Nested near Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Raccoon Mountain Bike Trail System is a haven for cyclists of all stripes. Offering a stacked loop system that caters to every skill level, this trail network promises something for everyone. Currently encompassing close to 50 miles, the trail network is a living project—still expanding since its inception in May 2007. Those within a 2-3 hour radius from Chattanooga will find the trip to these trails a worthwhile investment.
From there, follow the TVA Road to the top of the mountain and park at the East Brow Parking Lot. The trailhead is directly across the TVA road from the east brow parking lot and is marked with a small sign. First-timers might find it slightly challenging to locate, so keep your eyes peeled.
The views from the trail system are nothing short of breathtaking, offering sweeping vistas that rival and surpass similar locales like Chicopee Woods in Gainesville, GA. The trail surfaces range from singletrack to gnarly rocks and roots, providing the perfect canvas for a variety of experiences. Cyclists fond of rock gardens will find the trail system a rewarding challenge.
The level of difficulty ranges, but intermediate riders should note that some sections, especially the "High Voltage" climb, might feel more challenging than advertised. The Megawatt and Livewire 1&2 trails in particular offer a unique blend of techy, rocky and speedy sections. If you're a newbie or prefer less technical riding, stick to the greens and blues, like Small Intestine and River Gorge.
Many riders agree that there's not enough time to fully explore these trails. So plan accordingly, especially considering that the park entrance gates close at 5:30 PM.
The Raccoon Mountain Bike Trail System is undoubtedly among the top trails in the southeast. With its blend of technical and scenic elements, it offers something for everyone. However, its variety and technicality mean that the experience can vary widely based on your choices and preparedness. So gear up and set your sights on this Tennessee gem—just make sure you're clock-watching if you want to fit it all in.
Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned pro, the Raccoon Mountain Trail