3 Rivers Gravel Camp

Into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.

- John Muir

If you're looking for a soul-cleansing reset and gravel cycling experience that will take you off the beaten path and onto some of the most scenic forest roads in the country, look no further! In this cycling camp, you'll get a thorough immersion in deep woods gravel grinding - and serious climbing! - with guided and fully-supported rides each day, along with post-ride recovery meals, including a couple of lakeside picnics! The camp is limited to 16 cyclists.

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ITINERARY

FRIDAY
Hiwassee

We'll kick off the weekend with a Friday afternoon ride that will take us alongside the beautiful Hiwassee River before diving deep into the woods for a thorough introduction of what riding in the Cherokee National Forest is all about, i.e. climbing & descending! After the ride, we'll head over to Fireside Outpost just downstream from the ride finish for a delicious dinner and craft beer to wrap up a proper kick-off to the weekend! 

24 MILES, 2900 FT OF CLIMBING

3-3.5 Hours

SATURDAY
Tellico

Saturday morning, we'll start our ride farther north, launching into the woods from the Indian Boundary Lake Recreation Area in the Tellico River region. The ride is stunning from start to finish as we follow mountain streams and long climbs on a loop that brings us back to the beautiful mountain lake where we started, with an optional finish on the 3-mile single-track that goes around the lake. We'll celebrate the ride with a lakeside picnic, giving us plenty of time to enjoy this idyllic setting. After lunch, you'll be free to explore what else the region has to offer beyond biking! 

25 MILES, 3100 FT OF CLIMBING

3.5-4 Hours

SUNDAY
Ocoee

Sunday morning, we'll head south to the Ocoee River for a beautiful ride in the national forest. While this is the shortest ride (to account for tired legs after two big days in the mountains), it still has plenty of challenge with steep pitches and rocky descents. After the ride, we'll enjoy another lakeside picnic - and maybe a refreshing dip in the water too! Those who have time after lunch can head up the hill from there and take in the spectacular view of the lake and mountain backdrop from a couple of roadside overlooks before heading home.

18 MILES, 1900 FT OF CLIMBING

2.5-3 Hours

WHAT'S INCLUDED

3 Guided Rides on Super Scenic Forest Roads

SAG Support with Hydration, Nutrition & Mechanical Assistance

Tips for Climbing & Descending on Gravel

Three Catered Post-Ride Picnics

T-Shirts & Water Bottles

DATES & PRICING

The camps kick off with a ride @ 1:00 pm EST on Friday and end after lunch on Sunday.

$255

per person

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Our playground in the Cherokee National Forest is roughly an hour east of Chattanooga, TN. In order to fully explore the region, each day's ride starts at a unique location. Links to Google Maps showing each of the ride start locations are provided in the itinerary section above. Specific details (start times, parking, restrooms, etc.) will be provided to registered guests.

LOCATION

There are a variety of lodging options in the region, from hotels to camping to cabins and vacation rentals. Where you stay is up to you, but we highly recommend Fireside Outpost, both for its proximity to the national forest and for its awesome cabins and peaceful campground. That's where we'll be staying, and all of the cabins are already blocked for our guests to reserve. It's first come, first served, so please email shannon@veloviewbiketours.com to check availability and make reservations. And please let us know if you need any help sorting out other lodging options.

LODGING

The Southern Blue Ridge Mountains offer endless opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors, and we've built in some free time Saturday afternoon for you to do a little exploration on your trip. While the hiking and water sports are a big draw, tired cycling legs may opt for wine-tasting and farmers markets! Another option we highly recommend is driving a little farther up the Cherohala Skyway from Indian Boundary after our lunch there to take in the amazing overlooks this lightly traveled National Scenic Byway has to offer. Our personal plan for Saturday afternoon is to hang out at Indian Boundary Lake and enjoy the beach and the incredible scenery there. When we've had our fill of the lake, we'll head back to Fireside Outpost (where we'll be staying) for beers and bike stories by the firering. We'd love your company, and the more the merrier! You can also check out FiresideOutpost.com/explore for more ideas on how to get a little more out of the weekend. And please let us know if you need recommendations or specifics about activities that sound like fun!

FREE TIME

These camps are designed to minimize your exposure. All of the post-ride group meals will be outside, and because all of the participants will take care of their own transportation to and from the ride locations, you will never be packed in a vehicle with other registrants.

COVID CONCERNS

 

REGISTRATION

  • If for any reason you cancel your trip more than 60 days prior to the camp start date, you will be refunded your deposit less a $10 administrative fee. If the cancellation occurs between 30 and 60 days prior to the start date, the fee is $50. There are no refunds for cancellations less than 30 days from the start of the camp. There are also no partial refunds for starting a camp late or leaving early, or for inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control, such as a personal or medical emergency.

  • You must wear a helmet to participate in these rides. Earbuds are prohibited, as awareness of your surroundings at all times is crucial to your safety as well as the safety of those around you.