Cycling in Cherokee

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Making new tracks in an ancient world.

The Qualla Boundary and the surrounding areas offer numerous possibilities for anyone wanting to seek adventure on two wheels! We take pride in our mountain bike offerings at Fire Mountain Trails. Fire Mountain is over 10.5 miles of some of the sweetest single track around and is free to access to everyone at most skill levels. Just be ready to climb hard and to have “smiles for miles” on your way back down. It’s some of the most fun and flowy single track you’ll find anywhere!

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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.

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A mountain biker performs a jump on a forest trail, surrounded by autumn-colored trees. the cyclist, wearing a helmet and protective gear, is airborne above a wooden ramp.

Road and gravel Cycling

If mountain biking isn’t your thing, the surrounding back roads offer great opportunities for road and gravel cycling. While staying in Cherokee, the Blue Ridge Parkway is just a few pedal strokes from the Qualla Boundary and offers a three-season road cycling paradise for anyone wanting some great climbs, super-fast descents and amazing views of our ancestral Cherokee homelands.

If you want to be on two wheels, it’s all here waiting for you. Right here in Cherokee.

Stay and play

Each place you visit in Cherokee pulses with the stories and significance of a people whose roots run deep and whose ancient wisdom is fascinating to uncover. Nestled in the lush landscapes of Western North Carolina, Cherokee invites you to smell the wood smoke and open your ears. If you listen closely, maybe you can hear the chanting of the little Nunnehi people of the mountain peaks. No need to resist Cherokee’s invitations to dive right in. Fire off a blowgun if you dare, but make sure your spouse is in the clear. As you cast your line into the trout-filled rivers or wash your face in the sweet spray of a waterfall, let the powerful feelings of Cherokee carry you. Even if it’s just for a day or two.

Fire Mountain Trails
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Fire Mountain Trails

Oconaluftee Indian Village
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.
Sequoyah National Golf Club
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
River Tubing

River Tubing

Oconaluftee Islands Park
Fire Mountain Disc Golf
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Fire Mountain Disc Golf

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Cherokee Awaits.