Please join us and the Tennessee Valley Authority this Sunday, January 31 for the grand opening of the NEW Mill Creek Loop, a 7 mile addition at Loyston Point!
There will be guided rides for all skill levels, women’s rides, bike demos, Knoxville Track and Field Club guided trail runs and food provided by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club! Meet in the Boat Ramp Parking lot (map).
12:00 Demo tents open 1:00 TVA trail dedication and group photo (say cheese!) 1:30 Trail rides and runs depart
Beginner ride: 5-7 miles Intermediate ride: 7-12 miles Advanced ride: 12+ miles
It’s going to be the most fun! We’ll announce a backup date in case of inclement weather. Watch AMBC’s Facebook page for updates.
Every New Year’s Day the Big South Fork Bike Club invites all mountain bikers to ride the Big South Fork at an annual event called “The Mail Run”. Bikers meet at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 9 am (ET), January 1st and then hit the trails. “The ride is traditionally called the Mail Run because ‘neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of the night’ keep us from getting out there on the first of the year,” said Joe Cross, President of the Big South Fork Bike Club. The Mail Run consists of a choice of rides varying anywhere from 8 to 35 miles so bikers can pick the group ride of a length they are most comfortable with.
This January 1st will be a special ride since it will take place on the first day of the National Park Service’s Centennial year. In order to help celebrate the National Park Service’s one hundred years, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has partnered with the International Mountain Biking Association, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, and the Big South Fork Bike Club to highlight one hundred miles of outstanding mountain biking in the park during 2016. The 100 miles of highlighted trails include West Bandy-Collier Ridge Route, Duncan Hollow-Grand Gap Loop, IMBA/Epic Route, Kentucky Bike Trail, Chestnut Ridge-John Muir Trail Route, and Hatfield Ridge-Fork Ridge Route. The International Mountain Biking Association now has a special webpage that helps bikers plan their routes on those trails.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has almost 300 miles of trails that allow mountain biking and in 2012 was the first national park in the nation to receive the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) elite Epic Ride designation. “Big South Fork’s extensive mountain biking trails along with the IMBA Epic designation, is likely to draw numerous new users to this part of the country,” said Tom Sauret, IMBA Regional Director for the Southeastern United States.
A three-day urban adventure packed with events and activities for the avid adventurer, weekend warrior, novice outdoor enthusiast and anyone who loves to Get out and play!
The event benefits Legacy Parks Foundation, a Knoxville-based non-profit working to expand and promote outdoor recreational venues and opportunities throughout East Tennessee.
Weekend Event Lineup
Pickel Road Ride – Saturday 8 AM
In honor of Harry Pickel, famous for his friendly greetings to those that rode past his store on Thorngrove Pike, the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club has designed a scenic 40- mile ride to highlight East Knox County. The route skirts the French Broad River as it winds past pastoral farmland and tranquil woods. Register at active.com or by mail.
Urban Adventure Race – Saturday 9 AM
The Urban Adventure Race offers a 6-8 hour challenging course for teams of three who will bike, run, paddle, swim, orienteer and face a few surprises as they maneuver a unique course in and around downtown Knoxville and the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. Pre-registration required. Race is limited to 250 participants. Register at active.com or by mail.
History Hike – Saturday 9 AM
Former Olympian Missy Kane, along with one of our prominent local historians, will be leading a 3-mile hike on the trails at Fort Dickerson Park. Come discover this hidden gem in the heart of Knoxville. Register at the Covenant all center at 865-541-4500.
Get Out & Play Activities – Saturday 10-4
Knoxville’s waterfront will be the scene for a mix of outdoor activities! this is a great time to try out sport climbing on the climbing wall or see why everyone’s excited about stand-up paddleboards. There will be challenges for kids of all ages — come enjoy the outdoors!
Urban Trail Race – Sunday 9 AM
Start Sunday morning with a 4-mile trail run lead by the Knoxville Track Club. Park at Ijams Nature Center and make your way down to the new trails at the Meads Quarry — a perfect start for the day’s adventures. Walkers are welcome. Register at active.com or by mail.
TBRA Point Series Mountain Bike Time Trial – Sunday 11 AM
Test your mountain bike skills and endurance on the new Urban Wilderness South Loop trails. The 10+ mile singletrack loop designed by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club starts at Meads Quarry. Register at active.com or by mail.
Legacy Leisure Bike Ride – Sunday 2 PM
Enjoy a part road/part greenway ride to Ijams Nature Center and back. Mast General Store and the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen will lead a group of riders from downtown Market Square to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and back. The 12-mile ride will be at a social pace perfect for enjoying the scenery along the way. Register at the Covenant call center at 865-541-4500.
Go for the Triple Crown!
We’ve designed a commemorative gift for those that take the challenge of completing all 3 races — urban adventure race (Saturday), urban trail race (Sunday morning) and the TBRA Mountain Bike time trail (Sunday late morning). register for all three events, enjoy a discounted entry fee and make the most of your Outdoor Knoxfest experience!