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    Knoxville Folks: One Day to Ride in Your Town

    Hey Knoxville People,

    I'm driving up from Charleston, SC on Saturday to see Portugal. The Man at Bijou and I want to snag a ride on Sunday on my way out of town. I'll be heading west on 40 and then south on 26 to go home so something along the way would be good.

    Looking at the reviews it seems like Concord may be the most popular place, but I want some advice from the locals. I saw Haw Ridge too, but am not sure how far out of the way it would be for me.

    A little about me:

    I haven't been riding much over the last 6 months so my fitness is down, but I'm still stronger than the average bear. I'm not afraid of climbing (I've ridden Curtis Creek and Clawhammer in Pisgah 100 times), but my tech skills are a bit down at the moment so I'm not looking for super gnar.

    I'll be on a Niner Air 9 Carbon RDO and am looking for 15 - 20 miles of riding.

    Where should I go? Thanks in advance!

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    There are four trail networks within a 20 minute drive from downtown Knoxville. From closest to furthest you have: Ijams/Urban Wilderness/Dirty South, IC King park, Concord Park, and Haw Ridge.

    Ijams/UW/DS has ~42 miles of trails, it's probably the most popular network, but doesn't do so well with wet weather and it's currently raining. Trails are well marked with overview maps regularly along the "South loop". The "South loop" is a ~12 mile loop through the whole trail network. Nothing overly technical and no huge climbs, but it's not flat either. Parking at Meade's Quarry is about 3 miles from downtown Knoxville. AMBC Trails | Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

    IC King has ~ 8 miles of trails, some short, steep climbs with bypasses if you want. Fun place to ride. There are trail signs and maps placed regularly along the trails. It's about 6 miles from downtown Knoxville. I C King Park IC King Park Trails

    Concord has ~ 9 miles of trails, lots of short, steep climbs with no bypasses, tight singletrack with a lot of plant life. Some call it "the jungle" in the summer. Some trail signs, map at the trailhead. AMBC Trails | Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

    Haw Ridge has ~25? miles of trails. There are hills, there are flat trails, technical trails, fireroads, etc. There are a few maps placed throughout the park and most trails are marked. This was the most popular Knoxville area trail network for a long time, until the South Knoxville trails were built. If you want to see wildlife Haw Ridge is your best bet, but that also means ticks. Bring a map with you for navigation. Haw Ridge Park

    For the most up to date trail conditions search facebook for "Knoxville cycling"

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    Thanks so much. Based on the current rain and what you know which one of those four would you ride if you were going to be out on Sunday?

    Ijams/UW/DS sounds great, but I don't want to damage your trails, and Concord sounds like my second choice because I don't want to get lost and could ride it twice.

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    If we don't get anymore rain it's likely that all of them will be in good shape by Sunday. I'll try to remember to update on Saturday. If the Dirty South is still wet both IC King and Concord will likely be ok.

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    I enjoy all 4 systems. I definitely enjoy the Dirty South trails the most right now. Hopefully no more rain between now and then. The main loop is good, but some awesome trails off it too. I usually try to make it to AC/DC if I can. There's a rating system for difficulty. Some trails would definitely challenge your technical skills.

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    Awesome. Thanks for the replies!

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    Unfortunately looks like a chance of getting more rain. Hopefully it won't be too bad for you. I just rode IC King and it was in good shape. There's some spots around a few bridges on the southern most trails that always hold water. Those were the only places that were bad.

    Speaking of Pisgah, I've never gotten to ride in NC yet. I've got some vaca next month and I know someone that lives in Brevard that was recommending coming there. What would you recommend? I'm not much on big jumps, but I love rocky technical sections.

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    Knoxville Folks: One Day to Ride in Your Town

    Definitely go to Brevard. If you like rocky and technical look up the Laurel Mountain to Pilot Rock loop. It's roughly 13 miles with about 8 miles of climbing and 4 miles of descending if memory serves me right. So fun. If your friend rides then he/she will know it.

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    Awesome thanks!

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    The Dirty South will need a few more days to dry out, so if I were riding tomorrow I would probably go to IC King or Concord. We didn't really get any rain today, so unless it's raining tomorrow they should both be in ok shape.

    FYI there is a Trek demo day at Concord tomorrow from 9-3.

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    Knoxville Folks: One Day to Ride in Your Town

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I went to Ijams this morning and rode the south loop. I feel like I may have missed some of the better riding by going with the easy to follow loop, but I was really impressed with how the trails were ingrained into the community. You guys have a great town and I'll be back for sure.

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    Any thoughts on whether any of these trails will be to wet to ride today? I'm new to the area, and want to check out some intermediate-level trails before taking my 9-year-old son on them.
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    I drove home from the airport to Maryville last night through some very heavy rain. The heavy showers may have been more scattered so maybe one of the systems didn't get hit as badly. Looking to go myself in the next three days so let us know how it is!

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    I ended up going to Haw Ridge and getting a short ride in before the bottom fell out. And then it really rained hard.
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