The Perfect Playground
The Sequatchie Valley is an incredibly well-defined area with two massive ridges flanking fertile farmland and a meandering river running down the middle. It is also an incredibly well-preserved region, in terms of both natural landscape and historic character. With stunning mountain backdrop scenery, miles of low-traffic farm roads, and an abundance of historic landmarks, the Valley is the perfect playground for cycling adventures!
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.
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, the extensive network of backroads in the Sequatchie Valley makes it easy to customize each route to whatever works best for you.
Have fun, be safe, and tag your social media posts with #CycleSequatchie!
While technically not in Sequatchie Valley, we would be remiss not to mention the Mountain Goat Trail as a great place to ride. This car-free paved rec path is currently 8 miles, but will eventually span 37 miles, connecting a number of towns on the Cumberland Plateau overlooking Sequatchie Valley, including Sewanee, Monteagle and Tracy City.
MORE INFO: Mountain Goat Trail Alliance
Rules of the Road
- Always wear a helmet.
- 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.
- Keep an eye out for vehicles while riding and be considerate to vehicles trying to pass.
- Obey all traffic laws, which means stopping at all stop signs and traffic lights.
- Ride no more than two abreast.
- Ride on the shoulder or in a bike lane whenever possible.
- If you need to stop while riding, please get completely off the road.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Be predictable. Ride in a straight line without zig-zagging, and ride at a consistent speed without sudden accelerations or decreases in speed.