Tennessee Valley

Destinations, East, Midwest, South — on March 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Following some hard work from the Windrock ATV Club, the Coal Creek Mining and Manufacturing Company (CCMMC) — a private land owner — opened its 72,000 acres to off-road enthusiasts. CCMMC’s land is located in four Tennessee counties: Anderson, Campbell, Morgan and Roane. It runs from Harriman to Carryville, just north of Oliver Springs and Lake City.
In January of 2001, the Windrock ATV Club undertook a huge responsibility, for the benefit of all OHV users. The services of the Windrock ATV Club — as consultants in the preparation, management, and maintenance of the CCMMC OHV facility — were an important part of the decision to open this land for trail use. All trail-related activities coordinate through the Windrock ATV Club. The Windrock ATV Club also conducts a meeting once a month at a local gathering place. Now, the club really has its work to do and these club members are serious about their goals.
Last April, ATV Reviews witnessed several positive improvements to this mountainous area. And, that was only a few short months after the Windrock ATV Club accepted the challenge. Private property sign posting, trail signs and selling permits at the main parking area are just some of the immediate accomplishments we noted.
After meeting the Windrock ATV Club officers for dinner and spending a couple of days riding with them, we were impressed! There are many trails already marked with signposts that also designate the level of trail difficulty. With GPS mapping of existing trails underway, an official trail map will eventually be available to users. While all trails are open to OHV, “single track” trails were taking shape so motorcycle users can ride without any bottlenecks from ATV trail users and vice versa. Ah, not that we ATVers create bottlenecks, we’re just wider than the dirt bikes and it’s nice not to interfere with each other at times.
One obvious — and ongoing — task in the ride area is trash duty. We noted many sites where people had dumped old refrigerators, cars and garbage off the side of the mountains. The Windrock ATV Club started the clean-up effort and has made a huge impact already.
Another plan of the Windrock ATV Club is to clear and designate primitive camp sights, both around the main entrance and at various points on the trail system. The trail area contains many historic sites like cemetery grounds, which date back to the late 1800s. Beautiful scenic overlooks — as long as the weather cooperates — and a wealth of wildlife in the mountains, complete the experience. CCMMC’s land is the southern boundary for the TWRA’s reintroduction of Elk in east Tennessee. We didn’t get a chance to see any Elk on our trip, however.
The CCMMC OHV area has more than 250 miles of trails for the enjoyment of ATVs, motorcycles, jeeps, 4×4s, rail-buggies, mountain bikes, hiking and more. The CCMMC land is open for use by a land-use permit. All vehicles within CCMMC borders will be required to have a permit sticker. Also, permit stickers are available on a yearly basis for $50, or a daily permit for $10.
If you haven’t had any experience at mountain riding, don’t worry. Mountain riding is not like riding a trail that shoots straight up the side of a mountain. We had many beginner riders in our ATV tour group. The trails wind and twist on your way up in elevation. For some serious climbing experiences, the folks in the Windrock ATV Club will know where to point you.
For a great riding experience, if you’re near east Tennessee, and even if you’re not, we’d suggest you stop in at the CCMMC ride area. Because sooner or later, you’ll probably have to ride the Windrock Mountain.

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