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    Where to MTB near Gatlingberg, TN

    Will be spending some time in Gatlingberg TN in August and am hoping to be able to ride MTB. Anyone have any suggestions where to ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickcapriotti View Post
    Will be spending some time in Gatlingberg TN in August and am hoping to be able to ride MTB. Anyone have any suggestions where to ride?

    Which trail system really depends on what type of riding you are looking to do.

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    Believe it or not, I don't think there is any MTB near Gatlinburg. I've ridden Ijams in Knoxville and I enjoyed it, but it was pretty tame to me. If you have the time, just drive two hours and ride Pisgah.

    If you ride road, Cade's Cove is closed to cars prior to 10 AM on Wed and Sat during peak season and would probably be a really fun ride. My trips to that area have never aligned right, but I would love to do that some time.


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    OutdoorKnoxville, already linked in the thread, is a great resource for riding in the greater Knoxville area. As is the AMBC site, https://ambcknox.org/trails/. You'll be in pretty close proximity to Western NC trails as well, but anything proper is going to involve a drive. Be forewarned, driving in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is generally very slow between the twisty roads and hordes of tourists...the GSMNP is the most visited NP in the country.

    I live near the park and in my opinion it's not very bike friendly in general. I ride sections of it sure, but bike friendly it is not, and certainly not mountain bike friendly. Cades Cove is beautiful and if you want to get off road, you can climb Rich Mountain and Parson's Branch, which are gravel roads and they spur from the main loop. They can be linked for a bigger loop of around 60-miles +/-, locally it's been known as the Heinous Loop, though I see little mention of it anymore.

    The closest and only trail that I'm aware of in the immediate area is a pay to play at Climbworks which focuses mainly on ziplines (huge in the area by the way). I've ridden it and while it had a huge wooden feature and some singletrack, it's very small...I think it was a 2-mile loop when I was there a couple years ago. https://www.climbworks.com/smoky_mou...untain_biking/

    I don't want to sound negative about the area, it is beautiful and absolutely a great place to visit and live. The GSMNP does have a lot to offer, just not in the way of mountain biking. If you like hiking, backpacking, and fishing, you will easily fill your time and have endless options. If you riding and willing to drive, there is superb stuff in every direction. Good luck and enjoy the area.

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    If I recall, Cherokee, NC isnít far of a drive from there. At least it wasnít on a motorcycle.

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