Chickasaw Trace - Trail, Columbia, Tennessee

Chickasaw Trace - Trail, Columbia, Tennessee

DESCRIPTION

The trail runs clockwise primarily with lots of loops. So from the parking area go right onto the trail and it follows the creek. Shortly after it turns away from the creek the trail splits. Advanced riders should go right and ride the short rocky hill loop. Others can bear left and continue on toward the boat ramp (a mile or so). The singletrack wanders on to the river. Go straight across the road at the boat ramp and ride along the river. This section does a 180 at the end and brings you back up along the river on new twisty singletrack all the way to the boat ramp parking lot. There you go back down the field on a truck path. When you get to the major intersection, go across the gully to the left and follow that loop around the field (in the woods). When you come back across the gully take the trail marked "Woodland". From this point on it is fairly easy to stay on the main trail. If anyone is beat at this point then shortcut back, because the hard stuff is just beginning. A few miles later is another split down in the "Blackfoot" or "Blackhill" section - go left (down) for the full loop. When the trail comes back out to the road, there are two trails going back to the parking area. The straight across one has eroded and been rock-filled (you can still ride it) go to the right 20-30 yards and you'll find the new diagonal cut back to the car. The race route is 9 miles (with added road and field riding, blah), so this one should be 7-8 miles of 95% singletrack.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 28, 2014]
Borobiker
Weekend Warrior

Whew! Just finished it. Quite the challenge. It was lots of fun through the half way point and then it got tough and then it got even tougher. Several of the climbs, I didn't have enough gas left in the tank to climb. But I'll get them next time. It was a fun trail and I will be heading back again!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 04, 2009]
Tdubya
Cross Country Rider

This is a truly great trail with a little bit of everything with the exception of a sustained up or down hill. Many short sections of up and down, a few little techy sections, some fun rollers and much XC style riding. Very possible for beginners, although has some good cardio mixed in at spots. About 9 miles for the full loop with 4 or 5 sections named.

Customer Service

Clockwise starting at the river.

Similar Products Used:

Deer Run, AEDC, Lock 4, Defeated Creek, Monty Bell, Raccoon, Hamilton Creek

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 14, 2009]
jyeager
Racer

There were no recent reviews so I thought I'd write one. I remember this trail kicking my butt when I first tried mtn biking. Over time I've advanced and now understand why so many people called it a 'flowing' course. At first, 'flowing' would never have described me and mtn biking...but now I get it.
This trail is a ton of fun and I love learning the best line over every section and turn. I'm also now in good enough shape to enjoy all of the climbs.
The trail has had a few changes last year. The 'butt crack', that short climb up the V shaped gully on the trail of tears has been removed due to erosion concerns. The new bypass was at first, very hard to navigate but this season is very rideable.
Also, the crossing over the road has been removed with the end of the trail being diverted down to the creek and crossing under the bridge. It's nice not to have to cross the street at breakneck speed and hope no motorist is going to kill you.

Also, many of the handful of places I found extremely challenging have either worn in, or been 'improved' and overall the trail is less challenging (technically) than it's ever been. This is both good and bad, but the good side is that more of the course is rideable to novice riders.

Trail maintenance is good for the most part with great volunteers owning sections of the trail..Thanks to you!

Customer Service

The whole route is somewhere around 8 - 8.5 miles. You have the option to bypass 2 difficult spots and those spots are marked.

If you are a first-timer or very novice...then River Loop is the perfect place to start. Maybe 1 mile long. You can repeat it multiple times. For that, go to the end of the road near the boat ramp. You can step up to the Ravine loop that's immediately after the River Loop for your next challenge.

The most entertaining part for the well-initiated will be the trail of tears and black hills trail (the last half of the full ride).


Avoid the river loop after a rain.
If it's rained recently, you will find most of the trail of tears to be OK because it drains so well.

This is Tennessee red clay soil, so it's absolutely terrible for a few days after a rain...much like riding in dog crap the whole way.

Similar Products Used:

There aren't enough in the area. But Lock 4 and Montgomery Bell also offer great riding.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 30, 2008]
karma_EX9
Racer

This trail is very close to my home and is the one I use for training purposes since picking up racing in mid-2006. I have to say, after riding it every single week since then, it has prepared me well. The variety of terrain on the loop provides many opportunities to test your skills. If you want work on rocks, there are a couple of sections for that; if you want a hill, the one past the jailbreak cut is perfect for repeats, and so on.

The trail does take as many as five days to dry out following a rain, but the maintenance by the Columbia Cycling Club is impeccable. If a tree is down or something else is amiss, it usually doesn’t stay that way for long because the club members (including me) are usually out there taking note of the trail.

In below freezing weather, the trail solidifies well.

If you have a mechanical, there are plenty of cuts to make your way back to the centrally located parking area for a major repair.

Do watch your speed; the trail is very popular for recreational hikes and with runners.

This trail also has many racing opportunities throughout the year because of the leadership of the CCC, including cyclocross races in January, an XC mountain bike race and trail run in March, and a triathlon in the fall. I can’t think of better variety closer to home.

Customer Service

Park at trail head parking down gravel hill to left after entering park gate to ride the trail the race direction. Sometimes the race starts at the cabin and loops down the gravel and asphalt.

Similar Products Used:

AEDC trail - drains well, not technical, but great for single speed riders; check to see if open (subject to closure)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 15, 2007]
dsain
Racer

This trail is the best trail I have ridden. It has a variety of fast/flat, hill challenges and technical fun. It has some awesome scenic parts where you ride on the edge of a creek, a river and a ravine. The Adopt-A-Trail thing that the Columbia Cycling Club is using apparently works, because the trails stay trimmed year round. There are no park closings unless it floods. I travel 300 miles to come to the races conducted at these trails because the races are the greatest anywhere. I love camping for free on site (at races).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 07, 2004]
Robert
Weekend Warrior

I picked up two mtn bikes this summer to see if my daughter and I would want to get into trail riding. We've ridden some small trails at Lock 4, the perimeter trails at Bowie State Park in Fairview, and Montgomery Bell. Chickasaw, the entire loop, was by far the most challenging. The downhills and three scary drops were way cool. I ended up having to skip part of the Black Hills trail, but my daughter finished the entire loop. This is a beautiful and fun run. You can cut it short in many ways which I think makes this trail awesome. I'm going back as often as I can.

Customer Service

Don't miss any of it, but if you have to, you may want to cut out the Trail of Tears and Black Hills routes. The map I have shows cut outs in dashed lines. Try to build up to being able to take the entire route. Its worth the pain.

Similar Products Used:

I don't know a lot about Lock 4, but what we rode was fun. The perimeter loop at Bowie is fun and a little technical. The beginner loop at Montgomery Bell is pretty awesome. It was a little intimidating the first time where we took the beginner white trail starting to the right. my ratings on the left are based on six rides on four different trails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 31, 2004]
UCFJosh
Racer

I raced in the Chickasaw Trace Classic and really enjoyed the course. it doesn't present any significant technical challenges, but the climbs in trail of tears and, to a lesser degree, black hills make up for it. the first few miles are a blur, fast, smooth singletrack. the hills in trail of tears are tough, both up and down. the descents are fairly quick, but curvy and bumpy to keep you on your toes. the first few climbs are moderate, but more than enough to wear you down before you get to the longest one. once you survive that one, the black hills section is a peice of cake. the park was beautiful, central tennesseans should be proud to have such a nice place to ride and relax sitting right there, and free to boot. Much credit to CCC for a great network and a good race too.

Customer Service

Ride it all, the route seemed easy to follow.

Similar Products Used:

Haven't ridden others. Down here in florida, Santos and Reddick are fairly similar to some of the terrain at Chickasaw.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 09, 2004]
thiggy
Weekend Warrior

This was a nice trail. It was very well maitained, and a smooth, fast ride. There were 2 climbs that could pose some difficulty: going up the rocky, and I guess rooty, b/c that was all either of them was. Overall It was a uneventful ride after riding Franklin State Forest two days before.

Customer Service

follow the trail.

Similar Products Used:

Franklin State Forest is da bomb

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 19, 2004]
Dudley
Weekend Warrior

This course is ideal! The first 3.5-miles highlight the creek and river that intersect at this park. It is a great place to take the family for a ride. My kids like to stop at the first huge whoop-ti-doo and play in the slab base creek there. After the River Trail the ravine whoop-ti-doo is intimidating, but fun (if you survive). The Trail of Tears is not for the family. It is tough but facsinating in the way that it makes use of the property. The third and final climb makes my heart feel like it is going to come out of my chest on the third big climb. Needing relief at this point it exits the woods and you get a peak at where you are. You could take a shortcut back to the car if needed, but then you would miss the challenge of the Black Hills: This trail is for those who want to challenge their skills with a bike. I think this trail has everything. It has scenic creek, river and ravine highlights, anaerobic challenges and technical challenges to please anyone. The Columbia Cycling Club does a great job with the design and maintenance of the trail. Thank you for your service.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 14, 2003]
Jason
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail this past weekend in the jailbreak triathlon and it was wonderful! The trail was a little slippery though because of the rain the day before. I almost ate mud about 4 times! I can not wait to go back and ride when it is drier and when I can take my time and enjoy the ride!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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