If you’ve been looking for an awesome motorcycle ride to take from Pigeon Forge, consider driving the loop to Townsend TN, and back! This scenic trip takes only about 90 minutes without stops, but you’ll want to allow plenty of time to pull over and admire the beauty of the Smoky Mountains! The best way to make the journey is by taking advantage of the Gatlinburg bypass to avoid the traffic and congestion of downtown Gatlinburg! Here are the top 3 reasons to take a ride on the Gatlinburg bypass to Townsend:

1. Perfect Day Trip

The ride to Townsend TN and back makes the perfect day trip, so hop aboard your motorcycle and get ready for a fun afternoon in the Smokies! Start your journey south on the Parkway from Pigeon Forge, then hop on the Gatlinburg bypass (the turn-off on the right side is signposted just about a mile south of the Gatlinburg Welcome Center). After passing the Sugarlands Visitor Center, turn right on Fighting Creek Gap Road to head towards Townsend, then loop back to Pigeon Forge via Wears Valley Road!

2. Peaceful Motorcycle Ride

winding road in the Smoky MountainsAnother top reason to take a ride on the Gatlinburg bypass to Townsend is to enjoy a peaceful motorcycle ride away from the crowds! After exiting the Parkway, you’ll fall in love with the pleasant roads that wind for 25 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! This is a chance to experience nature at its finest, and you’ll find plenty of places to pull off the road when you’re ready to take a break!

3. Amazing Sightseeing Opportunities

There are many amazing sightseeing opportunities along your route, so plan to spend the majority of the day on this exciting trip! If you enjoy hiking, stretch your legs with popular trails along the route such as the Laurel Falls Trail and Metcalf Bottoms Trail. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch during your drive or stop at one of the convenient restaurants in Townsend. During your return journey to Pigeon Forge via Wears Valley Road, you’ll find some fun attractions to visit including Wears Valley Zipline Adventures, Goats on the Roof, and the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster!

Best Way to Finish Your Ride

Hogg Shed at Iron Boar Saloon in Pigeon ForgeThe best way to finish this incredible ride is with a stop at our Pigeon Forge bar! Once you’ve returned to Pigeon Forge via Wears Valley Road, you’ll find our bar on the left just before reaching the Parkway (just look for the Harley Davidson sign and we’re right next door)! Come on in to enjoy some of our refreshing Boar Brews on tap, including favorites like Budweiser, Miller Lite, Coors Lite, and more! We also feature a tempting menu to satisfy your appetite, with tasty chews such as our American Classic Burger and Four Stroke Buffalo Wings!

Check out the full menu at our Pigeon Forge bar today to see what you can look forward to after completing your roundtrip ride to Townsend via the Gatlinburg bypass! This is the perfect time to take a break, meet some fellow bikers and enjoy our amazing bar menu filled with brews and chews!

Mobile Iron boar saloon