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A great short ride to get the most out of Baker Creek Preserve.

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1,137' 346 m


876' 267 m


648' 197 m


660' 201 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (13°)

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Family Friendly There is a play area at the bottom of the trail system. Wheelchair access on Baker Creek Trail.


A great ~five-mile loop that links together Cruze Valley Run (Downhill), Barn Burner (Downhill), and Devil's Racetrack Downhill for the most bang for your buck.

Need to Know

To get the most out of this loop, riders should be comfortable with connecting berms to tabletop jumps that range from three to 25 feet. Other than the Devil's Racetrack Rock Garden Alt Line, there are only a few rock obstacles throughout (all being roll-able). This does have you going up Pappy's Way, a very steep gravel road, to loop to Devil's Racetrack Downhill .


Starting from the Baker Creek Bottoms parking area, make your way over to the super chill Sycamore Loop to connect to the Redbud Crest downhill access. This is a popular break spot with a bike rack and a couple log benches. Once you're ready to head down, take Cruze Valley Run (Downhill) for a quick warm up on the "downhill pumptrack." Once at the bottom, take a right to transfer back to the downhill junction using Redbud Crest.

Now get ready for some airtime on Barn Burner (Downhill). After the last large hip-jump on Barn Burner (Downhill), use the Floyd Fox connector to Sycamore Loop. From there, take Sycamore Loop clockwise to Best Medicine.

Turn on Pappy's Way after the first big switchback. FYI- Pappy's Way gets steep then steeper. Enjoy the view from Pappy's Point and maybe do a quick session of the top of Devil's Racetrack Downhill before descending the fast flow of Devil's Racetrack Downhill.

Best Medicine (downhill) is a great alternative for people comfortable going fast downhill, wanting something different than the often crowded Cruze Valley Run (Downhill) and Barn Burner (Downhill), but not ready to give the speed needed for Devil's Racetrack Downhill.

From the bottom of Devil's Racetrack Downhill, you can make your way to the nearby parking and play areas, head back up Redbud Crest for another lap, or journey into Knoxville's Urban Wilderness.

History & Background

The "Springhouse" (old foundation with channelized Baker Creek) located at the bottom exit of Devil's Racetrack Downhill and Sycamore Loop was largely cleaned and made accessible by the late Roe Lyle.


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Jeb Brown

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Rich "Shaggy" Kidd dropping in on the wall ride. Devil's Racetrack, Knoxville, TN. Photo by Matt Jernigan.
Jul 5, 2016 near Knoxville, TN
World Cup DH racer Neko Mulally talking about and riding Devil's Racetrack.
Oct 7, 2016 near Knoxville, TN
First jump on Devil's Racetrack
Jul 3, 2016 near Knoxville, TN
Riding barn burner during the 2017 AMBC fall festival.
Dec 4, 2017 near Knoxville, TN
Jen making her way up Red Bud Crest switchbacks into Knoxville's dense Urban Wilderness.
Sep 21, 2017 near Knoxville, TN
Tyson Swasey getting big air on the Devil's Racetrack, Knoxville, TN. Photo by Matt Jernigan.
Jul 5, 2016 near Knoxville, TN


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