The Maryville Alcoa Greenway is a cooperative effort by the two cities and Blount County, Tenn., to connect existing parks with a paved foot and cycle path. There are numerous access points to the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway, including Maryville's parks: Sandy Springs, Pearsons Spring, Founders and Greenbelt. In Alcoa, access the greenbelt from Richard Williams Park and Hall and Springbrook parks. This trail is for all levels of experience. 

 

The 9-mile paved Maryville-Alcoa Greenway connects Springbrook Park in Alcoa with the Bicentennial Greenbelt and Sandy Springs Park in Maryville. From Alcoa, the greenway starts near the swimming pool at Springbrook Park, passes the schools, crosses Springbrook Road near Edison Road then follows Pistol Creek to Maryville. At the junction of the two cities, the greenway is marked as Mile 0. Heading north through Alcoa, the greenway travels for 5 miles. Southbound, the greenway goes 4 miles to and around Maryville. The greenway loops through each of the parks along the way with the exception of Sandy Springs. The greenway provides users with links to shopping districts, businesses, nature areas, fitness stations and picnic pavilions.

 

For more percise directions of the greenway, beginnning at Springbrook Park, located in Alcoa, which has a circular trail of 1.5 miles that features a pond, memorial trees, wildflowers, picnic tables, a playground and the Alcoa Swimming Pool. Parking and restrooms are provided next to a recreation building and pavilion with tennis courts, on Dalton St. Start near the swimming pool of the park,  passing Alcoa Elementary School and Alcoa High School, crosses Springbrook Rd. near Edison St. and continues beside Pistol Creek to Maryville.The Greenway joins the Bicentennial Greenbelt Park trail at the parking lot across from the Blount County Library.The path continues from Bicentennial Park, starting across Lamar Alexander Parkway from behind the Blount County Courthouse. The trail follows Pistol Creek, passing near Sam Houston Elementary School and Maryville Middle School to Sandy Springs Park. The Greenway starts again across the Best Street parking lot in Sandy Springs Park, continuing beside Pistol Creek and turning to follow Montgomery Lane to Mize Lane and Foothills Elementary School. 

 

A map of the Greenway can be downloaded here: www.knoxtrans.org/plans/bikeprog/resource.htm#maps

Cades Cove lies peacefully in a tranquil valley. It was home to hundreds of families before the formation of the Park. Open fields stretch between 5,000-foot mountain peaks. At Cable Mill Visitors Center there is a fully operational grist mill with a working waterwheel and other historic structures. Wednesdays and Saturdays from early May to late September the loop road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00 a.m., allowing a safe, quiet experience for bicyclists, pedestrians, and the adventurist on horseback. Summer programs include apple butter making and performances in the amphitheater. Come by the Cades Cove Visitors Center, on the far end of the Loop Road, for more information.

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is the most visited part of this National Park, and offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.  (See Animal Safety & Precautions for information about observing wildlife peacefully and lawfully.)

Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the National Park. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. An inexpensive self-guiding tour booklet available at the entrance to the road provides in-depth information about the buildings and the people who built and used them.

An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the Cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Allow at least two to four hours to tour Cades Cove, longer if you walk some of the area's trails. Traffic is heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round. While driving the loop road, please be courteous to other visitors and use pullouts when stopping to enjoy the scenery or view wildlife.

A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located halfway around the loop road.

Seasonal Closures: 

Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. from May 8 through September 25 to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the Cove. Otherwise the road is open daily from sunrise until sunset, weather permitting. (See Biking for more information about biking Cades Cove Loop Road.)


Part of the National Park. Provides Basic Bike Rentals.

Cycling Cades Cove is an absolute must-do ride for everyone, and recommended for riders of all abilities. Our diverse rental fleet, offering bikes for all ages and levels provide for an enjoyable outing and the ideal way to see Cades Cove. 

For persons who are concerned, as we are, about reducing their environmental foot print, cycling Cades Cove is one of the greenest ways to minimize your environment impact on the Cove and its wildlife. 


Cades Cove Loop Road is normally closed to motor vehicle traffic starting the second week in May on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., allowing bicyclists and pedestrians the ability to enjoy a pleasurable car-free cruise through the Cove while enjoying the serenity of the mountain air and abundant wildlife. This closure continues through the Wednesday before the last Saturday in September. 

We strongly recommend that safety gear, including helmet, closed toed shoes, and high visibility clothing, be worn by all bicyclists. 

Children under 16 are required to wear a bicycle helmet in accordance with Tennessee State Law. Helmets are provided free of charge for bike rental customers.

Address:
10035 Campground Drive
National Park TN, 37882
Phone:
(865) 448-9034
Access: Turn right from Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Follow Hwy. 73 to “Wye” intersection. Turn right and follow to Cades Cove. Parking available at Cades Cove Store.

Bicycles may be rented April through October at the Cades Cove Bike Shop (See Bicycle Tours & Rentals).

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Loop Road is closed to autos from sunrise until 10 a.m. During this time it is bicycles and hikers only!

  • 11-mile loop
  • Great for all levels
Phone:
(865) 448-9034

Open every day except Christmas Day.

  • January 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • February 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • March 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • April - August 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • September - October 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • November 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • December 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.              

Location:

Inside the park near the mid-point of the 11-mile, one-way Cades Cove Loop Road.

Special Programs:

Ranger-led programs are conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for times.

Exhibits:

Indoor and outdoor exhibits of Southern Mountain life and culture; includes Cable Mill, a grist mill which operates spring through fall, the Becky Cable house, and other historic structures

Available Facilities:

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop. Public restrooms.

 

Address:
10042 Campground Drive
National Park TN, 37882

CLIMB Works Canopy Tour- the ultimate treetop zip line adventure. Not only is it fun and exciting but it's educational. From the first platform we take you high into the treetops and for 2 1/2 hours your feet will never touch the forest floor! While you zip over ravines, streams, trees, and wildlife you'll see and learn about the Great Smoky Mountains in a way you never thought possible! 

Address:
155 Branam Hollow Road
Great Smoky Mountains TN, 37738
Phone:
(865) 325-8116

GSM MotoRent was originally founded to fill a huge gap in motorcycle rentals in the Great Smoky Mountains.  As we have grown, it’s become apparent that our customers include riders that enjoy day rides, adventure, touring, and  on/off road riding. By offering motorcycles for rent from 200cc dual sport bikes, to 1200cc adventure and touring bikes, you can choose the motorcycle that best suits your riding style.  Whether you happen to be in the neighborhood and want to ride the Tail of the Dragon for the day, or (and?).. you want to explore the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains, our motorcycles can meet or exceed your expectations (and fulfill your fun factor)!  We make it easy at GSMmotoRent, all of our pricing includes sales tax and Liability Insurance.

Address:
8459 Tennessee 73
Townsend TN, 37882
Phone:
(865) 448-6090

Access: 6.5 miles from Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington St. Maryville. From Church St. parking lot exit, turn left on Church St.; right on Washington (U.S. 321 North); continue on Lamar Alexander Parkway. 5 miles; left on Tuckaleechee Pike 1.7 miles to Coulter Bridge.

.0 START – at Coulter Bridge, turning right on Old Walland Hwy.
1.7 Peery’s Mill site and dam.
21. Old Gamble family cemetery on hillside on left.
3.6. Walland community, site of old tannery for lumbering industry and old Chilhowee Inn. (Store and post office across bridge.)
4.8 Foothills Parkway soars overhead.
8.2 Pee Week spring on right.
8.3 Sunshine Station – the oldest resort community in Tennessee.
8.4 FINISH – Left on U.S. 321 at the Townsend Bike Trail. 

  • 9 miles one way
  • For beginner, intermediate or advanced bicyclists

Open every day except Christmas Day.

January - February
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
March
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April - May
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
June - August
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
September - October
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location:

Inside the park, 2 miles north of Cherokee, NC, on US-441.

Special Programs:

Ranger-led programs conducted seasonally. Check at the visitor center for location and times.

Exhibits:

Visitor center museum exhibits tell the story of life in these mountains from Native Americans and early European settlement time periods through the Civilian Conservation Corp and the development of the National Park. The adjacent Mountain Farm Museum contains a fascinating collection of log structures including a farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, apple house, corn cribs and others. Demonstrations of farm life are conducted seasonally.

Available Facilities:

Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop; public restrooms and telephones; soda and water machines; backcountry permit station

Address:
1194 Newfound Gap Road
National Park TN, 28719
Phone:
(828) 497-1904