|Permit Information:||Permit Required - Click Here|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||2400 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||West|
|Nearest Town:||Oliver Springs|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Oak Ridge|
|Official Road Name:|
|Management Agency:||Coal Creek/Private Ownership|
Windrock Off-Road Park Trail 22 is a great all around off road trail that will offer a great ride with moderate obstacles. This trail has everything from steep climbs, water crossings, and a couple of rock climbs. It will take a few hours to run so it's a great afternoon adventure to get up the mountain and go see the windmills or a scenic overlook of the Tennessee Valley. This trail does have one challenging rock obstacle but other than that it's a pretty straight forward trail that will be fun for everyone. This is a private owned off-road park and does require access permits, so make sure you have your permit before heading to the trail.
Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.Read more about our rating system
The General Store is a great meeting place. They sell access permits but if you already have your pass it's a great place to air down and grab a snack or drink. They sell maps and stickers, everyone loves stickers. They also have a token operated pressure washer if you want to clean your truck after the trail. There is not an air compressor here but there is one at the campground a few miles up the road.
This is the actual beginning of Trail 22. It's a sharp left turn from the pavement and a sharp descent onto a narrow wooden bridge. For longer trucks, take a wide swing to the right to make sure you get your whole truck onto the bridge. The bridge appears narrow than it actually is, just make sure you're lined up and you’ll be good.
This is the first steep climb on the trail. The photos don’t give justice to how steep it actually is. We took turns letting the truck in front reach the summit. When the trail is dry this hill would be easily tackled but when wet, 4wd is definitely necessary.
This is an indicator of the type of water crossings found on the trail. This review was two days after a heavy rain event. If currently raining or recently has rained, these crossing could be 12” deep or slightly more, but should be passable except in a flood event, in which case you shouldn’t be attempting this trail.
This is an intersection with a gravel oil well road. Turn right to continue on Trail 22.
This is a deep mud hole that is best traversed on the uphill side. If your rig is big enough or it hasn't rained in a while, this will probably be a "non-obstacle".
This is the obstacle that makes this trail on the high end of moderate. If your rig is lifted and you have rock sliders you can just pick a good line and climb up past the rock. If you lack sliders or a lift, this obstacle will take slightly more patience and a spotter. This obstacle has gotten more difficult over the winter due to side-by-sides causing a narrow rut between the bank and the rock. This could get worse so be prepared. Windrock does do repair work on the trails so ask the security guards what the status is if you're concerned.
This is a rocky section the will require a slow speed and attention to lines. It's not difficult but could scrape undercarriage if you don't watch what you're doing. At the end is a steep grade that will require 4wd when wet.
This is an intersection with another oil well road. On the left side of the trail is a large mud pit that rigs like to play in. It's a couple feet deep and is navigable in a lifted rig with 4wd. Just be prepared for recovery as conditions change constantly. Stay straight after the mud pit to continue on Trail 22, if you bear right you will be on another trail. These photos were from a previous ride but are still accurate to the area.
This is an easy ascent that has a few rock outcrops and ruts, can require 4wd when wet.
This is the end of the trail at the intersection of G5 (Gravel 5). This is a large, wide gravel road and you can take it to your next trail or follow it all the way down to the General Store.
Trailhead Coordinates: 36.084325, -84.331070