Explore the most popular road biking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

scenic driving
16 hours ago

A Gburg must! Exploring the homesteads and nature watching a must! Loads of hiking opps! One of my favorite things to do every visit, weather permitting! Take the kids let them see how America use to live!

scenic driving
1 day ago

This where my heart lies at rest! I fell in love as a little girl and return as often as I can! Kid friendly take them teach them show them! Enjoy and respect! Please

hiking
11 days ago

We have done this trail a lot. It is easy and you can hike or bike it.
It follows a nice river and usually has lots of people. Locals use it for a workout trail.
It is noisy with cars but I view it more as a evening stroll than a true trail.

Beautiful drive. We went in the afternoon on a Tuesday and it wasn’t too crowded at all. The only wildlife we saw were turkeys. There are lots of places to stop and take a hike or walk. We loved it!

scenic driving
21 days ago

A very beautiful scenic drive, lots of pull offs along the way.

Bears are active in this area. Please let them be. There are unmarked trails in the area. One is at a look out pull off & it leads you in and back through the area where the 2016 fires took place. Somber but beautiful in its own way. There are new plants & bushes I haven’t seen on other trails. Great historical value with lots of stops to see old homes & buildings. Lots of water features!

Beautiful drive! The directions from this app take you to the end so google map it. Lots of places to stop! Gorgeous!

Great trail for an easy nature walk and to get your steps in. From visitor center, it was 4 miles round trip.

hiking
24 days ago

Took my 2 and 5 year old by myself. Got there around noon. Was a perfect day. Seemed busy but didn't seem rushed when we were looking at stuff nor did we really wait on people in front of us. As soon as we exited the park, the kids fell asleep, so perfect length of time to keep them entertained. Bring food to entertain in the car.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Get there early!!! We took the advise of many other travelers and left at dawn arriving around 9ish which we thought was late. However within a half mile of the loop we spotted our first black bear in the trees getting a morning snack. We were delighted to see many more sightings through the loop. Several other Bears, deer, and wild turkeys that liked my son so much they followed us back to the car after a little stroll....a great scenic ride that gets congested later in the morning and the summer heat keeps the wildlife out of view.

Beautiful scenery!

scenic driving
1 month ago

We drove this route and got off at many of the historic sites. Beautiful views of the mountains. Saw some deer, fox and bear and lots of birds and butterfly. Before 10am this is a bike trail, which would be cool if we had our bikes! It’s about 10 miles straight though the loop, but longer when you include the side trips to the buildings (which require you to park and walk) lots of old cemeteries and barns. We saw a really cool spring house. Kids loved it, but then started to get repetitive and they were bored. If you do it, def plan to take a side trip to the falls. It’s a long trek but worth it.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Very pretty, a lot of wild animals with was cool

So pretty! Saw lots of wildlife and the kids loved it! We got out and walked at a few spots! Great if you don't like to hike but still like to see the views!

on Cades Cove Loop Road

scenic driving
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful view. A good place to view the mountains from the ground level. We even saw a few animals, black bear, fox, turkeys, deer. A few of old houses.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Beautiful drive! We were there when the fog was hanging around. It made the view even more beautiful! Definitely would go back!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Beautiful, easy drive! We loved the falls on the side of the road. We went at about 5 pm and found very little traffic. The directions definitely take you to the “out” end of the drive! We would definitely take this drive again.

Love driving this motor trail. There’s so much scenery and places to pull over to walk around and see the waterfalls and a few old historical buildings. Also Ely’s Mill at the end is a must visit.

walking
2 months ago

A pretty walk, but nothing spectacular. Really close to the road, so we could hear traffic the whole time.

Great drive through GSM.

That said, I’d avoid this during busy times...

The loop didn’t open until 10 am so unfortunately didn’t beat the crowd. Cars were bumper to bumper. A few trails off the loop were good but loop itself was not worth making the trip for. One bear so far away you couldn’t tell what it was without binoculars. Cars were too back up to get a good glimpse.

trail running
2 months ago

This is a perfect place to go for a trail run. I started at the Gatlinburg trailhead and ran to the Visitor Center. I also added on part of the Mountain Cove trail. I would suggest starting early. It was pretty crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an easy hike which was nice since it was evening and we had already gone on another hike. The trail starts out following a road and going behind the park department maintenance area. But once you get past this it is a nice hike along the river. There are a couple of old chimneys that look like they are from the old Sugarland settlement.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Saw a bear near the end! Great views!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Beautiful views! Interesting historical buildings. Plenty of places to pullover and enjoy the view without feeling rushed. Highly recommend for an easy scenic drive.

hiking
2 months ago

I need to go back and ride my bike early morning. I went during the afternoon and didn’t see any wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy stroll/hike. Longer than most “easy” rated trails which is nice and it’s not too populated. Follows a nice stream.

walking
2 months ago

I gave this a three due to road noise.
It is a nice trail to stretch your legs and walk your dog. The kids we saw while taking this walk enjoyed playing in the river.

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