biking

Whatever your style of biking, we’ve got a trail for you.

As you drive through the Ocoee Region, you will probably see lots of bike racks mounted onto passing vehicles. Why? Biking is a passion shared by natives and visitors alike! The Ocoee Region is full of places to take your bike…whether you’re a casual cyclist, a serious mountain biker or a weekend BMX amateur.

The Cherokee National Forest is full of trails, including the Tanasi Trail system and Chilhowee Mountain Trails. The two listed below are very popular and great for beginners or advanced riders.

Azalea Trail #141
Beginner/1.5 miles This ride is fun for beginners and experts alike, with fast narrow single-track leading mostly downhill (if you start across the lower campground road). You can use this trail to connect up with the rest of the system or just as a short loop back to the campground area.

Thunder Rock Express
Advanced/1.5 miles
All downhill with a couple of awesome jumps backed up by loose shale, off camber turns and deep gravity wells. Sharp turns and 2 bridges (slippery when wet). For more trails like these, visit the Cherokee National Forest’s Mountain Biking Website.

Mountain Bike Races
In addition to the casual days of mountain biking one can do in the Ocoee Region, there are also several major mountain bike races that draw hundreds to the area every year. Here is a sampling of three of the largest.

Cohutta 100-This 100-mile mountain bike race on the Tanasi Trail System originates at the Whitewater Center and draws hundreds of riders from across the country. Entry fees and OWC user fees apply.

SERC Mountain Bike Race-Cross-country, NORBA-sanctioned championship races for all age groups along the beautiful Tanasi Trail System. This race draws hundreds from across the country each year.

Black Bear Rampage-Advertised as the premier mountain bike race of the year, the Black Bear Rampage is a 42-mile mountain bike race utilizing the best trails of the Tanasi Trail System in the Cherokee National Forest. Sponsored by Gary Fisher, Oakley and Scott’s Bicycle Centre of Cleveland. 423-472-9891.

BMX Biking
If BMX biking is your thing, then the Ocoee Region is the place for you! We have not one, but two, BMX bike tracks. The first is a newly redesigned, Billy Allen, Signature Track located in Cleveland, TN and is run by Bradley County Parks and Recreation. (423)728-7035. The second, Ocoee BMX, is located in Ducktown, TN. (423) 715-2521.

Road/Casual Biking
The city of Cleveland has a wonderful Greenway that runs through the city’s center. Bikes are welcome, as long as you make way for pedestrians. Historic Downtown Cleveland is also a pleasant place for biking trips. Sidewalks run throughout most of the downtown area. If you need any gear while you’re here, the expertise at our local bicycle shops is unsurpassed! Not only are our vendors knowledgeable, they are also friendly and will be able to assist you in finding the best places to ride in the Ocoee Region. Be sure to check their website for upcoming rides and events. Scott’s Bicycle Centre 2544 Georgetown Rd (423) 472-9891.