Rotary Park - Trail, Clarksville, Tennessee

Rotary Park - Trail, Clarksville, Tennessee

DESCRIPTION

The trail is somewhat hilly and technical. Roots and rocks here and there. There is a creek also.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 26, 2010]
hammermtb
Cross Country Rider

This trail has flourished under the care of myself and a riding friend. We have put many man hours to develop some very good switchbacks that allow a rider to maintain control and speed whether traveling up or downhill. We recently (this week) added a portion of trail in order to make use of a pre-existing trail that was ignored due to its original design, thus extending the trail some half mile or so. This trail is used by many for hiking, running, and biking, and hikers/walkers do have the right of way. We have taken great care to ensure the "Jewel of Clarksville" continues to grow and become more user-friendly. All in all, there are about 6 miles of trails to ride, which may grow if more land grants/purchases take place. The Rotary Park Trail Maintenance Team works on the trails almost every sunday in the afternoons. Volunteers are welcome to show up with no tools; however, we do ask that you do not take to making your own trails. Keeping this trail in its "natural" form is what makes the trail what it is. Please come out and ride it. You will be glad that you did. We can be contacted through the local bike shop, The Bicycle Center, if anyone has questions about trail maintenance days.

Customer Service

Start at the lower parking lot and follow the creek to the old barn (roughly 0.86 miles) and hang a right. Follow that trail until you come to a fork, and take a left into switchback heaven. From there, just explore...its a great time.

Similar Products Used:

Montgomery Bell, Loch 4

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 12, 2009]
Russell Littlejohn
Weekend Warrior

Just moved back into the area and rode the trail twice this last week. There are many trails throughout Rotary park which allows for a large veriety of routes and distances. The route I have mapped out using my garmin is 2.9 miles long and never runs back on itself. It primarily loops the park and can be ridden in either direction. I have created a mapsource file which can be downloaded if anyone is interested.
I primarily ride to stay in shape so my rippin-it-up moves are not all that, but there are a few jumps and creek crossing to play on. The switch backs are a little tricky but managable for an intermediate rider such as myself. I ride with clip-in shoes and am able to ride every bit of the trail except for one hill climb when riding counter clock-wise. I would say that it is a slow ride due to the numerous turns and tree obstacles. Yesterday I took the weed eater out and trimmed up one section of over grown powerline section which was starting to take over the trail. There are two more location like that which hopefully I will be able to go clean up soon.
Talked to a guy which works at the local bike shop and found out that there is still more work to come on the trail concerning trail names and routes.

All in all it is a very good trail.
Have fun!

Customer Service

Clock-wise or Counter clock-wise are both good rides and allow you to keep it mixed up. Keep an eye out to hikers in either direction.

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New to the area but I have ridden out at north LBL years ago and that was a good place.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 18, 2008]
JSMCMINN
Weekend Warrior

this is becoming a great local trail, especial if you dont have time to drive somewhere. i have been riding it for a little over 6 years now, and this trail has taken a change for the best. it really has turned around in the past 2 years. "Friends of Rotary" has done a great job. the trails are pretty smooth for the most part, the new ones are still being broke in. theres not a lot of mileage, but there are different loops which you can turn into a pretty fun ride. its mainly XC, but there are some short moderate climbs and decents which can be fun. a few cool jumps and a new log pyramid helps out a little too. i hear signs should be going up and also a map should be coming out sometime to help out, but its hard to get lost here. a great place to ride after work during the week.

Customer Service

no certain way, i always mix it up. there are 2 new primary loops on the left of the road when entering, and a new trail in the back by the boyscout bridge. dont forget about the trail on the right side of the road when you enter rotary also. i always park at the first parking lot on the left when entering the park.

Similar Products Used:

if you have time to drive monty bell, LBL, HC, or lock 4.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 29, 2007]
jbwilkins
Cross Country Rider

Okay guys this trail is cool but real confusing. If you are one of those guys who likes to know where you are, you might as well forget about it. I got a map from the local bike shop but it isn't exactly up to date. It is a great ride though if you like to explore and stuff. There isn't many jumps there is alot of climbs though i swear the hills never end. i was able to find one wooden ladder jump. it is tricky to get to though. Also be careful when crossing the creeks the river rock is super slick. so the endstate is: great cross country trail, distance unknown, be prepared to turn around due to trail ending at points, recommend full suspension, strech before taking off the hills are no joke. OH AND STAY OUT OF THE RESTROOMS< THEY HAVE WEIRD MEN DOING WEIRD THINGS IN THEM!!! need police or game wardens to patrol the area.

Customer Service

No recommendation just explore. i always start on the right side of the pavilion. and make a loop well i try to anyway.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 19, 2007]
Garrett Maiolo
Weekend Warrior

exelent trails, has lots of dounhill sections and obsticles

Customer Service

the small narrow trails?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 06, 2006]
cgclark10
Cross Country Rider

In November of 2005 Rotary Park took a direct hit from a strong F2 tornado. It bounced all around the park doing damage in several areas. The park was closed until August of 2006. During that time, the county hired loggers to remove a lot of the debris and damaged trees. They cut logging roads that destroyed a lot of the trail network. Friends of Rotary Park is working hard to get some old trails reopened and new trails built. Currently between 1 to 2 miles of singletrack has been reopened or built. All new trial is built using IMBA specifications.

Customer Service

Upon entering the park, you will find Pavilion I on the left. This is currently the starting point for all of the new trail. When facing the pavilion, the trailhead for the small loop is on the left. This loop is approximately 1 mile long and loops back around to Pavilion I. There are no signs up yet so once on the trail, keep going right. Across the street from Pavilion I is another trailhead. This trail will take you to Pavilion II. The trail is less than a mile long but will eventually be part of a larger loop. As of today, half of it is not completely clear for bike use. It should be open by October. Both of these trails are/will be similar to trails found in Montgomery Bell State Park. I am basing my review below only upon the trail that is currently open and rebuilt.

Similar Products Used:

Montgomery Bell State Park and Canal Loop in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 31, 2006]
sgthuddleston
Weekend Warrior

just found this trail after long searching here in clarksville..im new..but i loved it some places need a weed eater taken to it but im down for that if there are any trail improvement days please let me know

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 08, 2006]
hyneso
Cross Country Rider

I wish someone local had updated the review section and mentioned the park is CLOSED until further notice. I travel all over the SE and rely on this site to pick a spot to ride after a long day on the road. Park is chained and off limits!!

Customer Service

Closed

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 30, 2005]
cgclark10
Cross Country Rider

Big changes at Rotary Park. The Tennessee Trails Association and the local mountain bikers have teamed up to create a vol. group (Frineds of Rotary Park). The trails are currently being re-routed and a "main loop" is being created. The builders, including the hikers, are all using the IMBA trial guide so these trails will last. Not only that, they are a lot of fun. Washed out fall-line trails are being replaced with contour trails complete with dips and switchbacks. If you have not ridden here lately, come ride the new trails.

Customer Service

Enter at the front of the park, take either the right or left trail head.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 05, 2003]
Stacy Goodwin
Weekend Warrior

I just found this website because someone forwarded it to me. I knew there was some interest in Rotary Park but I did not know there was so much from out of town interest. To update the process on the park, it's moving slow at best. All the capital project improvements for Rotary Park were not approved. So the best I can do is to drum up interest in a "Friends of Rotary Park" group to get the ball rolling on improving the trails and the park. At the Montgomery County Parks & Recreation department's stragetic planning session trail marking was named as the #1 priority. I'll do my best to make something happen. If you are interesting in being a part of the Rotary Park "friends" group please e-mail me! Stacy Goodwin Montgomery County Parks & Recreation Recreation Coordinator

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
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