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Haw Ridge

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Highlights:

Haw Ridge Park is jewel in our own backyard
Near:Oak Ridge, TN
Scenery:
Distance:11 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:725 ft
Hike Time:5 hours
Difficulty:Strenuous
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Loop



Summary: This park has something for everyone Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Horseback Riders and Nature & Wildlife Lovers! We used the park today for bike trail riding and geocaching. If you have a GPS and you're unfamiliar with geocaching you can find out more at www.geocaching.com. The web site for the park has trail maps and user information http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/fohr/. There are no set destinations but plenty to see. A great wildlife viewing area is located near the south shore in a cove area. We saw deer drinking from the river and many Osprey flying around as it seemed they used this area for nesting. The park just hosted a triathlon competition on July 19th so the trails were well marked and prepared for riders and runners. The park is closed three weekends each fall for deer hunts. Please check the park web site for these closures.
Trailhead: From Knoxville I-40 exit Pellissippi Parkway hwy 162 then exit Edgemoor Road. The parking area is a multi use area for boat ramps and shore fishing located 1 1/2 miles from the exit ramp. Suggested parking cordinates are 36 00.009N 084 11.011W. Use gravel path next to road traveling NorthEast 1/10 of a mile. The trail is desinated to the right of gravel shoulder. (Lat:36.00144 Lon:-84.18354)
Trail Guides for Haw Ridge:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Larry Baily Oak Ridge Parks 865-425-3450
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by OR Parks & Rec on 7/9/2013
As of September 2012, Haw Ridge no longer allows horses.

Reviewed by Darlene on 1/9/2011
I enjoy the view of the lake. Lots of places you just set and look out over the lake. Very peaceful, and pleasent hike.

Reviewed by jm on 7/17/2010
trails need to better marked to avoid people getting lost. Some trails are very poor and need attention. But really enjoyed it.

Reviewed by Viewer on 10/7/2006
The hike was great! The beatiful scenery of the lake was awesome. It was suprisingly well maintained. Roller Coaster had some issues, it didn't follow back to the Middle trail. Overall, I can't wait to hike it again and bring some friends.

Reviewed by DC on 10/12/2005
Great for the family! My 2 year old and I walked a few miles and loved it. The trails are easy and well traveled. We spotted a few deer and some beautiful spiders. The parking area has a post it board with maps and up comming events. The dates for trail closures are well posted. Overall, Oakridge does a great job maintaining this area.

Reviewed by Dan on 3/22/2005
Probably the best place in area for mountain biking. Good mix of beg/int/adv trails. Make sure to print/take map from website to take advantage of all the trails. Lake Trail can be very rocky and have passed a few riders walking their tire-flatened bikes back to the parking lot so be prepared. Will see occasional hiker/runner/horse so be alert.

Reviewed by HawRidge on 3/6/2004
mountain bikin', canoein', and geocachin' ... for trail maps see HawRidge.org


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