Concord park - TRAIL

Concord park - Trail, Knoxville, Tennessee

the trails are really easy and not technical, but they are fast and fun, and offer a few climbs that get your heart pumping. there is one great downhill that goes by the river.

User Reviews (21)

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Borobiker   Weekend Warrior [Mar 06, 2014]

There was nothing easy about this trail. We tried the easiest one and had to walk our bikes up hills that were too steep to climb. Other trails were very technical. Not complaining , we still had fun, just wanted to correct the part about being easy.

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4
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5
Fred Kirchner   Cross Country Rider [Sep 01, 2013]

This review is about the part of Concord Park that lies east of the marina. It used to be a great park for walkers and hikers. Not any more. Since the Knox County Parks Dept. has allowed recreational and mountain bikers to use the narrow trails of this park, it has become unusable for pedestrians. Bikers and pedestrians cannot co-exist on these single-track trails. You cannot even walk these trails side-by-side. So if a biker approaches a walker from behind he will create a dangerous situation for both himself and the the pedestrian unless the pedestrian quickly get out of the way or unless the biker dismounts and walks his bike past the pedestrian. In several years of hiking these trails, I have never met a biker who does not insist on having the right of way forcing me to jump aside and let him pass. What if I refuse to yield my right of way and the biker runs into me causing bodily injury? Who is going to pay for a very expensive medical evacuation and subsequent lawsuit?

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2
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2
Kyle   Weekend Warrior [Nov 18, 2012]

Concord can be split up into two sections; East and West. Both have a lot of short climbs and descents.

The East Side trails can be accessed at the trailhead which is at the corner of the parking lot. These trails are good for beginners and intermediates. Once you get off of the main loop, you will see typical singletrack. It may be tough for beginners, but regular mountain bikers will have an enjoyable ride. There are some wash-outs, roots, and switchbacks to enjoy on the East Side.

The West Side is across the street from the parking lot. It is pretty rooty and definitely more technical than the East Side. There are a bunch of switch-backs and they often have roots involved. You will have to cross a road when you are on this trail, but just keep going straight. This trail is a lot of fun and a little over 2 miles.

Customer Service

Beginners and Beginner/Intermediate level should explore the East Side. There are a lot of trails on the East Side, so get a map and be creative.

Intermediate and better riders should get over on the West Side. You can start by entering the woods right across the street or kind of ride a little path to the left that also enters the woods. IMHO, I think the second option (little path to the left) is the designed trail route.

Similar Products Used: Haw Ridge (once you have sharpened your skills at Concord)
A bunch of short trails near downtown Knoxville.
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4
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3
hondaph00l   Cross Country Rider [Apr 18, 2010]

I want to update the reviews with a more current opinion of the trail at Concord Park. First there are two different trails one on the east side immediately adjacent to the parking lot and another on the west side of the road that leads to the marina. The primary trail is the east side version now marked by a nice trail head sign from the local AMBC club. There are four main trails on this side, a red feeder that does a full loop through, a blue trail, silver trail and river trail. The red is just a basic feeder that loops up and around and gets you to the main trails. The silver is nice trail with a couple nice smaller climbs and some fast stretches. The blue trail is seems shorter than the silver and is a bit more vegetation but a similar trail to that of the silver. The river stretch is just a short trail that branches off the red feeder maybe 300ft in and winds down the river until you reach the top of the silver entry point. Altogether these trails are great, not very hard but still fun to ride. Ive ridden in UT, CO and MI and still enjoy this trail a lot. The west side trail across the street from the parking lot is just a short, rooty, up and down warm up/cool down loop. Its not long or spectacular by any means but I usually ride it after Im done riding around the main side and still wanting to spin some more.

Similar Products Used: Other trails in the area include Haw Ridge(fantastic ride), IC King closer in to town and newer Hasty park trail. If you are looking for info on riding in this area check out the local club, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club at http://www.ambc-sorba.org/. They have info about these trails and the ones currently in the works.
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4
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2
mdb1974   Weekend Warrior [Jul 22, 2008]

Great single track for a city ride. Not a destination. Would not call it beginner (the beginners I have taken did not have much fun) but definitely not technical. There are few climbs the long ones not much more than a hundred yards. The east loops are the best by far with new trails being put in all the time (I would say 10 miles or more on the east side). Beautiful in the fall with some nice trail along the ridge. Reasonable old hardwood forest, if you are lucky you may run across some dear.

Watch out for dogs as people don't usually keep them on their leashes. I was bit once, but that dog was on a leash.



P.S. A 3ft drop has just been added, there seems to be new stuff almost every time I go. The new additions seem to be much faster with more banking etc.

Customer Service

East side, don't bother with the west

Similar Products Used: I.C. King, don't worry about the queens.
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5
VALUE
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3
DaliTrout   Cross Country Rider [Jun 29, 2006]

Concord is a great beginner trail system due to the short main loop and beginner to intermediate side trails. This is a great place to get your "trail legs" if your toughest riding experience thus far has been uneven asphalt on the Greenway. If you have mechanical difficulties, you will have a relatively short walk out regardless of where you are on the trail. It does offer more challenging trails if you deviate from the main loop, and you can explore cement bag and plank bridges, natural rock technical sections by the lake, and a few good rollercoaster hill sections near the maintenance plant access road. It's a good hour-burner, but for those seeking a longer ride, it's worth the drive to Haw Ridge as most loops in Concord end in 30-45 minutes including the 2-3 mile loop across the road from the golf course. Then again, you can combine loops and ride all day. It's up to your preference.
The trails are usually well maintained, but you may find yourself tearing through very narrowly cleared sections of undergrowth every now and then. Due to it's very close proximity to the residential areas of Northshore and Westland Drive, you will undoubtedly come into contact with people and dogs walking the trails. You can still enjoy the fast downhills, but just be aware of your surroundings and share the trail. Similar to Haw Ridge, based on water levels in the lake, some shore trails may be a little wet.

Customer Service

Make one full circuit of the main trail to get your bearings, and then second time around as you descend into the 90 degree turn going back uphill, you will see an inlet from the lake. Take a left over the ledge and follow the trail to the right. It will eventually spit you back out on the main trail about 300 yards uphill from where you dropped over the ledge. It's a good 30 minute weave up and down the valleys with a few long climbs and technical downhill switchbacks. You can do this in reverse by continuing up the main trail just before the steep uphill portion. Take the trail to the left where the marker is.
Same ledge drop mentioned above, take the left loop across the cement bags for some fun single track. Be careful, as the trails are fairly new here and the trail edges can be a little soft sometimes on the decents.

Similar Products Used: Haw Ridge, I.C. King (trails are fair but technical area in parking lot is great)
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3
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3
herpclimber   Weekend Warrior [Apr 04, 2005]

Great trails! Small, easily navigable series of loops, all unmarked for an adventurous "find it youself" deal, but your won't get lost, because they all come back to the easy main loop. A few of the trails get pretty technical, with some steep, narrow, and curvy parts. But all the trails are a blast even if there aren't very many.

Customer Service

Pull into the main parking lot and go through the gate in the fence next to the golf course up into the woods. Start on the main loop but go off onto the smaller trails comming off of it. just ride around the hill for a while until you get in all the trails. The trails that go along the lake are the most fun and the most difficult

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4
VALUE
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4
family tradition   Weekend Warrior [Oct 20, 2004]

Love the trail, its incredible! there are some trails that arent that much fun, but besides that they are wonderful.

Customer Service

Do not take the main loop! Start yourt way up the hill and take a left and go all the way down and take the first left on the trail. Follow it all the way through. Come out on the loop.

Similar Products Used: Haw Ridge in Oak Ridge, Tn. Windrock is cool. Norris is also a great ride.
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4
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2
pappy35p   Weekend Warrior [Jan 19, 2004]

Young trail system that is always growing. Some of the new trails are fun and a little more technical than the main wide loop. No drops but there are still fun moderately hard sections. Both the loop by the golf course and the one across the road are fun the latter being slightly more difficult. Over the past two years there has been several trails added.

Customer Service

Its kinda small so take them all. I like the one by the golf course and just turn right as many times as you can.

Similar Products Used: haw ridge
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4
VALUE
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4
firefly   Cross Country Rider [Dec 07, 2003]

once single track is found from top of hill end of road behind pool the fun begins.the potential in this park is great plenty of nearby population density in the area to help with building more singletrack in the other woods within the park. natural features could be enhanced a little more to up the learning curve and keep advanced riders interested and challenged. a few of the regular riders would do well to hike the trails with chainsaws now and then due to all the pine beetle blowdowns. i cut what i could until my handsaw broke. just damn nice riding overall!Some of your climbs and switchbacks are a little too tight, steep and fall line for primo sustainability and my tastes but could easily be corrected and only occurr now and then.

Customer Service

i build trails here in the Madison,WI area and rode the whole park Sunday after T-Day and found the west shoreline trail to be the most rewarding and a pleasant tour. Watch for the off camber 10 ft rock drop offs to the water for excitement and great astethics.

Similar Products Used: the weather was not too good the week of the holiday but lone mountain was a great tour. we parked at the west popular grove,rode across long mile and up to coyote point lookout pass rankin spring and rode down the backside Southwest trail.They are logging the horseshoe flats area and carl black[hemlock grove] will be closed for a year or two yet. the steep climbs were short and sorta doable and we just bombed down the back with lots of air and tight corners.with all the stream crossings i would have to call it a downhill gig!we took the gravel road back to the car/metal gate. 2 1/2 hours. the locals were good as gold to us.
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4
VALUE
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2
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