Biking in Cades Cove
Bicycling in Cades Cove is popular with tourists eager to explore historic homesteads and view Smoky Mountain wildlife. Saturday and Wednesday mornings are particularly good times for cyclists to ride the Cades Cove Loop Road Tour, as the Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles from 7:00-10:00 am those days from early May through late September. Cyclists should note that bicycles are allowed only on the Cades Cove Loop Road and other paved areas of the tour; bicycles are prohibited off road or on trails in the Cades Cove area.
For visitors that find the full 11-mile tour too lengthy for a casual bike ride, Sparks Lane and Hyatt Lane each offer a shortcut across the one-way Cades Cove tour route. It is important to note that while these shortcuts eliminate most of the hills on the Loop, they also bypass many points of interest. Some visitors choose to bike the Cove using these shortcuts, then enjoy the full Cades Cove Loop Tour by car.
Bike rentals are available at the Cades Cove Campground Store, and helmets are provided free of charge for bike rental customers. Tennessee State Law requires that riders under age 16 wear a bicycle helmet. For more information on renting bicycles in Cades Cove, guests should contact the Campground Store at 865.448.9034.
Drinking water and restrooms are available near the Cades Cove Campground Store near the entrance of the Loop, as well as at the Cable Mill area six miles into the tour. Bikers are encouraged to bring a water bottle and bike-friendly bottle holder. Cyclists are also advised to wear safety gear, including a helmet, closed-toe shoes and high-visibility clothing.