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Hamilton Creek Mountain Bike Trail

 23 votes

11.1 Miles 17.9 Kilometers



684' 208 m


-684' -208 m


651' 199 m


498' 152 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (7°)



A rocky, technical XC trail with some big drops.

Matthew Christensen


Closed when wet and muddy. Check 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.
Dogs: Leashed

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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Aug 9, 2017
Grant Young
Pretty technical ride with a bunch of rocky climbs. Fun, tough trail! Can't wait to get out and ride again. 11mi
Jul 11, 2017
Wayne Lotoza
Big tree down miles 7-8 9.9mi
Jul 10, 2017
Amy W
TONS of orb-weaver spiders with webs across the trail. Harmless but still creepy. Cut off one loop to reduce distance. 10.8mi — 1h 45m
Jun 17, 2017
Tim Conger
Jun 16, 2017
David Nixon
My first ride in Tennessee, lot's of fun! 13.7mi
May 10, 2017
William Ganis
Apr 8, 2017
Chad Blevins
Great trails, there were more rock gardens here than the past 4 trails ive rode combined, very fun, climbs are not bad at all, new fav place. 11.9mi — 1h 56m
Nov 25, 2016
James Parnell

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Great fun if you have full suspension, but not a beginner trail. Very slow, rocky, technical riding so be comfortable with your skillset. Lots of big rocks and exposed roots make for slick riding when wet or moist. Also close to the BMX track, Percy Priest Lake, and popular with hikers/runners. This is a very compact trail system, so no long runs or places to open up your legs. Counterclockwise has the best flow. Jul 31, 2014

Fun trail system! Some techy sections for sure, but mostly very rideable. Mar 20, 2016
Amy W  
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

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