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Tennessee Overhill Explorer

Duration
5 nights
BASE PRICE
$1,652
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Active
Book Tour
type
Supported
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. And you'll be pampered by our guides, by your charming lodging (a mountainside lodge and a private country mansion), and even a private chef!

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’ll be based for three nights at a charming lodge in Tellico Plains, a historic and traditional mountain town in East Tennessee, at the edge of the Cherokee National Forest and in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Life is slow and neighborly, and you’ll find friends laughing and enjoying pastries and coffee at the bakery or swapping tales at local craft shops. It’s a great place to call home--for residents and visitors alike!

You'll then spend two nights at your own private mansion--complete with pool, water slide, hot tub, patio with view to the Cherokee National Forest and even a private vineyard where you can pick grapes (in season). There's a massive kitchen, where you can cook your own meals or select heat and serve meals prepared by a private chef.

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 of Cherokee National Forest
  • Scenic Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers
  • Wine-tasting and tour at Tsali Notch Vineyard
  • Visit to a Mennonite farm market
  • Exquisite lodging
  • Catered meals

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 Tellico Plains

Arrive, settle in and explore historic Tellico Plains! 

We'll stay overnight at the Lodge at Tellico, a sprawling mountainside property overlooking Cherokee National Forest.

Overnight at Lodge at Tellico

Day 2: Tellico Plains Along Tellico River Road and Back (24-44 miles round trip)

We'll 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 us 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). (Support van and driver will wait at the base of the climb with snacks)

Overnight at Lodge at Tellico

Day 3: Tellico Farmland Loop (33 miles)

We'll ride through forest and farmland toward the Little Tennessee River stopping at Hidden Lake Campground and Resort. We'll continue to Tellico Community Farmers Market, a small Mennonite market with produce from local farmers. At Tellico Farm Cottage, meet the cows and farmers of this sixth generation farm. Return to Tellico Plains. 

Picnic lunch along the route, and we'll enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant.

Overnight at Lodge at Tellico

Day 4: 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. We'll have a tour and tasting. 

Our ride ends at our private mansion outside of Athens, Ramble Creek Manor. Spend the time before or after dinner in the pool or hot tub or just lounge on the deck and look at the sunset. 

We'll be pampered at Ramble Creek with breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches prepared by a private chef, using local farm products as much as possible. We'll ask you for food preferences well in advance.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Day 5: 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.

Farewell dinner at Ramble Creek Manor and soak in the hot tub.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Day 6: Individual departure

Breakfast and transfer back to Tellico Plains.

Dates & Pricing

Dates

April 2, May 29, Sept. 3, Oct. 16, 2022

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

Prices

$1,652 (per person, double occupancy), minimum 4 participants

Single supplement: $675

Rental bikes

Hybrid touring bike: $175

Electric-assist (e-bike): $350

Inclusions
  • 5 nights’ lodging
  • Support vehicle with driver (urgent transport of cyclists only)
  • 2 dinners
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 picnic lunches
  • Luggage transfers (1)
  • Detailed route planning
  • Maps, route information and downloadable Ride With GPS files
  • Snacks and drinks en route
Map
Gallery

Daily Program

Day 1: Arrival in Tellico Plains

Arrive, settle in and explore historic Tellico Plains! 

We'll stay overnight at the Lodge at Tellico, a sprawling mountainside property overlooking Cherokee National Forest.

Overnight at Lodge at Tellico

Day 2: Tellico Plains Along Tellico River Road and Back (24-44 miles round trip)

We'll 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 us 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). (Support van and driver will wait at the base of the climb with snacks)

Overnight at Lodge at Tellico

Day 3: Tellico Farmland Loop (33 miles)

We'll ride through forest and farmland toward the Little Tennessee River stopping at Hidden Lake Campground and Resort. We'll continue to Tellico Community Farmers Market, a small Mennonite market with produce from local farmers. At Tellico Farm Cottage, meet the cows and farmers of this sixth generation farm. Return to Tellico Plains. 

Picnic lunch along the route, and we'll enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant.

Overnight at Lodge at Tellico

Day 4: 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. We'll have a tour and tasting. 

Our ride ends at our private mansion outside of Athens, Ramble Creek Manor. Spend the time before or after dinner in the pool or hot tub or just lounge on the deck and look at the sunset. 

We'll be pampered at Ramble Creek with breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches prepared by a private chef, using local farm products as much as possible. We'll ask you for food preferences well in advance.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Day 5: 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.

Farewell dinner at Ramble Creek Manor and soak in the hot tub.

Overnight at Ramble Creek Manor

Day 6: Individual departure

Breakfast and transfer back to Tellico Plains.

Depending on chosen daily activities

  • The varied scenery of rural East Tennessee
  • Waterfalls
  • Visits to historic rural towns
  • Relaxed riding on quiet backroads
  • Views of Cherokee National Forest
  • Scenic Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers
  • Wine-tasting and tour at Tsali Notch Vineyard
  • Visit to a Mennonite farm market
  • Exquisite lodging
  • Catered meals

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

April 2, May 29, Sept. 3, Oct. 16, 2022

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

Prices

$1,652 (per person, double occupancy), minimum 4 participants

Single supplement: $675

Rental bikes

Hybrid touring bike: $175

Electric-assist (e-bike): $350

  • 5 nights’ lodging
  • Support vehicle with driver (urgent transport of cyclists only)
  • 2 dinners
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 picnic lunches
  • Luggage transfers (1)
  • Detailed route planning
  • Maps, route information and downloadable Ride With GPS files
  • Snacks and drinks en route
Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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