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Trail of the Month

March 2015

Trail 27

Difficulty Level
Moderate

Vehicles Allowed
Open to all vehicles

Location
Kener Gap Hollow

Features: Trail 27 is a moderate, multi-use trail that is open to all vehicles. The trail is 1.4 miles long and can be accessed from either G6 or G26. It is located in quadrants J-7 and I-8 of the Windrock Park trail map. People tend to use this trail while making the loop with T26 and G26 or while making the trip over to Petros. Starting at G6 and Kener Gap, T27 slowly drops in elevation down into Kener Gap Hollow. The trail is very scenic and crosses a few mud holes before descending down and across Bletcher’s Creek. This is a beautiful wooded area with rippling waters and thick strands of Hemlocks and other trees which makes a great place to stop for a lunch break. Once the trail ends at G26, turn left to go to Petros or right to continue the loop onto Trail 26. Please help us keep this area beautiful and remember to Tread Lightly and pack out any and all trash with you.

Directions: From the Windrock Park Trailhead, take P1 to G2 and then left onto G5. Follow G5 to the end and turn left on G6. Follow G6 past G25 and then bear right on G27. Follow to Kener Gap where G27, T27a and T27 intersect.

February 2015

Trail 28

Difficulty Level
Difficult

Vehicles Allowed
ATVs, SxS, Dirt Bikes

Location
Lick Ridge

Features: Trail 28 is open to ATVs, SxS, dirt bikes, and mountain bikes but closed to full-sized vehicles such as Jeeps, 4x4s and rail buggies.   The trail is 3.1 miles in length and is located in quadrants K-15 and K-16 on the Windrock Park trail map.  Trail 28 can be accessed from T18 or T29 and can be ridden from either direction.

The trail is very scenic and surrounded by mature timber.  It winds in and out of several hollows, past cascading waterfalls and crosses Bullskin Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Brown Creek, Lick Creek and several unnamed tributaries.  Most of the trail is easy to moderately difficult, but the trail is labeled Difficult because of several challenging rocky areas and steep hills along the route.  Because of the rocky areas, this trail is not recommended for 2wd ATVs.

Directions: From the Windrock Park Trailhead, take P1 to G1 and follow G1 all the way to G18 on the right (G18 is directly across from T9). Follow G18 almost to the end and turn right on T18.  Follow T18 a short distance to the intersection of T18 and T28.

January 2015

Trail 15

Difficulty Level
Most Difficult

Vehicles Allowed
All Vehicles

Location
Left of P1

Features: Trail 15 is a multi-use trail open to all OHVs. The entrance is located on the left directly off of P1, about 1.5 miles from the Trailhead. T15 consists of large rocks, ledges, and ditches and is rated a Double Black Diamond (Most Difficult). It is a popular trail for an assortment of vehicles such as Jeeps/4x4s, rock crawlers, and SxSs and will really test the skill and ability of both the driver and the machine. Typically, the trail is run uphill with the exit near The Playground. The length of T15 is about 0.5 miles long and can easily be combined with Trails 21, 46, and 38 in the area, which are equally challenging and make for a full day of riding!

Directions: From the Trailhead, take P1 up the mountain about 1.5 miles and Trail 15 will be on the left.

December 2014

Trail 13

Difficulty Level
Moderate

Vehicles Allowed
All Vehicles

Location
Between G9 & T12

Features: Trail 13 is a multi-use trail open to all OHVs. Most of the trail has been in place as either a road or rail bed since the early 1900’s.  It is a scenic trail with a total length of 3.3 miles. It runs between Trail G9, passing Trail 34 and 12 along the way. Trail 13 is fairly tight and narrow in places and passes many points of interests along the way. Some of those include several beaver ponds, sections of rocky high-walls, a waterfall and numerous old mine openings. On a portion of the trail you can still see crossties in the rail bed. Sometimes in the evening, you may catch a glimpse of a beaver working on its dam. There are numerous mud and water holes along the trail. This trail is on the north side of the mountain and tends to wetter, get more snow in the winter and be cooler in summer. Since this trail goes to the property line, it makes it necessary to either take Trail 12 (Trail 12 is a Difficult Trail) or return the same way you came in. If you have the necessary permit for the State property, it is possible to loop around to the opposite end of Trail 12 and reenter the Park there.

Directions: From the Trailhead, take either Trail 2 or P1 to G1 and go north east to G9. Turn left onto G9 and follow it straight onto Trail 13.

November 2014

Trail 72

Difficulty Level
Difficult

Vehicles Allowed
All Vehicles

Location
Beech Grove/ Vowell Mountain

Features: Trail 72 is a multi-use trail open to all vehicles and is a great trail for ATVs, SxS, 4×4, dirt bikes and other OHVs. The trail was opened in 2012 and was reworked by the Windrock Park Trail Crew this past summer. Trail 72 is 2.2 miles in length and can be accessed from Trail G55 or G52.  The trail can be ridden either direction, but most riders start on the north (lower) end and ride south up the mountain.

From the north end, the trail starts off as an old gravel road which leads to the trail. The trail will go all the way to the head of Beech Grove Fork then cross the main creek.  From there, the trail gets steeper and winds its way to the top of Vowell Mountain near the Cumberland View Missionary Baptist Church (commonly referred as the Old Swag Church).  There are several difficult, rocky areas and very steep hills.  Most difficult sections have by-pass routes if the easier way is your preference.

Directions: From the Windrock Park Trailhead, take P1 to G1 and follow G1 all the way to the intersection of G1 and Highway 116.  Cross Highway 116 to G50.  Turn left onto Trail 50 and follow it out until it intersects with G53.  Cross G53 to Trail 53.  Follow Trail 53 to the end and take a right on G55 and follow it almost to the bottom of the mountain.  Trail 72 will be on the right about 0.25 mile before the bottom of the mountain.

October 2014

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Difficulty Level

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We are doing it differently for October! This month, instead of featuring a trail, we want to announce our new Concert and Parking Area which will be completed just in time to utilize during the Fall Jamboree! This new 19+ acre area will be used for additional parking during events, and will be the home to our outdoor music event series in the future. Our staff has worked very hard to complete this area to better accommodate our visitors during events, so look forward to visiting the area at the Fall Jamboree October 16th-18th!

Directions: Just a short distance from the main Trailhead, the new Concert and Parking Area is located at 624 Hoskins Gap Rd., Oliver Springs, TN 37840. On Windrock Road, take a right onto Hoskins Gap (right at the Welcome sign) and continue approximately .4 mile.

September 2014

Trail 4

Difficulty Level
Moderate

Vehicles Allowed
All Vehicles

Location
Toddy Mountain

Features: Trail 4 is a multi-use trail enjoyed by Jeeps/4 x 4’s, ATVs, and dirt bikes alike. Trail 4 is one the Park’s original trails and has been in place for over 15 years! This trail is 1.1 miles long and can be accessed from either Trail G20 or G2. Starting from G20, it is wide and heavily traveled and offers a couple of brief clearings in the trees to the south with a view of Walden’s Ridge and the Smok y Mountains. There is one natural gas well near the beginning of the trail. Once past the well, the trail gets more narrow and muddy. A significant portion of this trail follows an old high wall with some impressive rock outcroppings and goes to the bottom of a small waterfall. There are numerous mud holes and some very shady, cool spots for summertime riding! The trail ends at the intersection of trails G2 and G39 at Silvey Gap.

Directions: From the Trailhead, go straight up P1 to Rattle Rock and stay straight when the road turns to gravel onto G2. You will pass G5 on the left and continue up the mountain to your next cut off to the left, which will be G20. Follo w G20 past G37 to your first right, which will be the beginning of Trail 4. If you wish to start at the other end of Trail 4, continue up G2 past the cutoff for G20 and continue to the next left.

August 2014

Trail 75

Difficulty Level
Difficult

Vehicles Allowed
All vehicles (mostly Jeeps/4x4s)

Location
Walden Ridge

Features: Trail 75 is a multi-use trail open to all vehicles, but is primarily used by Jeeps, 4x4s, and some SxSs. Trail construction was done by both Windrock Park employees and local volunteers during late 2011 and early 2012 and follows the route of an old hiking trail named the Cumberland Trail. Trail 75 is 3.4 miles in length and can be accessed from Walden Ridge Road or Highway 116 near Trail 74. The trail can be ridden in either direction, but most riders start on the south end on Walden Ridge Road and head north.

The trail follows the ridge line with several difficult areas of sandstone rocks and ledges. Some areas are fairly narrow and only cut wide enough to get a full-sized vehicle through, adding to the challenge. There are several scenic overlooks along the trails that have good views of Pilot Mountain and Red Oak Mountain on one side, and Dutch Valley on the other.

Directions: From the Windrock Park Trailhead, take Hoskins Gap Road (road at the south end of the main parking lot) to the end, and take a left on Frost Bottom Road (Highway 330) and travel about 6 miles. Take a right on Walden Ridge Road and follow it all the way to the top of the mountain and the trail entrance will be on the left at the top. Some riding on public roads is required to access Trail 75, so it is recommended that vehicles be street legal.

July 2014

Trail 32

Difficulty Level
Difficult

Vehicles Allowed
ATVs, SxSs, and Dirt Bikes Only

Location
Lick Ridge

Features: Trail 32 is an ATV / SxS only trail that was constructed and opened in March 2012. It is 2.2 miles in length and can be accessed from either G18 on the west end, or G8 on its east end. Trail 32 is a fairly tight trail that offers the “deep woods” feel and is too narrow for Jeeps or 4x4s. There are some challenging elevation changes an d rocky sections as the trail winds through mature timber on the ridges and valleys. The west end of the trail starts near the head of Rattlesnake Creek and then winds around past the west end of Duncan Flats, crosses Lick Creek, and finally ends up on top of Lick Ridge at Trail G8.

The trail rating on Trail 32 is “difficult” and should only be ridden by experienced riders.

Directions: From the Trailhead / parking lot, take Trail 2 to Trail 16. 80% of the way through Trail 16, take a right on Trail 18a. At the very end of Trail 18a, take a right on G18, then Trail 32 will be about a mile on the left.

For a more adventurous/difficult route: On Trail 16, take a right onto Trail 18, then a right on G18, and Trail 32 will be a short distance on the right.

Click here to see a video that shows some of the highlights of the trail!

June 2014

Trail 49

Difficulty Level
Most Difficult (Double Black Diamond)

Vehicles Allowed
Open to all OHVs

Location
Little Fodderstack Mtn.

Features: Trail 49 in one of our newer trails and has only been on the map since August 2011. This 2.1 mile trail climbs around Little Fodderstack Mountain. Little Fodderstuck got its name from the difficulties in trail construction. The bulldozer got stuck three different times while the trail was being constructed. There is great scenery along the trail with cliffs, waterfalls, rock overhangs (Jaba Point) and a scenic overlook (Jane’s Overlooks) facing toward Big Fodderstack Mountain. This trail is rated most difficult due to some steep climbs and a few ruts & off camber spots. T-49 makes it possible to make some nice loop rides if you include other trails such as T6, T42, or T48.

Directions: From the Windrock Park Trailhead, follow P1 to G2. Once on G2, go appox. ¼ mile and turn left onto G5. Follow G5 for 2.5 miles to end and bear right onto G6. Stay on G6 for approximately .75 mile and turn left onto Trail 42. Follow Trail 42 for approximately .5 mile and Trail 49 will turn off to the right.

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