Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth's oldest mountain chains, Tuckaleechee Caverns at Townsend, Tenn., are known as the "Greatest Site Under the Smokies." Estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old, the Caverns are rich in history and lore in recent years as well.Address:
825 Cavern Road
Caverns TN, 37882
(Off of E. Lamar Alexander Parkway)
.0 START – at intersection of Old Tuckaleechee Rd. and Old Cades Cove Loop Rd.
.8 Left at intersection.
1.2 Left on Cavern Rd.
1.8 Tuckaleechee Caverns, open seasonally.
2.5 Right on Schoolhouse Gap Rd.
3.1 Right at end of Schoolhouse Gap Rd.
3.7 Left on Cavern Rd., bearing right at next intersection.
5.0 FINISH – at starting intersection.
Length: 9 miles one way.
Level: For beginner, intermediate or advanced bicyclists.
Type Road: Good paved surface, and mostly easy grade.
Features: Parallels mountain stream, wild flowers in spring, Connecting Bicycle Routes are Townsend Bicycle Trail, Tuckaleechee Caverns Side Trip.