What to see and doCycling
Whether on your motorcycle or bicycle,
the Franklin area is a true cycling paradise
WHAT TO DO
Franklin, NC Area Motorcycling & Bicycling
Mountain Bike Trails
Little Tennessee River Greenway
Perfect for family outings, the Greenway provides paved trails winding along the Little “T”. Both young and young at heart will delight in the peaceful setting that winds some four miles through Franklin. Along the way you’ll be delighted many many species of wildflowers and wildlife, including the River Otter.
Nationally known trails. Mouse, Thompson, Right and Left loop, rated as one of the ten best trails in the nation by a nationally published cycling magazine. These trails are always enjoyable to ride. They offer beautiful views of Lake Fontana and the surrounding mountains. These trails are fast and not very technical. This is the ideal place to ride all day long if you have the time. Camping and showers are available. More info at the Tsali website at www.westernncattractions.com/tsali.htm or at Smoky Mountain Bicycles.
This trail is located about 20 miles south of Franklin. It is a 4.6 mile loop that is fast and offers a fair amount of climbs. The trail runs along a river for a good part of the ride and ends a few hundred yards down a dirt road from a beautiful waterfall. This will be on of the most fun short loops you can ride, and it can be ridden forwards or backwards to change things up.
Coweeta Lab/Buckeye Branch
These are two great local trails for people that don’t mind a little climbing. Both begin with a 3 mile climb and level out to ride along a ridge. Buckeye Branch then provides an awesome downhill that makes the ride worth it. Coweeta lab rolls along a little farther on its course providing 2 or 3 downhill runs to get you going. Both routes offer spectacular views and a bond with the “natural beauty” of Franklin.
From leisurely scenic rides to the adventurous Tail of the Dragon motorcyclists can experience the mountains of western North Carolina from a different perspective.
Riders can enjoy spectacular mountain vistas and scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap features 318 curves in 11 miles. America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road is only an hour away from Franklin. Closer home, Highways 28 and 64 have some pretty intense curves of their own.