Bicycle Routes in Wears Valley and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Townsend Bicycle Trail
Location: Runs parallel to Hwy US 321 in Townsend, with road signs denoting beginning and end. Townsend Visitors Center on trail.
Length: Approximately 3 miles
Type Road: Good paved surface; short hills
Features: Scenic beauty of area, access to restaurants, shops, motels
Cades Cove Loop Road
Location: Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
From Visitor Center in Townsend, 2.9 miles to "Y" intersection in Park: right 7 miles to Cades Cove, left to Campground and Store.
Length: 11 mile loop
Type Road: Paved
Features: Cabins, churches, mill, mountain streams, panoramic vistas
Start: Cades Cove store
Bicycles may be rented April through October at the Cades Cove Bike Shop. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Memorial through September 27, the Loop Road is closed to autos from sunrise until 10 am. During this time, it is BICYCLES ONLY! For more information, call (865) 448-9034.
Bike rental rates: $3.25 per hour, $16.25 per day (all prices per bike). April to May, September thru October 9 am - 2:30 pm (return before 5 pm). June thru August 9 am - 4:30 pm (return by 7 pm).