if u get freaky and u makke it interesting...................

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4
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5
[Aug 31, 1999]
Cleatgrrl

The river crossing was about knee deep in August, so a fall ride might give you frozen wet tootsies! But the climb was not too bad, and the payoff is pretty good. Nice singletrack trail coming down around the mountain. Might be a good trail to get a new rider into it--not real technical, some rocks, though.

Customer Service

Sorry I can't be clearer on how to get there. We got maps at the ranger station. It's kindof a long drive in.

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3
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[Jan 05, 2000]
Ben

Sucked, unless your trying to get someone interested in riding. But if you crave technical fast singletrack, than do the Clear Creek trail wich is in the same Ocoee area

Customer Service

Don't even try to get there.

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Here are some good trails on Chillhowee (a mountain above the Ocoee River

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2
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[Feb 12, 2000]
Steve Calhoun

Other reviewers havn't done all that's available. There is some good technical single track over the ridge from the parking spot mentioned above. The river trail is only a warm up. Take the service roads to the horse parking area where the Iron Mtn. trial head starts. In winter there is a by-pass around the river crossing. Iron mountain has some good semi-technical singletrack and we volunteers connected a steep old road bed down to the river and back across (recommended for summer only as you cross the river at a waist deep point). I am currently mapping this trail. Email me and I will send you a copy when its done. And don't forget Sumac trail just down the road.

Customer Service

Off of highway 411 turn left across from convenience store (look for small "Ball Play" sign. Go straight until road turns to dirt. There is a trail head up the mountain on the right at a short pull in.

Similar Products Used:

Sumac Trail

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3
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[May 21, 2000]
Scott

This is a great trail. You start out with wet feet and climb a wall that seemed eternal but I was following some hammerheads. The trail the levels off and then sends you downward to lose half of your hard earned elevation. But don't worry you'll regain that elevation. About this time the trail turns into some really great singletrack even though most of the trail is old doubletrack. After this get ready for climbing again and then some really cool downhill where air is available for the taking. On one of these sections I popped a seat bolt. Thanks to McGyver I was able to ride out. The river crossing is cool but I wouldn't like it on a cold day since your going to get some important body parts wet unless you have really long legs.

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5
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[Aug 22, 2000]
Kevin

I don't think all of these reviewers rode this whole trail. Alot of people I talk to don't find the whole thing. The first climb is so technical (loose, steep, roots) that if you stop, you may not get started again. It's awesome. Then good singletrack to a junction. Turn back to the right on a double track for some more uphill. The reward is a FAST downhill on the doubletrack with 4ft waterbreaks (Big Air !) Watch out though... all the waterbreaks are in curves so the big air is sideways big air. Then it turns into an extremely technical tight downhill singletrack on its way to the conusaga river. The last 50 ft. of the descent is so steep and technical, we call it "collarbone". You figure out why. Cross the river (Nice Cool Off) and ride the opposite side of the river on the old rail bed in and out of the creek. Back to the gravel just down from the parking area where you began.

Customer Service

Park in the horse trailer lot and start at the trail head. Killer climb (read steep) after first water crossing.

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5
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[Jun 25, 2001]
Sam Poyner

Its a 10 on singletrack downhill sections in this area!!

Customer Service

Start at horse camp, cross creek and follow normal route to the Conasauga River, wade/ swim the Conasuage, beware high water can put the river fast and high. Don't cross but follow plan "B" back to horse camp. But, if river is crossable, cross over to the old railroad grade and follow along. Be watchful of old trail to left that climbs steeply up and up. This super sweet piece of grunt has been all but forgotten as it climbs up to the forest service road. We usually climb until it starts to flatten out and the old road is in sight then turn around and let'er rip along this cliff hanger of trail.

Similar Products Used:

Sumack

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5
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[Nov 03, 2002]
JoCo

wow this trail humbled me. i'm just bummed that the bulk of the elevation drop was on forest access roads--almost felt jipped that i climbed so hard up the technical singletrack after the river crossing (almost like a 4 mile climb, except for a few 50-100 foot downhill sections in between!) but overall it was a good adventure up in the GA boonies. hell, i even met a few people there that LIVE in the campsites! i thought that sh@$ was only in the movies about the south!

Customer Service

Start at the campgrounds on the TN side of the Conasauga...to avoid the unfriendly stares of the cowboys...but then ride to the starting point at the horse camp, wade/cross the river, climb for about 4 miles, come to junction and might right. keep climbing until you reach the lookout point (very nice). turn around, keeping right the whole way on the forest road until you make it back down to the old GA route 2 entrance road (you came in on this one). watch out for the damn mean dogs near the entrance to this road. i think they'll rip your leg off if you set tire on their property--careful.

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the mountain creek trail and the conasauga river trail...gonna do these next time.

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4
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[Nov 25, 2002]
Santa Cruzer

JoCo... you missed the real descent. at the top, you cut back right into the woods for a screamer of a downhill. It's all singletrack with some wide sections. The end of the downhill is a collarbone breaking near vertical rocky drop back into the river (which you can't cross in the winter). Then the last few miles follow the river back to the road. Sorry you missed it man. I think I met those permanent residents at the campground too.

Customer Service

From the horsies to the campground

Similar Products Used:

Sumac Creek

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5
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