Photo courtesy of Esther Blakely – Cataloochee Valley Tours
NC Smokies Bicycle Rides Guide
The NC Smokies Bicycle Ride Guide provides eleven total loop rides that showcase the many reasons why Haywood County is the perfect place to stay and ride. The rides are a compilation of routes that will take you on scenic rural roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and through many local communities. The rides vary in difficulty, providing options for every level of cyclist. And the best part? The guide is completely free. If you love to ride, we invite you to visit Haywood County, pick up a guide at our visitor center, and fall in love with cycling in the NC Smokies.
Check out these two new guides to the NC Smokies
If you’re an avid cyclists looking for a new path to explore or in search of the very best spots to view the majestic elk population in the Great Smokies, we’ve got you covered. We are excited to unveil two brand new guides available for free here in Haywood County: the “NC Smokies Bicycle Rides” guide and the “Elk in the NC Smokies” guide. Both are hot off the press and ready for you to pick up on your next visit to Haywood County.
Elk in the NC Smokies Guide
One of Haywood County’s many claims to fame is it’s majestic elk population. The elk were reintroduced into Cataloochee Valley, a remote section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in Haywood County in 2001. Since then they have flourished with more than 100 elk living in and around the valley. The population can be viewed throughout Cataloochee Valley and Maggie Valley. In an effort to both educate and protect both visitors and wildlife, we have created a new Elk in the NC Smokies guide. It highlights the best places and times to view elk as well as provide interesting facts and information about these amazing animals. This guide is also free, so please stop by and pick one up for your elk viewing adventure!