The massive 125,000-acre Big South Fork (BSF) National River and Recreation Area, which sits roughly 80 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, was one of the first National Park Service units to embrace mountain biking back in the early 1990s. Though just one trail was initially open to mountain biking, additional trails have steadily been opened to mountain bike access through the years.
Now BSF boasts this 33-mile IMBA Epic that’s 85 percent singletrack and offers nearly 3,000 feet of climbing.
The area’s rolling terrain and sandstone bluffs offer plenty of elevation gain and loss and lots of interesting trailside features.
As the fall foliage peak continues its steady march south, now is the time to make the trip to BSF. Be sure to check out the full details on MTB Project.
If you enjoy riding BSF, consider supporting the Big South Fork Bike Club for all its hard work maintaining, adopting and patrolling the BSF’s trails.
Photos courtesy of MTB Project.