Connoisseurs of mountain biking looking for a trail that tests both power output and intricate bike handling should set their sights on Clarksville, Tennessee's Advanced Loop. This unique blend of hand and machine-built trail leverages natural terrain to offer a variety of challenges—rocks, drops, tight turns, and more. Even the turns here vary from large berms to primitive and off-camber, making for an unpredictable and enthralling ride.
Reach the trail by taking a left onto Providence from Riverside Drive, followed by a right onto Beech and another right onto E St. Finally, make a left onto Ford Street where you'll find the parking lot marked by a sizable sign at 2470 N Ford St.
Visitors will find a trail that is far from one-note. It doesn't merely focus on climbs or descents, instead offering a balanced experience that even a rider on the lower end of intermediate can navigate. While some trees are closely spaced—something to note if you're a taller rider or use a larger bike—the trail features are well-marked, and most come with bail-out options.
Riders who frequent Advanced Loop commend its maintenance and markings, stating that it's perfect for both novice and more seasoned riders. The trail is particularly lauded for its fun obstacles and switchbacks. It's part of an evolving trail system in Clarksville's 90-acre park, designed to naturally mesh with the existing terrain rather than imposing artificial features. This makes it a local favorite and a highly recommended spot for those visiting the area.
With features dictated by the lay of the land, Advanced Loop in Clarksville promises to be an evolving staple in the local mountain biking scene. Its current 3-mile loop is just the beginning, with plans to extend it to 5-6 miles, forming part of an 8-9-mile total trail system in the park. While the neighborhood leading to the trailhead may seem rough, the trail itself is a sanctuary for mountain bikers, offering a fast, technical, and fun experience.