City Escape: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Text: Luke Swab • Photography: Luke Swab

This route squeezes in some of the best roads that Chattanooga has to offer. It covers a variety of incredible scenery: countless overlooks, the sharpest hairpins turns, remote riverfront roads, and even open valley farmland. 

Length

Approximately 157 miles round-trip 

Meet-up Spot

Dunkin’, 627 Signal Mountain Rd, Chattanooga, TN

Lunch Stop 

River Drifters is not officially a biker bar, but the owner loves to ride, so bikes are welcome. 1925 Suck Creek Rd, Chattanooga, TN.

Scenery (5 out of 5)

From April to November, leaves will be on the trees; in the fall, Chattanooga is a great spot to see colorful foliage. Scenic opportunities abound along the route.

Difficulty (5 out of 5)

This route takes you up and over the mountains four times in one day for a total elevation change of 20,492 feet. Also, the famed “W” road has hairpins so sharp that oncoming traffic has to stop for vehicles to complete their turns.

Road conditions (3 out of 5)

Most of the roads are smooth, but there are several sections with potholes and signs of deterioration, especially the remote, 15-mile section along the river. There is also a 6-mile gravel section on the way to Snoopers Rock.