North Ford Street Mountain Bike Trail Park
From New Providence Boulevard:
- Turn North at light onto Beech Street
- Right on E Street
- Left onto Ford Street
- Look for Entry (with sign) on left
These Trails are Designated: More Difficult
Trails in this rating category are designed to meet the expectations of the majority of trail users. They require skills beyond that of a novice and at times will challenge the average trail user. These routes are appropriate for intermediate through advanced users. Terrain may be steeper, trails narrower, and some obstacles may be encountered. This requires a minimal skill level and provides a minimal physical challenge. Tread surface contains roots and embedded rocks. Clearing of trees, limbs, and other vegetation above and to each side of the trail may result in occasional contact by the users. Elevation gain or loss is moderate. Streams are most often crossed by fording.
All those under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
IMBA Trail Difficulty Rating System
Rules of the Trail
The City of Clarksville along with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) have developed the following "Rules of the Trail" to promote responsible and courteous conduct, enhance safety and ensure that the trails are fun and enjoyable. The way we ride today shapes mountain bike trail access tomorrow. Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail:
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail closures and stay on the clearly defined trails. Check maps or ask a City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas that are undeveloped.
- Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much trash as you pack in.
- Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Ride at a safe speed and ride within your limits.
- Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Always good to say “hello” and “thank you”. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
- Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you.
- Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. It is highly recommended to always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
General Park Rules
Park is open dawn to dusk – no riding or access after dark permitted.
- No motorized vehicles of any type are allowed, except City emergency or maintenance vehicles.
- Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages and or drugs is prohibited.
- No profanity.
- Pets are not allowed on bike trails.
- These trails are not designed equestrian trails - no horses.
- Littering or defacing of public property is prohibited.
- The removal, destruction or injury of any tree, flower, artifact, fern, shrub, rock or other plant or mineral in any park is prohibited.
- For everyone’s safety and protection no hiking or running is allowed on the bike trails, please stay on designated Clarksville Greenway and hiking areas.
- Parks and Recreation may close certain areas of the park to public use for safety or for the management and protection of the trail and/or natural resources.
- No camping or campfires, including grills are allowed on park property.
- Park in designated areas only, others may be towed at owners expense.
- No firearms (except as provided by TCA Section 39-17-13)