PLEASE NOTE: This section is still under development. Rather than wait until we have the entire subregion mapped, we are posting routes as we complete them.

Beautiful Backroads

Stretching from Lookout Mountain on the west to the Chattahoochee National Forest on the east, with endless rolling farm roads in between, the Georgia Highlands south of Chattanooga offer a full range of cycling options, from big climbing challenges to deep woods adventures to rambling rural rides in the country. It also offers an extraordinary glimpse into the past with some of the most significant Civil War history in the country. Escape the stress of modern society on the beautiful backroads of the Georgia Highlands!

Points of Interest

Each of the Scenic Bikeway routes below have been carefully mapped to maximize your time on the bike, giving you the best scenery, the most enjoyable roads, and the most interesting landmarks. To that end, each map highlights "points of interest" along the way - restaurants, rest stops, historic landmarks, etc.

Route Modifications

We've also noted how each route can be modified to make them shorter or longer. While the routes have recommended loops and turnaround points, there are plenty of ways to customize each route to whatever works best for you

To help plan your adventure in the Georgia Highlands, click on the city names below for more information about all of the wonderful shops, restaurants, historic buildings, and fun activities each one has to offer!

Chickamauga Battlefield Loop

14 miles / 600 feet of climbing

Learn about one of the most significant battles in the Civil War while enjoying some of the most peaceful cycling roads in the region!

START/FINISH: Fort Oglethorpe, GA
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Catoosa County Rural Rambler

34 miles / 1900 feet of climbing

Enjoy a great mix of wooded and wide open roads as you ride through the Chickamauga Battlefield to reach the beautiful backroads of Catoosa County!

START/FINISH: Fort Oglethorpe, GA
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Ringgold-Red Clay Loop

31 miles / 2000 feet of climbing

Head out to the rolling low-traffic farm roads near Ringgold and venture all the way to Red Clay State Park - the last capital of the Cherokee Nation!

START/FINISH: Ringgold, GA
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Ringgold-Houston Valley Loop

28 miles / 2000 feet of climbing

Roll through low-traffic farmland and a pine forest on your way to taking on one of the steepest ridges in the region!

START/FINISH: Ringgold, GA
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Rules of the Road

  1. Always wear a helmet.
  2. Avoid using earbuds while riding, as awareness of your surroundings at all times is crucial to your safety as well as the safety of those around you.
  3. Keep an eye out for vehicles while riding and be considerate to vehicles trying to pass.
  4. Obey all traffic laws, which means stopping at all stop signs and traffic lights.
  5. Ride no more than two abreast.
  6. Ride on the shoulder or in a bike lane whenever possible.
  7. If you need to stop while riding, please get completely off the road.
  8. When crossing train tracks, try to have your wheels perpendicular to the tracks and don't turn your handlebar when riding across. Hold your line until you're on the other side. Never ride parallel with the tracks when crossing, as bike tires are easily caught in the gaps next to the rails.
  9. Control your speed on fast descents by feathering your brakes, and always brake before entering sharp turns (as opposed to a sudden hard squeeze in the middle of a turn).
  10. Communicate with other cyclists when riding as a group. When turning, signal with your hand and tell everyone which direction you're turning. Announce when you're slowing down or coming to a stop. Call out hazards in the road.
  11. Be predictable. Ride in a straight line without zig-zagging, and ride at a consistent speed without sudden accelerations or decreases in speed.