There are so many places to explore in and around East, TN. Erwin, TN is just a couple hours drive northeast of Maryville on I-81. There is a great greenway to ride in town. For a small town, around 6,000 population, it's amazing to me that they have bike lanes, a greenway through town, and a number of beautiful road bike routes (with signage) in and around the area.
Just down the road, in the small outlying community of Flag Pond, there is a beautiful state park that is relatively new, by the name of Rocky Fork. It has some great hiking trails along picturesque rivers and creeks. The rivers seem to be quite the fishery and we saw a lot of great water to fish, may pullouts for quick parking and access, and quite a number of fly fisherman. A number of the trails are also bike accessible. They were mainly logging roads, but the opportunity for adventure on your bike is always a win. There were a number of trail opportunities and several went outside of the park as well, so the opportunity for bikepacking and exploration loops is worth a look for sure.
Rocky fork and Erwin are just one of many places. We plan to explore many more of what this beautiful area has to offer in the near future. Get a map, find a new place and do some research, and get out there and explore. No time like the present to go make some memories!
Rider or is it writer?
My name is Adam Harris. I'm a lifelong cyclist. I love bikes. All types of bikes. I hope I can relay the joy that cycling provides me through glimpses into my thoughts and some of my mini adventures.