Ride-In™ Self-Guided Rides – 2018

TNVACATION.COM has developed 13 rides originating out of The Holiday Inn in Johnson City, TN and have been named the Southern Dozen.

The rides are shown below and have links to the Southern Dozen website which contain directions, descriptive ride videos, and photos.

In addition, you will find links below to downloadable files of Google Maps and directions and GPX zipped files for use in uploading to a Garmin GPS device. You will need to save and then unzip the GPX files.  We encourage you to review and print these maps and take advantage of the GPX files prior to attending the Ride-In™ in order to enhance your riding experience.

The Snake Ride
112 Miles Round-Trip
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The Snake – Support Member Ride
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Snake through the Tennessee mountains, through Stoney Creek and across into the pastoral Shady Valley.  From there, it’s up on up to the extraordinary Backbone Rock, with outcroppings, hiking trails, and beautiful photo opts.  Continue into Damascus, home of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and return through peaceful Mountain City, beside the beautiful Watauga Lake.  (Due to the extensive nature of curves and tight turns, this route is recommended for experienced riders.)
Top of the Roan
107 Miles Round-Trip
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This ride takes you through historic Elizabethton, to the top of Roan Mountain – home of East Tennessee’s grandest scenery.  Roan Mountain is also home to the world’s largest natural stand of Catawba Rhododendron.  It is the perfect place to feel the cleansing, cool breeze, smell the fragrant wildflowers, and let your mind wander back to simpler life. (This route contains many curves and tight turns.)
Places of the Past –
66 Miles Round-Trip
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Northeast Tennessee has an epic history – from the volunteers who saved the American Revolution, to the homes of legendary pioneers, statesmen, and even a U. S. President.  This route takes you to the Andrew Johnson Presidential Museum and home and  along cobblestone streets to the birthplace of Davy Crockett, past extraordinary museums, and even to a farm preserved since 1791.
8th Wonder of the World – 95 Miles Round-Trip
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 Called the “8th Wonder of the World”, by William Jennings Bryan, Natural Tunnel is more than one million years old.  Natural Tunnel State Park is a Virginia state park, centered on the Natural Tunnel, a massive naturally formed cave that is so large it is used as a railroad tunnel. It is located in the Appalachian Mountains near Duffield in Scott County, Virginia.  Ride the chairlift down to the hiking trails, picnic tables, and, the tunnel.
Music To Your Ears
84 Miles Round-Trip
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Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are famous for their music.  As the home of the legendary Carter Family and the Birthplace of Country Music, this area laid the foundation for America’s modern music scene.  See the Burger Bar, where Hank Williams was last seen alive, visit the auditorium that June Carter and Johnny Cash called home, and see where the first “country” recordings were made in 1927.
Spelunker Tour
53 Miles Round-Trip
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 In the early days of colonization, settlers were confronted by Indians who seemed to attack and then disappear into thin air.  Later, colonists discovered a majestic underground river, which they used as a hiding place during the Civil War.  On this ride you will see this unique cave, called Bristol Caverns, as well as Appalachian Caverns – an underground labyrinth more than a million years old.
The Long Dam Ride
137 Miles Round-Trip
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 This tour takes you through rugged gorges and past rocky cliffs, mountain streams, tranquil lakes, unique sites, and spectacular formations and miles of roller-coaster dips and rural charm.  The route includes stops at 3 dams and the Elizabethton Covered Bridge.  (Please note, a portion of route includes Hwy 421 (the Snake) that may require the skills of an experienced rider.)
Vinegar Pie
147 Miles Round-Trip
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This ride, from Johnson City to Clinch Mountain, is as sweet as the “Vingear Pie” at the Lookout Restaurant.  It takes you some of East Tennessee’s oldest communities, on the trails blazed by Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.  Get a panoramic view of Cherokee Lake and the foothills of the Smokey Mountains.
Mountain Ribbons
157 Miles Round-Trip
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 The highways of East Tennessee flow through it’s crowning glory, the Appalachian Mountains. Prepare to have your breath taken away as you snake across the lakes, rivers, and streams of one the world’s oldest mountain ranges.  Ultimately, the ride leads to one of the greatest rides in the whole world – The Blue Ridge Parkway.  Visit the Moses Cone House, the Linn Cove Viaduct, or the various overlooks of Grandfather Mountain.
Howling Wolves, Stars and History – 57 Miles Round-Trip
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Bay Mountain Park is known for its noisiest inhabitants:  the wolves.  And on this ride, your tires will howl just as loudly as they do.  Just a few twists of the throttle will take you to a land of isolated from noise and urban life – a life where deer, wild turkeys, and otters thrive alongside owls, beavers, and falcons.
E. Tennessee Highway Tour – 37 Miles Round-Trip
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Explore the scenic roads leading to the Historical Rocky Mount and Tipton-Haynes sites, the Sycamore Shoals Fort, and Carter Mansion – the oldest mansion in East Tennessee, dating back to 1775. At the Doe River’s, you’ll see one of the country’s last remaining covered bridges, which dates back to the early 1880’s.
Two Rivers, One Mountain, and Ten Million Trout Eggs – 76 Miles Round-Trip
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Feast your eyes on some of the nation’s largest breeding trout, the ascend into the famed Cherokee National Forest.  This rides goes up and way back into the Tennessee and North Carolina mountains, where the cool rivers flow lazily along.  As you ride farther away from civilization, you’ll find yourself in a notorious  land formerly known for its whiskey makers and moonshine runners.
Founders Ride
37 Miles Round-Trip
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Head toward the stomping grounds of Daniel Boone, and continue past the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum.  Enjoy the scenery of the countryside as you head toward historic Jonesborough.  Back in Johnson City, you’ll revitalized downtown, where you will find upscale eateries, Founders Park and the Farmers Market.  Downtown also offers music, art and shopping.