Tucked away in Knoxville, Tennessee, Baker Creek Preserves is a sprawling haven for mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Boasting 7.1 miles of trails suitable for a range of skill levels—from complete novices to extreme adventurers—the park is a tapestry of opportunity for those who love to spin their wheels.
Offering five multi-use, two-way trails, as well as three designated mountain bike downhill trails, the park presents a varied landscape that avoids monotony. Whether it's the gentler slopes of the gold-rated "CRUZ," or the heart-pounding excitement of the double black diamond "DEVILS RACETRACK," there's something for everyone.
Attention to development and upkeep is clear at Baker Creek. A newly minted asphalt pump track and jump line opened in the Fall of 2020, and additional skills parks followed in January 2021. These installations serve to enrich the riding experience, offering a chance to practice jumps, turns, and other technical skills in a controlled environment.
Getting to the trails is straightforward—just consult the map and follow the directions. The routes are well-marked, so navigating your way through the maze of opportunities is a breeze.
"The first time my son and I tried some downhill here, we had a blast. The trails are well-marked and maintained," says one satisfied visitor. Another enthuses about the AMBC Fest, lauding the trails for their ability to handle rain and praising the exhilarating downhills.Others also affirm the exceptional conditions of the trails, describing them as smooth and well-groomed, attributing it to the funding from the Bell Grant. If you're coming from a distance, rest assured that the journey will be worth your while, as one Cookeville resident attests, "I will definitely be back."
Baker Creek Preserves isn't just a breath of fresh air for Knoxville—it's a crowning achievement for the mountain biking community in Tennessee. The park’s trails are connected to the larger Urban Wilderness, offering access to about 42 miles of additional routes. Despite starting at the lowest elevation and requiring a climb to each trailhead, the rewards are immense.Tabletop, rollers, berms—oh my indeed! It's time to pack up your bike and gear and head to Baker Creek Preserves. Happy riding!