Bicycling is a freewheeling way to explore Tennessee's great outdoors. Bikers will thrill to the 185-mile Mississippi River Trail, which runs from wildlife-rich Reelfoot Lake to Memphis. Take a ride along the Highland Rim. Roll through our rural, relaxing mid-section, the Heartland. Roads and scenic highways surrounding Lake Watauga, in Northeast Tennessee, have been named among the best mountain biking routes in the country.
Chickasaw State Park has bike trails open year round, and Natchez Trace State Park has mountain trails. A paved bike trail carries you through the woods where you can spot wildlife in David Crockett State Park, and Fall Creek Falls State Park offers 15 miles of moderately difficult mountain trails. Booker T. Washington State Park, in East Tennessee, harbors a single-track, 6-mile loop trail, with some long uphill climbs and fast downhills. Warriors' Path State Park hosts an enjoyable paved path around Duck Island.
Off-road biking is allowed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Gatlinburg Trail, the lower Deep Creek Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. In a tranquil valley, the Cades Cove Loop encourages bikers, and rentals are available. Along the way, take in churches and the Cable Mill area, with pioneer cabins, cantilevered barns, a gristmill and other historic structures. Looking to take a short spin on your bike and not go very far in the park? Campgrounds allow leisurely riding.
Come cycle Tennessee. Relish new sights and friends made along the way.