“A well-groomed and clean trail system but difficult terrain grade; not a casual ride.”
— Dan Schreder
On private property, must call ahead (423) 200-9935 or visit website outdoorsinthesmokies.com for email link.
Actual distance is four miles (hard to mark it here exactly) of both singletrack and doubletrack marked trails, but lots of connector trails can make for a custom ride once you get to know the place. This is not a system for a casual ride (for most anyway) and rider strength and fitness are recommended to make it fun and not a push ride.
Need to Know
Fee based. Must call ahead to arrange (423) 200-9935 or visit outdoorsinthesmokies.com to email.
The four miles consist of two main trails, one called Bootlegger
and one called Revenuer
(the property used to have an old-time moonshine still located where one trail runs - and its marked on the trail). Bootlegger
is about 2.25 miles and has a spur loop on it called Thump Keg
that adds 0.25 miles that includes a stout climb and a steep and fast bermed downhill that reconnects back to Bootlegger
next to where you got off.
starts out kind of steep and climb-y, then hits a great flow area. Riders encounter a level section next to a small creek bed then some more small climbs lead to a decision point: continue on Bootlegger
trail and finish up with that or take the connector trail that leads to the 1.5-mile Revenuer
can also be accessed directly from the parking area too, just head back to the metal farm gates and look up, you'll see the markers.
Once on Revenuer
, riders encounter a 0.25-mile switchback climb that leads to a fun and fast rolling descent that leads to the old still site. Riders pay for the descent as a climb up and out is waiting, but another rolling descent comes in and takes riders back to the point where they departed Bootlegger
trail. Creek crossing, switchbacks, steep short climbs again, then great flow through some doubletrack obstacles mixed with bermed singletrack.
A mild climb composes the final 0.1 miles or so, then downhill into the event area where the open air ("Mountain Field Saloon") pavilion awaits below the large parking area.
The trails are well marked with white plastic 4x4" markers with colored arrows. Neon green for Bootlegger
, yellow for Thump Keg
, and neon pink for Revenuer