Summary: This trail was created for mountain biking, but is open to hikers. The start of the trail is a short steep section with a couple of switch backs. The trail splits at the top, both ways are about the same distance and they come back together shortly. The trail the follows the ridge until it gets to a radio tower, then starts back down toward the creek. here it splits again. you can either choose downhill (better for hikers) or Roller Coaster(great for bikers). At the bottom, you follow the creek. this is the highlight of the trail. You follow the creek all the way back close to the parking lot. This is the most senic part and makes it worth hiking again.
Trailhead: Located in Athens, TN (between Knoxville and Chattanooga). Take the Athens-Decatur exit(hwy 30) and travel east about 1/2 a mile. The park is on the right. The trail will be on the left before the parking lots. (Lat:35.4569106455001 Lon:-84.6386847981097)
Trail Guides for Athens Regional Park Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Athens Park Commission
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Reviewed by Ken on 9/15/2006
Recent rain made this trail a little slippery. It could be better marked, though I had no trouble deciding what was trail and what was someone's shortcut. Scenery definitly *****.
Reviewed by RFL on 4/8/2004
Re: my review of 3/21/04. According to a recent article in the local Athens newspaper, the Athens Director or Parks and Recreation is quoted as saying that horses are not allowed on the trail and have been informed of this fact.
Reviewed by RFL on 3/21/2004
My wife and I hike the trail almost every day. Wildflowers are good in late March as you approach the creek doing the loop clockwise. There is an abundance of bloodroot on the rollercoaster in mid-March. Unfortunately horses have started using the trail.
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