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7.6 Miles 12.3 Kilometers


955' 291 m


-914' -279 m


1,790' 546 m


1,467' 447 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (15°)

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This is part of the old NORBA championship course and is a really fun trail with great scenery.

Daniel Jessee


Bike permits are required and can be purchased at the Guest Check-In Station.

Day permit: $2.00
Annual Permit: $25.00

The permit is valid at all Georgia State Park mountain bike trails that require a fee.


Expect steep, moderately long climbs of about 2-3 minutes at times, and fast descents with some technical features.

You'll start in the Smith Creek Bottoms day-use area. Follow the "bike trail" signs across the field and cross a bridge and immediately cross a gravel road. The trail only goes one direction (counter-clockwise). But it crisscrosses itself at the beginning.

After you cross the bridge and road, you'll climb up some doubletrack for about 50-100 feet, then bear left onto the trail (marked with blue blazes). You'll climb a switchback and then re-cross the doubletrack you just left (go straight to stay on the loop).

From here, you'll climb up through white pine forest with smooth trail tread punctuated by roots. Keep your eyes forward - about two miles in there is a really steep descent that you can come into with a lot of speed. It's not too technical, but keep your weight back and move to the right side for the best line.

You'll descend down and follow Smith Creek through a flood plain. Here, you'll intersect some doubletrack and turn right (or you could turn left and head straight back to your car). To stay on the loop, turn right, ride about one-tenth of a mile and turn right across a bridge. Pay attention as the trail veers to the left and up (you'll take the right side of the trail). This is the second part of the loop.

It's got more climbing and you'll ride through a lovely spray field (not lovely if you know what it is, but very green!). There are great, fast descents on doubletrack and singletrack. After a while, you'll come back to the bridge you crossed earlier. Turn left this time and follow the doubletrack all the way out past the funky old farm building and back to the Smith Creek Bottoms day-use area.

This is a fun trail - not worth driving two hours for, but if you're staying at Unicoi State Park, it's a solid option. It's particularly nice if you add in some great gravel riding for more miles.


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Dec 17, 2017
Ben Alterman
Nov 24, 2017
Eric Malcolmson
Jul 22, 2017
Ryan Guite
Lots of debris on trails including trees down. Need to walk around. Washouts too. Not well maintained. 7.6mi
Jul 8, 2017
Michael Hodges
Lots of climbing. Part of the SERC MTB race series each year. 7.6mi
Jun 23, 2017
John G
Feb 25, 2017
Sara Bailey Stocks
Aug 26, 2016
Joshua Muzyka
Lots of washout and broken branches in the trail, fallen tree along Smith Creek before the bridge but should be removed soon. So-so condition now. 8.2mi — 1h 05m

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Minor Issues 55 days ago
Some Mud, Fallen Trees - the trail is completely covered with fall leaves. over the Eight Mile section there were two Fallen trees that we had to stop and step over. the trail is well-marked. there are about 4 small muddy sections which you are able to go around all but one of them. this is a very rideable intermediate trail with some very steep climbs that if you cannot make then you'll just have to walk but once you get to the top of that climb you'll be just fine. absolutely stunning views and conditions and love to be able to ride on top of the ridges. all the fallen leaves will slow you down just a little bit but still navigable.
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The conditions of this trail change signfiicantly throughout the year. I ride it all year round. Sometimes it's so ill kept I hate every second I'm on it. Sometimes it's smooth and clear making even the steep climbs pleasant. Before the spray field is a nasty area of washout with so much fallen debris though it makes you wonder if it's ever kept. It's tempting to go super fast on the downhills (I've hit 30 mph before) but keep your head up because although Unicoi is consistant about removing fallen trees it seems a new one or two fall over the trail every week. If the trail wasn't so close to me I wouldn't use it as much as I do. Aug 27, 2016
Rode yesterday (July 22, 2017) and would rate this an average ride. Someone said it best: not worth driving 1-2 hours to come and ride, but if you find yourself in the Unicoi area, its worth a visit. Plan on 1.5-2 hours as the trail has some clean work needed and multiple times we had to dismount and walk around the huge down trees that fell on the trail. Plenty of washouts as well. Jul 23, 2017

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