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Bicycling in the Smokies

Biking in Cades Cove

Biking in Cades Cove.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding areas supply tourists, townsfolk, and cycling enthusiasts with a vast number of biking trails and paved roads ranging in difficulty and mileage. 

Bicycling in the national park itself is limited to its paved roads (with the exception of the Roaring Fork Motor Trail) and three nature trails - Gatlinburg Trail, Lower Deep Creek Trail, and Oconaluftee River Trail. 

Bicycles, along with any other type of off-road vehicle, are not allowed in the backcountry or on any of the vast number of hiking trails.  Biking on the park's paved roads is permissible, but not recommended due to high traffic. 

Cades Cove Loop

This is an 11-mile paved loop road that travels around the Cades Cove area.  Bicyclists are allowed to bike this road at any time. From early May until late September, the loop is closed to automobiles on Wednesdays and Saturdays between sunrise and 10 a.m. giving bicyclists a great opportunity to explore Cades Cove.

Biking the Cades Cove Loop can take anywhere from one to two hours to complete, depending on your physical fitness level.  The loop offers many opportunities for wildlife viewing and contains steep grades and blind corners. If 11 miles is too long, you can use any of the side roads to lower the mileage. 

Don't have a bike?  You can always rent one in the summer and fall at the Cades Cove Store at the campground (865-448-9034).

Other areas suitable for bicyclists include the roads in the Greenbrier and Tremont areas in Tennessee, and the Cataloochee Valley and Lakeview Drive (the "Road to Nowhere") in North Carolina.

Local Bike Rental & Equipment Shops

Other Bike Rentals......

Add to Trip Planner   A.J.'s Hearth & Kettle
7767 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN  37882
865-448-6058


Add to Trip Planner   Bryson City Bicycles
157 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC  28713
828-488-1988
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Add to Trip Planner   Cades Cove Store (GSMNP)
Cades Cove Campground Area
Townsend, TN  37882
865-448-9034


Add to Trip Planner   Euchella Mountain/ Lake Cabins
9700 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
828-488-8835
Website


Add to Trip Planner   Gryphon Bikes of Maggie Valley
871 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC  28751
828-926-4400
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Add to Trip Planner   KOA- Cherokee Great Smokies
92 KOA Campground Road
Cherokee, NC  28719
828-497-9711
Website


Add to Trip Planner   KOA- Townsend Great Smokies
8533 Tennessee State Highway 73
Townsend, TN  37882
865-448-2241
Website


Add to Trip Planner   Nantahala Outdoor Center - Bryson City
13077 Highway 19 West
Bryson City, NC  28713
888-905-7238
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Add to Trip Planner   Shifting Gears
636 Middle Creek Road
Sevierville, TN  37862
865-908-1999
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Add to Trip Planner   Toobin' & Groovin'
3708 Wears Valley Road
Sevierville, TN  37862
865-640-7026


Add to Trip Planner   U-Man Power
7625 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Townsend, TN  37882
(865) 448-2530
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