Any age, any level of rider could ride Climbworks Gatlinburg Mountain Biking Course. It’s built for everyone to enjoy.
The bikes are well maintained, and great models for general riders.
The trail is well laid out, can be fun for experienced riders, but very doable for beginners.
The uphill is a gradual climb (about a half a mile uphill), and before you realize it, you are at the top ready for the intense ride down. It’s well designed with many banked corners for maximum speed. The best part is the wooden loop that you think is at the bottom; however, there are still some intense curves that await you after that.
The loop is well designed for newcomers and experienced riders alike. Your speed determines how technical your ride will be and the track is nice and wide, with very few snags or rocks to trip you up. It was obvious how much thought went into creating the loop and the wooden spiral burm is a blast.
Staff are all very friendly. They have plans to buy surrounding land and expand their biking. Well worth checking out if you’re in the area and need to bike, or just want to try it. The current loop is just shy of 2 miles long.
There website says you do not need to be in shape. But, this is 3.5 -4 hours of mountain biking. You definitely need coordination.
When I was growing up I heard about a train that wrecked on Clingmans Dome and rolled down the mountain. Of course that was a definate legend to chase! So, a few years ago I found that it was a MYTH. Here is the story as I know it. Before 1926 the Norwood Lumber Company clear-cut basically the south side of Clingmans Dome. There is a lot of evidence remaining. Many RailRoad grades, skidder trails, rails, coal, etc. are all over the mountain. The “train” that is below the Dome is actually a boiler which produced steam to operate a winch to pull logs up the mountain to train cars. If you have been to the massive piece of metal it is lying in its side.
From the Clingmans Dome parking area take the trail toward Andrews Bald. Turn right onto Forney Creek Trail. Go about a 1/4 mile and look for a crain on the right. The old RR grade is pretty obvious. Turn right off Forney Creek trail onto the grade. You will see rails, coal, etc and then will come upon the boiler. So, its a MYTH….a train did not wreck on Clingmans Dome! HOWEVER there is a boiler there!