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Great Smoky Mountains ride



Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the USA and it’s no wonder as the views and vistas here are simply stunning. We start the week from Tellico Plains, Tennessee to travel along the Cherohala Skyway riding “on top of the world” to Tapoco, North Carolina. From here we take on “The Dragon” (aka: Deal’s Gap) with it’s 318 curves in 11 miles. Then it’s onto a portion of the beautiful, but little known and lightly traveled, Foothills Parkway. We also visit the remote Cades Cove for a car-free early morning riding experience through history and then in the afternoon to the top of Clingmans Dome to marvel in the 100+ mile views of purple mountains majesty. On the second half of our tour we ride along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway visiting it’s highest point at 6,053 feet and then end in Asheville, North Carolina. We will have a layover day in Asheville which will be a great opportunity to explore this charming town, enjoy one of it’s many breweries, visit the Biltmore Estate, or if you want to ride, take on a challenging climb to the top of Mount Mitchell. Our final day includes a climb over Doggetts Gap and then ends in the remote town of Hot Springs, North Carolina.

Road bike
6 days
402 km / 250 mi
$ 2,990.-
  • Great Smokey Mountain NP
  • Cherohala Skyway
  • Deal’s Gap
  • Foothhills Parkway
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Deposit for this tour is $950.-pp. NOTE: The Great Smoky Mountains region offers some serious and challenging climbing, so this tour is recommended for strong advanced to expert level riders.

    The deposit for this tour is $950.-pp.



Road bike
6 days
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Daily distance
0-20 km / 0-12 mi
Total distance
402 km / 250 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
02 May 2022 - 07 May 2022
19 Sep 2022 - 24 Sep 2022
26 Sep 2022 - 01 Oct 2022
NOTE: All tours start on Monday and end on Saturday in order to avoid heavier weekend traffic through the Great Smoky Mountains region.
Airport at start
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – Knoxville
Airport at finish
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) – Knoxville

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 2,990.-
rental road bike
The Scott Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.
$ 250.-
The Scott SUB Tour eRIDE makes getting around easier. ePowered by Bosch with a 500Wh battery, the SUB Tour eRIDE can go the distance. Equipped with lights and a rack, it’s ready to provide many miles of worry-free reliability.
$ 375.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 575.-


Included / Not Included – lodging

DAY 0: Arrival in Knoxville

Guests either fly into McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), located just south of Knoxville, Tennessee, or drive to the meeting hotel near the airport. The meeting hotel will be the Hampton Inn Knoxville-Airport where there will be a late afternoon “Meet & Greet” session to meet your fellow riders for the week, get your rental bikes fitted and where guides will discuss the highlights of the week ahead.
NOTE: Guests are on-their-own for accommodations this evening either at the Hampton Inn, or at other nearby hotels. The Hampton Inn offers an airport shuttle from McGhee Tyson Airport. Guests are also on-their-own for dinner this evening.

DAY 1: Cherohala Skyway

Standard: 57 miles with up to 6,625 feet of climbing
Lower Mileage: 39 miles with up to 3,365 feet of climbing
After breakfast in Knoxville, we will meet early in the hotel parking lot to load bikes and gear into the support van and then shuttle about an hour south to begin our journey from the small town of Tellico Plains, Tennessee. Those riders looking for less mileage and climbing can opt to bump up to a starting point further along in the route.
We start the week with a fantastic ride along the Cherohala Skyway which winds up and over 5,400 foot mountains from Tennessee and into North Carolina through deeply forested back country with stunning vistas all along the way. This will be a ride to remember! After departing from the skyway, we navigate around Santeetlah Lake to end the day at the Historic Tapoco Lodge to enjoy outstanding accommodations and dining for the evening.

DAY 2: Tail of the Dragon & Foothills Parkway

45 miles with up to 4,220 feet of climbing
Today is going to be fun and challenging! Riding from the Tapoco Lodge, we will ride past the Cheoah Dam, a filming location for the 1993 movie The Fugitive with Harrison Ford, and soon take on an iconic beast of a road called “The Dragon” (aka: Deals Gap) so named since it’s 318 curves in 11 miles looks like a dragon’s tail.
After slaying The Dragon, we join up with the Foothills Parkway to ride 17 miles above the treetops and foothills offering incredible mountain vistas across the entire face of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We then enter the small town of Townsend, Tennessee and check into our accommodations.

DAY 3: Cades Cove to Clingmans Dome

Standard: 67 miles with up to 8,580 feet of climbing
Extra: 91 miles with up to 9,050 feet of climbing
Today we need to fuel up the body and depart early as we have a special treat! Riding from Townsend, we make our way into Cades Cove, an isolated and secluded valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which was home to numerous settlers way before the formation of the national park. What’s special about today is that in the morning on Wednesdays the 11 mile loop road is open only to foot traffic and cyclists making for an enjoyable car-free experience along this historic route.
After Cades Cove, we pedal into the scenic Little River Gorge through dense forests with amazing river views. After passing over Fighting Creek Gap, lunch will be held at the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. From here the riding gets extremely challenging as we ride to the summit of Clingmans Dome – this is a 20 mile beyond category (HC) climb with nearly a full MILE of elevation gain! Of course riders can opt to bump some or all of the climb and E.F.I. riders can opt to add to today’s ride by riding down the other side of the climb to Cherokee, North Carolina to tonight’s lodging.
However much you intend to ride today, this will be an epic day in the saddle!

DAY 4: Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, North Carolina

63 miles with up to 6,110 feet of climbing
After a short morning shuttle from Cherokee, North Carolina, we start from Balsam Gap along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Climbing is again on tap for today’s ride as we start from around 3,400 feet in elevation and then at 12 miles into the ride we reach the Richland Balsam Overlook, the highest point on the Blue Ridge parkway at an altitude of 6,047 feet. From here the Parkway undulates along the ridge line offering breath taking views in all directions.
Following lunch near Mount Pisgah, the riding is mostly downhill for the next 15 miles as we lose 3,300 feet and only gain 350 feet – make sure to stop every now and then to take in the sights! Exiting the Blue Ridge Parkway we will meander through Biltmore Forest and then end at our lodging in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. With a dozen or more breweries within walking distance, it will be a tough choice as to where to enjoy the post ride libations!

DAY 5: Layover in Asheville, North Carolina

Optional Ride: 47 miles with up to 3,770 feet of climbing
With a layover day in Asheville, guests are on-their-own for all activities today (including meals) and they may opt for a day off the bike to explore this curious mountain town by strolling through the many stores, going on a brewery crawl, taking a guided tour of the Biltmore Estate, or for those that want to keep pedaling, take an assault on Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.
While today’s ride is also on-your-own, we will offer an early morning shuttle to a starting point along the Blue Ridge Parkway which will cut out nearly 4,000 feet of climbing. After this drop-off, riders cycle to the top of Mount Mitchell and then back to Asheville. While the elevation gain is nearly 3,770 feet, the ride back from Mount Mitchell loses over 6,000 feet – it will be a blast of a ride!

DAY 6: Doggett Gap to Hot Springs, North Carolina

32 miles with up to 2,575 feet of climbing
Following a short shuttle from Asheville, the final day of our tour offers up the shortest distance of the week at 32 miles, but it dishes out one final 3 mile climb up the eastern slope of Doggett Knob to Doggett Gap. However, the remaining miles after Doggett Gap descend through the lush farmland and valleys of Pisgah National Forest to Hot Springs, North Carolina where the riding ends and where we will have lunch. After lunch we shuttle back to Knoxville, Tennessee to end our tour. What a great week!

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.


6 days of guide service,
5-nights of lodging,
All meals, energy food, liquid refreshments,
Forest service fees,
Shuttles and mechanical support.

Not included:

Night before and after the tour not included.
Airfare to and from the start/ finish tour
Bike rental
Alcoholic beverages,
Gratuity guides


Night 1: Historic Tapoco Lodge, Robbinsville, North Carolina
Night 2: Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, Tennessee
Night 3: Baymont by Wyndham Cherokee Smoky Mountains, Cherokee, North Carolina
Nights 4 & 5: Haywood Park Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina

Map & Routes



Scott Addict 10 Disc road bike for only $250/week
Carbon Frame and Fork, Shimano Ultegra 2×11 Drivetrain, 34×32 Compact Gearing, 30mm Tires, and Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Approx. Weight: 16.89 lbs / 7.66 kg (without pedals)
Customize Your Ride: Bring your own Pedals (recommended) and Saddle (optional). Our guides will help you install them.
Cyclo Computers are not included, but you can bring your own if you would like.
In addition we also have
available for rental at $375/week.
And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes in our rental fleet.
Be sure to bring your own helmet. We have a very limited supply and will only pack them if special arrangements are made ahead of time.


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