Bike Cade's Cove Loop

Tennessee Cade's Cove Loop

Added by Mason Boring

  • Abundant wildlife
  • Nearby car camping
  • Bike this 11 mile historic loop (under full moon)
  • Great base camp for hiking and backpacking

Cade's Cove is a valley located smack in the middle of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Feel free to drive the 11 mile loop in the day, but if you're really cool, you'll schedule your trip around a full moon so you can bike under the light of night! Allow yourself a few hours to explore around off the loop!

There is camping nearby. Just make reservations! 159 sites are open year round in Cades Cove. If camping, return inside the loop before sunrise to make a memory that's sure to stick.

Pack List

  • Bike
  • Headlamp
  • Good company!
  • Camping gear if you stay overnight
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Camping, Cycling, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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10 days ago

Moonlight Ride

Just did this last weekend with a few friends during the full moon and WOW. We got there around midnight and the entire valley was lit by the moon. Heard some coyotes but that was it in terms of wildlife. Completely surreal experience, thanks so much for the suggestion.

10 days ago

8 months ago


The loop has historic building in areas, all are open to the public. There are many animals living there, so have your camera ready! Something so amazing can be missed in the blink of an eye! It is way better to go as early as possible due to animal feeding patterns and most are out in the early hours.

8 months ago

Added by Mason Boring

adventurer | laugher | wayfarer | humanist | photographer | woodsman | fan of the underdog | friend of the down and out

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