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Black Oak Ridge

 3.5 (2)

11.4 Miles 18.4 Kilometers


45%

Singletrack

1,437' 438 m

Ascent

-1,434' -437 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

1,081' 330 m

High

756' 230 m

Low

Shared By Jeremy Hedrick

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A surprisingly fun, well-drained singletrack with a few gravel connections in an often overlooked riding gem.

Jeremy Hedrick

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The area is closed for three spring weekend turkey hunts and a weekend in October, November, and December each year for deer hunting. In addition, the area is closed the Saturday before each scheduled hunt weekend for scouting.

Overview

This is a highly underrated trail system between Kingston and Oak Ridge located on the Department of Energy Reservation. The trails pass through ridge-top woodlands, karst bluffs covered in mountain laurel, and creek-side habitats. The area is more known for its gravel roads then singletrack; Black Oak Ridge offers the unsuspecting mountain biker a delightful surprise of singletrack if they are willing to do some gravel connections and a bit of double-backing by using a few trails as a climb and a descent and vise versus.

Another plus for the area is its ability to drain water, making it a great place to ride after any recent rainfall.

Description

From the Dyllis Orchard Road Hiking Trail parking area, climb up Dyllis Orchard Road and take a right on Twisted Beech trail. A very short, fun, descent and at the beginning of a mild climb bear right at the Y to stay on Twisted Beech, you'll be coming down from the unmarked Gheen Trail that continues straight at the end of the ride. Pass the namesake Twisted Beech tree and start a fun short-lived descent through a few switchbacks to a gravel road.

Climb this steep Twisted Beech Road to the left, the only option, up the hill to a powerline cut and see this road Y's into West Ridge Road. Continue straight past the powerline cut and take an immediate left into Gheen Trail. Climb this trail through a set of switchbacks and then it levels off a bit before becoming a roller coaster ride through the trees, passing through an old pipeline cut and through the trees again before popping out on another gravel road.

Take a left and an immediate right onto the gravel Dyllis Orchard Road. Follow this for approximately 2.0 miles and turn left downhill onto the signed Dove Trail. Dove Trail can be super fast and fun for the advanced rider while still offering plenty of fun for the beginner (while not feeling over their head). Pop out on the Powerline Road Connector and turn right. You'll descend for an 0.15 miles before coming to the bottom end of Dyllis Orchard Road to your left. Continue straight and up the steep hill of the Powerline Road Connector to intersect the top end of Dyllis Orchard Road. Take a left, watching for views off to the right. Pass another gravel road to the left and West Ridge Road to the right and start down a super fast section of Dyllis Orchard Road.

Just beyond the powerline cut, watch out for the signed Fox Trail on the left. Take a left on Fox Trail for a short jog downhill followed by a fast-paced climb and another descent all the way to the bottom with a few power climbs through the descent and a fun tree dodging trail experience. Fox Trail ends in about 1.5 miles, at the bottom of Dyllis Orchard Road. Take a left and follow this steep road up and down the ridges, ignoring the gravel roads to the left until you dead end into the Powerline Road Connector you rode earlier.

Take a right up the hill and take a left onto Dove Trail. Climb Dove Trail to the intersection with Dyllis Orchard Road and take a right. Go approximately 2.0 miles and take a left onto the unmarked gravel connector road and take a right onto Gheen Trail. Follow Gheen Trail to West Ridge Road and take a hard right, passing the gravel road from Twisted Beech. Just beyond the Powerline cut take a right into the forest on the continuation of Gheen Trail. Super fast and flowing, the bottom of this trail feels like a four cross course in the forest.

Cross a gravel road to continue on singletrack and blow by the left turn to Twisted Oak trail to a short climb back up to Dyllis Orchard Road. Take a left and descend to the parking lot.

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Oct 11, 2018
Crystal Schuhle
Only hit dove trail and one other flowy Xc but the rest was on a wide car width gravel road. Lots of hard ups but fun downs.Perfect weather & saw deer 10.2mi

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