• So Much to Explore!

    So Much to Explore!

  • So Much to Explore!

    So Much to Explore!

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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 below. We've arranged them based on their proximity to the three rivers that define this region, with the Ocoee to the south, the Tellico to the north, and the Hiwassee in the middle.

OCOEE REGION

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OCOEE: 19 miles/2,700 ft

Oswald, Clear Creek, Oswald Dome. 95% unpaved.

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OCOEE: 24 miles/2,800 ft

Parksville Lake, Peavine Sneed Creek, Baker Creek. 90% unpaved.

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OCOEE: 27 miles/2,700 ft

Baker Creek, Peavine Sneed Creek, Sheeds Creek, Sina Branch. 80% unpaved.

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OCOEE: 35 miles/4,100 ft

Baker Creek, Peavine Sneed Creek, Big Frog, Sheeds Creek, Sina Branch. 85% unpaved.

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OCOEE: 45 miles/5,500 ft

Parksville Lake, Peavine Sneed Creek, Big Frog, Sheeds Creek, Sina Branch. 90% unpaved.

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OCOEE: 76 miles/9,400 ft

The "Death March." 100% unpaved.

HIWASSEE REGION

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HIWASSEE: 24 miles/2,900 ft

Lost Creek, Powerhouse. 70% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 32 miles/3,200 ft

Fingerboard (long section), Fingerboard (short section). 30% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 37 miles/3,600 ft

Starr Mtn, Ivy, Fingerboard (short section). 40% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 45 miles/4,700 ft

Starr Mtn, Ivy, Fingerboard (long section). 40% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 47 miles/6,100 ft

Lost Creek, Powerhouse, Kimsey Mtn, Wolf Creek. 85% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 48 miles/4,800

Starr Mtn, White Cliffs, Ivy, Fingerboard (short section). 50% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 51 miles/5,400 ft

Powerhouse, Wolf Creek, McFarland, Buck Bald, Unicoi Gap (single track), Fingerboard (short section). 50% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 55 miles/5,900 ft

Starr Mtn, White Cliffs, Ivy, Fingerboard (long section). 50% unpaved.

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HIWASSEE: 67 miles/7,900 ft

Lost Creek, Kimsey Mtn, McFarland, Buck Bald, Unicoi Gap (single track), Fingerboard (short section). 70% unpaved.

TELLICO REGION

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TELLICO: 31 miles/3,900 ft

Indian Boundary, Doublecamp, Cold Spring, Citico. 100% unpaved.

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TELLICO: 36 miles/4,000 ft

Bald River, Waucheesie Bald, River Road. 65% unpaved.

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TELLICO: 51 miles/6,700 ft

Bald River, River Road, Cherohala Skyway, Turkey Creek. 50% unpaved.

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TELLICO: 52 miles/4,900 ft

Indian Boundary, Citico, Mt Pleasant, Buck Hwy, Chesnut Valley, Cane Creek. 50% unpaved.