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Bicycling Gatlinburg: Where to Go, What to Do

Biking in and around Gatlinburg is certainly a great way to see the area.  Whether you bring your own bike or rent one from the several bike shops in town, you're going to want to check out the bike trails we offer.

Cades Cove Loop

Probably the most popular bike trail is the 11-mile Cades Cove loop. It's a one-way paved loop that is shared by cars and bicycles. But, the road is closed to automobiles until 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  And, on December Saturdays, only bicycles and hikers are allowed.

Cades Cove is situated within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was a home site to early pioneering settlers, and represents the top destination for visitors to the park.  Several million visit Cades Cove each year. There are a number of preserved 19th century homesteads and churches, plenty of wildlife, caves, waterfalls, and amazing views of the Smoky Mountains. It was also home to a thriving moodshine enterprise during the early 1900s that fueled infighting, leading to the deaths of several people. Rent a bike (about $8 for adults and $5 for children) at Cades Cove Campground Store and Bicycle Rentals.

Mills Park to Bear Mountain

Starting in the Mills Park area (a very clean park located off the main street), you head past Gatlinburg on Mills Park Road, then onto Ogle Road past Heritage Hollow Cabins and Buckhorn Road and Bird Creek Road. There's a market at Bird Creek. Then, down a steep hill to Pittman Center Road and Richardson Cove Road. After turning onto Dixon you climb a hill and then ride down to Twin Creeks Farm. Fun!

The Gatlinburg Trail

This is a two-mile jogging and biking trail located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that takes you from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to Gatlinburg. The flat road of this often busy beginner bike trail winds along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River and is perfect for families. View wildlife, boaters, old home site ruins, and just enjoy the peaceful nature!  There is a small bridge that you'll cross, and perhaps stop so the kids can explore. You also start near traffic light 10 in Gatlinburg and head to the visitor center. Pets allowed.

Oconaluftee River Trail

Located in nearby Cherokee, this is a 1.5 mile trail that begins at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. It features several small climbs and runs within forested areas and along the river. Check out the awesome views and wildlife. Expect to share the trail with joggers and walkers. Pets allowed.

Climbworks

Ever wanted to try mountain biking? Now's your chance. Climbworks will give you the trail, the bikes and the experience. They offer several trails to accommodate new riders and experts. You rent a bike or bring your own. The cool part of their trail is the wooden, roller-coaster-style structure called "the curliest". Fun!  TripAdvisor ratings are above 99%, with over 2,000 reviews.

Climbworks
155 Branam Hollow Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-325-8116
Website

Rent a Bike

There are several places to rent a bike for local trail riding. Most offer tours as well.

Knuckle Busters Speed Shop
3676 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-774-2230

Cafe 321 & Bike Tours
1428 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-4677

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No experience in the Smoky Mountains should be without a few nights stay in a cabin. And, Gatlinburg has plenty of them. Select from a variety of sizes, amenities and locations. Find a cozy, rustic, or luxury cabin rental in Gatlinburg here.

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There are thousands of hotel and motel rooms in Gatlinburg. Problem is they all fill up fast. Book early for the best rooms and locations. From in-town and off the street to budget and semi luxury. Select a room with a fireplace or creek-side balcony.

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Finding food is as simple as walking down town.  Plenty of restaurants line Gatlinburg's main strip. Eat BBQ, steak, Italian, Mexican, and more. Check out the coffee shops, deli's and breweries. Family dining in our Southern restaurants.

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A walk around the main strip in town will probably be your first introduction to this unique mountain village. After that, the sky is the limit. Gatlinburg offers so many things to do. Hike the Smokies, visit a brewery, shop the galleries and malls... dining, arts and crafts, picnics...

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