Something for Everyone
Much as the Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico rivers grow from cascading streams in the Cherokee National Forest to meandering waterways of the Tennessee River basin, the landscape of this region ranges from steep mountain topography to wide open pastoral plains, offering an exceptional variety of options for cyclists of all stripes, including bikepackers and gravel grinders! Welcome to Three Rivers Way - postcard-perfect scenery, rich history and cycling heaven!
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, there are plenty of ways to customize each route to whatever works best for you. And if you have a bike suitable for gravel riding, we've included optional unpaved loops as well.
25 miles / 1500 feet of climbing
Take in gorgeous scenery and push yourself on steep pitches on this short but challenging loop featuring beautiful farmland, curvy backroads and excellent pavement - plus a fantastic winery with a panoramic view of the mountains!
START/FINISH: Charleston, TN
Although it's only in its first phase of a little over four miles, the Eureka Trail is a great escape on a completely car-free bike path leading out of Athens. The surface is a hard-pack gravel that adds to the trail's rustic appeal, but it does require a wider tire than a typical road bike. With the right bike, it's great fun and will soon get you all the way from Athens to Englewood!
MORE INFO: Eureka Trail
While it differs in character from the backroads highlighted in the other routes for this region, the bike path in central Cleveland is definitely worth checking out. The Greenway runs for four miles with no street crossings and is lighted 24/7, making it an excellent option for exploring Cleveland by bike!
MORE INFO: Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway
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.