Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Road Biking
Views from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ridgeline are spectacular.

Road biking is popular in particular sections of the park, namely Cades Cove Loop Road, Cataloochee, and Foothills Parkway/Look Rock. Most other roads are too steep, too narrow, or too busy. Cades Cove Loop Road extends for 11 miles around the cove and offers great views. It is closed to auto traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in summer, otherwise it can get very crowded. A special time to pedal the cove is at night during a full moon. Cataloochee offers fairly level roads, though some are gravel. The traffic is moderate. Look Rock/Foothills Parkway is all paved, and though many sections are steep, the Look Rock campground loop is doable by almost everyone.


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