North Ridge Trail

Type: Backcountry
Length: 7.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Oak Ridge
State(s): Tennessee
Counties: Anderson
Latitude: 36.03689
: -84.24057

West access is 1.4 miles west of Illinois Ave (Hwy 62) on West Outer Drive (just west of 852 West Outer Drive).


The North Ridge Trail is one of the first to be designated a National Recreation Trail under the 1971 National Trails Act. It is located in the northernmost greenbelt of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The main, linear (though far from straight) trail is approximately 7.7 miles long, with 10 trailheads. In addition to the main trail and connecting with it, there is also a 2-mile Delaware Trail loop and a shorter trail bisecting the loop in the widest part of the northern greenbelt. The Delaware Trail loop is short enough to provide a lovely outing after work, and its route exemplifies the variety of scenery found in the longer, linear trail. Winding through deciduous forests, it drops down to a spring-fed creek and returns up a narrow valley filled with mountain laurel, passing interesting rock ledges and a sink hole. The main linear trail is blazed white, access trails are blazed blue, the circular Delaware Trail is blazed in red, the bisecting trail is blazed yellow and the main linear trail in white.

Additional Details

Width: 32 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Hon Hetrick
Parks Division Supervisor
City of Oak Ridge
P.O Box 1
Oak Ridge , TN 37831
(865) 425-3450



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