5 of the Best Family Bike Rides and E-Bike Rentals in the Smoky Mountains

The breathtaking landscapes of the Smoky Mountains and the charm of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, make for an ideal backdrop for an e-biking adventure. With numerous trails that cater to both beginners and experienced riders, this region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. In this guide, we’ll cover the best places for e-bike rentals in the Smoky Mountains and highlight the most popular biking trails, both on and off-road.

Keep in mind, most off-road trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park prohibit biking (due to hikers and their popularity), however there are a couple trails open to biking as well as a lot of roads that are good for biking.

Also, Cades Cove has vehicle-free days, every Wednesday from May through September, which is perfect for biking the area.

Biking Trails in the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge

1. Cades Cove Loop Road – On-Road

  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Trailhead: Entrance at Cades Cove Campground
  • Offering panoramic views of the mountains, this loop is perfect for a leisurely ride while soaking in the natural beauty of the Smokies. Plan on biking on a Wednesday between May-Sept for vehicle-free days.

2. The Foothills Parkway – On-Road

  • Distance: 18 miles (one way)
  • Trailhead: Foothills Parkway West Entrance
  • This scenic byway provides unparalleled views of the Great Smoky Mountains, offering a memorable e-biking experience.

3. Gatlinburg Trail – Off-Road

  • Distance: 3.8 miles (round trip)
  • Trailhead: Sugarlands Visitor Center
  • A family-friendly trail, the Gatlinburg Trail winds along the Little Pigeon River, allowing you to experience the tranquility of the woods.

4. Upper Tremont Road – On-Road

  • Distance: 3.5 miles (one way)
  • Trailhead: Upper Tremont Road Trailhead
  • A relatively quiet road, Upper Tremont offers a serene ride through the heart of the Smoky Mountains.

5. Oconaluftee River Trail – Off-Road

  • Distance: 1.5 miles (one way)
  • Trailhead: Upper Tremont Road Trailhead
  • The trail travels 1.5 miles one-way from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to the outskirts of the city of Cherokee, NC. It is relatively flat, but does have a few small hills.

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Where to Rent E-Bikes in the Smoky Mountains

1. Vee Hollow Bike Shop – Townsend, TN

2. REI – Pigeon Forge, TN

3. e1 Bike Rental – Pigeon Forge, TN

4. Smoky Mountain E-Bike Rentals – Gatlinburg, TN

Located conveniently near Gatlinburg, this rental service provides a variety of e-bikes and knowledgeable staff to ensure you have a seamless experience.

5. Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley – Pigeon Forge, TN

Not just a mode of transportation, Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley also offers e-bike rentals for visitors looking to explore the area at their own pace.

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Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just looking to enjoy a leisurely family ride through the serene landscapes, the National Park, Pigeon Forge, and surrounding areas have something to offer for everyone. With a range of e-bike rentals in the Smoky Mountains and a variety of trails to explore, this region is a true gem for outdoor enthusiasts. So, gear up, hop on an e-bike, and let the adventure begin!

What are your favorite biking trails? Comment below!