28 / Needmore

Bryson City, North Carolina

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On this route, you'll ride up one side of the Little Tennessee River and back down the other. You can think of Highway 28 as the high road (lots of good views) and Needmore as the low road (alongside the river). Highway 28 is renowned for its twists and curves and numerous short ups and downs. It's a lot of fun and typically hasn't much traffic. Once on Needmore, things flatten out considerably as much of it is level with the river. In fact, sometimes the wide river and its splashing shoals are only a few feet away. Special note: A four-mile section alongside the Little Tennessee River follows a dirt road. Most of the time this road is very hardpacked and fine for a road bike. However, if the road has recently been graded or it's springtime "mud season," you're in for a rough ride. Points of interest: Little Tennessee River; honor system honey stand; Lost Bridge.
Road Bike The Smokies

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Road Bike The Smokies

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)

On this route, you'll ride up one side of the Little Tennessee River and back down the other. You can think of Highway 28 as the high road (lots of good views) and Needmore as the low road (alongside the river). Highway 28 is renowned for its twists and curves and numerous short ups and downs. It's a lot of fun and typically hasn't much traffic.

Once on Needmore, things flatten out considerably as much of it is level with the river. In fact, sometimes the wide river and its splashing shoals are only a few feet away. Special note: A four-mile section alongside the Little Tennessee River follows a dirt road. Most of the time this road is very hardpacked and fine for a road bike. However, if the road has recently been graded or it's springtime "mud season," you're in for a rough ride. Points of interest: Little Tennessee River; honor system honey stand; Lost Bridge.

©  Jim Parham/Milestone Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 23
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 1.5 to 2 hours - Intermediate level
Season: Year-round, best Spring - Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900 feet
Top Elevation: 2,100 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to 28 / Needmore

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