Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC)
As a result of much hard work by several Highland Rim Bicycle Club members, AEDC opened several mountain bike trails in 2006. There are approximately 13.5 miles of singletracks and fire roads. The trail map shows numbered route points (1-25) with numerous connectors and exit points. Most of the trail is relatively flat, and fast. However, the second half is more twisty and has more climbs. Keep in mind the trails are closed to bikes certain times of the year because of deer and turkey hunting. See the trail closure dates below.
The following article appeared in the local Tullahoma newspaper in 2006 announcing the opening of the new mountain bike trail system.
Since this article went to press the contact information for the use of Arnold AFB for public outdoor recreation activities has changed. Please contact Outdoor Recreation at (931) 454-6084 or AEDC Public Affairs at (931) 454-4204.
2016–2017 Closure Dates
AEDC MTB Trail closures due to hunting.
Deer Hunts, no riding — Oct 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23; Nov 11-13, 25-27
Turkey Hunts, ride at noon — Sep 24-Oct 28; Oct 15-28, Oct 31-Nov 4; Dec 3-11; Mar 25-26; Apr 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30; May 5-7, 12-14
For more detailed information see pages 32 & 50 of the Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide 2016–2017. (The mountain biking trails are in Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Region II, 201-AEDC and Woods Reservoir Refuge, Unit 3.)
If you have any questions, contact Wes Winton, Natural Resources Manager, (931) 967-6101.
Tim’s Ford State Park
This singletrack trail starts at the end of the 1-mile paved trail behind the visitor center. The singletrack is configured as an out-and-back trail with a loop on the end. The trail follows the coves on the lake with several short dips at the back of each cove. This course is hilly with narrow sections cutting across the hillside. Several short, steep hills and some fast short drops make this trail tough. Not technical, but a great workout for almost everyone. The Marble Plains loop, Overlook to church and back, is about 2 miles. From Church around the peninsula and back about 10 miles; about 12 miles to ride all the dirt as short as possible; to start at church and ride a complete out and back, which requires reversing at the peninsula divide, is 15 miles.