Collier Ridge trail - TRAIL

Collier Ridge trail - Trail, Onedia, Tennessee

Collier ridge is a loop after crossing Bandy Creek. trail is sandy/clay hardpack. Some climbing and steep downhills sections. One of the best Mountain bike trails in BSF.

User Reviews (8)

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susy1313   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2006]

Really nice ride with some climbs, rolling hills. The advanced section should not be missed. Don't let the 'advanced' rating scare you...it is not difficult. There is one 2 foot or so rock dropoff near the start of the section but it is very doable. BSF management should be applauded for having mountain bike trails. Most national park areas do not.

Customer Service

clockwise

Similar Products Used: Grand Gap
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3
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2
qdean   Weekend Warrior [Jun 10, 2004]

Excellent trail....I'd recommend taking the advanced section of the trail, though. Been on this trail several times and I've found taking the "easier" fork in the trail is rather boring. If you have a cheap bike with no suspension like mine, or aren't keen on rough riding, you may have to get off and walk down one large drop off and a couple of really steep climbs on the advanced section. The rest is a piece of cake. My 11 year old hated the advanced portion (he's one of those not too keen on rough riding)), but my 13 year old and I loved it.

Customer Service

West entrance parking area if you're not camping at Bandy Creek. Otherwise, you'll have to endure a 1 1/2 mile climb back up a gravel road to get back to the Bandy Creek campgound/parking area.

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4
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3
Joseph   [Mar 24, 1999]

some good splashes in creeks are fun on this trail.

Customer Service

do Collier loop and take the shortcut advanced section
it has some good downhill singletrack in it.

Similar Products Used: Duncan Hollow Loop
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5
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Roscoe Turner   [Dec 01, 1999]

Great trail. Can be ridden very fast and still be able to enjoy the scenery. Do the advanced section-only a very few places on it that are truly "advanced". This is my favorite trail in the Big South Fork Rec area. Very little climbing so the trail ends to quickly at 7 or so miles.

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5
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JIM   [Sep 11, 2000]

COLLIERS IS A FUN LOOP....REALLY. IT'S SHORT, 6-8 MILES. NOT VERY TECHNICAL, NO BIG ROCK LEDGES, OR LONG TWISTIE CLIMBS. ALOT OF BIG RING-GO AS FAST AS YOU DARE THRU THE TREES STUFF. IF YOU RIDE CLOCKWISE THERE IS A FLAT-OUT BIG-RING DH AT THE END, NOT STEEP, BUT IF YOU CAN CRANK YOUR BIG RING IT IS FAST! I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS COMING THE FIRST TIME, SO I MADE ANOTHER LOOP JUST TO PUSH IT A LITTLE, IT'S THAT GOOD...WELL, MAYBE NOT THAT GOOD. BUT IT'S GOOD FOR THE AREA.

Customer Service

YOU CAN PICK UP A PRETTY GOOD MAP OF THE 2 OR 3 TRAILS IN THIS AREA. TRAILS ARE MARKED GOOD.

Similar Products Used: YOU CAN RIDE MOST TRAILS IN THE AREA IN A DAY OR TWO. THE AREA IS KIND OF COMPACT, BUT THE FACILITIES ARE GREAT, GREAT CAMPGROUD. MANY, MANY HORSES, SO BE CAREFUL. GREAT TRAILS FOR BEGINNERS, FAMILIES, OR SOMEONE LOOKING FOR A NON-DANGEROUS, LAID-BACK WEEKEND.
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3
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Vic   [Oct 19, 2000]

Do NOT park in the Bandy visitor area. Why? Because you'll have to endure 3 miles with mouthful of gravel dust and a bike covered with fine slippery powder just to get to the trailhead. Instead, park at the West entrance of Bandy Creek off 297W and enter from that side.
The trail however rocks. Nice stream crossings and good single track. Be sure to do the Labor Day race portion of the trail.

Customer Service

From Knoxville, Take I-75N to 297W into BSFNRRA.

Similar Products Used: North White Oak Overlook
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4
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Tennessee Jed   [Nov 13, 2001]

Collier Ridge is a very nice ride, particularly if you ride the "advanced" section. Don't be put off -- it's really not that hard. On the loop there are some nice creek crossings, a few steep hills, fast downhill, and twisty singletrack. Classic eastern singletrack, in fact. If you combine Collier Ridge with the Duncan Hollow and West Bandy bike trails -- all three can be linked up by horse trails -- you have a nice half-day ride. Talk to the Park Service folks at the Bandy Creek visitor center for info on these other trails. Also, these three bike trails are basically "in shape" year round.

Similar Products Used: Big South Fork has a few other worthy rides, and there are other excellent, "local knowledge" trails in the Oneida area, including at the airport and at Royal Blue wildlife area. Great stuff...
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5
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keith   [Nov 26, 2001]

Really easy trail with no major obstacles,good trail for advanced beginner or intermediate rider ,a so so down hill at the end of the loop kinda short but a fun ride nice area but better for hiking and horse back riding than mountain biking.

Customer Service

Go left at the start of the loop section .

Similar Products Used: other trails close by are very sandy ,better for horses.Go to Chilowee or Tsali much better riding.
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2
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