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I'm trying to decide between moving to Knoxville or Chattanooga. I have looked through the previous posts and it looks like Chattanooga is blessed with alot of near-by great riding. I was wondering what the greater knoxville area is like? What good singletrack is within an hour or so of the city? How would you compare the two?

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Go to www.knoxvillecycling.com. Knox-vegas has a really great riding community including advocacy, racing, etc. I don't live there but have friends there. Plus, you're not too far from Tanasi, you'd be closer to Pisgah / Dupont / Asheville, and dude, Knoxville is the South's leading supplier of tall smokin' hot redheads. I think that's enough reason, personally. Start packin' and grab yer orange cap....Go Vols!
 

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I have lived in Knoxville most of my life but have tons of friends in Chattanooga and spend a fair amount of time there. Ill try to be objective. For an in-town mountain biking scene Knoxville blows Chattanooga away. We have more trails within 20 min. of town with regular group rides from mild to wild several night of the week. The MTB community in Knoxville is very tight and within no time newcombers that want to can make tons of friends and step into the scene easily. Trails near town vary from fire road fun to twisty singletrack to the best DH runs in this part of the country. Within a 2 hour drive of Knoxville lies the north Georgia trails, Tanasi, Tsali, Pisgah, The Big South Fork, Damascus and more. Several of us in town travel to ride on the weekends as much as possible. There are a quite a few racers in town if that’s your bag. The web site mentioned above is a great tool for the Knoxville community to communicate. Though they don’t allow mountain Biking the national park outside of Knoxville is a big plus in my book for other recreation.

Chattanooga is a good bit different. The MTB scene is not as centralized and the MTB community not as tightly nit. I think its probably because they don’t have as much riding right in town. Within an hour drive they have tone of great stuff but its tough to drive that far after work every day. The road scene in Chattanooga is hot though. If group road riding or racing is one of your interest Chattanooga is going to beat out Knoxville for opportunities in that direction. There is allot of riding within 2 hours of Chattanooga in North Georgia, North Alabama, Tanasi, Franklin State Forest etc. but you’re a long way from Pisgah.

As a long time cyclist and White Water enthusiast I have always appreciated Knoxville’s central location to most everything the southern Appalachians have to offer.
 

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Hmmm.... Chattanooga has these trails within a just few minutes driving time:

Stringers Ridge is 5 minutes from downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=140

Guild Trail - 5 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga
http://www.chattbike.com/images/maps/GuildTrailDtl.pdf

Raccoon Mtn trails within 10 minutes of downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=367

Edward's Point trails within 10-15 minutes of downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=59

Harrison Bay State Park - 10-15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=40

Booker T Washington State Park 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=54

Prentice Cooper State Forrest trails are 15-20 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga
http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/mtnbike/pcooper.gif

Pigeon Mountain GA trails within 25-30 minutes of downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=3&trail=236

Lula Lake Land Trust trails- 10-15 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=3&trail=58
 

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My wife and I narrowed our move down to the same two cities roughly 2 years ago. We chose Knoxville because of the local riding options as well as the proximity to other great trail systems in the areas already mentioned. It really is a great place to live for all types of riding (great road riding in the outlying counties and some options for some natural and urban trials riding as well). Their are also tons of outdoor opportunities including great hiking, rafting, whitewater and flat-water kayaking, and even some rock climbing within an easy day trip.

Plus, one big thing for us was job opportunities. We found much more opportunity in Knoxville compared to Chattanooga, Asheville, or Greeneville.

We don't regret our decision.....

Good luck.
 

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I spend 2 weeks each summer in Knoxville i stay in my friends downtown loft and its a great town. But the mountain biking is epic. My favorite rides are only minutes from the loft. when i say minutes i mean max 15 minutes. And its incredible riding too. I drive from Louisiana to Knoxville just to bring my bikes to ride. The trials are constantly being improved and new ones are always being designed and built. Even though I'm always looking for a new trail to try to kill my self on i always result to IC KING. this trail is incredible. It goes around the IC king Lake but uses every bit of real-estate in the area to make unlimited trail combinations and is always fun. Also knoxville has the Green-way. Which is a paved 20+ mile running/walking/roadbiking course through the city which brings your through all the parks and along the city. You can get to any part of the City on this trail it is great for the wife and you in the "off season" "boring road bike season" but that is a good time to get in better shape on the boring bike but on the green way the scenery is incredible and the people are really nice there too. And Knoxville is home of UT, it is a college town and SEC FOOTBALL so that is a plus for weekend entertainment
 

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Ever had a decision where the two options are good enough to where you will be fine either way? I live in Knoxville and there are five trail systems in the metro area with lots more riding within two hours. The SORBA chapter is one of the larger ones in the Southeast and very active. That said, it is not uncommon for Knoxville riders make a day trip to Raccoon Mountain. Both cities are in the sweet spot of being large enough to have an active bike community while still having available land opportunities to build more trail.
 

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Though I know nothing about Chattanooga, gotta give another thumbs up for the folks at the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club in Knoxville. Amazingly active in not only riding but trail building. This time of year they have a build day at least once a month. Trails are constantly being improved and it is inspiring.
 

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For what it's worth, I've lived in Nashville my entire life and if I was going to move to one of those two cities, it would be Chattanooga all the way. There are a ton of great trails within driving distance plus a bunch of strong riders to ride with. I will say I know a lot more riders in the Chattanooga area though so that may sway my view some. They've got a strong SORBA group there also and I know several guys that make up a pretty close knit mtbing community.
 

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Just a 2013 update on the Chattanooga trails...

5 Points up on Lookout Mt.

ESNP near VW

White Oak Mountain on the Southern University campus

Hmmm.... Chattanooga has these trails within a just few minutes driving time:

Stringers Ridge is 5 minutes from downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=140

Guild Trail - 5 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga
Chattanooga Bicycle Club

Raccoon Mtn trails within 10 minutes of downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=367

Edward's Point trails within 10-15 minutes of downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=59

Harrison Bay State Park - 10-15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=40

Booker T Washington State Park 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=8&trail=54

Prentice Cooper State Forrest trails are 15-20 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga
http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/mtnbike/pcooper.gif

Pigeon Mountain GA trails within 25-30 minutes of downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=3&trail=236

Lula Lake Land Trust trails- 10-15 minutes from Downtown Chattanooga
http://www.sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trails.php?state=3&trail=58
 

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Ha I didn't even notice the thread was that old when I replied to it. Oh well my opinion still stands. In fact I'm heading to Chattanooga this weekend to do a little riding.
I was born and raised in Nashville and haven't rode there. Now that I'm living in Chattanooga I have a lot of spots I want to hit in Knoxville and Nashville.

Enjoy the Chattanooga trails! They should be dry
 

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Bike Shops and Best all around trail?

Heading to the Knoxville area next week and will probably only have one day to ride so I want to make it count. Is there one trail that tops them all? Also, is there a good bike store in the area that could offer good advice on trails as well?

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Chris
 

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The Dirty South or HawRidge would give you the best shot at packing in a lot of miles (20 - 30 miles each). Both can be confusing if you are not familiar with the tails, although the Dirty South has recently had a lot of signage added. Haw is more technical. The Dirty South is just plain fun and close to bars and restaurants downtown. Most bike shops in town can give you good advice and maybe even a trail map (TVB, Harpers, Bike Zoo, FCP, CBC are all good).
 

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Outdoorknoxville.com has all sorts of info, including maps and stores.....dirty south has an 11mile main loop with 25miles of additional trails.....haw ridge(my personal favorite) has 40+ miles of trail but not close... can't go wrong with either. Once time gets closer post or pm here we may can get a group ride together

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While the South Knox trail system is a great asset, I would not say it tops them all but it is within riding distance from downtown which is cool depending on where you are staying. Its a typical new, style trail network. Its not very steep, its wide, and on the smooth side.

As a comparison, Haw Ridge is closer to West Knox and more of an old school network. The trails are a spider web, rocky, and rooty. The trails can be steep and narrow and more technical.

My opinion is to pick your style and enjoy.
 
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