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Local trails allow communities to get a regular dirt fix, and we couldn't love them more. From challenging singletrack to flowy berms and spectacular mountain views, there is always something epic close to home.
We highly recommend using MTB Project online and on your phone when riding in our area. The free app is not only a great way to get to know your new favorite trail, but also allows you to download your routes ahead of time, read reviews, get trail conditions, and of course map your route along the way.
Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park - Johnson City, TN
Tannery Knobs covers over 40 acres of heavily wooded terrain. Designed as a skills park for all ages, riders can experience the thrill of off road riding in a progressive environment. All trails and features have been professionally designed and built, ensuring enthusiasts and beginners alike will find the perfect ride.
Buc Ridge (ETSU) - Johnson City, TN
Great sections of trails located right in the heart of Johnson City on the campus of ETSU. They are open to anyone, not just students. The terrain is rolling with some short climbs and fun downhills. The trails have plenty of rocks and roots to keep things interesting and also have a few small rock drops thrown in at a couple places, but all the rock drops do have ride-arounds.
Winged Deer Park - Johnson City, TN
The first mountain bike trail built and opened at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, TN in 2018. Created in partnership between Johnson City and SORBA Tri-Cities, the trail is now over 4 miles of fun and twisty single track. All trailheads are accessible from the disc golf course parking lot.
Buffalo Mountain - Johnson City, TN
Rugged and remote is the theme for this network just minutes from downtown Johnson City. Endless gravel/dirt climbs give way to fire tower views with plenty of tight twisty singletrack. The "Full Buffalo" loop racks up over 40 miles and 3,600ft of climbing. Steep drops, creek crossings, rock gardens...Buffalo Mountain has it all.
Unaka Bike Park - Erwin, TN
This trail network was officially open to the public in May 2022. "Zone 1" is currently complete which offers 2 trails, a super fun jumpy middle trail (Roli Noli) is surrounded by a dual directionloop which offers options to reach the top of the park. Everything is connected, so even on the jump line riders can simply roll each feature until they are comfortable enough to get their wheels off the ground. Significantly more trails are planned in the future.
Watershed Trails - Hampton, TN
The Watershed Trails are a fun network of easy, intermediate, and difficult singletrack tucked away in the middle of Hampton, TN. The trails traverse dramatic terrain through beautiful forest with both mountain and river views. The lower loops are great for beginner to intermediate riders, while experts can enjoy themselves on the challenging upper loop known as The Cat's Pajamas.
Yelling and Dam Builder Trails - Bristol, TN
Wide easy trails with little rocks or roots. Both loops are short and easily accessible from the parking area. Yelling Trail Loop to the left is a bit shorter and more pumpable. Dam Builders Trail Loop to the right has some shale piles so watch for punctures on sharp edges. Trails are ridden in both directions so watch for oncoming riders. This are multi-use trails so also expect pedestrians. Do not ride when wet, these trails are red clay and are easily damaged when ridden wet.
Warriors' Path State Park - Kingsport, TN
Variety is the spice at Warriors Path where multiple stacked trails offer something different around every turn. Designed and built by mountain bikers, the thoughtful layout gives way to numerous alternate lines and plenty of challenge. Warriors Path State Park has some of the oldest built trails in East TN.
Bays Mountain Park - Kingsport, TN
Fire roads and twisty singletrack make Bays an awesome place to ride. Some sections do have some stout climbs although a vast majority of the trails are easier grades than a lot of the area. The highlight, and the highest elevation, is the Garden Mountain Lookout Tower. This old firetower sits on the Holston River Mountain side of the Park at 2405 ft., and provides an amazing 360 degree panoramic view.
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