There are as many ways to ride a bicycle as there are roads and trails to ride on… saddle up your favorite steed to enjoy an on or off road cycling adventure!
Greenways provide cyclists an off-road riding opportunity whether on paved surfaces or on natural surfaces. Greenways often run along natural features like rivers, streams, ridgelines and hilltops. They connect and protect natural areas and enhance surrounding communities. Greenways often link neighborhoods to schools, parks, historical sites, as well as other communities. Knoxville currently boasts over 65 miles of greenway loops and trails. Knoxville's linear greenways connect with the greenways in the Town of Farragut and Blount County, adding additional miles of scenic travel.
The mountain biker in East Tennessee can choose an off-road adventure on a wide variety of trails on a sundry of terrain. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider that wants to ride something easy or challenging, there's an off-road trail to fit your style. Knoxville has natural surface trails that are wide and relatively flat, to tight and twisty singletrack, to old dirt/gravel roadbeds, to grassy open fields. Whether under the canopy of the forest or riding across open fields, Knoxville offers a diverse system of trails with something for everyone.
Road cyling around Knoxville offers an almost endless ribbon of scenic country roads, relatively traffic-free, that meander through canopied woods and skirt open farmland. It's true that Knoxville’s hilly terrain offers a bit of a challenge for new riders but hang in there and you’ll be surprised how quickly your endurance increases. If you aren’t familiar with the bicycle friendly roads in our area, you might want to join one of the local bicycle club or shop rides and explore the area with other cyclists. A good resource guide to routes in our area is Bicycling Routes Around Knoxville which features 40 scenic routes with detailed cue sheets and maps.