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Black Forest Mountain Bike Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (22)

A fun but easy ride just minutes away from downtown Chattanooga.


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3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Singletrack

1,009' 307 m

High

899' 274 m

Low

196' 60 m

Up

200' 61 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Gates typically open dawn till dusk. Call 423.893.3500 to confirm hours vary during the year. Enterprise South Nature Park MTB trails will close during inclement weather conditions, occasionally for days at a time. Entrance at 190 Still Hollow Loop Chattanooga, TN 37416.

Need to Know

Access to the Park is from Interstate 75 via the Volkswagen Drive exit or from Bonny Oaks Drive via Volkswagen Drive. Maps are available at the Visitor Center at the entrance, as are restrooms. The MTB trails are very well marked and easy to follow.

Description

The Black Forest Mountain Bike Trail is the easiest of the four mountain bike trails at Enterprise South Nature Park in Chattanooga, TN. It is most easily accessed from the P-3 parking lot on Poe Run road about a mile straight in after passing the Visitor Center. There is a one-way 5.8 mi. vehicle only road called Still Hollow Loop that goes around the park perimeter. You can use Still Hollow Loop to access Black Forest from the P-4 parking area or the P-6 area (this also has direct access to the TNT Mountain Bike Trail and the Atlas Trail.) Parking Lot P-3 is the most popular since it has restrooms.

Leaving from the P-3 trailhead this is a directional trail, one-way depending on the day. Counter Clockwise: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday this one starts with a steady climb to get you going. Clockwise: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday there's a climb with hairpin turn very early in the ride to get your heart rate up quick. The uphills from the main parking area in either direction make for an enjoyable descent when you are finishing it up especially in the counterclockwise M, W, F & SA direction. Up and down sections throughout, no real hard climbs, some rooty sections, no rock gardens. A number of nice fast flowy sections when ridden in either direction through mainly a hardwood forest with some pines here and there. Only one of the ammunition bunkers is on this loop, but there are over 100 in the park. Trails are multiuse but you only see occasional runners, or hikers met a leashed dog only once in the last year. Deer and turkey are common sites. February 2019 at the intersection with the TNT trailhead a Mountain Biking Skills Challenge area is nearing completion. You can access the other three trails in this system from the Black Forest Mountain Bike Trail: TNT Mountain Bike Trail and Atlas Trail directly and Log Rhythm by riding half of TNT first. Note: Log Rhythm is one way only always counterclockwise. Love this trail system ride it often.

Enterprise South Nature Park is situated on 2,800 wooded acres that were once a part of the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant property. The property's heritage has been preserved in the concrete bunkers used to store explosives during the days TNT was manufactured on the site. The Park offers 16 mi. of multi-use mountain bike trails; 9 mi. of paved pedestrian/bicycle trails; 9 mi. of walking paths for pedestrians only; 3 Bunker historical displays; 5.9 mi. scenic overlook drive, 10 mi. of horse trails.

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Shared By:

Zack Butler with improvements by Keith Noyes

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  4.4 from 22 votes

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Photos

Black Forest at ESNP.
Feb 4, 2019 near Harrison, TN
The only TNT Bunker on Black Forest MTB trail at ESNP.
Feb 4, 2019 near Harrison, TN
The new bridge on Hercules
May 6, 2018 near Harrison, TN
The new arbor added to Hercules.
May 6, 2018 near Harrison, TN
The small junior pump section of Hercules right before the bermed turn
May 6, 2018 near Harrison, TN
TNT Intersection Sign
Aug 25, 2013 near Harrison, TN

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Jan 4, 2021
Matt Gierczak
3.2mi
Nov 2, 2020
Robert McCrum
Great beginner trail! Only word for caution is with the leaves falling it makes it a little more difficult to see tree roots or smaller rocks on trail — 0h 38m
Oct 30, 2020
Mitch Parnell
Oct 16, 2020
C F
3.2mi
Jul 6, 2020
Jeremy Greenberg
May 13, 2020
Joe Davis
Apr 16, 2020
Jeremy Greenberg
Apr 3, 2020
Jeremy Greenberg