Bicycling and Mountain Biking
Bring your own bike or rent one from Motion Makers Bike Shop in Sylva.
A list of easy, intermediate, and difficult bike trails can be found on the Franklin Chamber website.
The Tsali mountain bike trail system attracts thousands of biking enthusiasts to the area every year and offers four loops and 40 miles of nationally known, world-class singletrack biking.
For family-friendly biking, consider the Little Tennessee River Greenway, a 5 mile, 13 foot wide paved path that runs through the heart of Franklin and beyond. There’s easy access from many points in downtown Franklin. You can download the bike trail map here.
The Kid’s Bike Park at Tuck Greenway in Sylva features a 750-foot bike trail suited for beginner bikers. This unique trail system features tabletop jumps, pumps, berms, and even an inner gravel track for younger kids.
Are you a serious downhill mountain biker?
Check out this Dirt Surfing article from the June 2017 edition of Capital At Play. It recommends five privately owned bike parks in Western NC, as well as trails on public lands (from easy to intermediate); bike shops; what to do before you hit the trails; and an explanation of trail types.