Bike Cade's Cove Loop

Tennessee Cade's Cove Loop

Added by Mason Boring

Abundant wildlifeNearby car campingBike 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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Activities:

Camping, Cycling, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

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

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2 months ago

Gorgeous bike ride

I've only biked around Cades Cove in the mornings, and it is well worth it! Lots of wildlife out and about the earlier you go. Most of the year, the Cades Cove loops is closed to cars on Wednesday and Saturday mornings so that visitors can bike and walk around the loop without traffic. It's a great time to go! The campground store also has bike rentals if you don't want to bring your own bike. There are quite a few hills, but nothing too strenuous.

2 months ago

5 months ago

Biking Cade's Cove Summer 2014

Cade's Cove was my favorite spot in the park and seeing it on a crisp July morning was truly amazing. Not only do you get amazing views out of it, but you get to see and explore some awesome historic structures!

5 months ago

6 months 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.

6 months ago

about 1 year ago

Awesome!!!

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.

about 1 year 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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