SOUTHEAST TN – May 3, 2019 – Cyclists in Southeast Tennessee now have a new and growing network of bike routes to explore: Bikeways of the Scenic South. The routes include downloadable maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, notable points of interest, conveniences, and descriptive narratives of what to expect along the routes.
Bikeways of the Scenic South is a project of the Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association, part of the Southeast Tennessee Development District in Chattanooga, Tenn. The tourism association partnered with local cycling advocates and county officials to determine the best routes through the small towns and scenic landscape of Southeast Tennessee.
Routes currently cover the geographic areas of the Sequatchie Valley (Marion, Sequatchie and Bledsoe counties) and Three Rivers Way (Bradley, Polk, McMinn and Monroe counties), a region that includes the Ocoee, Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers, as well as the Cherokee National Forest and Cherohala Skyway.
The goal of the project is to eventually map bike routes throughout the entire region, including northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.
Cycling is big business, and county leaders were drawn to the potential economic benefit that cycling can bring to the region. Studies show that regions that invest in cycling infrastructure yield positive economic impacts.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 visitors can explore the Sequatchie Valley by bike as part of the Cycle Sequatchie Outdoor Expo, which will feature four scenic routes (16, 37, 63 and 78-mile options) followed by a farm-to-table feast and outdoor expo in Dunlap, Tennessee. The event will celebrate cycling in the Sequatchie Valley and proceeds will benefit conservation efforts in the Sequatchie Valley and South Cumberland Plateau by the Land Trust for Tennessee. For more information, visit www.CycleSequatchie.com.
Photo credit: Three Rivers Way Photos
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