Cades Cove

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.55 out of 5
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Beginner
11.0
miles

Greenway
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
1,112
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Take some of the gravel roads on the right for adventures but turn around or you'll end up sssomewhere else besids the parking lot. If you wimp out take either of the two gravel roads to the left they cut your ride short and you'll still end up in the p
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (12)
 

Gramcounter

January 4, 2016
rcmillen Gramcounter  
 
Review: Cades Cove is a big tourist and local draw of cars driving a loop of 11 miles (plus two gravel roads that cut through the middle of the loop). Starting in May, Cades Cove is open to cyclist of all ages and abilities from early morning to 10 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On the loop trail (paved) are park rangers on bikes to give you information
Great ride, especially the "full moon" ride when the park is open for bikes only during a full moon. Take your light, the main road is asphalt, but you can go off onto dirt/rock trails and roads.

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Singletrack


December 29, 2015
triton189 Singletrack  
 
Review: 11 mile one way asphalt road through a beautiful valley. Several side hiking trails to scenic and historic sites, as well as Abrams falls. Highly recommended this for road biking, this is not a single-track mountain bike trail.

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Gramcounter

June 14, 2014
CoKo Gramcounter  
 
Review: Cades Cove is a big tourist and local draw of cars driving a loop of 11 miles. Starting in May, Cades Cove is open to cyclist of all ages and abilities from early morning to 10 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Last time I was there we saw many deer and a couple random Black Bears w/ Cubs. On the loop trail (paved) are park rangers on bikes to give you information on whereabout of wildlife sightings.

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Gramcounter

September 16, 2011
Jkizz Gramcounter  
 
Review: rode it at midnight... so sweet... park in the lot and ride the loop... if your lucky you can be the only person there... enjoy the coyote howls...

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Poseur

June 25, 2010
jburkej421 Poseur  
 
Review: Loved it, great fast descents and awesome smokey mountain views !

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Poseur

September 28, 2009
Dionanda Poseur  
 
Review: This was my first ride as a new cyclist. I'm completely out of shape and struggled on several of the larger hills but I had a lot of fun. I would recommend this trail to anyone. I suggest that you go when the park is closed to vehicles and go early. I was informed that this coming Spring (2010) they are going to resurface this trail which will make it even better.

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Granny Gear

April 19, 2009
momrnc Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great ride, especially the "full moon" ride when the park is open for bikes only during a full moon. Take your light, a snack/fluids and enjoy! I would consider this more of a moderate ride for beginners to even those who have ridden "some". The main road is asphalt, but you can go off onto dirt/rock trails and roads. The coop is about 11 miles and open until 10am in the mornings for bikes only. After that, you share the roads with cars.

Similar Trail: Loved the Virginia Creeper Trail Whitetop to Damascus. It's sooo easy and beautiful with different terrain.

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Granny Gear

October 4, 2008
jluck Granny Gear  
 
Review: Saturday and Wednesday mornings the loop is closed to vehicles. It is a scenic loop with lots of wildlife early in the morning. Loop is paved the entire 11 miles. Great for wildlife viewing.

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Granny Gear

October 18, 2007
loniton Granny Gear  
 
Review: Wanting to see more

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February 21, 2005
Guest   
 
Review: You can actually make a mtn bike ride out of the cove by starting at the gated (& washed out) Parson's Branch Rd and riding up and over the ridge down to Hwy 129. It's ~8 miles 1-way with quite a few rideable creek crossings. Another variation is to start at the Rich Mtn Rd outside the Park, ride over the ridge & down into the Cove. If you want more: ride the paved section out to Parson's Branch.

Similar Trail: Frozen Head Park

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Cades Cove MTB Trail 3.55 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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