South Loop is essentially a melting pot of all the area's riding venues, offering a tantalizing 13-mile circuit that's both diverse and inclusive. It starts and ends wherever you like—just follow the arrowhead signs, blazes, and street stencils to complete the circuit. The loop comprises mostly single tracks, joined by streets and pathways, along with some double track areas and a stream ford for good measure.
An all-rounder of a trail, South Loop challenges with steep climbs, rocky areas, and root-filled sections while also offering easier greenway parts for a breather. Whether you're a beginner looking to ramp up the challenge or an intermediate rider seeking variety, South Loop caters to all.
The majority of riders heap praises on the South Loop's versatility, level of challenge, and well-maintained condition. They highly recommend carrying a GPS device, given the trail's complex network and ongoing expansion.
To reach South Loop, take the Gay Street bridge south from downtown Knoxville. Continue straight onto Seviere Avenue, turn left onto Island Home Avenue and follow it to arrive at the Meade’s Quarry parking lot. Trailheads are just past the train tracks.
South Loop serves as a hub, connecting various trails across South Knoxville's biking landscape. An intermediate-level loop that opens doors to numerous trail options—each with its unique terrain and experience—South Loop makes for an ideal day-long biking adventure. With the promise of more to explore and the flexibility to adapt to individual preferences, this trail stands as a testament to Knoxville’s growing reputation as a mountain biking haven.