Biking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Biking the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

For preservation purposes as well as for the benefit of foot and bicycle traffic, Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles from sunrise until 10 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning from May 7 to September 24. During these hours, visitors can really take in the natural splendor of Cades Cove – one of the national park's most popular destinations.

If you don't have a bicycle and still want to take in Cades Cove's scenic loop, bicycles may be rented for $3.25 per hour from the Cades Cove store (located near Cades Cove Campground). During the summer hours at the Cades Cove store are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday cycling days) Visitors may rent bikes up until 4:30 p.m.

Each year, a number of cyclists are injured seriously enough while riding in the park that they require medical attention. When biking the loop, riders are required to wear helmets and heed warning signs. Though bikes are permitted on most park roads, they are prohibited on most trails.

 Cades Cove Map and Biking Trail
 The Cades Cove Loop Road is reserved for bikes only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.