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Hamilton Creek Mountain Bike Trail

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11.1 Miles 17.9 Kilometers



684' 208 m


-684' -208 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)

651' 199 m


498' 152 m



All Clear 84 days ago
Dry: Some of the rock gardens are obscured by fallen leaves so point it to the top of the rocks. History

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A rocky, technical XC trail with some big drops.

Matthew Christensen

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Closed when wet and muddy. for updated trail info.


Three trails make up this ride, connected by a tunnel that goes under Bell Rd. Upper Lakeside Trail is the first trail you encounter from the trailhead. The second trail is the Pinnacle Trail that you get to by way of a tunnel under Bell Rd. After you finish up Pinnacle Trail and head back under Bell Rd, you'll stay right to ride the Lower Lakeside Trail that brings you back to the parking lot at the trailhead.

Need to Know

It is recommended to dismount while passing through the tunnel that connects the trails. This is a multiple-use trail. Be considerate of hikers.


Starting from the trailhead, you'll head onto the connector trail; stay right to begin the Upper Lakeside Trail. You can continue up the connector to merge onto the Upper Lakeside Trail about half way. Upper Lakeside Trail is a good introduction to what you'll encounter throughout this ride, short, punchy, technical climbs with short, technical downhills. Once you reach the Lakeside to Pinnacle Connector, dismounting is recommended as you pass through the tunnel to Pinnacle Trail. As you climb up to the start of Pinnacle Trail, stay right.

Pinnacle Trail starts out as a nice, open trail where you can let loose and have fun. This continues until you arrive at the closed Pinnacle Trailhead. Once you go along the open field, the trail becomes more technical with lots of rocky and rooted sections. Afterwards, the trail opens out again ebbing and flowing between technical uphills and downhills. You know you are close to the finish of Pinnacle Trail when the trail comes fairly close to some homes.

After riding the Lakeside to Pinnacle Connector back under Bell Rd., stay right to continue onto the Lower Lakeside Trail. This trail is similar to the Upper Lakeside Trail, except it has less punchy climbs and descents. Once you hit the connector to the trailhead, go right to return or left to connect to the Upper Lakeside Trail half-way mark.

History & Background

Both trails were built as one of the first official mountain bike trails in Nashville, in a cooperative effort by SORBA Middle Tennessee and Metro Parks.


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Nov 22, 2018
malcolm alexander
really Rocky and not that much fun in the small side, especially in November weekend the leaves are down and rocks are slick
Oct 28, 2018
Yates Pharr
challenging rocks. nice series of loop trails. 11.7mi
Sep 30, 2018
Darcy P
Great first ride in Tennessee. Difficulty rating is accurate and well marked. I took the guy in the parking lots advice and went left everywhere. 11.5mi — 2h 00m
Sep 28, 2018
Aaron Kaklamanos
Trail was a blast - definitely needs some love from local trail gurus. I picked up fair share of branches and down fall. If you go early = spiders… 11.4mi
Jun 13, 2018
Will Salzer
Jun 3, 2018
James Lowery
May 14, 2018
Drew Foster
Apr 9, 2018
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Fun trail system! Some techy sections for sure, but mostly very rideable. Mar 20, 2016
Great trail for improving intermediate level rock and root skills. Also some good 1-2 foot drops to practice on but all are avoidable. Despite being concentrated in a small area you don't feel like you are riding in circles. There are not many opportunities to easily reduce the mileage though by cutting through the forest to a different segment of the trail because the woods are fairly dense. Jul 11, 2017
Darcy P  
Great trail - blue/black. Fun and I listened to the guy that said go left at all intersections and that made for the full ride. Definitely recommend this trail if you are in Nashville! Sep 30, 2018

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