View Full Version : Is Hampton to Erwin Bikeable?

07-09-2012, 23:06
In order to avoid paying for a shuttle, before I start mysection hike between Erwin, TN and Hampton, TN, next week, Im consideringleaving my car in Hampton and then biking the 22 miles to Erwin. I was thinking Id take US-19E N to SimerlyCreek Rd (TN-173) to TN-107. I was just wondering if anyone who knows theseroads can tell me if they are fairly safe for riding a bicycle.

Johnny Thunder
07-09-2012, 23:20
i've ridden asheville to damascus through erwin and would be comfortable on 19E or the backroads that'll get you out that way. it's a big fast road but definitely an area that sees bikes now and then.

Shooting Star
07-09-2012, 23:20
On trips back home, I take this route sometimes to cutover to I-26.
The 19E stretch is ok, but a lot of the TN-173, TN-107 stretch is hilly, curvy,
no shoulder road. It's pretty country though and I suspect that local bikers
ride these roads. Just be extra careful.

07-09-2012, 23:26
While you're waiting for a reply from someone that knows that route (I don't), check out the bicycle option on Google Maps, sometimes it does a good job, sometime it takes you on a crazy route.

07-09-2012, 23:36
Just take the lane, ride with traffic, stay visible and you should be fine on any road you are legally able to ride on. Enjoy the ride and the hike.

07-10-2012, 08:29
I ride my motorcycle on this route as part of a loop that includes Roan Mt. and you could ride a bicycle on it.

The pucker factor would be huge for me on 19E though...

07-10-2012, 09:55
The roads here in NE Tn are used by bicycles often with many races planned. A shorter route would be from Hampton turn left on 19E go approx 1 mile right on Gap Creek Rd. Approx 2 miles later left on Dry Creek Rd. 11/2 miles later at the Laurels Recreation Area turn left on Sciota Rd following it to Hwy 107. Turn right go approx 1 mile to deadend. Turn left following 107 into Erwin. These Roads are not high traffic roads. Enjoy your trip and the hike

07-10-2012, 10:29
I did this once a while ago, it wasn't too bad. I would have preferred to have had a working light.

I took the route that includes Scioto Rd. I remember being extra careful to not miss the turn. Google appears to be mapping the route I rode.

There's a big hill on Dennis Cove Rd near Kincora that you wouldn't want to leave as the last part of your ride (especially if it is the last two miles of a 50 mile bike shuttle for instance). Make sure you have lights for your bike.

07-10-2012, 11:07
Remember if asking locals for directions for Sciota Rd. They pronounce it si o the rd.

07-10-2012, 20:11
Thanks everyone for the great advice! I feel good now about biking it!

07-11-2012, 10:30
Moved this thread to the "General" forums.