Types of Biking in Chattanooga
Road Cycling | Bike Commuting
Road cycling is the most widespread form of cycling. It includes recreational, racing, and utility cycling. Road cyclists are expected to obey the same rules and laws as other vehicle drivers.
Chattanooga’s rolling rural landscapes, surrounding valleys, and challenging mountain climbs are great options for all skill levels. Chickamauga Battlefield, Moccasin Bend, Raccoon Mountain, and Enterprise South are all great places for road cyclists to explore.
Paved Greenways | Non-motorized pathways
Paved greenways are non-motorized pathways open to cyclists and pedestrians. They are an excellent choice for the casual cyclist to get out on two wheels without the worry of riding in traffic or having to have a specialized bike for off-road riding.
Chattanooga has several greenways around town including the popular Tennessee Riverpark, South Chickamauga Creek, and North Chickamauga Creek Greenway.
Greenways | Rail Trails
Off-road greenways often surfaced with light gravel, are the best option for families and beginners. They do not require special equipment and can be ridden with most hybrid and kids bicycles.
In the Chattanooga area, the Brainerd Levee/Camp Jordan Loop and Lookout Mountain’s Guild/Hardy Trail are excellent greenways for beginning off-road and recreational cyclists.
Forest Service Roads | Double Track
Old forest service roads, sometimes called “double track,” or multi-use off-road trails can offer the beginning to intermediate level mountain biker the challenge of varied terrain without the technical expertise needed for singletrack.
Prentice Cooper State Forest on the Cumberland Plateau, the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail on Lookout Mountain and the Cherokee National Forest, one hour east of Chattanooga, all have an abundance of these types of trails.
Singletrack is usually an 18″ wide trail that requires a higher level of skill and confidence on a purpose-built mountain bike. The terrain requires quick reflexes and the ability to ride over logs and boulders, through creeks, and up and down severe elevations.
Raccoon Mountain, 5 Points, Stringers Ridge, Enterprise South Nature Park, and the Biology Trails, offer beginner-friendly to difficult singletrack. Most area singletrack is for the intermediate to the advanced level mountain biker.