October 2008 Tour of the Appalachias

23Thursday45GatlinburgClingman's Dome1
24Friday78GatlinburgJoyce Kilmer4
25Saturday58Joyce KilmerLoop2
26Sunday0Joyce KilmerHuntsville-
Joyce Kilmer, North Carolina
        Take the Huntsville to Chattanooga via Monteagle route from Huntsville to Chattanooga.

The second day's shorter mileage works well, allowing time to arrive in Chattanooga before rush hour traffic and to enjoy the downtown area that evening, also leaving us well rested for the long ride to Sweetwater tomorrow.

Stay at the American Eagle Inn in Monteagle, the Days Inn - Rivergate in downtown Chattanooga.

Huntsville - Chattanooga via Monteagle
        Huntsville to Monteagle

Alternate route ridden in 2008, direct to Sewanee for lunch instead of through Stevenson.

        Chattanooga to Sweetwater - Cue Sheet

Google Earth file: KmzChaSwe.kmz

107 miles and two long climbs (over Signal Mountain into the Sequatchie Valley, then back up and over the mountain into Dunlap). After lunch in Dunlap the route crosses the Watts Bar dam and on to Sweetwater.

Stay at the Quality Inn & Suites in Sweetwater.

        Sweetwater to Gatlinburg - Cue Sheet

Google Earth file: KmzSweGat.kmz

85 miles and no long climbs, but some long gradual grades and hills. Lunch at the Apple Valley Kitchen country restaurant in Townsend.

Stay two nights in Gatlinburg at the Gatlinburg Village Townhouse. Options to lounge, hike, shop, and/or ride up to Clingman's Dome (45 miles out-and-back ride) or to Cherokee for two climbs.

        Gatlinburg to Joyce Kilmer - Cue Sheet

78 miles back through the Smoky Mountain Park and Townsend, then a long climb along the foothills parkway. The route then travels along the tail of the dragon past Deal's Gap and along the river to Joyce Kilmer, including three climbs.

Stay at the Rattler Ford campground at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, or at the Robbinsville Microtel.

Robbinsville is a 92-mile ride from Gatlinburg - Cue Sheet

        The Joyce Kilmer loop is 58 miles with two long climbs. Joyce Kilmer Creek 58-mile loop map