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Rich Mountain Road Professional Review and Guide
"This out-and-back called Rich Mountain Road curves more times than a black snake climbing a tree. The first half of this ride over lightly graveled surface climbs Cades Cove Mountain. If you reach this trailhead in the summer, plan to share the road with cars and other vehicles. However, if you arrange to be trailside at dawn on a Wednesday or Saturday from early May to late September, you can ride without the intrusion of combustion engines clattering by. You are likely to catch sight of a big buck crossing the road ahead, velvet shedding from a freshly grown rack of horns. Or you may come by just in time to see the tail end of a hawk's dive onto a truly mourning dove. This route is open to vehicles during the peak-use months; at those times, bikes must travel one way only and use a shuttle for the return trip. Scenery: Cades Cove, Cades Cove Mountain, Rich Mountain, and Hesse Creek."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
Actually took my new Tacoma up this trail. Had a good time with a buddy in his 4Runner. Not much to look at, but a lot of fun if you just want a good romp in the mountains.
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