temple hill loop - TRAIL

temple hill loop - Trail, Erwin, Tennessee

semi-hard technical. several large stream crossings. but only about 2 1/2 miles long.

User Reviews (3)

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trixz   Weekend Warrior [Apr 20, 2004]

I live in this area. It is called Chestoa Rec Area. There is a lot to do. The App Trail cuts accross the Nolichucky river here so you can bike, hike and paddle all in the same area. There are camp grounds surrounding area, go to unicoicounty.org for more information. I live about two miles from the trail head so this is my "quickie". There is a lot to do just like the others said, but here is my loop. Once you take the left to start the jeep about a mile or so you will come down hill and you can see a waterfall off to your left...Slow down...at the bottom of the dip there is a hard left, little, off cambered trail going down to the waterfall. (becareful!) At the bottom you can cross the stream to an old mining road that follows the river. climb out from there...kind of a bush whack at times, but ridable...it will take you back to the main road then turn left to climb back to the parking area. Go to the Watagua Ranger Station in Unicoi exit 23 on I-26 to get a Quatrangle map. Ton more to do.

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3
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3
Rockboy   [Oct 01, 2002]

We'll keep it! A great night ride and great for a quick 1.5 hours fitness ride with one hell of an adrenaline rush.
Long Live Long Rides and Peace on the Trails!

Customer Service

This ride is actually called the Mine Flats Ride. Follow the directions to the trailhead from the last review. Park in the gravel area on the left across from the cemetary which sits up on a hill to the right.
Clip in and ride the pavement uphill and turn left on a gravel forest service road (This is Mine Flats Road). You will begin climbing at this point (Take it easy as the last review is not correct on mileage). You will climb for about a 1/2 mile and descend another 1/4 mile or so. When you cross a creek hang a hard left and the jeep road begins. Just stay on this road to the top (Pond at the top). The road gets real rocky and is a great technical climb. At the 4.9 miles turn hard left up a rutted chute and then the pond is on your right (Rednecks ruin the pond but know you are at the top) I don't advise venturing farther on the roads from the top. I have explored this area and almost lost my life doing so.
At the pond take a break and the turn around and ride back down the way you came for a 10 mile out and back. The DH back to the car is a real hoot. Beware that this is a 4WD road so beware of jeeps in blind corners.
One of our favorite wet rides. Great winter ride as well but pretty tough during the summer due to the hard climb on hot days.
Watch out for the loose rocks on the way down. They can sure bite ya.

Similar Products Used: Eagles Nest, The Laurel Fork, Bumpus Cove to Clarks Creek. 4 Stars just because this ride is not singletrack but some of the best jeep road in the USA.
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4
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John Catts   [Jun 16, 2003]

OK..this ride was a blast..some serious climbing..if your not in at least decent shape you will suffer..also a good bike is defintley recommended..it is also a technical climb in a lot of areas so be ready...I rode it after it rained the nite before..it was rideable..not like Texas Mud that sticks like cement..this mud just flies off..The climb is like the pain before pleasure..the ride back down is awesome..but not for beginners..hang on and lean back..and enjoy the decent..I will ride this everytime I get up to Tenn..great riding up there..tiring but great..

Customer Service

Well finding this trail for out of towners is interesting..as with the other directions when u take River Rd..it comes to an intersection..go straight..it turns to Unaka Springs Rd..go straight you'll pass a rock slide area..keep going straight..as you go up the hill you'll see a metal gate to your right..the cemetary is that way..you wouldn't know it..If you come to a dead end and a house and then you get surrounded by a pack of "mountain Mutts" you went to far..turn around and go back down..anyway park across the road from that metal gate...on the gravel area...and ride up the hill..I put some lime green marking tape on the entrance to the Forest Service Road that you take...this is the Beginning of the ride..follow the other guys directions the rest of the way..

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5
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