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Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement
Oak Ridge, TN 37748
Oak Ridge, TN 37748
Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement (BORCE) is located behind K-25, on the far west side of Oak Ridge. There are about 2.6 miles of single track trails and 11 miles of dirt/gravel roads. It is nearly mud-free year-round.
Bird Watching: Woodland birds are common to abundant across Oak Ridge. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chuck-will's-widow, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, and Summer Tanager are found commonly in summer. Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and other resident woodland birds are common year round.
Mountain Biking: The singletrack trails are contour-routed to conserve momentum descending and for relatively easy climbing. The many small trees in the trail corridors and the sharp, off-camber turns, control speeds. The trail treads are sparingly benched, narrow and hard to master. Only riders with good maneuvering skills will be able to hold the speed potential of these singletracks. The gravel roads are generally hilly and are sharply steep, over 20% in many places. They can be crazy fast if you are fearless or foolish. The steep grades are prone to forming gullies in heavy rains and should not be ridden fast without pre-riding them. Though the roads are well maintained, they are changeable and the gravel repairs are often deep and loose. To maximize the single track to gravel ratio and avoid the steepest roads, the following 11.5-mile route offers 5.2 miles of single track and only 1320 feet of climbing: Ride west from the parking lot and stay on Dyllis Orchard Road, ride each of the single tracks out-and-back as you come to them. Return along Dyllis Orchard Road to the short connector crossing to West Ridge Road. Go left on the connector and right on West Ridge Road and take it all the way down the hill. Return to the parking lot via Twisted Beech Trail and Dyllis Orchard Road. Note the namesake tree on Twisted Beech.
Trails: Trails have good drainage making this a great place to hike, ride or ride after inclement weather. Around 60% of the trails are gravel with the remaining being singletrack and are considered moderately difficult due to some steep grades.
City of Oak Ridge
Park Size: acres
Natural Trail: 13.7 miles
Type: single track, dirt roads
Difficulty: moderate with some steep hills
Hours: dawn till dusk
Blair Rd, Oak Ridge
Directions: Take I-40 to Pellissippi Parkway exit #376 towards Oak Ridge. Travel 6.4 miles and continue on TN-62 W for another 6.3 miles and turn left onto Oak Ridge Turnpike. Go 8.5 miles and turn right onto Blair Rd. The parking area will be on the left.