Biking | Cherokee, NC

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Biking in Cherokee. Make new tracks in an ancient world.

Whizzing through luxuriant landscapes on a bike is a fantastic way to experience Cherokee. Both road and mountain cycling opportunities abound in the area. The Cherokee National Forest features two extensive mountain bike trail systems: Tanasi and Chilhowee. Both are located in the Ocoee River Zone approximately 45 minutes from Interstate 75, Exit 20. Though there are no roads with designated bike lanes, several paved roads traverse the national forest and are regularly enjoyed by bicyclists.


Fire Mountain Trails

The Fire Mountain Trails are Cherokee’s newest source for big adventure—a multiuse trail system that’s made to mountain bike, hike, or run. The network of trails is more than 10.5 miles total, so there’s plenty of room for everyone to recreate safely, responsibly…and flowy?

That’s right—if you like your trails with a nice flow of features, with fun berms and quick hits of elevation that are manageable and fun, Fire Mountain is made for you. You’ll find tables, rock gardens, and blinds for those who know, along with single-track and wider sections, spots that are smooth and fast, and trails that invite the more technically accomplished with options for those less so. The trailhead is located about 100 yards from the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee and shares a parking lot. The trails interlace through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, so you already know the views and terrain will take your breath away, even if your recreation of choice doesn’t!

Is it the flowiest trail in the east? Better than Ridgeline? Check the video or better yet, judge it for yourself during an overnight stay in Cherokee. Trails are free of charge, and open every day, all day.

Sample Trips