Near the Cherokee National Forest, the Tanasi Trail system offers 30 miles of fast, flowing singletrack that riders of all levels will savor. The ride begins on Old Copper Road and climbs to Brush Creek. It is a steep climb but fairly easy. For those of you who desire a more challenging ascent, you can take the advanced version of the climb, which is super technical and steep. Old Copper Road cruises along upper stretches of the Ocoee and dumps you onto Brush Creek, which is chock full of fun singletrack. Traveling at a slower pace? No problem. There are some cool rock cairns where you can stop and stack a stone for your Karma bonus while enjoying the sweet smells and sounds of nature.
Bermy turns and a steady, rolling climb reward you with a ripping downhill run on Thunder Rock Express. Gravity lovers will enjoy its fast downhill, coupled with a few awesome jumps. There are also a couple of short bridges to tackle.
Once this area dries out in the spring, you get a full season of riding. Summer is great, and riders in the fall can enjoy classic leaf season in the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Location: Tanasi Trail System, near the Ocoee Whitewater Center, Ocoee, Tennessee
Directions: From Knoxville take exit 25, the highway 64 bypass. From Chattanooga, take exit 20, the highway 64 bypass. From there take highway 64 to Ocoee. Pass over highway 411 and pass the Ocoee Dam on the right and the Ocoee Ranger Station on the left. Thunder Rock Campground is behind Ocoee Powerhouse #3 on the right. The Ocoee Whitewater Center is just past the powerhouse on the right (approximately 28 miles from Cleveland).
Best Season: Summer and fall
Point of interest: Cherokee National Forest
Camping: Thunder Rock Campground
Epic Ride Length: 30 miles
Altitude: 1,500-2,000 feet
Terrain: Fast, flowing singletrack and climbs
Host Club: SORBA Chattanooga Chapter
IMBA Region: Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (SORBA), http://www.sorba.org