Explore the Chattanooga Tri-State Region!
Chattanooga Cycling! Located in one of the most scenic parts of the country with a wealth of excellent restaurants, breweries and other fun attractions, Chattanooga is the ideal bike vacation destination, offering the perfect balance of urban amenities and low-traffic rural bike routes in breathtaking settings. We are privileged to call this playground our backyard, which means we're perfectly positioned to set you up with whatever you have in mind for biking in Chattanooga, whether it's a simple self-guided bike adventure or a fully-supported bike vacation. Check out some of our favorite bike rides below and then use our CUSTOM BIKE TOUR BUILDER to let us know what suits you best! #BikeChattanooga
The perfect ride! McLemore Cove is the ideal place to take in the amazing scenery of the Chattanooga region. Throw in a climb up Lookout Mountain or stick to the valley floor - either way this ride will leave an impression. It is truly the best of the best! There's even a great farm-to-table restaurant in the cove for post-ride feasting!
Endless possibilities! Stretching for miles with an excellent network of backroads crisscrossing the farmland, Sequatchie Valley is perfect for short loops or all-day adventures. Whatever distance you want, there's a great ride to fit the bill! And if you like climbing, there are options for challenging climbs as well. Regardless of how far you go or how much you climb, you'll be treated to incredible scenery in one of the most picturesque valleys in the eastern United States!
Views, views and more views! Start at Signal Point Park with its breathtaking view of the Tennessee River Gorge, and then head over to the other side of Signal Mountain and ride along the edge of the escarpment with sweeping views as far as you can see! As a bonus, the road itself is a blast with fun curves and punchy rollers!
Rural rollers just around the corner from downtown! Looking for a short ride close to town? Lookout Valley is your answer. On this beautiful ride along the foot of Lookout Mountain, you'll be treated to gorgeous views of both the mountain and the farmland below. Plus we'll roll right past the landing zone for Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, so keep an eye on the sky for circling gliders!
A little farther afield:
A one-of-a-kind ride! Follow the Tellico River 18 miles deep into the Cherokee National Forest all the way to the North Carolina border on this beautiful and peaceful ride. The grade is gentle on the way up and fun on the way down (18 miles of downhill!). If you need more challenge, you can push your limits at the top end of the ride on a one-mile climb featuring double-digit grades! And if you're looking for calendar-worthy pictures, you'll love the 90-foot waterfall right next to the road six miles into the ride! (90 minutes from downtown Chattanooga)
Biggest ride east of the Rockies! With scenic vistas every bit as impressive as the Blue Ridge Parkway (but without the accompanying traffic!), the Cherohala Skyway is an amazing ride, taking cyclists from the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee into the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. You'll be hard-pressed to find a climb & descent this long (20 miles!) and with these kinds of views anywhere else in the eastern United States! (90 minutes from downtown Chattanooga)
Morning magic! There's no better way to take in the stunning scenery of Cades Cove than on a sunrise bike ride. Traffic is minimal, and the cove takes on a golden glow in the morning light. Plus the early morning hours are the best time to see the wildlife! It is truly a spectacular ride and the best way to experience the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! (2 hours from downtown Chattanooga)
A little bit of everything! Located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (on the non-touristy, peaceful side of the Park), the roads around Townsend offer a beautiful variety of punchy climbs, hidden hollows, riverside rides and wide-open vistas. As a bonus, Townsend has excellent accommodations with private cabins and a first-class restaurant! (2 hours from downtown Chattanooga)
Big climbs and big views! Earn a front row seat to some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains by riding along the Foothills Parkway, which runs parallel to the Smoky Mountain chain and is actually a part of the national park system. The climbing is challenging, the descents are long and fast, and the scenery is gorgeous, with a beautiful mix of forested sections and wide-open panoramic views! (2 hours from downtown Chattanooga)