Bicycle Routes - Townsend
Location: NE Blount County, Tennessee
Length: 20.5 miles - or shorter route 10.5 miles
Type Road: Good paved surface; some hills
Features: Scenic farmland, panoramic mountain views, mountain stream, historic site
Access: 6 miles from Chamber of Commerce, Maryville. From Church Street parking lot exit, turn left on Church Street; turn right on Washington (US 321 North); continue on Lamar Alexander Parkway 5 miles; left on Tuckaleechee Pike 1.7 miles to Coulter Bridge.
Little River Run
Location: E Blount County, Tennessee
Length: 11 miles one way
Type Road: Good paved surface; mostly easy grade
Features: Parallels mountain stream, wild flowers in spring.
Access: 6.5 miles from Chamber of Commerce, Maryville. From Church Street parking lot exit, turn left on Church Street; turn right on Washington (US 321 North); continue on Lamar Alexander Parkway 5 miles; left on Tuckaleechee Pike 1.7 miles to Coulter Bridge.
Townsend Bicycle Trail
Location: Runs parallel to Hwy US 321 in Townsend, with road signs denoting beginning and end. Townsend Visitors Center on trail.
Length: Approximately 3 miles
Type Road: Good paved surface; short hills
Features: Scenic beauty of area, access to restaurants, shops, motels
Cades Cove Loop Road
Location: Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From Visitor Center in Townsend, 2.9 miles to "Y" intersection in Park: right 7 miles to Cades Cove, left to Campground and Store.
Length: 11 mile loop
Type Road: Paved
Features: Cabins, churches, mill, mountain streams, panoramic vistas
Start: Cades Cove store
Bicycles may be rented April through October at the Cades Cove Bike Shop. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Memorial Day through September 27, the Loop Road is closed to autos from sunrise until 10 am. During this time, it is BICYCLES ONLY! For more information, call (865) 448-9034.
Bike rental rates: $7.50 Adults per hour; $4.50 per hour children 12 and under, $16.25 per day (all prices per bike). April to May, September thru October 9 am - 2:30 pm (return before 5 pm). June thru August 9 am - 4:30 pm (return by 7 pm).