Ocoee River, Tennessee
Starting and ending at Thunder Rock Campground beside the Ocoee River.
99 miles, 13,874 ft elevation gain, 140 ft/mi. Clockwise direction suggested.
Gravel and singletrack. Preferred bike rank: Rigid MTB, Hardtail.
Summary: The Revival is a big route with almost 14,000 feet of climbing in just under 100 miles. The bulk of the miles are rough gravel with singletrack mixed in at the beginning, middle, and end to keep things exciting. Camping options include secluded primitive sites right off the Pinhoti Trail or the unrivaled hospitality of Mulberry Gap.
Trip Beta: Start rolling next to the Ocoee River where you’ll soon enter singletrack on the Tanasi Trail System. After about 6 miles you’ll hit gravel where you’ll start your steady climb up towards Jacks River Fields Campground. Soon after you pass the campground there is a piped spring to refill your water (recommended to still filter). After all the gravel climbing you’re rewarded with an amazing descent on Pinhoti singletrack which links you to a section of Bear Creek with fast and flowy rollers. There are some great backcountry campsites right off the Pinhoti Trail in this area but if you’re after a little better hospitality Mulberry Gap is a few miles away marking the halfway point of the ride. (See the details below to book meals/cabin/tent site ahead of time).
After leaving Mulberry gap you’ll start your biggest climb of the trip; 2,100 feet up Potato Patch. If you slept at Mulberry Gap, it’s recommended to start this climb early to catch the sunrise at a vista about two-thirds up. After a fast descent down you’ll end up at the Game Check Station where you can grab water from a spigot on the side of the building. Continue on some flatter terrain where you’ll pass a piped spring before tackling the last few climbs of the trip. The Big Frog Mountain sign is a welcomed sight as the last bit of singletrack is coming up and takes you back to Thunder Rock Campground.
While most of the miles are gravel, it’s recommended to ride a hardtail or rigid mountain bike. The gravel is often loose, large, and rocky while the singletrack is fast and chunky at times.
To book your stay at Mulberry Gap please see their reservation page. Cabins and tent sites require a two night stay during the weekend and holidays, but during the week you might get a single night reservation if you call ahead, 706-698-2865. If looking to reserve just meals, breakfast is at 8:30 am, lunch is available for a 9 am pickup, and dinner is at 6 pm. Please be sure to call ahead for any food or lodging.
If you’re looking for lodging the night before you start you can reserve a campsite at Thunder Rock Campground (tent sites are $15/night) or the Ducktown Copper Inn is right up the road and is offering riders 15% off with the code: REVIVAL. Overnight parking while riding the route is also available at the Inn.
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