Gatlinburg Bike Rides — Part Three
Gatlinburg Bike Rides
It would be impossible to lay out and describe all the Gatlinburg bike rides. To keep this post from going insanely long I’ll just name a few of my favorites. You should consider that I’ve set this trip up based on making Gatlinburg your home base. If you like to move from place to place every night, have at it. And you could also come in from other places around Gatlinburg.
441 Through The Park
441 is the Parkway in Gatlinburg. It’s impossible not to find. So, head south on 441 into the park. I suggest you stop at the Sugarlands Visitor Center and get some maps and literature. You can’t get lost on 441 but the brochures will be useful along the way. This Gatlinburg bike ride is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful in the world.
The first section of the ride is a slight incline with straight stretches but soon the climb will begin and the twists and turns are almost constant. Take your time and enjoy the scenic views. Take some of the walks if you like. Near the summit take the side trip to Clingmans Dome. After leaving Clingmans Dome you will descend to the southern entrance to the Park. If you have the time you can continue on to Cherokee. Most of the time I pass. But if you’ve never been, it’s worth the trip.
Little River Road
The Little River Road is just as it’s named. The road along the Little River. To get there from Gatlinburg head south on 441 into the park and Turn right on Fighting Creek Gap Road just past the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Fighting Creek Gap Road runs into Little River Road at the Little River. Go figure. There aren’t so much in the way of ups and down but the road winds and turns with the River. This is a leisurely ride with beautiful view.
At the end you’ll run into the famous fork in the road. Stay left and head on to Cades Cove or turn right and leave the Park. Either of these directions will be a great ride. If you leave the Park you can head to the Foothills Parkway (321) and then back to 441 just North of Pigeon Forge. The Foothills Parkway isn’t in the Park but the drive is fun and the views are worth the drive.
Other Drives Worth Taking
The Roaring Fork Road. A loop road in to the park from downtown Gatlinburg. A short ride but well worth it.
Hwy 32 from East Parkway to I 40. This is pretty remote. Reminds me of where the Clampetts lived. You’re getting on up there If you remember them.
The Biltmore Mansion. In Asheville. Leave early. You may even want to spend the night. I highly recommend it if you haven’t been before.
I promised not to make this too long so I’m going to end here. But before I do I’d like to mention some of my favorite places in Gatlinburg.
- Calhoun’s. Good food and drinks. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes and the Strawberry shortcake.
- Cherokee Grill. Across the driveway from Calhoun’s. Get the rainbow trout encrusted with almonds. Nice place. Good Food.
- The Smoky Mountain Brewery (behind Calhoun’s) Great Pizza and excellent brews.
- The Log Cabin Pancake House For Breakfast (or dinner)
Most of all, enjoy. And ride. And Enjoy! You’ll want to go back.