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. We can also line up non-cycling activities if you'd like to make the trip multisport. 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!
Hit the trails! Chattanooga is loaded with fast and fun mountain bike trails with a full range of options for all skill levels. Whether it's easy flow, technical turns, or daring downhill, we can hook you up with the right ride! (Need a rental bike? Suck Creek Cycle has a wide range of quality MTB rental bikes!)
A little farther afield:
Roller coaster roads with a perfect finish! Just up the road from Chattanooga on the backroads outside of Cleveland lies a hidden gem - Morris Vineyard, offering free wine tasting and gorgeous views of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, perfect for a post-ride picnic lunch. And while the winery certainly makes for a rewarding finish, getting there is just as fun on a short but challenging loop featuring steep climbs, beautiful farmland, curvy backroads and smooth pavement! (45 minutes from downtown Chattanooga)
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Escape from civilization! Leave the cars behind on beautiful gravel roads that go deep into the woods. While these backroads do require a great deal of climbing, the payoff is well worth the effort as you'll be rewarded with cascading creeks, waterfalls, big vistas and dense canopy! (1 hour from downtown Chattanooga)
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)
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)
Looking to expand your vacation beyond cycling? The Chattanooga region is loaded with fun outdoor recreation opportunities. Let us know what you have in mind and we'll line it up with our local partners!
Make the most of your time in the woods with the people who know the trails best! Offering pre-packaged hikes and custom adventures, Experience Chattanooga will not only lead you on the perfect hike based on your time frame and the challenge you want, but they'll also capture your experience with professional photography! They can also set you up with an excellent post-hike meal and provide you with transportation from your hotel!
Explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways and natural landscapes with experienced adventure guides on stable inflatable paddleboards. Paddle to the bat cave, chase a sunset downriver, paddle under the light of the full moon, or customize your experience for a one-of-a-kind adventure!
Chattanooga is surrounded by incredible rock climbing. Bouldering, sport climbing, and traditional climbing are all available on amazing sandstone all within a short drive. Whether you are climbing for the first time or looking to take your skills to the next level, High Point's experienced climbing guides will help you enjoy an incredible day outside!
See the beauty of the Chattanooga region from a whole new perspective! Hop on a tandem flight with one of the experienced instructors from Lookout Mountain Flight Park and take in the incredible views offered by this one-of-a-kind experience!