• Welcome to the Gravel Grinding Capital of the East!

    Welcome to the Gravel Grinding Capital of the East!

Tennessee's Southern Blue Ridge Mountains (just south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) are home to some of the best gravel cycling roads in the eastern U.S., offering unparalleled scenery and challenge. Our mission at TENNESSEE GRAVEL is to help you explore this gold mine of gravel in whatever way works best for you, whether that's riding deep forest gravel bike routes, joining in the fun at one of our gravel grinder events, venturing out on a self-guided bikepacking journey, or taking on one of our time trial challenges!

Location Map.jpg

Free Downloadable Routes

The Southern Blue Ridge Mountains are full of beautiful backroads that wind in and out of the Cherokee National Forest east of Chattanooga, offering endless opportunities for exploration. To help sort through all the options, we've provided some of our favorite gravel bike routes for day trips and overnight bikepacking adventures!

Spring & Fall Events

Join us each spring and fall for gravel grinding events that showcase some of the best gravel roads in the region with gorgeous scenery, multiple levels of challenge, and post-ride fun!

Individual Time Trial Challenges

Experience the wild beauty of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains with the Three Rivers Individual Time Trial Series! Comprised of three incredibly scenic and challenging routes, the series allows you to push your limits on your own clock while earning rewards for the effort and a chance to participate in the annual Fall Invitational race! Click here for all the details!

ITT River Map.jpg

Bikepacking

Whether you ride one of our epic routes like Three Rivers Way or simply venture out for an overnighter, a bikepacking adventure in the deep woods of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains provides the perfect change of pace from everyday life. Expect challenging climbs, varied terrain, and a soul-cleansing reset. We've provided links to some of our favorite bikepacking routes, along with tips and helpful information to get you ready!