Chickasaw Trace Mountain Bike Park


chickasaw-trace-parkIn 1992, Bob Martin, Director of the Maury County Parks and Recreation, approached Columbia Cycling Club (CCC) members about his desire for them to build a Mountain Bike (MTB) and hiking trail at Chickasaw Trace County Park. The offer was gladly accepted and with dedicated work, we now have 8.5 miles of single track. The park covers 300 acres and is located on the banks of the Duck River and a tributary, Knob Creek. The CCC is responsible for the maintenance of the trail and does so with the help of Adopt-A-Trail volunteers. Trail blazing equipment has been purchased through proceeds from various racing events hosted by the club at the park.

Description of the Trails

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 8.5-mile loop. If ridden in a clockwise direction from the trailhead at the MTB parking lot, the initial 3.5 miles are relatively flat and follow Knob Creek and the Duck River. Upon entering the “Trail of Tears”, the final five miles become more 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.  Thank you Maury County Parks and Recreation!Maury County Parks and Rec logo-s

Trail Mapschickasaw-trace

An information sign at the MTB parking lot contains a map.

Other Park Features

The Chickasaw Trace County Park has a log cabin and two open-air shelters available for gatherings. There is a radio control flight field for model airplanes, a radio control track for model cars, and a boat ramp for the Duck River.  A pavilion was recently added at MTB parking thanks to the efforts of Abe Perryman and his Eagle Project.


Columbia residents: Chickasaw Park is located on at 1415 New Hwy. 7 in Columbia, TN, almost two miles past the intersection of New Hwy. 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 New Hwy. 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 Hwy. 7. Stay on Hwy. 7 south for approximately 20 miles. The park is on the right just after the village of Athendale.

Trail Parking

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.