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7.7 mile 12.3 kilometer point to point
100% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 996' 304 m
Descent: -1,004' -306 m
High: 2,184' 666 m
Low: 1,837' 560 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Anthony D.

An incredibly fun loop to guide you through the majority of the trails at Sugar Hollow Park.

Anthony D.

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The backside of the park closes at 9 pm in the summer and 5:30 pm during the winter months. Sugar Hollow Rd will have a gate up when the park closes. The trails and the main entrance are still accessible from the main parking area off Hwy 11 during closed hours.

Overview

This ride is a mix-n-match of trails within the park and hits the best sections. The majority of the trails are not signed so you'll need to reference this map or use the MTB Project mobile app to find your way.

Need to Know

The park is located off Exit 7 in Bristol which is a highly developed area with LOTS of places to eat and have a post-ride brew. The park is only a couple of minutes off I-81 and is a nice quick ride if you're passing through or looking for a fun post-work ride.

Description

This ride starts from the intersection of Sugar Hollow Rd and Waldo Miles Rd. From the parking area there, ride Sugar Hollow Rd back the way you came for 20 yards or so and you'll see an open field on your left. In the back of the field you'll see a black sign with red writing at a trail. This is Raccoon Run Trail. From here, you'll climb a mellow and meandering trail to the top of the hill. From that point on you'll need to reference this map several times as you'll encounter several trail intersections.

At the midpoint of this ride, you'll come out on the main throughway in the park - Sugar Hollow Rd. You'll turn right then an immediate left. The next trail - Fox Trot - will start just behind the picnic shelter by the wooden bridge. Again, once you get onto this trail, there will be many trail intersections and you may need to consult this map.

There is very little signage within the park and the number of trail intersections can make the ride a bit confusing at first. Once you're familiar with the park, mainly the loop here, you can start to connect some of the additional trails that are offered. There are no real beginner trails here, but most everything is blue-level riding. There are a couple of steep climbs, but they are rideable and are worth the effort. The majority of the trails follow the terrain's contours and have excellent flow with lots of elevation changes and optional trail features.

History & Background

This park is all on a conservation easement to the city of Bristol, Virginia from the Tennessee Valley Authority. The entrance of the park, off of Hwy 11, was built up with an earthen dam to mitigate flooding in downtown Bristol via Beaver Creek. Because of the continued use of the area for flood water management, much of the park is unusable for major development.

The park has around 75 campsites, free wifi, a kids playground, baseball fields, picnic shelters and frisbee golf. The local chapter - SORBA Tri-Cities - has been helping with trail construction and connectivity within the park. The trails are a spiderweb with several extensions that end up on main roads within the park. The chapter is currently working with the city to create fewer trail intersections and a more cohesive loop for a better riding experience.

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Mar 23, 2019
Kris Versteegen
7.7mi — 1h 20m
Mar 2, 2019
Kris Versteegen
Trailhead was totally under water - not rideable at all.
Nov 21, 2018
Joey Atkins
Feb 27, 2018
Joey Atkins
Oct 18, 2017
Jake Caudill
Aug 28, 2017
Doc MTB
Featured ride? If you like roots and rocks and guessing which way to go on the criss crossed un-marked trails, then go for it.
Jul 15, 2017
John McGee
Amazing! 10mi
Jun 28, 2017
Joey Atkins
12mi

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This park is terrible. I have no idea who would enjoy such a terribly designed (if anyone actually designed it) park. It's as if someone randomly ran through the woods dropping markers and said here is the trail. The trail system is incoherent, every map is wrong and they don't match each other, with differences being as large as depicting the same trail as a curve or a zig zag depending on your map, and the trails randomly roll up and down the mountain without consideration for the natural layout, topography or features around them. The drainage isn't managed at all, and even after 5 days of 90 degree weather and no rain my wheels looked like chocolate glazed donuts with mud sinks so deep it was able to stop my 29er in it's tracks! There is no flow here and often the trails turn straight up the hill over roots and rocks with no real way to hold speed. It's completely unenjoyable, poorlly marked (when it's market at all) grown over and devoid of any redeeming features that I've found. Jun 13, 2016
Anthony D.
Bristol, VA
Anthony D.   Bristol, VA
The trails there are legacy trails that traditionally have had no plan attached and it has a history of vandalism to existing signage. The local IMBA chapter is working with the city to create a cohesive and signed loop with trail additions, connections and reroutes. Feel free to reach out to the chapter to find out how you can help with the efforts. There is also a shop ride on Thursdays that you can hook up with to get a better idea of how the trails are put together. They're not perfect, but constructive criticism is much better than just complaining. Jul 6, 2016
Cyndi Miller
Lebanon, VA
Cyndi Miller   Lebanon, VA
I like Sugar Hollow. There have been new signs posted, but there's really no way to get lost. The trails are a good combination of roots, rocks, and technical sections. With the elevation gain it's a good workout, I usually do a loop one way then another in reverse. Feb 20, 2019

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