(N 35.6031, W -83.4494): From Newfound Gap, Clingmans Dome Road is a 14 mile roundtrip ride on a gradually rising road with great views. The Cherokee Orchard Loop Road (3 miles) and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (8 miles) are other choice scenic roads. From Cherokee, the Big Cove Road is a nice loop with access to the two-way segment of the Balsam Mountain Road. Be advised that the presence of motorists unsure of mountain driving means that winding roads in the park may not make the best rides. Be sure to choose off season when traffic is light if road riding is your goal.
Want to make your ride easier? Consider an electric bike. Locally-owned M2S Bikes offers a wide range of electric bikes that can help you climb hills faster and easier while still getting a great workout.
Directions: Clingmans Dome Rd. leaves Newfound Gap Rd. about 13 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center and 16 miles north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee.