Motorcycle Tennessee
Touring Information

Southeastern Tennessee is home to some of the best motorcycling roads in the country. Enjoy the beauty of the Appalacian mountains, riding the twisty perfection of the many mountain roads. You'll experience curves, switchbacks and sweepers on the beautiful, scenic, well paved roads that run alongside streams, through valleys and across the mountain peaks.  Many of these scenic roads travel into North Carolina extending the beauty of this area and making it a wonderful touring destination. Best time of year to visit is Spring and Fall. Summer is the rainy season.

MOTORCYCLE LAWS

Helmet Use: Required

Riding Two Abreast: Yes, See state law for specifics

Eye Protection: Required unless equipped with a windscreen

Daytime Use of Headlight: Required by law-modulating headlight permitted

More Information on Laws

BEST RIDES IN THE STATE

Deals Gap - Tail of the Dragon - US129  Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee / North Carolina state line, the Dragon (US129) is considered as one of the worlds best twistie motorcycling roads, with 318 curves in 11 miles. (Ride early on a weekday morning to avoid the traffic and the cops)

Cherohala Skyway The Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful 36-mile national scenic byway. The highway runs between Santeetlah Gap 11 near Robbinsville, North Carolina, and Tellico Plains in Tennessee. Officially the Cherohala Skyway is State Route 143 in North Carolina and State Route 165 in Tennessee.

Smoky Mountain Roads  , located near the Dragon

The Devils Triangle  aka The Brushy Mountain Prison Run

Hwy 421  , The Snake , Shady Valley Area runs from Bristol, TN to Mountain City

Foothills Parkway 16.5-miles traversing the western flank of Chilhowee Mountain in Blount County, connecting US-129 with U.S. Route 321 in the town of Walland.

Natchez Trace Parkway  The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway connects central Tennessee to Mississippi. 

 

NATIONAL PARKS

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

ATTRACTIONS TO SEE

Cyclemo's Motorcycle Museum  Located in Red Boiling Springs, TN

Pigeon Forge attractions and things to do

Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN

Gatlinburg  attractions and things to do

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Tuckaleechee Caverns  Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth's oldest mountain chains, Tuckaleechee Caverns at Townsend, Tenn., are known as the "Greatest Site Under the Smokies".

Sweetwater Cave Lost Sea Adventure   Largest underground lake located in East Tennessee between Knoxville and Chattanooga
 

MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY CAMPGROUNDS AND LODGING

Punkin Center Motorcycle Resort  Maryville, Tennessee.  Tent sites, Cabins, Bunkhouse

Motorcycle Ranch  Pikeville, Tennessee. Located in the Sequatchie Valley. Bunkhouse, Tent Sites, Tipi's, Restaurant

Motorcycle Vacation Resort   Sequatchie, Tennessee. Lodge and Tent Sites.

Bobarosa Saloon Campground  Newport, Tennessee  Tent Sites

Laurel Trails Campground  Monteagle, Tennessee  Tent sites, Cabins, RV Sites Showers, WiFi  Motorcycle Friendly with many great riding roads close by.

Card'nal Cove Resort  Rutledge, Tennessee  Tent Sites, Cabins, Hot Showers, Laundry

Caney Creek Village  Tellico Plains, Tennessee  Tent Sites, Cabins, Showers, Laundry  Motorcycle Friendly 

Cherohala Motorcycle Resort  Tellico Plains, Tennessee  Tent Sites, Cabins, Showers  Close to Deals Gap & Cherohala Skyway

Witherspoons Hog Heaven Resort  Tellico Plains, Tennessee  Cabins, Tent Sites, Laundry, Showers, Restaurant

Hunt's Lodge  Tellico Plains, Tennessee  Tent Sites, Cabins, Hot Showers, Laundry. Check out their great  Ride Maps

Tent Camping USA  Del Rio, Tennessee    Located in East Tennessee along the French Broad River in between the Great Smokies & Pisgah National Park.  Tent Sites, RV Sites, Cabin Rentals, Camp Store, WiFi     Motorcycle Friendly

Cherohala Cottage  Tellico Plains, Tennessee  Cabin Rental

Mountain View Cabin Rentals Tellico Plains, Tennessee  19 Cabins

Shiloh Motor Hotel and Tours   Seymour, Tennessee  Rooms for rent

The Blue Porch B & B  Readyville, Tennessee  Motorcycle Friendly  2 Rooms, Covered Parking

Switchback Creek Campground    Shady Valley, Tennessee    Tent Sites, Cabins, Showers, Laundry

Volunteer Cabin Rentals  Motorcycle Friendly Lodging in the Smokies.

Elk Spring Resort  Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Motorcycle Friendly Cabins 1-5 Bedrooms.

Olde English Tudor Inn  Gatlinburg, Tennessee Motorcycle Friendly B & B  8 Rooms & 1 cottage

Rocky Waters Motor Inn  Gatlinburg, Tennessee  Motorcycle Friendly  with a bike cleaning area, drive up rooms and covered parking available upon request.
 

Iron Mountain Inn B & B  Creekside Chalet or Lakeside Cottage  Butler (Mountain City/Bristol area), Tennessee  Motorcycle Friendly

SweetBerries B & B  Maryville, Tennessee  Located in the Chilhowee foothills at the south end of Smoky Mountain National Park, 4 Rooms, Covered Motorcycle Parking

Carey Cabins   Cabin Rentals in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Mountain Escapes  Motorcycle Friendly Cabin Rentals in the mountains of East Tennessee and North Georgia

Vacation Rentals 4U Cabin Rentals in the mountains of East Tennessee

Smoky Cabins Vacation Rentals

Eden Crest Vacation Rentals, Inc  Providing the finest luxury log cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains, Eden Crest Vacation Rentals invites you to spend your vacation in style. Enjoy bedside Jacuzzis, fireplaces, hot tubs, home theatre systems, full concierge services, free internet access and long distance calling. You'll be close to the entertainment, shopping and dining of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Hidden Springs Resort Rentals  Sevierville, TN  Motorcycle Friendly cabin rentals from 1-5 bedrooms.
 

 

RALLIES AND EVENTS

11th Annual Spring Thaw bike show and swap meet. March 23, 2013. Calsonic Arena, Shelbyville TN
Open to ALL types of bikes. $1000.00 Best of Show Prize- $200.00 Home Built Bike Class, $200.00 for Best Rat Rod car or truck.
ALL INDOOR SHOW.
Huge Swap meet with new and used parts, vintage stuff, motorcycle and gas/oil memorbilia and much more.
Gates 10 am to 5 pm- $10.00 admission
$25.00 to show your vehicle.
Scooter- 615.364.1828
www.bothbarrelspromotions.com

Hawg Holler Bike Fest  Atwood, TN  Held in May

Lynchburg Motorcycle Rally   Lynchburg, TN  Held in June

Trail Of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride      Held the 3rd. Saturday of September, begins in Chattanooga, TN and ends in Florence, AL

 

RESOURCES AND LINKS

http://www.sundaymorningrides.com/road/states/TN.shtml

http://www.motorcycleroads.us/tn.html

http://www.motorcycleroads.com/routes/SouthEast/TN/TN_index.htm

Tennessee Motorcycle Travel Destinations

Ride The Smokies

Motorcycle USA Article on riding the Smoky Mountains

Travel Guide to the Blue Ridge
and Smoky Mountains

A Guide to Fun in the Smokies

Groovy Tours   Guided Motorcycle Tours and Motorcycle Weddings in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

GSM Moto Rent    GSMmotoRent offers duel sport motorcycle rentals, guided & self guided tours and cabin rental on the Little River: All within a half mile of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Stopping Points  Historical Points of Interest

Great Smoky Mountains Info

Biker Road  Biker Friendly Bars in Tennessee