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Warner Parks Mountain Bike Trail Celebration on Aug. 2

Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Parks will be joined by members of the mountain biking community to celebrate the new Warner Park Mountain Bike Trail and the growth of mountain bike trails in Nashville.

Celebration Invitation and Event Details

Mountain Bike Trail Locations and Maps

Percy Warner

The Warner trails and new parking lot are now open! The 8 miles of trails run through the northwest section of the park with a trailhead at the Percy Warner Park Golf Course and at the Deep Well park entrance. There are trails for all skill levels, ranging from beginner to advanced so check the trailhead signs before you ride. Please DO NOT park in the neighborhood around Cheekwood, at any of the picnic shelters at Deep Well, or on the side of the road. Please contact Neel Deshpande with any questions, comments, or concerns at 615-429-3549. For information on volunteering to help maintain the trails, please contact the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA)

Warner Park Mountain Bike Trail Map

Hamilton Creek

Hamilton Creek Park is located off of Interstate 40, past the airport going east. Take exit 219 at Stewart's Ferry Pike. Stewart's Ferry Pike will turn into Bell Road. Follow Bell Road about three miles to the park entrance noted by a Metro Parks - US Army Corps of Engineers sign. Hamilton Creek is one of Metro Parks' four parks that contain mountain bike trails. With just a little over 11 miles of single-track, Hamilton Creek has enough limestone rock and exposed root to satisfy even the most discerning of technical riders. Rated as an Intermediate/Advanced Trail system, Hamilton Creek offers 2 loops of varying difficulty. The Lakeside Trail (Intermediate - 4.5 miles) gives you numerous opportunities to practice your skills on technical single-track. The Pinnacle Trail (Advanced - 6.5 miles), flows at a faster pace, and constantly challenges you.

Trail feature include creek beds, narrow passages, multiple rock drops, log crossings, and steep downhill sections. Rider should expect fast, flowing sections of trail to break up the overall technical demands of these trails. This system can be utilized in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Port-O-Let facilities and water are available at the Lakeside trailhead. Parking is available at the Lakeside Trail (Hamilton Creek Park main) or Pinnacle Trail (Ned Shelton Road). Hamilton Creek's trails are maintained by volunteers from the Middle Tennessee chapter of IMBA-SORBA. To contact the Middle Tennessee chapter of SORBA please visit there website at: http://sorbamidtn.org/

Hamilton Creek Mountain Bike Trail Map

Bells Bend

(TRAIL COMING SOON!)

Bells Bend Outdoor Center will soon add mountain bike trails to further enhance the plentiful offerings of Metro Parks. Working in partnership with the Middle Tennessee chapter of IMBA-SORBA, Bells Bend plans 4.8-5.0 miles of proposed single-track trails ideal for beginner riders, children and families. The landscape will include small rock formations, some exposed roots, open fields, and rolling hills.
There will be two loops rated at the beginner/intermediate level. One loop will offer a slower-paced, relaxed ride for cruisers and one loop will be more technical with a few switchbacks. The system will be utilized in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. The trails will be closed in wet weather conditions. Port-O-Let facilities and water will be available at the trailhead or visitors can utilize the restroom facilities at the Bells Bend Outdoor Center. For easy access to the trail system, parking will be available at either the trailhead or at the Bells Bend Outdoor Center. The proposed mountain bike trails at Bells Bend are not open yet and are coming soon. The proposed trails will be maintained by volunteers from the Middle Tennessee chapter of IMBA-SORBA.

Directions to Bells Bend Park and Outdoor Center:
From I-40 take exit # 204 and go north on Briley Parkway. Take exit # 24 and turn left onto State Rt. 12. -toward Ashland City. Go over 2 miles and turn left at the stop light onto Old Hickory Blvd. Go 4 miles, the entrance to Bells Bend Park (trailhead) and Outdoor Center is on your right (2 entrances).

Bells Bend Mountain Bike Trail Map

Cane Ridge

This newly constructed 2.0 mile section is the beginning leg of a proposed 9 mile trail system at Cane Ridge. The trail system at Cane Ridge will be built in three phases and is rated beginner to intermediate. Members of the Middle Tennessee chapter of SORBA generously volunteer their time to build and maintain the trails. The park is located in Davidson County's southeastern border to the Rutherford county line, just off Battle Road. Over 80 volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America, United States Navy, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. and Tennessee State Trails and Greenways contributed close to 900 volunteer hours on the design, planning and construction of the mountain bike trails at Cane Ridge.

Cane Ridge Mountain Bike Trail Map

Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance Collage

Mountain Bike Trail Rules

  • Motorized vehicles prohibited on mountain bike trails
  • Ride on designated trails only, never ride on wet trails
  • Helmets are required to ride
  • Use trails at your own risk
  • Cell phones may not get service in some areas
  • Weapons and hunting are prohibited

For emergencies please contact the Park Police at (615) 880-3429 or call 911

For information about Mountain Biking in Metro Parks contact Neel Deshpande at 615-862-8400

Mountain Bike Trails

In 2011, Metro Parks and representatives from the mountain biking community – including Southern Off–Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) and Mayor Dean’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee – began working together to expand the system of mountain bike trails in Davidson County beyond the Hamilton Creek trails. New trails are now open in Percy Warner and Cane Ridge Parks. Trails at Bells Bend Park are currently under construction. For information about Mountain Biking in Metro Parks contact Neel Deshpande at 615-862-8400

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