One of the best kept secrets is the spring season when the Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to cars, but open to bikers and walkers, providing a quieter glimpse into the heart of Glacier National Park. Visit the Road Status page on Glacier National Park’s Website for updates on biking and hiking access. Gear up to ride as far as the plows allow, or bring the entire family for a leisurely ride and picnic along McDonald Creek as it cascades down toward Lake McDonald. Glacier National Park Book – Buy-Now!
Shenandoah National Park is hosting its first Ride the Drive Car-Free Day event on April 23, 2017. Skyline Drive will be closed to motorized vehicles from the Front Royal Entrance Station at mile 0 to the Thornton Gap Entrance Station at mile 31.5, while the rest will remain open to cars. Entrance fees to the park will also be waived on April 22 and 23. People looking to participate are encouraged to register, however. You can find more info and register for the event here. Shenandoah National Park Book – Buy-Now!
In 2015, Acadia National Park started offering car-free mornings on certain dates on the Park Loop Road, which includes Cadillac Summit Road. For the past two years, car-free mornings have taken place on two Saturdays a year, usually one in May and one in September. On these dates, the Park Loop Road, including the road to Cadillac Summit, are closed to motor vehicles until noon. Acadia has not announced their 2017 car-free morning dates yet, but check their news page for updates as the spring progresses. Acadia National Park Book – Buy-Now!
Cades Cove Loop Road is an 11-mile one-way road that provides cyclists with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and the chance to tour 19th-century homesteads in Smoky Mountains National Park. From early May to late September each year, the road is closed to motorized vehicles every Wednesday and Saturday morning until 10 am. Bikes can also be rented at the campground store in the summer and fall months. For more info on cycling in the park, check out their webpage. Smoky Mountains National Park Book – Buy-Now!
Crater Lake National Park will be hosting two car-free days this year. On September 9 and 16, 2017, East Rim Drive will be closed to motorized vehicles all day on these two Saturdays. This will offer cyclists 24 miles of car-free roads to enjoy, and the opportunity to check out America’s deepest lake and the surrounding forests. There is an entrance fee to the park ($15 per vehicle or $10 per person if walking or cycling in), but no additional fee to participate in the event. More information and a map can be found here. Crater Lake National Park Book – Buy-Now!
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