Tennessee trail bikers enjoy traveling through the Volunteer State at all levels of expertise. Beginners and intermediate road bikers, as well as advanced mountain bikers. Whether they are fast city bikeways for the morning commute, or leisurely pathways for a relaxing weekend getaway, people in Tennessee have a lot of love for their local trails.
Shelby Farms Greenline, Memphis (South-West Tennessee)
Once you purchase or polish up your trail bike, the Greenline is a great trail to traverse. It is well-paved and well-shaded, and the scenery is lovely and quite tranquil. It is a great trail for a well-paced cardio workout.
Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, Ashland City (Middle Tennessee)
This trail is easy to ride and filled with things to see; wooden bridges, and scenic views are plentiful. This trail is flat, allowing leisurely almost effortless cruising that is ideal for the beginner.
Richland Creek Greenway, Nashville (Middle Tennessee)
Richland Creek Greenway is located in Nashville proper. It provides residents and visitors with easy access to shopping and dining, as well as Nashville State Community College and the Tennessee Technology Center. A great place to spend a lazy afternoon or evening with the family.
Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville (Middle Tennessee)
The Shelby Bottoms Greenway is a multi-use trail that runs along the Cumberland River in the East Hill section of Nashville. Numerous unpaved trails loop through the forest and open spaces throughout the Shelby Bottoms area. The main trail is 4.5 miles, one way, while additional spur trails increase the mileage to 6.4. The primitive trails add another 6 miles to the trail system within Shelby Bottoms.
Chattanooga Riverwalk, Chattanooga (South Central Tennessee)
Great for biking with the family, the Riverwalk is mostly flat so it’s easy enough to bring the kids. Lots of rest areas, picnic areas and playgrounds along the way, and beautiful views of the river.
The Gatlinburg Trail, Gatlinburg (East Tennessee)
There are not very many trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that are open to bicycles, so keep that in mind when choosing this path, one of two that are available. This two-mile trail travels from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the outskirts of Gatlinburg. It is flat, so it is definitely a great choice for families with small children.
Cades Cove Loop Road, Gatlinburg (East Tennessee)
This 11-mile one-way road is one of the most popular biking spots in and around the Great Smoky Mountains. You will pass through a lush valley surrounded by fields and mountains that represent some of the best that the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer. You will surely enjoy seeing the diverse wildlife, historic buildings, barns, churches, log homes, even a grist mill. Bike the loop with your family and see a little bit of everything.
Be courteous while taking advantage of a trail less crowded. It is best to get an early start because most of these trails are very popular with joggers and walkers as well as bicyclists. Bring the right bike for the right path and prepare for your journey by bringing along adequate water for the length of time and physical demand the trail you select will provide. All that said, Keep on “Lovin’ that Tennessee Trekking”.