Hamilton Creek - Trail, Nashville, Tennessee

Hamilton Creek - Trail, Nashville, Tennessee

DESCRIPTION

3.3 mile lakeside trail (with more to come) with a 7 mile Pinnacle trail on the other side of the road (connected via a connector trail and tunnel under the road). There are plenty of challenging area's with rock gardens, tree crossings and several climbs. Beginners will have a challenge first time, but will learn each trip. This is a great trail to hone in on your skills. One of the favorites in the area.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 02, 2014]
Darrell
Weekend Warrior

I'm an occasional trial rider and I did not like this course. Apparently it has not been kept well because I only saw two signs on the entire course. The routes are not easy to determine and you can get turned around easily. With all the rocks I do not recommend that beginners try this if there is any amount of moisture. The trail head map labeled it as a 2.4 mi but I was in there for at least 5 miles. I would try again but only with a map and extra dry conditions.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 08, 2013]
JimmyT
Weekend Warrior

I consider myself an experienced rider but not in the best shape of my life, and I loved this trail. Technical riding but no crazy long and steep hill climbs (save it for spin class).
Even though one side is called novice and one advanced, they are both about the same level of difficulty IMO.

Customer Service

Rode almost all of it in about 3 hours, not sprinting through it but enjoying myself. Started at the east trailhead which is nicely maintained. The map says the west trailhead is closed but you can still park there, there are just no facilities.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 18, 2013]
Borobiker
Weekend Warrior

I did the shorter of the two sides, it was just over 5 miles. Plenty of rocks, roots and trees. You better be prepared for a technical ride. Not for beginners or the weak of heart. It was all I could handle but then I'm not an accomplished rider. I'll do it again, gotta get easier the more you do it, need to find the right line to take. Be prepared to walk the bike on occasion.. The trail is well marked, pretty easy to follow. Have fun and enjoy!!

Customer Service

Follow the signs

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Jones Mill in Long Hunter State Park. Cane Ridge in Antioch.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 10, 2012]
John.M
Cross Country Rider

I have ridden this trail a couple of times, and I have to say it is a great time. There are quite a few rocks - much more than I am used to - but not too much that it is not rideable by average to higher skilled riders. Given that, I do have to walk a couple of places. As long as you pick a good line, you'll be ok.

The path/direction is pretty easy to follow, and there are shortcuts that will get you back to the trailhead.

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Chickasaw Trace - 1 hour south, near Columbia. Much more of a XC trail (less technical). Montgomery Bell - 45 minutes or so west.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 11, 2010]
jscusmcvet
Weekend Warrior

Wow, great trail. Just got back from riding this trail. If you like tight, twisty, rooty and lots of rocks, you will love this trail. It had many technical obstacles, mostly utilizing natural terrain features, as in rock formations. I was pretty happy that I cleared most of them. I rode both sides in a counter clockwise direction. Can not really say if it would have been better clockwise, as it seemed to have an equal number of up obstacles and down obstacles. It is easy to see that if you are a great rider you could hit some very cool drops off rock ledges. I rode most of them, but I ride them, not launch off them.

I parked on the lakeside and that allowed a nice warm up before crossing under the road and hitting the much harder Pinnacle trail. That trail really tested my technical abilities and that was great. IF you are not into technical riding, stay on the lake side and enjoy well designed beginner level and low intermediate level trail and obstacles.

Nice work trailbuilders!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 27, 2010]
Nomadic Buckeye
Weekend Warrior

Hamilton Creek is the most technically demanding trail in the area. Wear a helmet for crying out loud. There are several opportunities to jump. They're all drop-offs, so launching is pretty easy. Not all of the landing zones are so easy. They're all optional with alternate routes. Some of them are in places you have to know where to look. It's one of my favorite trail systems. Stay off of it when it's wet! This place gets lots of traffic and riding in the mud tears it up. Not only that, but the rocks and roots are slimy, so you'll spend some time on your head, which you'll deserve.

Customer Service

Both loops are more fun going counter-clockwise, which means stay right at every intersection.

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Montgomery Bell is technically pretty easy but has a lot of tight turns. Expect to get a major workout since there's very little coasting.
Lock 4 in Gallatin is fun, as is Chickasaw Trace in Columbia. Long Hunter is pretty good for beginners. Advanced riders will get bored with the limited trail length. Franklin Marion SF is a nice place to go if you have the time to go to Monteagle. St. Andrews School is also a lot of fun. Raccoon Mtn. in Chattanooga is awesome. It's mostly hardpack, but it also has some very playful areas with the availability of plenty of air and plenty of speed.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 20, 2009]
hammermtb
Weekend Warrior

The trail was very challenging at times, especially on the advanced loop. The beginner loop is a tough one if you are just starting out, but I would recommend that you dont let it demotivate you. The cardio toll that the complete course took on my body wasnt entirely too bad, however the muscular strength and endurance is where the course hammered in its respect. There are alot of very challening descents/climbs on the Advanced loop and would only recommend that after a few times of riding the intermediate loop. All in all, great course, just make sure you take your own toilet paper...port-a-let was out.

Customer Service

for Hamilton Creek newcomers, take the beginner route and follow it to the intermediate. Stay away from the Advanced unless you have ridden there a few times. the beginner route really gives you a feel for what is to come on the intermediate course.

Similar Products Used:

Loch 4 Mountain Bike Park and Montgomery Bell

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 05, 2009]
homerjones
Cross Country Rider

Primary trailhead is at Hamilton Creek Park, off Bell Rd. There are basicly two loops. The first being "beginners" that becomes "intermediate". There is an out route at the beginning of the intermediate. About the only difference between beg. and inter. is log crossing and slightly steeper climbs.

The second loop is "advanced", and marked well off of the intermediate loop crest. Beginner and intermediate trails are windie with some rock and roots. The advanced is more skill and endurance demanding. Compared to other trails in the area, more rock crossing, climbs, and drops. Good news is, to qoute the friend that first talked me into trying it, "There's nothing that you can't walk or ride around." If it looks scary, walk it or bipass it. Find a friendly line and ease through. It's all do-able and lots of fun. It will hurt you if you're not careful. In middle Tennessee, it's my favorite. Great confidence builder. Doing a full lap with no blood is something to be proud of. I was.

The down side is that it doesn't drain well. It takes two or three days of warm, breezy weather, after a mild rain to ride without trail damage and muck.

Customer Service

My favorite route is right (counter-clockwise) on each loop.

The easiest is left (clockwise) through the beg./inter. and right (clockwise) through the advanced. The later gets you to the advanced entry quicker, with fresher legs. Fresh legs are good in the advanced.

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I rank Mongomery Bell (White Bluff) a close second. Not nearly as techically demanding but lots of climbs and run-downs.

Lock 4 (Gallatin) is fast and flow-ie.

Bear Wheels at Defeated Creek (Carthage) is similar with the toughest climb this side of Raccoon Mt.

Chickasaw Trace (Fairview) is challenging. Spray for chiggers in the summer.

Then there's Raccoon Mt. (Tiftonia) that's not exactly "in the area" but combines the best of all of the above in a 16 mile loop.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 28, 2007]
Cyclopod
Weekend Warrior

I'm used to riding the Central FL trails but I've had a chance to ride several trails in GA, TN and SC. I rode Hamilton Creek while visiting friends during Turkey day weekend. The premier features here are the rocks. While on hardpack, HC makes for decent intermediate level riding with a good share of climbing and flowy trails. The rocks, on the other hand, makes for really fun and technical riding. At a couple of points I couldn't help but to reconsider the penalty for failure at most of the jumps and along some of the rock (boulder)gardens. I fared well but my buddy paid up with a good face plant. This will make for an excellent place to dial in your FS bike and hone your technical riding skills. Don't miss the section known as the Mayan Pyramid.

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Only other places I've ridden in TN is Chilhowee/Ocoee trail system. A few hours away. If there, the Clear Creek trail will make you suffer.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 01, 2007]
chiefVTone
Cross Country Rider

This is one of the best trails in the Nash. area. From the beginning, have ur eyes open. Fast, faster and harder are the best words to describe this trail. From killer rock drop-offs to rock gardens, and through roots n ruts, this trail is technical but extremely fun to ride. Keeps you on your toes at all times.

Customer Service

Ride the trail counter-clockwise. The rocks will usually be desending, and all the jumps n fun stuff run counter. For a sweet challenge, do the first lap normal, then turn around and ride it clockwise, were most of the climbs will be through rock-gardens.
Enjoy

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Lock4 is sweet 'cause of the speed and flow it has.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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