It's more than a bike ride!
There's plenty to do and see in Sequatchie Valley and the South Cumberland Plateau! Check out all of the non-cycling attractions below:
SATURDAY MORNING CYCLING ALTERNATIVES
Bring your non-cycling friends and families with you to the ride and send them off on their own Saturday morning adventure! All of the activities below will finish in time to join the bike riders for the farm-to-table buffet and outdoor expo at our home base in Dunlap.
Take a beautiful walk in the woods to the spectacular 60-foot Foster Falls with our friends at Experience Chattanooga! The "hike" is only 1.2 miles round-trip, but it does involve quite a bit of elevation gain (going down to the waterfall and then hiking back up). If the weather's warm, consider bringing a bathing suit to cool off in the pool beneath the falls! Meet at the Foster Falls Recreation Area parking lot at 9:30 a.m. central time. Click here for a Google Map showing the location.
Bike & Hike
There's plenty of outdoor fun to be had in Tracy City, and the Friends of South Cumberland Park and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance have put together a great plan to show off the highlights! First, you'll get to enjoy a short portion of the car-free Mountain Goat Trail, which is an 8-mile hike & bike rec path that will eventually extend to 37 miles! The Mountain Goat Trail will take you to Grundy Forest and the Fiery Gizzard Trail, which runs 13 miles all the way to Foster Falls. The trip will be guided and will include a little over 2.5 miles on the paved Mountain Goat Trail (perfect for a kids bike ride!) and roughly 2 miles of hiking on the Day Loop Trail in Grundy Forest. Consider this is a "scouting trip" to get you oriented for future adventures in the area! The fun starts at 8:00 a.m. (central time) in Tracy City and will wrap up in time to join the rest of the crowd back in Dunlap for the farm-to-table lunch buffet and outdoor expo! Click here for a map showing the bike path ride start.
Come see where the Sequatchie River starts on the north end of the Valley (out of the mouth of a cave!) on an interpretive nature walk at Head of the Sequatchie led by a park ranger. In addition to learning about the unique ecology and historic significance of the area (including ancient pictographs), you'll also hear about the Cumberland Trail which will eventually extend almost 300 miles all the way from Chattanooga to the Kentucky & Virginia border! The walk around the park will take about an hour and begins at 9:00 a.m. central time. Click here for a Google Map showing the location of the park.
Learn about the coal-mining past of Sequatchie Valley at the Dunlap Coke Ovens on a fascinating guided tour led by the Sequatchie Valley Historical Association. The Coke Ovens are located less than a mile from the Cycle Sequatchie home base, and the tour starts at 10:00 a.m. If you can't make the tour and want to check out the coke ovens at a different time, the museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click here for a Google Map showing the location of the coke ovens.
Bring the kids for a bike rodeo with the folks from the Safe Cycling Initiative. We'll have bikes and helmets available for kids to borrow (or bring your own) and a small course set up near the finish line from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. where they can learn basic bike handling skills in a fun and safe environment! (The bike rodeo is suitable for children ages 6-12.) Click here for a Google Map showing the location of the bike rodeo.
See the beauty of Sequatchie Valley from its namesake river with an easy paddle led by Outdoor Chattanooga. Details coming soon...
Get a birds-eye view of Sequatchie Valley with the Tennessee Tree Toppers! Details coming soon....
Get in a round of golf at the beautiful Mt Airy Golf Course just north of Dunlap!
Games @ the Finish Line
To help entertain families cheering on the cyclists at the finish line, we'll have games led by Step Up Sequatchie, a fully loaded playground, and a brand new splash pad!
After the festivities wind down at the finish line in Dunlap, they'll just be winding up in Pikeville with live music on Main Street!
SUNDAY FARM TOUR & LUNCH
Sequatchie Cove Farm Tour & Lunch
Known for their all-natural practices and top quality produce, meats and cheeses, a tour of Sequatchie Cove Farm is the perfect Sunday reward for Saturday's effort. Learn about the farm, sample their award-winning cheeses, and then enjoy a farm-fresh lunch in a beautiful setting. This special treat is limited to only 20 guests. Sunday, October 6th, 10:00-1:00 (central time). $65 per person. (You can add the tour to your registration by clicking here.)
South Cumberland plateau
The Cumberland Plateau is the largest remaining forested plateau in the continental United States, making it a nature-lover's dream! But the Plateau is more than just beautiful parkland. It is also home to some great communities with a rich cultural heritage, including Sewanee - the University of the South! Learn more about Sewanee, Monteagle and Tracy City at SouthCumberlandChamber.com and FriendsofSouthCumberland.org!
South Cumberland State Park is made up of nine separate areas totalling close to 31,000 acres, making it Tennessee's largest state park. The parks include some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery in the eastern United States, including numerous waterfalls and the beautiful Fiery Gizzard Trail, ranked by Backpacker Magazine as one of the top 25 hiking trails in the United States!
Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks. Known primarily for its namesake 256-foot waterfall (one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States!), it also includes Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades, along with gorgeous vistas, lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, and a lake. It also has rental cabins, excellent camping facilities, a swimming pool, and zip-lining!
CHATTANOOGA & SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE
Plan your next bike ride in Sequatchie Valley with a library of the best routes in the region. Each route has been carefully developed to maximize your time on the bike with gorgeous scenery, notable points of interest to check out during the ride, recommended rest stops & restaurants, and much more! Explore Sequatchie Valley by bike with help from ScenicBikeways.com!