Townsend, Tennessee

Bike Cade's Cove Loop

Originally 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 Smoky 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.

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Cycling
Camping
Photography
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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A unreal 13 miles bike ride with zero vehicle traffic

On certain days of the week you can bike this route without any vehicle traffic for several hours. It gives an unreal experience of being in and around a hundred + year old mountain town without the sounds of cars. Often Bears, Deer, Turkey, etc are right off the road as the threat of vehicles doesnt exist. It also will allow for some pretty incredible footage with limited crowds.

Amazing but car traffic sucks

My husband and I had a great time- got started around 10 am and finished up around noon. We stopped a lot, mostly because how unbelievably inconsiderate cars are. Note, you will be sharing the road with vehicles and many want to ride up on you only for you to be right behind another car. This does make for some unexpected stops to let dummies pass you. The views are incredible, just note the bike rental from the campground store only has a water bottle holder, so bring a backpack to shed your layers in the fall! 😊

Amazing

Great to do in the morning right before sunrise to see the best wildlife!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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