Cades Cove Ramble

Townsend, Tennessee

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This ramble is an 11-mile loop nestled in the middle of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is an ideal jaunt for cyclists of all levels. There's only one hitch: if your visit is a Sunday, holiday weekend, or with the peak fall foliage season, forget about trying this ride. This ride is a scenic tour of an Appalachian mountain community dating back to the early 1800s. Ride through a lush green valley and explore the homesteads, churches, and Cable Mill. Terrain: rolling with a few quick, steep hills.
Best Bike Rides in the South

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Best Bike Rides in the South

by Elizabeth & Charles Skinner (The Globe Pequot Press)

This ramble is an 11-mile loop nestled in the middle of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is an ideal jaunt for cyclists of all levels. There's only one hitch: if your visit is a Sunday, holiday weekend, or with the peak fall foliage season, forget about trying this ride.

This ride is a scenic tour of an Appalachian mountain community dating back to the early 1800s. Ride through a lush green valley and explore the homesteads, churches, and Cable Mill. Terrain: rolling with a few quick, steep hills.

©  Elizabeth & Charles Skinner/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Townsend
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 615-436-1200
Driving Directions: Directions to Cades Cove Ramble

Recent Trail Reviews

7/20/2013
0

its so much better to pedal this loop then drive. like the other reviews got to go when its closed to cars. take your time and enjoy everything..


6/7/2008
1

We biked early Sat morning when no cars are allowed and on Sun when cars are. Much better when there are no cars,less rudeness and much quieter!!!!Check out our photos.


8/12/2006
0

This trail is beautiful, but I would highly recommend biking it during the Wednesday or Saturday mornings when closed to automobile traffic. We did this trail early on a Sunday morning, and the motorists are extremely impatient and take the fun out of it for bicyclists. Some hills are involved, particularly on the last half of the 11-mile loop, and it requires some walking up the hills unless you are an advanced bicyclist. We saw lots of deer, 1 bear, and a couple of snakes.


12/9/2005
0

It is true that the Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to motorized traffic Saturday and Wednesday mornings until 10am. HOWEVER this only applies to certain months between late spring and early fall. Check for actual closure dates.


1/1/2001
0

The Cades Cove loop is a wonderful morning bicycle ride, and an even better run. The best time to take off on this jaunt is early morning - the road is closed to automobiles on Wenesday and Saturday mornings before 10am. Portions of the ride suggest you walk your bike down steep declines - please heed these warnings! When you've finished, load up the bikes and go for a swim in the "wye" (where the roads from Gatilnburg, Townsend, and Cades Cove intersect), and then tell all of your friends that you've biked the most visited area of any US national park. Splendid!



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