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Tennessee Three-River Circuit

Duration
6 nights
BASE PRICE
$1,549
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Active
Book Tour
type
Self-guided
DISTANCE
28 miles 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 observe farmers who have a passion for a calling that has been in their families for generations.

The vineyards you can visit 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.  

Your lodging includes two nights each (with three optional rest days) in a riverside retreat, a charming country inn, and a riverside farm

You can also stop at a Mennonite farm market, where you can see their way of life and their focus on farming.

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

Highlights

  • Overnight on riverside nature retreat, a charming country inn, and a riverside farm 
  • Scenic backroads cycling
  • Visits and wine tastings possible at Silver Spring Winery, Morris Vineyard and Savannah Oaks Winery
  • Views of the Cherokee National Forest
  • Hiwassee and Ocoee River Valleys
  • Tellico River Gorge with Bald River Falls
  • Historic towns of Tellico Plains and Calhoun

Difficulty

Active

Level 3 of 4

The region is called "Overhill" for a reason--and we'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

Day 1: Arrival in Calhoun (0 miles)
Arrival at Hiwassee Acres where your hosts, David and Kathi, treat each guest like family and consistently go out of their way to make Hiwassee Acres a retreat to remember. Due to the remote location of this nature preserve, we recommend coming with provisions or for an additional fee, requesting groceries from your hosts (your room has a full kitchen)

Lodging: Hiwassee Acres

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 nearly 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. The options are nearly endless 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. After you arrive at the chasm, 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).

Other routes are available.

Lodging: Trout Mountain Coffeehouse and Inn or Tellico Farmhouse Inn

Day 6: Tellico Plains to Hiwassee Acres (34 miles) optional stop at Silver Springs Winery

Today you leave Tellico Plains to complete the Three Rivers circuit and end up where you started: Hiwassee Acres Retreat on the shores of the scenic Hiwassee River. Make plans to roll by Silver Springs Winery on your way to enjoy wine samples and a traditional greek meal. Once you arrive back at Hiwassee Acres, if you don't have a car, we can arrange for prepared meals or fill a grocery list for dinner and breakfast on your last day.

Lodging:Hiwassee Acres

Day 7:  Individual departure or extra night at Hiwassee Acres (additional charge)

Please note that most lodging is in remote locations without access to stores or restaurants. We will provide you with options for grocery lists (when there's a kitchen) or prepared meals we can arrange to deliver. We will provide forms prior to your tour. You can opt for the supported tour which will include groceries for breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches.


Dates & Pricing

Dates

Daily, subject to availability, for parties of 4 or more.

Pricing

Minimum 4 participants

Per person, double occupancy: $1,549

Single supplement (one person in a room): $919

Rental bikes (6 days, subject to availability)

E-bikes: $350

Hybrid or road bikes: $175

Supported tour: $500 per group

Ride along guide: $225 per group per day

Inclusions
  • 6 nights lodging
  • Detailed route information and online maps
  • Emergency hotline and support
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
Map
Gallery

Day 1: Arrival in Calhoun (0 miles)
Arrival at Hiwassee Acres where your hosts, David and Kathi, treat each guest like family and consistently go out of their way to make Hiwassee Acres a retreat to remember. Due to the remote location of this nature preserve, we recommend coming with provisions or for an additional fee, requesting groceries from your hosts (your room has a full kitchen)

Lodging: Hiwassee Acres

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 nearly 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. The options are nearly endless 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. After you arrive at the chasm, 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).

Other routes are available.

Lodging: Trout Mountain Coffeehouse and Inn or Tellico Farmhouse Inn

Day 6: Tellico Plains to Hiwassee Acres (34 miles) optional stop at Silver Springs Winery

Today you leave Tellico Plains to complete the Three Rivers circuit and end up where you started: Hiwassee Acres Retreat on the shores of the scenic Hiwassee River. Make plans to roll by Silver Springs Winery on your way to enjoy wine samples and a traditional greek meal. Once you arrive back at Hiwassee Acres, if you don't have a car, we can arrange for prepared meals or fill a grocery list for dinner and breakfast on your last day.

Lodging:Hiwassee Acres

Day 7:  Individual departure or extra night at Hiwassee Acres (additional charge)

Please note that most lodging is in remote locations without access to stores or restaurants. We will provide you with options for grocery lists (when there's a kitchen) or prepared meals we can arrange to deliver. We will provide forms prior to your tour. You can opt for the supported tour which will include groceries for breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches.


  • Overnight on riverside nature retreat, a charming country inn, and a riverside farm 
  • Scenic backroads cycling
  • Visits and wine tastings possible at Silver Spring Winery, Morris Vineyard and Savannah Oaks Winery
  • Views of the Cherokee National Forest
  • Hiwassee and Ocoee River Valleys
  • Tellico River Gorge with Bald River Falls
  • Historic towns of Tellico Plains and Calhoun

Active

Level 3 of 4

The region is called "Overhill" for a reason--and we'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, subject to availability, for parties of 4 or more.

Pricing

Minimum 4 participants

Per person, double occupancy: $1,549

Single supplement (one person in a room): $919

Rental bikes (6 days, subject to availability)

E-bikes: $350

Hybrid or road bikes: $175

Supported tour: $500 per group

Ride along guide: $225 per group per day

  • 6 nights lodging
  • Detailed route information and online maps
  • Emergency hotline and support
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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