Bauxite and Biology Trails

Southern Adventist University’s Bauxite Ridge Trails at Fenton Forest and Biology Trails at White Oak Mountain span more than 30 miles, stretching from the lowest point of the valley to the top of the ridge overlooking the university.

The 21-miles of Biology Trails at White Oak Mountain combined with the 10 additional miles at Bauxite Ridge offer mountain bikers a well-rounded experience. The trail system features a good mix of smooth, machine-built singletrack for beginner and intermediate riders along with some technical features on a few outlying trails for advanced riders.

The two separate trail systems have a combined total of 30+ miles of singletrack trail with difficulty ratings ranging from easy to strenuous and technical. Bauxite is more beginner friendly totaling 10 miles, while Biology trails are intermediate to difficult with 21 miles of trail. The parking area for Bauxite is located off College Dr. E near Collegedale Memorial Gardens. The trailhead is across the street, between two houses. A large wooden fence marks the way. After a short climb up the ridge, riders can enjoy fast, flowing trails out and back. Bauxite is directional depending on the day and type of use (bikers vs pedestrians), so be sure to check signage before heading out.

The technicality of the Biology trail ranges from easy to extremely difficult. It offers a stacked loop system, with the easiest trails closest to the parking lot and the hardest trails further away. Expect lots of roots, rocks, and pebbles offering poor traction on most trails. The trail system drains VERY well, which makes it a great option directly after a rain. The top of the ridge is the rockiest, most technical section, but it also offers incredible views into the Ooltewah valley. It’s also a great location for night rides in the winter since the trails stay open until 10 PM daily. 

Difficulty

Hiking

Running

Biking

Hours and Cost

Open Daily: Sunrise to 10 PM

Cost: Free

Pet Friendly

Yes, on leash

Contact

Southern Adventist University
4881 Taylor Circle
Collegedale, TN 37315
(800) 768-8437 or (423) 236-2747
http://www.southern.edu/

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