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Published on August 17, 2022

Mountain Biking in the Urban Wilderness

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Visit Knoxville

Over 50 miles of connect, natural surface trails within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness provide unparalleled biking experiences for adventurers of all skill levels. A variety of terrain and destinations creates great views, great adventures and the chance to return again and again for a new experience. The majority of the trails are multi-use trails for bikers.

Three dedicated downhill trails create a fun challenge for avid mountain bikers navigate through special places with the Urban Wilderness Trail System. A signed 12.5-mile loop route guides you through five destinations and back to your start.

Restrooms and water are available at Ijams Nature Center and Ijams Quarries.

Bicycle Riders

  • Avoid riding when trails are wet to prevent erosion and trail damage.
  • Helmets are recommended for all riders; full-face helmets are recommended for downhill trails.
  • Downhill riders yield to uphill riders, unless otherwise posted.
  • Be considerate of novices and family groups.
  • Bikers yield to pedestrians unless otherwise posted. Call out or ring a bell for warning when approaching pedestrians.
  • Ride within your abilities – users assume all risks.
  • Portions of the trail may contain sections that exceed your skill level or posted difficulty rating. Cyclists should dismount and walk if necessary.

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