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Tennessee Three Rivers + Vineyards Experience

Duration
7 nights
BASE PRICE
$2,499
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Active
Book Tour
type
Supported
DISTANCE
35 miles daily average

Overview

The Tennessee Overhill is a treasure trove of rivers, waterfalls, wooded mountains, quiet backroads, sprawling farmland and rolling hills set against the backdrop of Cherokee National Forest. On this supported tour, you’ll have the opportunity to ride and explore at your own pace and take in the amazing surroundings.

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 (there’s even a distillery along the way if you want to visit), wineries are slowly making quite a name for themselves--and you’ll taste why. In late summer and fall, you can even pick your own muscadines to snack on during your ride. 

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
  • Scenic Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers
  • Lodging at a rural estate, a farmhouse inn, and a private mansion
  • Wine-tastings available (additional cost) at outstanding wineries
  • 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

Our representative will meet you for your orientation in late afternoon or evening at Hiwassee Acres, your starting point for this scenic tour. 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 brand-new apartments with queen beds, full kitchens, bathrooms with beautiful tile showers, and wall-mounted flat screen TVs.

Note: Hiwassee Acres is wonderfully remote, but it does not have a restaurant, and there are no restaurants or supermarkets nearby. Prior to your arrival, your kind hosts at the lodge will be in touch with a shopping list where you can make choices for groceries or prepared foods. These will be in your kitchen when you arrive. (You’ll be charged actual cost--no charge for shopping and delivery.) 

Overnight at Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge


View from Morris Vineyard

Day 2: Calhoun to Morris Vineyard to Ocoee Riverside Farm (38 miles)
Today’s ride takes you into the rolling farmlands of historic Chatata Valley. Your first four miles follow along the slow waters of the Hiwassee River as you make your way to Charleston.

Along this beautiful route, you should also consider the compelling stories of human spirit and tragic sacrifice that took place there involving the Trail of Tears and the Civil War. Take time to stop at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center, which is also the starting point for a brief walk along a section of the Trail of Tears called “Voices from the Past,” which features significant quotes about the Cherokee Removal.

Your mid-ride destination: family-run Morris Vineyard, which has a simple motto: "We plant. We grow. We harvest. We make." All wines are produced and bottled on location at their vineyard and winery. The Morris family has dedicated three generations to this craft and offer a variety of 19 different wines to choose from, ranging from sweet to dry. They also make their own jellies and offer local cheeses and, in season, the option to pick muscadines and berries. All of this with the best view in town!

After soaking up the scenery and some wine samples, you’ll make your way to the Ocoee Riverside Farm for a good night’s sleep on the farm. Choose to stay overnight in a covered wagon, Riverside cabin or barn loft with the horses. (subject to availability).

Lodging: Ocoee Riverside Farm

Day 3: Ocoee Riverside Farm (0-55 miles)

Choose your own adventure today. The options are endless. Keep on pedaling and pick from our list of favorite loop rides in the scenic Ocoee River Valley. Slow down a bit and enjoy a leisurely paddle or tubing experience down the lower Ocoee River where you'll take out at the Riverside Farm. Opt for an adrenaline filled day of whitewater rafting on the middle Ocoee River or a guided hike with a picnic lunch. All options beyond biking will have an additional charge and we're happy to help you pick the best option for you and your crew.

Day 4: Ocoee to Savannah Oaks to Tellico Plains (34 miles or 39 miles with optional 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.

Lodging: Trout Mountain Coffeehouse and Inn or Tellico Farmhouse Inn



Day 5: Tellico Plains Along Tellico River Road and Back (24-44 miles round trip)

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 with an opportunity to hike. Turn around here, or continue to Green Cove Angler Store for snacks and a restroom break with an optional extension to the Tellico Trout Hatcher and further with a steep uphill to the North Carolina State Line . Return to Tellico Plains.

Depending on your timing, Ironworks Grill will provide the perfect lunch or dinner with tables overlooking the Tellico River. It will also provide you with a great sense of the rich history that pervades the region. During the war between the States the Tellico Iron Works produced cannonballs and bullets for the Confederacy. In December 1863, Union General Sherman came with his troops to Tellico Plains and destroyed the works, but you can still see some of the foundation.

Overnight at Trout Mountain Coffeehouse and Inn or Tellico Farmhouse Inn

Bald River Falls


Day 6: Tellico Plains to Tsali Notch Vineyard to Athens (34 miles)

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. 

Your ride ends at your private manor house outside of Athens, Ramble Creek. You can end the day in the pool or hot tub or just lounge on the deck and look at the sunset. 

You'll have the option to be pampered at Ramble Creek with breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches prepared by your own private chef, using local farm products as much as possible. Or we can provide ingredients or prepared meals for you.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Tsali Notch Vineyard


Day 7: Athens to Englewood loop (36 miles)

This is one of our favorite rides, as it provides a sampling of the best of everything in this part of the Chattanooga region - farmland, woodland, hills, and creekside flats - all in a manageable 36-mile loop. It also has the perfect lunch stop at the Tellico Junction Cafe in downtown Englewood, a small town with a lot of country charm.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Day 8: Individual departure or ride to Hiwassee Acres

You can either depart from Ramble Creek or continue with a final day's riding, starting along the Eureka Trail, a hard-packed gravel trail that follows the path of a former rail line connecting the communities of Athens and Englewood. In Athens, you can explore the historic town as you make your way to Silver Springs Winery, one of Tennessee’s newest wineries but one that has already established deep roots. One of our favorite Overhill restaurants is the winery's Greek Taverna. (The winery's founder has fond memories of growing up in Greece and all aspects of making wines with his grandfather. He's also a renowned pastry chef.)

Continue to your parked car and your transferred luggage at Hiwassee Acres. Showers are available.

Extra nights at Hiwassee Acres are available on request for an additional charge. We encourage you to stay another night and paddle the Scenic Hiwassee River Blueway.

Dates & Pricing

Dates

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

Prices

$2,499 per person, double occupancy (2-4 people)

$1,995 per person, double occupancy (parties of 5 or more)

$1,113 single supplement (1 person/1 room)

Rental bikes

Hybrid touring bike: $225

Electric-assist (e-bike): $450

Additional support

Accompanying escort rider: $195/per group per day

Transfers

Round-trip transfer to/from Chattanooga: $49 per person

Optional extra night at Hiwassee Acres: $195-$225 double occupancy


Catering, prepared foods and grocery shopping are available at additional cost.

Inclusions
  • 7 nights lodging
  • 5 breakfasts or breakfast baskets
  • 5 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Snacks and water in route
  • Support driver + mechanic to pick up tired riders and assist with mechanical breakdowns
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route planning
  • Maps, route information and downloadable Ride With GPS files

At Hiwassee Acres and Ocoee Riverside Farm

  • Fishing poles
  • Kayaks and paddles, life vests
Map
Gallery

Daily Program

Day 1: Arrival in Calhoun

Our representative will meet you for your orientation in late afternoon or evening at Hiwassee Acres, your starting point for this scenic tour. 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 brand-new apartments with queen beds, full kitchens, bathrooms with beautiful tile showers, and wall-mounted flat screen TVs.

Note: Hiwassee Acres is wonderfully remote, but it does not have a restaurant, and there are no restaurants or supermarkets nearby. Prior to your arrival, your kind hosts at the lodge will be in touch with a shopping list where you can make choices for groceries or prepared foods. These will be in your kitchen when you arrive. (You’ll be charged actual cost--no charge for shopping and delivery.) 

Overnight at Hiwassee Acres Nature Lodge


View from Morris Vineyard

Day 2: Calhoun to Morris Vineyard to Ocoee Riverside Farm (38 miles)
Today’s ride takes you into the rolling farmlands of historic Chatata Valley. Your first four miles follow along the slow waters of the Hiwassee River as you make your way to Charleston.

Along this beautiful route, you should also consider the compelling stories of human spirit and tragic sacrifice that took place there involving the Trail of Tears and the Civil War. Take time to stop at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center, which is also the starting point for a brief walk along a section of the Trail of Tears called “Voices from the Past,” which features significant quotes about the Cherokee Removal.

Your mid-ride destination: family-run Morris Vineyard, which has a simple motto: "We plant. We grow. We harvest. We make." All wines are produced and bottled on location at their vineyard and winery. The Morris family has dedicated three generations to this craft and offer a variety of 19 different wines to choose from, ranging from sweet to dry. They also make their own jellies and offer local cheeses and, in season, the option to pick muscadines and berries. All of this with the best view in town!

After soaking up the scenery and some wine samples, you’ll make your way to the Ocoee Riverside Farm for a good night’s sleep on the farm. Choose to stay overnight in a covered wagon, Riverside cabin or barn loft with the horses. (subject to availability).

Lodging: Ocoee Riverside Farm

Day 3: Ocoee Riverside Farm (0-55 miles)

Choose your own adventure today. The options are endless. Keep on pedaling and pick from our list of favorite loop rides in the scenic Ocoee River Valley. Slow down a bit and enjoy a leisurely paddle or tubing experience down the lower Ocoee River where you'll take out at the Riverside Farm. Opt for an adrenaline filled day of whitewater rafting on the middle Ocoee River or a guided hike with a picnic lunch. All options beyond biking will have an additional charge and we're happy to help you pick the best option for you and your crew.

Day 4: Ocoee to Savannah Oaks to Tellico Plains (34 miles or 39 miles with optional 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.

Lodging: Trout Mountain Coffeehouse and Inn or Tellico Farmhouse Inn



Day 5: Tellico Plains Along Tellico River Road and Back (24-44 miles round trip)

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 with an opportunity to hike. Turn around here, or continue to Green Cove Angler Store for snacks and a restroom break with an optional extension to the Tellico Trout Hatcher and further with a steep uphill to the North Carolina State Line . Return to Tellico Plains.

Depending on your timing, Ironworks Grill will provide the perfect lunch or dinner with tables overlooking the Tellico River. It will also provide you with a great sense of the rich history that pervades the region. During the war between the States the Tellico Iron Works produced cannonballs and bullets for the Confederacy. In December 1863, Union General Sherman came with his troops to Tellico Plains and destroyed the works, but you can still see some of the foundation.

Overnight at Trout Mountain Coffeehouse and Inn or Tellico Farmhouse Inn

Bald River Falls


Day 6: Tellico Plains to Tsali Notch Vineyard to Athens (34 miles)

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. 

Your ride ends at your private manor house outside of Athens, Ramble Creek. You can end the day in the pool or hot tub or just lounge on the deck and look at the sunset. 

You'll have the option to be pampered at Ramble Creek with breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches prepared by your own private chef, using local farm products as much as possible. Or we can provide ingredients or prepared meals for you.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Tsali Notch Vineyard


Day 7: Athens to Englewood loop (36 miles)

This is one of our favorite rides, as it provides a sampling of the best of everything in this part of the Chattanooga region - farmland, woodland, hills, and creekside flats - all in a manageable 36-mile loop. It also has the perfect lunch stop at the Tellico Junction Cafe in downtown Englewood, a small town with a lot of country charm.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Day 8: Individual departure or ride to Hiwassee Acres

You can either depart from Ramble Creek or continue with a final day's riding, starting along the Eureka Trail, a hard-packed gravel trail that follows the path of a former rail line connecting the communities of Athens and Englewood. In Athens, you can explore the historic town as you make your way to Silver Springs Winery, one of Tennessee’s newest wineries but one that has already established deep roots. One of our favorite Overhill restaurants is the winery's Greek Taverna. (The winery's founder has fond memories of growing up in Greece and all aspects of making wines with his grandfather. He's also a renowned pastry chef.)

Continue to your parked car and your transferred luggage at Hiwassee Acres. Showers are available.

Extra nights at Hiwassee Acres are available on request for an additional charge. We encourage you to stay another night and paddle the Scenic Hiwassee River Blueway.

Depending on chosen daily activities

  • The varied scenery of rural East Tennessee
  • Waterfalls
  • Visits to historic rural towns
  • Relaxed riding on quiet backroads
  • Scenic Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers
  • Lodging at a rural estate, a farmhouse inn, and a private mansion
  • Wine-tastings available (additional cost) at outstanding wineries
  • 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 15-November 15, 2022

Prices

$2,499 per person, double occupancy (2-4 people)

$1,995 per person, double occupancy (parties of 5 or more)

$1,113 single supplement (1 person/1 room)

Rental bikes

Hybrid touring bike: $225

Electric-assist (e-bike): $450

Additional support

Accompanying escort rider: $195/per group per day

Transfers

Round-trip transfer to/from Chattanooga: $49 per person

Optional extra night at Hiwassee Acres: $195-$225 double occupancy


Catering, prepared foods and grocery shopping are available at additional cost.

  • 7 nights lodging
  • 5 breakfasts or breakfast baskets
  • 5 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Snacks and water in route
  • Support driver + mechanic to pick up tired riders and assist with mechanical breakdowns
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route planning
  • Maps, route information and downloadable Ride With GPS files

At Hiwassee Acres and Ocoee Riverside Farm

  • Fishing poles
  • Kayaks and paddles, life vests
Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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