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    Knoxville people

    I live in Sevierville and fairly new to mountain biking. I go to panther creek often but I have heard of a few good trails in Knoxville. I have a few people ready to ride this weekend and we are coming your way. One is really experienced rider and two are moderate. What's the best park we should go to so that everyone will have a good time??

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    I've ridden at Climbworks in Gatlinburg and like to go to Ijams quarry in Knoxville. I won't be in town this weekend but I'm sure that there will be people there. I would check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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    A second for Ijams.
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    Parking at Mead's Quarry just south of Ijam's is a great option, nicknamed the dirty south this trail system has everything to offer. Lots of great singletrack. Also a really handy map at the parking and good trail markings. Go to outdoorknoxville.com for more info.

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    I'm new to the area. Do you think with the rain we got yesterday that the trails at Ijams would be o.k. to ride? I don't want to damage the trail.
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    The heavily ridden single track trails don't dry very quickly with the humidity, I've give it 2 rain free days. There is some nice green way in the area at ijam's.

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    Thanks Gibbsinator! I went to Haw Ridge and the trails were not bad until a big rain came up while I was on the trail. I had an interesting time finding my way out and getting soaked in the process!
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    Haw Ridge has a lot to offer. Most trails are pretty heavy with roots and rocks. Good stuff all in all. My fave trails are silo, rainbow, low gap, saddle, south shore, twister, east edge east ridge, old edgemoor and lost but not least washing machine

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    Posted this in the other thread but no reply -- hoping to ride this weekend:
    So I've ridden Haw Ridge and Concord now, and I think both are a little too much for my son to ride. Would Ijams or I.C. King be better for some fun, flowing singletrack with some technical and climbing, but without super steep climbs or long rock sections? If Ijams is better, please let me know what trails. Thanks.
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    IC King is closed right now because of gas line construction. It's supposed to reopen sometime in May. It is possible to make a loop there with very little climbing and few rocks. Roots are pretty unavoidable though.

    Hickory trail at Mead's Quarry (Ijams) would be pretty good for what you're looking for. Map here: http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/imag.../Ijams_map.pdf

    Ijams is likely too wet this weekend (in case you haven't tried to ride yet).

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    Thanks for the info. I rode on the road yesterday, and was hoping to ride some singletrack today. Sounds like we may need to wait for a dryer weekend to try Ijams.

    Just to clarify: we like some rocks, roots, and climbs, just not long rock gardens and super steep/long climbs. We like singletrack with good flow and enough technical to keep it interesting.
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    I'll be checking out Haw Ridge tomorrow morning to test out my new bike, I hope it has dried up some since it was mostly sunny today. I'll probably check out Meads Quarry on thursday.

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