The best way to see the park is to hop on a bike and ride around with the family. The bike paths are as smooth as the views are rugged and there’s always so much to see. The loop is closed to automobile traffic on Saturdays and Wednesdays before 10am between May 17th and September 27th. We will start renting bikes at 7:00am on Wednesdays and Saturdays during this time of year. The loop can have heavy traffic at other times. Biking the loop early (before Memorial Day) or late in the season (after Labor Day) can offer you a chance to see Cades Cove with far fewer other visitors. Bicycle rentals are available at a discount during these off-peak times.
The full Cades Cove loop is 11 miles, but there are turnoffs at two different points if you’d prefer a shorter ride. Along the way, you’ll see numerous historic buildings – the homes, churches, and workplaces of Cades Cove residents during the 19th and early 20th centuries. You’ll also have access to several hiking trailheads.
Don’t have a bike of your own? Rent one of ours. We have bikes for all ages! We have a wide selection of brand-new Fuji cruisers and hybrid bikes for adults and children.
Adults: $7.50 per hour
Children (under 10): $4.50 per hour