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Old 08-31-11, 06:31 PM
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Riding options around Gatlinburg TN

My wife and I are planning to visit Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg TN next week for our vacation. My wife is a relatively new cyclist that doesn't get too excited about big hills and busy traffic. We have both mountain and road bikes so we should have our bases covered. What do you guys recommend? I like single track etc but I want to make sure that the riding is fun for my wife. I don't need anything too exciting.... Suggestions? Thanks guys!
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Get up early and go ride the Cades Cove Loop on your mtbs. The 10 mile loop is closed to cars on Wed and Sat mornings from first light until 10am. I can't emphasize enough the early part. You should start riding no later than 8am, earlier if possible. Bring your camera and a snack and take your time around the Cove. Lots of great views and wildlife. Stop and walk through the old homesteads. Just be back to your car before the cars catch up to you. The loop is freshly paved and can easily be ridden on your road bikes but some of the short hills can be steep. I've taken both and prefer a mtb because I'm usually taking my time looking around.
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Cades Cove is the only place in that area I would ride. Your odds of surviving on a bike are better in the "projects" than the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. It's not exactly a bike destination.
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Originally Posted by jbholcom View Post
Cades Cove is the only place in that area I would ride. Your odds of surviving on a bike are better in the "projects" than the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. It's not exactly a bike destination.
Lovely.... I really hate tourist traps. My in-laws have a time share and we (they) traded in a week for this place. Are there rail-trails or similar w/in driving distance?

Thanks for the input so far!
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