Windrock Park in East Tennessee is the perfect location for the ultimate outdoor adventure this fall. Windrock Park is a 73,000 acre privately owned off-roading park that has over 300 miles of trails for off-highway vehicles, hiking, trail running and mountain biking. The highest elevation, called "The Flag Pole" at Cross Mountain is 3,534 feet and the view is spectacular!!! That is only one of many spectacular views.
Aside from having miles and miles of trails to explore, Windrock Park also has a shooting range, mountain bike park and a General Store offering a variety of side by side rentals. Start off with a bang at Windrock Park Shooting Range. There is a range fee of $15 and you can bring your own firearms or rentals are available.
Next, stop off at Windrock Bike Park, an uplift access mountain bike park that offers coaching, guiding and a variety of competitions throughout the year. Rental bikes are available and a shuttle service provides transportation. The General Store is a great place to get your Windrock permits, trail maps, apparel and souvenirs to take home.
One of the most visited sites at Windrock Park is the Windmill Farm at Buffalo Mountain. There are 15 windmills and some of them are over 256 feet tall with 136 foot blades creating a wing span of 395 feet. They are a site to see, standing on top of the mountain almost like sentinels.
There are many events held at the park each year including events for Jeeps, rock crawlers, mountain bikers, side-by-sides, basically, if you can do it off-road, there is an event at Windrock Park for it. However, one of their premier events is the Fall Jamboree. The Fall Jamboree is an action packed weekend with guided rides, fun competitions, haunted trail rides, costume contests, good food, concerts and more! This year's event takes place on October 13 - 15. Get all the details at www.windrockpark.com.
Where to Stay: Windrock Park can be accessed from Oliver Springs where the main trail head is located or from Rocky Top. If you are coming to camp, you have several options. You can stay on the the park property at Windrock Campground which is a full service campground. In addition to having RV Sites with full hook-ups, they have primitive campsites, primitive cabins, deluxe cabins and they even have yurts. There are three other campgrounds close by and accessible to the trails called Half Moon Campground, Indian Creek RV Resort and Windrock Gap Campground. You can find more information about lodging here.
If you are accessing Windrock from the City of Rocky Top, you have numerous lodging options including hotels, cabins, and campgrounds. ATVs are allowed on the roads in Rocky Top. You can take a break from riding and get something to eat or get gas without having to reload your equipment.
What you need to know:
Windrock Park requires a permit to ride, so be sure to have that on hand when riding the trails. You can purchase the permits on line here or when you arrive at the park.
The trail system is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. All types of off-road vehicles are welcome.
Trails are rated moderate, difficult and extremely difficult so there is something for all levels.
We highly recommend purchasing a trail map or get the trail map app. You can find that information here.
Please remember that anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet to ride on Windrock Park's trail-system and everyone riding the trail system must have a permit.
For more information on Windrock Park and other great Anderson County adventures, visit https://www.adventureanderson.com/.