Smoky Mountain bike trails
June 6, 2013

Girl on bike riding through bike trailNothing says rest and relaxation like a Smoky Mountain bike ride. With trails leading past scenic views, wildlife and bits of history scattered along the way, it’s no wonder these Smoky Mountain bike trails have been a long time favorite for area visitors.

Cades Cove

One of the most popular Smoky Mountain bike trail is at Cades Cove. This 11-mile loop features historic homesites from as early as the nineteenth century, lots of wildlife, and scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Out of courtesy to the many walkers, hikers and Smoky Mountain bike lovers, Cades Cove Loop Road closes itself off from cars early on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 a.m. Forgot your bike at home? The Cades Cove Campground Store has you covered. During the summer and fall months guests to this Smoky Mountain bike trail can rent a bike for a small fee.


Only six miles east of Gatlinburg, this Smoky Mountain bike trail is a mix between a paved and gravel path. At two miles into the ride bikers have the option to continue down the Porters Creek Trailhead or the Ramsey Cascades Trail Head to add to their biking adventure.

Gatlinburg Trail

Perfect for beginners, this Smoky Mountain Bike trail begins at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and is just under two miles long. Bikers on this trail will take a leisurely ride along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, witnessing the beautiful scenery and historic sites along the way. This Smoky Mountain bike trail is also quite popular with joggers and walkers. This is also one of the few trails that allows leashed pets.


Located in the Townsend, TN area, this Smoky Mountain bike trail starts near the Townsend “Y” and ends at the the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This out and back trail canvasses roughly five miles round trip.

Shadows of the Past

For visitors wanting a little bit longer of a Smoky Mountain bike trail in the scenic Townsend, TN area, visit the Shadows of the Past trail. This trail takes bikers on a 10 mile tour of historic Townsend. Considered an easier ride, this paved Smoky Mountain bike trail is surely one any bike enthusiast will enjoy.