Bicycling in the Smoky Mountains
Bicycles can travel on most roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but many of the park roads aren’t well suited for safe and enjoyable bicycling because of the steep terrain and narrow road surfaces. The Cades Cove Loop Road is one of the most popular roads for bicycling in the park. The 11-mile loop gives bicyclists the opportunity to see wildlife, historic structures and mountain views. You can rent bicycles from the Cades Cove Campground Store. The store has bikes for all ages, including a wide selection of Fuji cruisers and hybrid bikes for adults and children.
Other spots that are great for bicycling in the Great Smoky Mountains are the roads in Greenbrier and Tremont in Tennessee. If you’re on the North Carolina side of the Smoky Mountains, you can enjoy riding your bike along the Cataloochee Valley and Lakeview Drive roads in North Carolina. Keep in mind that there are no mountain biking trails in the national park. The Gatlinburg Trail, the Oconaluftee River Trail and the lower Deep Creek Trail are the only park trails that allow bicycles. Bicycling is not permitted on other backcountry trails.
To stay safe while bicycling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, children age 16 and under are required to wear a helmet. All riders are strongly recommended to wear helmets and ride properly ford and well-maintained bicycles.