Want to spend a splendid summer this year? Then take out your motorcycle and head out to East Tennessee
Just like any motorcycle enthusiast, we are always looking for new places to visit on our motorcycle. Without a doubt one of the best vacations is on our beloved motorcycles! However, the success of our trips is also heavily dependent on the locations we plan to visit. We have seen beautiful sceneries in the mountains; witnessed nature up close in thick forested areas; experienced the lively city night lights; and enjoyed beach sunsets, but the best motorcycle experiences for us personally is when we plan our trip to cruise by beautiful waterways- lakes and rivers.
Right now, we are looking at what we think is the perfect place to visit this summer, the 9 lakes in East Tennessee. Surrounding Knoxville, the 9 Lakes Region actually covers 16 counties. Imagine taking a tour of the entire region with the waterways guiding your route. We definitely think it’s going to be nothing less than being absolutely magical!
To plan a trip in the East Tennessee is going to be quite easy, as this part of the country is a year-round destination. People around the country come and visit to experience what the Region has in store for them. From natural beauty, to cultural events, southern dining and hospitality, and various kinds of activities, East Tennessee is the place to be this summer!
Below we have categorized everything that will be important for any motorcycle enthusiast ready to take their motorcycle out to enjoy an entire summer vacation in the 9 lakes. So make a list of all the essentials you need, collect all your belongings, pack your motorcycle luggage, and get ready to roll!
- Norris Lake:
The annual fireworks that take place over the July 4th holiday is an event to look out for if you plan to visit these waters this year! If you’re good at fishing, this is a lake full of fish that take some skill to catch. Plan a ride along the Norris Freeway National Scenic Byway.
- Cherokee Lake
Cherokee Lake is one of the two lakes located along the East Tennessee Crossing Byway National Scenic Byway. At each end of you ride is a national park- Cumberland Gap National Historic Park and the Great Smoky National Park.
- Douglas Lake
If you want to enjoy a scenic ride on your motorcycle then the Douglas Lake is the place to be! As you travel alongside this lake, the road will lead through the towns of Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge you will find fellow motorcyclists, hikers and bikers!
- Fort Loudoun Lake
The Fort Loudoun Lake features multiple stops for a lazy day ride. Be sure to visit the Fort Loudon Marina. The view, the adjacent hiking trails, and an outdoor patio restaurant need to be on your trip plan.
- Calderwood Lake
Calderwood Lake is an ideal place to visit for those fascinated by wildlife and forests as the Nantahala Forest and Cherokee Forest both surround its waters. Not only will you get to witness lush greenery, but you will also get the opportunity to spend a day fishing in the clear cool waters of this lake.
- Chilhowie Lake
If you’re up for a challenging ride in the waters then the Chilhowie Lake is the place to be this summer because the tricky route of this lake will allow you to polish your paddling skills. Chilhowie Lake is also surrounded with history of the TVA[s Dam and Powerhouse as well as the remaining settlements of the Overhill Cherokee Villages.
- Melton Hill Lake
Probably the most fascinating thing about a hike alongside Melton Hill Lake are the mountain formations and ridges that make for Instagram-worthy pictures to share with your friends and family.
- Tellico Lake
The stunning views of the mountains from this lake have been protected by the TVA. Without a doubt this has to be one of your top places to visit on a motorcycle trip! Just imagine the view and the wind blowing in your hair as you drive along the Tellico Lake!
- Watts Bar Lake
Widely known for the historic and community parks surrounding the Watts Bar Lake, this is a peaceful place to spend the day fishing, hiking and enjoying a picnic with your family and friends.
Hotels and Places to Stay
Because of the number of people who visit the 9 Lakes in East Tennessee, you will find plenty of places to stay and rest after a day full of adventure. No matter the length of your trip or what your budget is, there will be lodging ideally suited for your needs. Condos, hotels, B&Bs, and even houseboats and floating houses are available. So get planning as soon as possible and book your dream trip this summer!
Activities to do
It goes without saying that you should be packed with bag full of good quality active wear such as durable, breathable shorts and sweatshirts because you will be spending a lot of time outdoors doing crazy adventurous stuff. There are plenty of opportunities available for hiking, swimming, cycling, fishing, rafting, and paddling. Plan your days around your rides and come back at the end of the day to gear up for your next adventure.
Submitted by guest writer- James Wilson.