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North Ridge Trail

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 4.0 (2)

A very long greenway with many access points.


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

86%

Runnable

1,209' 369 m

High

935' 285 m

Low

1,576' 480 m

Up

1,583' 482 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

Parking at the extreme southwestern end near Mississippi Avenue can only fit 1-2 cars. Blazes are white. Access trails blazed with other colors.There is an EXTREMELY steep section just west of where the North Walker Access intersects, but the spring wildflowers are before that.

Runner Notes

The trail is well maintained. There is an EXTREMELY steep section near the North Walker Access.

Description

This trail follows the northern side of Black Oak Ridge. You can run a 1-2 mile segment, or you can run all 7.7 miles. Near the southwestern end of the trail at the Mississippi Avenue access, the powerline swath creates a nice view of the mountains. Also, another swath near Illinois Avenue presents good views year-round. At the North Walker access near the Oak Ridge Children's museum, around 6 miles from the northeastern terminus, there is a creek with beautiful spring wildflowers.

Terrain is hilly with many short climbs and descents. None are hard to manage. It is a good trail to check if you are in shape and practice your pacing for a backpacking trip. Camping is not allowed, however.

Most access points are a short ways from East Drive, Outer Drive, and West Outer Drive. Listed west to east, they include accesses at Endicott Lane, Englewood Lane, Delaware Avenue, Georgia Avenue, Orchard Lane, Key Springs Road, Wedgewood Road, North Walker Lane, Old Batley Road, Illinois Avenue, and Mississippi Avenue.

Flora & Fauna

Spring wildflowers appear throughout. Six miles from the northeastern end, there is a creek with a very high abundance in early April. That area can be more easily reached using the North Walker Access, near the Children's museum. On this run, we saw a box turtle hanging out in the trail.

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Shared By:

Marty McFly

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#200

in Tennessee

#10,631

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Photos

Turtle!
Aug 31, 2019 near Oak Ridge, TN
View of Cumberland Ridge from just below the Mississippi Rd Access.
Jul 10, 2020 near Oak Ridge, TN
View from the powerlines
Aug 31, 2019 near Oak Ridge, TN
Blackberries on the North Ridge Trail near the Mississippi Rd Access.
Jul 10, 2020 near Oak Ridge, TN

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