Biking Cades Cove!

I biked Cades Cove today! All 11 miles. It was a beautiful morning for a ride. We haven’t been to Cades Cove in forever and have never biked it. We learned they closed the road on Wednesday and Saturday mornings til 10AM so bikers, walkers, and runners have the road all to themselves.

Quite a few people were there – we just had no idea how popular it was. And of course this is Labor Day weekend. One of the challenges is not running into other people (or having them run into you). Amazing how many people don’t know that the slower people should be to the right and you pass on the left.

Started out flat and fast. There was a little wind and I was going so fast that I was actually cool to cold. LOVED it. What didn’t I love? UP HILL! I definitely need to work on my up hill skills along with shifting gears. According to my husband I shift too late. So, I walked the bike up a few hills (as did many, many other people). There are two downhill sections that they actually recommend walking your bike down.

We missed that sign on the first one and rode down it. Not a problem. Straight down hill to a flat area – super fun. The next area I was actually already walking the bike up a super hill and decided to keep walking it downhill. While I like straight down, straight with tons of curves made me slightly nervous. At the bottom of the hill is where I had my first incident – in only a manner that I could. I almost wiped out GETTING ON THE BIKE. Yep, that’s me – clumsy.

All in all it was a fun ride and I definitely got in my workout today. I don’t have many pictures to share with you because we didn’t really stop to take pictures. Here is a picture of me and a few of the scenic shots I took.


Hope you are having a fantastic Labor Day weekend! I definitely recommend if you love biking to try Cades Cove sometime.

4 Responses to “Biking Cades Cove!”

  1. Lori Forth

    That had to be breathtaking. It’s a beautiful ride by car. Can only imagine it on a bike. Did you see any wildlife?

    • We saw some deer in the field, but honestly we went through pretty quickly. We never saw a bunch of people stop and look at anything, so we figured we were good.

      When we were parking (near the stables) we saw some wild turkeys. They went up to visit the horses which was kind of funny.