“A trail that climbs up and over its namesake. Expect steep switchbacks and roots.”
— Bryan Keene
Grindstone Ridge is an intermediate trail located in the Raccoon Mountain Trail System. It features a creek crossing, long steep switchbacks, rocky sections, and lots of roots.
The trail can be accessed from a variety of points: The Switch Yard
Trail, The Switch Yard
Parking Area, Small Intestine
Trail, and the Visitors Center (No Parking at Visitor's Center).
Starting form the end of the Switch Yard
Trail, the trail splits into a top flat, service road type trail and a bottom singletrack. Both meet up before the creek crossing (can be steep for beginners). Access to the Switch Yard
parking lot can be found just after the creek crossing. Trail continues through the intersection of the Small Intestine
trail. From here, the trail heads up a long switchback. At the top of Grindstone Ridge are some fun rocky sections. The trail heads out of the woods briefly, makes a short climb and then takes a fast, fun run down the ridge. The Megawatt
trail picks up on the right, or you can make an exit to the Visitors Center. A large wooden sign helps aid the proper direction.