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Stecoah Gap Professional Review and Guide
"The slight four-mile climb begins at Stecoah Gap, using the lightly graveled service road for an eight-mile (total) out-and-back. This route is one of the three different trails exploring the flanks of Cheoah Balk, which remains pretty much straight ahead of the rider the entire trip out.
Of the three bike rides near Cheoah Bald- Shell Stand Road and Cheoah Bald being he others- the road up from Stecoah Gap has the most moderate elevation: less than 100 feet per mile. The Appalachian Trail stays to the right of the road and out of sight, all the way to Locust Cove Gap. The northwest ridge of Cheoah Bald provides views of the Snow Bird Mountains and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Wildlife, including bobcat, are noticeable throughout the trail."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
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