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Chickasaw Trace Mountain Bike Trail

 23 votes


7.8 Miles 12.5 Kilometers




682' 208 m


-683' -208 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (11°)

675' 206 m


540' 165 m




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A great 7.5 mile trail in Columbia.

Daniel Johnson


Take the first left entering the park, then hard left again downhill (dirt road) to get to the main Mountain Bike parking field. Suggestion: If you are going to ride the River and Woodland Trails only, it is more convenient to park in the Boat Ramp parking lot. Instead of a hard left, continue on the paved road. The lot is on the right about 50 yards from the river.


Chickasaw is suitable for all levels of Mountain Bike riders - from expert racers to 5-year-olds. Several sections of trail have been identified with the signs being constructed and installed through an Eagle Scout project. The trail is a 8.5-mile loop. If ridden in a clockwise direction from the trailhead at the MTB parking lot, the initial four miles are relatively flat and follow Knob Creek and the Duck River.

Upon entering the "Trail of Tears", the final four miles become very difficult, also known as "technical" among Mountain Bike enthusiasts. The course is designed with several entry/exit points so that a rider can pick the parts of the trail that suits him or her.

A weekend at Chickasaw will find racers training by doing multiple laps of the entire course or families with small children on their bikes riding the scenic River and Woodland Trails. Maps of the course are available at Columbia Cycling Club's sign located at the Mountain Bike parking field.

History & Background

In 1992, Bob Martin, Director of the Maury County Parks and Recreation, approached Columbia Cycling Club (CCC) members about his desire for them to build a Mountain Bike (MTB) and hiking trail at Chickasaw Trace County Park. The offer was gladly accepted and with dedicated work, we now have 8.5 miles of singletrack.

The park covers 300 acres and is located on the banks of the Duck River and a tributary, Knob Creek. The CCC is responsible for the maintenance of the trail and does so with the help of Adopt-A-Trail volunteers. Trail blazing equipment has been purchased through proceeds from various racing events hosted by the club at the park.


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Nov 5, 2017
Grant Young
A super awesome fall ride. It begins out relatively easy with one short rocky climb. After this, it turns into a flowy trail with some lengthy climbs 7.7mi
Oct 4, 2017
Jack Tomassetti
Sep 20, 2017
Jeremy Bassett
What a fantastic trail in an idyllic setting....except for the dump. A nice flowing ride with enough technical stuff to keep you on your toes
Jun 30, 2017
Richard Hodge
Great trail to work on technique and develop skills.
Jun 4, 2017
Andrew Hopkins
Awesome trail! Struggled with some climbs as they are much tougher then anything in Michigan but would ride again without hesitation!
Apr 12, 2017
Tim Conger
Feb 26, 2017
Josiah Burns
Nov 13, 2016
Rob Laird

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Zack Butler
Huntsville, AL
Zack Butler   Huntsville, AL
Rode this trail for the first time on Saturday, May 31st. There weren't many people on the trail other than several hikers and one guy that had just finished up his ride. It was a bit slick on some of the downhills and a few of the bermed corners, but a gravel downhill on the Trail of Tears tore me and the bike up. There was also a large tree across the trail that looked high enough to clear by bending over, but it isn't. Might want to re-route the trail around that or cut the tree out of the way. It was a little more difficult than I anticipated, but it appeared to be well-maintained with the exception of a few overhanging trees and some briers hanging out in the trail.. Jun 2, 2014
This is one of the finest trails I have ridden. A good place for a variety of terrain and a scenic ride. Some is fast and smooth, some challenging. My gratitude goes out to all who built and maintain these trails. Dec 10, 2017

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