Paved Walking Paths
Pigeon Forge, TN:
Wear Farm City Park (Wears Valley Rd.)
River Walk at LeConte Center (Teaster Ln.)
Patriot Park (Old Mill Ave.)
Paved Bicycle Paths
Townsend Bicycle Path
A 10-mile, paved bicycle loop runs parallel with US 321 through downtown Townsend, TN. Parking is available at both ends. The paved bicycle path passes several restaurants and shops, as well as several historic sites. The mountain scenery can be enjoyed through most of the loop.
Little River Run
An 8.4-mile, bicycle path in Townsend, TN, from Coulter Bridge on Walland Highway (TN State Route 73) to US 321, where it merges with the Townsend Bicycle Path.
A 4.5-mile loop of downtown Townsend, starting at the Townsend Visitor Center, cross US 321 and continue straight on Asher Howard Rd., taking a left onto Old Highway 73, and then a right onto River Rd. At the end of River Rd, take the bicycle path over to Webb Rd, making a right turn. Take the next right onto Cedar Creek Road. Follow Cedar Creek Road to Wears Valley Road and turn right. Continue on Wears Valley Road until you come to Old Highway 73 again and then take a right. Continue on Old Highway 73, turn left onto Asher Howard Rd, cross US 321, and end at the Townsend Visitor Center.
Cades Cove Loop
An 11-mile paved loop road that tours the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From early May until late September each year, the loop road is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove. The road is open to vehicular traffic until sunset. The Cades Cove Loop can take 1.5 to 3.5 hours by bicycle to complete, depending on your physical fitness level, and how many stops you make to visit the original cabins, grist mills and churches along the way. There are many wildlife viewing opportunities as well.
There are a few steep grades and blind corners, and there are two places on the road where you must walk your bike. To shorten the loop, you can use one of two side roads. If you didn’t bring your own, bicycle rentals are available at the Cades Cove Store (865-448-9034).
Exploring Tuckaleechee Caverns
This amazing cavern is a hidden jewel! With spectacular formations, an underground river and waterfalls, you will surely be impressed by this natural wonder under the Smokies.
Tubing the Little River
A favorite summer past time is floating down the Little River in an inner tube. Several companies in Townsend, TN, offer tube rentals and shuttle service.
Hiking in the Smokies
With hundreds of miles of hiking trails from wheelchair accessible Nature Walks to multiple-day backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail, there is trail suitable for everyone in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Metcalf Bottoms Trails
Walker Sisters Cabin
Little Greenbriar Schoolhouse & cemetery
Little River Trail
Little River Road Trails
Newfound Gap Rd.
Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Bluffs
Charlie’s Bunion (AT)
Porter Creek Trail
In the National Park
Cades Cove 11-mile paved loop
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
New Found Gap Rd. from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, N.C.
Outside the National Park
Foothills Parkway from Walland, TN to Chilhowee Lake, passing by Look Rock watch tower.
Wears Valley Rd. (Hwy 321) from Walden Creek Rd. to Townsend, TN, with sweeping views of Cove Mountains.
Favorite subjects include Spring wildflowers, Fall foliage, natural “smoke” rising over the mountaintops and valleys, and 19th century cabins, churches and grist mills.
Elk in Cataloochee, Black Bears and deer in Cades Cove.
Rafting the Pigeon River or Nantahala River
Rafting tours take place outside of the National Park and can be arranged through several companies including Rafting in the Smokies.
Sevierville Golf Course, Gatlinburg Golf Course (located in Pigeon Forge), and Cobbly Knob.