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Tennessee Overhill Two Rivers Experience (4 nights)

Duration
4 nights
BASE PRICE
$977
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Active
Book Tour
type
Self-guided
DISTANCE
35 miles daily average

Overview

The Tennessee Overhill is a treasure trove of rivers, waterfalls, forested mountains, quiet backroads, sprawling farmland and rolling hills set against the backdrop of Cherokee National Forest. 

It’s a region where tradition and family still mean everything, and it’s the family-owned farms and vineyards that share this tour’s focus with the natural beauty.

You'll not just enjoy some of the finest cycling Tennessee has to offer. You'll also experience farm life and observe farmers who have a passion for a calling that has been in their families for generations. 

You can also visit vineyards that are more recent additions to the Overhill, but they follow a tradition that started in Tennessee well before the Civil War. In a state better known for its whiskey, wineries are slowly making quite a name for themselves--and you’ll taste why. In late summer and fall, you can often pick your own muscadines to snack on during your ride.

For an additional cost, we can provide a ride-along guide and/or accompanying support vehicle.

Note: This tour can be customized for private parties based on interests and preferences for ride duration and level of difficulty.

Highlights

Depending on chosen daily activities

  • The varied scenery of rural East Tennessee
  • Waterfalls
  • Visits to historic rural towns
  • Relaxed riding on quiet backroads
  • Views to Cherokee National Forest
  • Scenic Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers
  • Wine-tastings available (additional cost) at Tsali Notch Vineyard
  • Visit to a Mennonite farm market

Difficulty

Active
Level 3 out of 4

The region is called "Overhill" for a reason--and you'll be cycling over countless hills. But few are long and fewer are steep. With the exception of a few brief areas with packed gravel or dirt (very walkable), the surface is entirely asphalt.

Itinerary

Daily Program

Day 1: Arrival in Calhoun

Arrival and check in at Hiwassee Acres. It’s a peaceful, active getaway, located on 225 acres along the Hiwassee River with secluded hiking trails, a small petting zoo, kayaking, swimming, geocaching, and tranquil spots to relax or read along the river.

Lodging is in the Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge, where you will stay in a brand-new studio apartment with a queen bed, full kitchen, bathroom with a beautiful tile shower, and wall-mounted flat screen TV.

There is no restaurant onsite or nearby, but the staff of Hiwassee Acres is happy to pick up groceries or prepared foods for you for dinner and breakfast (additional charge). 

Overnight at Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge

Day 2: Calhoun to Tellico Plains (34 miles or 39 miles with out and back to Savannah Oaks Winery and Delano Community Farm Market)

After breakfast, you enter the Hiwassee River Valley and make your way to historic Tellico Plains. If you’d like, extend your ride five miles and visit the Delano Community Farm Market, a Mennonite market where you can load up on fruit and baked goods, and Savannah Oaks Winery, nestled in the foothills surrounding Starr Mountain, on the picturesque Savannah Farms, whose 11,000 acres include the winery's thriving vineyards. Enjoy a tasting in an 1861 cantilever barn that was built by 40 men in one day!

If whiskey is more your cup of tea, a must-experience stop is the new Starr Mountain Distillery in historic Etowah. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet “Shine,” the chief distiller with an abundance of backwoods stories to tell. At very least, enjoy lunch at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Etowah.

Follow quiet back roads to the historic town of Tellico Junction, at the entrance to the Cherokee National Forest and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. 

Overnight at Tellico Farmhouse Inn, a 1920s farmhouse renovated with modern conveniences. Restaurants for dinner are within walking distance. 

Day 3: Tellico Plains Along Tellico River Road and Back (24-44 miles round trip)

Note: Other loop routes are possible from Tellico Plains

Follow the Tellico River through a deep chasm on an asphalt forest service road deep into Cherokee National Forest. The first half is nearly entirely uphill, but it’s gradual--although it doesn’t feel so gradual on the sweeping downhill ride back. It’s an out and back, so you can turn around whenever you’d like. The full distance takes you almost to the North Carolina line. Whatever distance you ride, you’ll have the river as company the entire way as it tumbles down from the Smoky Mountains. An early highlight: Bald River Falls (12 miles) with an opportunity to hike. Turn around here, or continue to Green Cove Angler Store (7 miles) for snacks and a restroom break with an optional extension to the Tellico Trout Hatchery (1.5 miles) and further to the North Carolina State Line (3 miles). Return to Tellico Plains (22 miles from State Line)

Overnight at Tellico Farmhouse Inn

Day 4: Tellico Plains to Tsali Notch Vineyard to Tellico Plains (34 miles)

Note: Other loop routes are possible from Tellico Plains or choose to ride back to Hiwassee Acres.

Enjoy a leisurely back-country ramble to Tsali Notch Vineyard, a 202-acre muscadine grape vineyard. Named after an historic Cherokee leader, Tsali Notch vineyard specializes in muscadine grapes, grown on over 6,000 vines on 21 miles of trellises, covering 35 acres of a 202-acre estate. The property has an average elevation of 1,150 feet and is ringed by sweeping mountain views. The Vineyard tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 6 pm. 

Overnight at Tellico Farmhouse Inn or Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge

Day 5: Individual Departure (34 miles)

Ride to Hiwassee Acres. Extra night available at Hiwassee Acres or Tellico Farmhouse Inn for an additional charge.

Dates & Pricing

Dates

Daily, upon request, subject to availability, April 1-November 15, 2022

Prices

Minimum 2 participants

Double occupancy: $977 (per person)

Single supplement: $412

Rental bikes (each, includes delivery and pickup)

Road or hybrid touring bike: $175

Electric-assist (e-bike): $350

Optional and subject to availability(additional cost)

Round-trip transfer from/to Chattanooga: $90

Ride-along bike escort: $225/day per group

Accompanying vehicle/driver: $185/day per group

Optional and on request (additional cost)

Extra nights in Calhoun or Tellico Plains: $150 per person, double  occupancy

Prepared foods or grocery shopping available for Hiwassee Acres (pay for purchased items only, not shopping)

Emergency assistance “insurance” for bicycle and/or traveler pick-up (within 2 hours): $100 per person total for 4 days

Inclusions
  • 4 nights’ lodging
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 packed lunches to enjoy enroute
  • Arrival snack at Tellico Farmhouse Inn
  • Luggage transfer (1)
  • Detailed route planning
  • Maps, route information and downloadable Ride With GPS files
  • Emergency hotline in case of issues en route (we arrange pickups with your local hosts)

Map
Gallery

Daily Program

Day 1: Arrival in Calhoun

Arrival and check in at Hiwassee Acres. It’s a peaceful, active getaway, located on 225 acres along the Hiwassee River with secluded hiking trails, a small petting zoo, kayaking, swimming, geocaching, and tranquil spots to relax or read along the river.

Lodging is in the Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge, where you will stay in a brand-new studio apartment with a queen bed, full kitchen, bathroom with a beautiful tile shower, and wall-mounted flat screen TV.

There is no restaurant onsite or nearby, but the staff of Hiwassee Acres is happy to pick up groceries or prepared foods for you for dinner and breakfast (additional charge). 

Overnight at Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge

Day 2: Calhoun to Tellico Plains (34 miles or 39 miles with out and back to Savannah Oaks Winery and Delano Community Farm Market)

After breakfast, you enter the Hiwassee River Valley and make your way to historic Tellico Plains. If you’d like, extend your ride five miles and visit the Delano Community Farm Market, a Mennonite market where you can load up on fruit and baked goods, and Savannah Oaks Winery, nestled in the foothills surrounding Starr Mountain, on the picturesque Savannah Farms, whose 11,000 acres include the winery's thriving vineyards. Enjoy a tasting in an 1861 cantilever barn that was built by 40 men in one day!

If whiskey is more your cup of tea, a must-experience stop is the new Starr Mountain Distillery in historic Etowah. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet “Shine,” the chief distiller with an abundance of backwoods stories to tell. At very least, enjoy lunch at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Etowah.

Follow quiet back roads to the historic town of Tellico Junction, at the entrance to the Cherokee National Forest and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. 

Overnight at Tellico Farmhouse Inn, a 1920s farmhouse renovated with modern conveniences. Restaurants for dinner are within walking distance. 

Day 3: Tellico Plains Along Tellico River Road and Back (24-44 miles round trip)

Note: Other loop routes are possible from Tellico Plains

Follow the Tellico River through a deep chasm on an asphalt forest service road deep into Cherokee National Forest. The first half is nearly entirely uphill, but it’s gradual--although it doesn’t feel so gradual on the sweeping downhill ride back. It’s an out and back, so you can turn around whenever you’d like. The full distance takes you almost to the North Carolina line. Whatever distance you ride, you’ll have the river as company the entire way as it tumbles down from the Smoky Mountains. An early highlight: Bald River Falls (12 miles) with an opportunity to hike. Turn around here, or continue to Green Cove Angler Store (7 miles) for snacks and a restroom break with an optional extension to the Tellico Trout Hatchery (1.5 miles) and further to the North Carolina State Line (3 miles). Return to Tellico Plains (22 miles from State Line)

Overnight at Tellico Farmhouse Inn

Day 4: Tellico Plains to Tsali Notch Vineyard to Tellico Plains (34 miles)

Note: Other loop routes are possible from Tellico Plains or choose to ride back to Hiwassee Acres.

Enjoy a leisurely back-country ramble to Tsali Notch Vineyard, a 202-acre muscadine grape vineyard. Named after an historic Cherokee leader, Tsali Notch vineyard specializes in muscadine grapes, grown on over 6,000 vines on 21 miles of trellises, covering 35 acres of a 202-acre estate. The property has an average elevation of 1,150 feet and is ringed by sweeping mountain views. The Vineyard tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 6 pm. 

Overnight at Tellico Farmhouse Inn or Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge

Day 5: Individual Departure (34 miles)

Ride to Hiwassee Acres. Extra night available at Hiwassee Acres or Tellico Farmhouse Inn for an additional charge.

Depending on chosen daily activities

  • The varied scenery of rural East Tennessee
  • Waterfalls
  • Visits to historic rural towns
  • Relaxed riding on quiet backroads
  • Views to Cherokee National Forest
  • Scenic Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers
  • Wine-tastings available (additional cost) at Tsali Notch Vineyard
  • Visit to a Mennonite farm market

Active
Level 3 out of 4

The region is called "Overhill" for a reason--and you'll be cycling over countless hills. But few are long and fewer are steep. With the exception of a few brief areas with packed gravel or dirt (very walkable), the surface is entirely asphalt.

Dates

Daily, upon request, subject to availability, April 1-November 15, 2022

Prices

Minimum 2 participants

Double occupancy: $977 (per person)

Single supplement: $412

Rental bikes (each, includes delivery and pickup)

Road or hybrid touring bike: $175

Electric-assist (e-bike): $350

Optional and subject to availability(additional cost)

Round-trip transfer from/to Chattanooga: $90

Ride-along bike escort: $225/day per group

Accompanying vehicle/driver: $185/day per group

Optional and on request (additional cost)

Extra nights in Calhoun or Tellico Plains: $150 per person, double  occupancy

Prepared foods or grocery shopping available for Hiwassee Acres (pay for purchased items only, not shopping)

Emergency assistance “insurance” for bicycle and/or traveler pick-up (within 2 hours): $100 per person total for 4 days

  • 4 nights’ lodging
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 packed lunches to enjoy enroute
  • Arrival snack at Tellico Farmhouse Inn
  • Luggage transfer (1)
  • Detailed route planning
  • Maps, route information and downloadable Ride With GPS files
  • Emergency hotline in case of issues en route (we arrange pickups with your local hosts)

Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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