Parson Branch Road

Cherokee, North Carolina

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A majority of the park's bike rides begin at Cades Cove, like this 12-mile out-and-back (one-way) along the lightly graveled Parsons Branch Road. The ride starts south, heading upstream on the unpaved Forge Creek Road, a two-way road. Once reaching Parsons Branch Road, traffic is one way only from early May until late September (call for specific dates), so be sure to plan ahead to leave a vehicle at the other end of US 129. This road can be ridden as an out-and-back only when it's close to motorized traffic. Scenery: Cades Cove, Forge Creek, Parson Branch, surrounded by Hannah Mountain, Chilly Spring Knob, Bunker Hill, and Hickory Top.
Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

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Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

by Steve Jones (Menasha Ridge Press)

A majority of the park's bike rides begin at Cades Cove, like this 12-mile out-and-back (one-way) along the lightly graveled Parsons Branch Road. The ride starts south, heading upstream on the unpaved Forge Creek Road, a two-way road.

Once reaching Parsons Branch Road, traffic is one way only from early May until late September (call for specific dates), so be sure to plan ahead to leave a vehicle at the other end of US 129. This road can be ridden as an out-and-back only when it's close to motorized traffic. Scenery: Cades Cove, Forge Creek, Parson Branch, surrounded by Hannah Mountain, Chilly Spring Knob, Bunker Hill, and Hickory Top.

©  Steve Jones/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cherokee
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Year-round.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,750 feet
Top Elevation: 1,750 feet
Local Contacts: Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 423-423-1200
Local Maps: Great Smoky Mountains Trail Map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Parson Branch Road

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