On Thursday, May 1st, we took a Day Ride traveling toward the Great Smoky Mountains.
Pamo introduces the day in this short video:
We left our home in North Knoxville around 10:30am. The temperature was 50 degrees and the skies were mostly cloudy.
We took 640 to Asheville Highway, rode north on 11E, then took 139 heading toward the Smokies Baseball Stadium in Sevierville.
We rode south on 66 toward the mountains, then got back on 139 which is the Douglas Dam Road. This road runs right along the water into Dandridge.
We stopped along 139 and took a photo of Goose Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast. It looks like a great place to stay!
At our stop in Dandridge, we discovered a bit of history we hadn’t seen before.
Located right in Dandridge is a 1009 foot dike that keeps Douglas Lake from swallowing downtown.
Jeff talks about the dike in this short video:
We took a few more photos of downtown Dandridge before continuing our ride.
From Dandridge we took 25/70 toward Newport. We stopped on 113 for gas and a snack.
Then we continued on 25/70 until we reached 411 in Newport. We took 411 south to Chestnut Hill and stopped briefly at Bush’s Baked Bean factory.
Pamo talks about Bush’s Beans in this short video:
We left Chestnut Hill continuing on 411 to Cherokee Hills which is just east of Sevierville.
At Cherokee Hills we took 416, a beautiful curvy road through the mountains. 416 runs right through Pittman Center and right into 321. We took 321 going toward Gatlinburg and stopped at Three Jimmy’s Restaurant on Glades Road.
After lunch we rode through Gatlinburg and took scenic 73 through the mountains.
Usually 73 is heavy stop and go traffic, but today, traffic was light making our ride perfect. We stopped, of course, for photos:
Pamo gives another update in this short video:
Then we rode to Cades Cove. We stopped along the route for photos of the tunnel.
Then we rode on to the Cades Cove parking area.
We didn’t take the time to do the loop today. Instead we rode back to 73, continued on through Townsend, Walland and then into Maryville.
Once in Maryville, we took 129 Alcoa Highway back to Knoxville.
We got back around 5:30pm and our total ride was 165 miles. It was a beautiful ride.
We do a “favorite things” video:
Then Jeff wraps up the ride in this short video:
You can view our entire list of Day Rides HERE.