“A great short ride in West Knox County.”
— Wes Soward
Please avoid the trails when wet.
While not a destination quality mountain bike trail, Concord is a great local trail resource. It is mostly comprised of tight twisting singletrack. There are no significant climbs but a lot of rolling terrain through the park. The trails can seem confusing with several intersections that connect the short loops, but the park has good trail markings at each intersection. At the kiosk, there's a detailed map and also a Maprika link that may be accessed via QR scan on your smartphone.
There are some cool features like the berms and wall ride on Middle East as well as a couple of nice log rides on the west loop to add a little variety.
The park is popular with trail runners, hikers, and folks walking their dogs as well, so be mindful of the other trail users that you may encounter.
For additional information on local trails and activities visit, ambc-sorba.org/
Need to Know
There is a pavilion on the west side of the park, where on Wednesday nights in the summer you may be able to find a group of bikers grilling a burger after their ride. Also the lakeside tavern is next door to the park and has a pretty good happy hour!
The west section of trail is most commonly ridden clockwise. It is about 2 miles and a good warm up for the rest of the trails on the East side. Near the halfway point be on the lookout for a fun log ride to explore.
The East side can be linked together by generally riding in a loop. One option is to start from the kiosk and follow the trail up to the main trail take the first right and then a immediate left up the hill. This is part of the main loop and will get your legs going off the start. Stay on this trail or follow golf view to the right which will re-intersect about a quarter mile up the trail.
Past the intersection with Golf, the trail will start down a fall line trail. Be on the lookout for a right hand turn onto Middle East. Follow through some fast buffed out trail to the intersection of Orient, where you'll take a right. Continue up and over the top of the eastern side of the park for a fun downhill and some shoreline trail. When you reach an intersection along the lake, stay left on Orient and continue through the undulating terrain back up and over with a climb back up to the top. Once you begin descending again bear to the right back on Middle East and enjoy the berm turns, log ride, and the wall ride near the end of the trail.
At the bottom of the trail, turn left staying on Middle east until you climb up to an intersection with Lake Loop
. Take Lake Loop
and you'll follow along the lake with a couple of nice views out over the cove and marina. Continue along Lake Loop
and once you climb back
up from the lake through a short steep gully, look for a left turn to remain on Lake Loop
. Follow this to the the end and continue to Inner Loop
, riding clockwise. This will wind up and down over the next mile and a half and deposit you back onto mainline where you'll take a left and follow the trail back out to your car.
It's worthwhile to take a look at the map and see how you might want to interconnect these short loop sections. Every rider that you talk to will most likely have their own approach.
History & Background
Concord Park is owned and managed by Knox County Parks and Recreation with trail maintenance support from Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. The park is located on Fort Loudon Lake which is managed by TVA.