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 Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 am between May 8th and September 25th. We will start renting bikes at 6:30 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays during this time of year. Please note that our bikes are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and it is possible that all of our inventory can be rented by 7:30 am, so it’s best to come early on these days. 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 fewer other visitors. Bicycle rentals are available at a discount during March and November.
Don’t have a bike of your own? Rent one of ours. We have bikes for all ages! We have a wide selection of Fuji cruisers and hybrid bikes for adults and children.
Adults: $7.50 per hour
Children (under 10): $4.50 per hour
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.
Also please review our Rules of the Road for your safety and the safety of others.