Chickasaw is suitable for all levels of Mountain Bike riders - from expert racers to 5-year-olds. Several sections of trail have been identified with the signs being constructed and installed through an Eagle Scout project. The trail is a 7.75-mile serpentine loop. If ridden in a clockwise direction from the trailhead at the MTB parking lot, the initial four miles are relatively flat and follow Knob Creek and the Duck River. Upon entering the "Trail of Tears", the final four miles become very difficult, also known as "technical" among Mountain Bike enthusiasts. The course is designed with several entry/exit points so that a rider can pick the parts of the trail that suits him or her. A weekend at Chickasaw will find racers training by doing multiple laps of the entire course or families with small children on their bikes riding the scenic River and Woodland Trails. Maps of the course are available at Columbia Cycling Club's sign located at the Mountain Bike parking field.
Other Park Features
The Chickasaw Trace County Park has a log cabin and three open-air shelters available for gatherings. There is a radio control flight field for model airplanes and a boat ramp for the Duck River.
How to get there:
Columbia residents: Chickasaw Park is located on Route 7 in Columbia, TN, almost two miles past the intersection of Route 7 (Santa Fe Pike) and Industrial Park Road.
From I-65: take Exit 46 and go west on 412. Continue on 412 for 11 miles and exit right on Route 7 and right again at the end of the exit toward Dickson. Entrance to the park is approximately 4 miles on the left.
From I-40: take Exit 172. Go south on Hwy 46 that eventually becomes Route 7. Stay on Rt. 7 south for approximately 20 miles. The park is on the right just after the village of Athendale.
Take the first left entering the park, then hard left again downhill (dirt road) to get to the main Mountain Bike parking field. Suggestion: If you are going to ride the River and Woodland Trails only, it is more convenient to park in the Boat Ramp parking lot. Instead of a hard left, continue on the paved road. The lot is on the right about 50 yards from the river.