Knoxville offers over 160 miles of greenways and trails and has become a mountain biking destination over the past decade. The varied terrain and lush open spaces offer a wide variety of biking opportunities for families and recreational cyclists seeking relatively flat paved greenways, for road cyclists seeking longer routes and strenuous climbs, and for mountain bikers seeking challenging technical trails. Whether you are a local looking to try out a new hobby or a visitor with the desire to fling some dirt, we have compiled a list to help you find a bike rental for your adventure!
Located in the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center at Volunteer Landing in Downtown Knoxville, KAC offers many types of rental bikes to get you rolling! Commuter bikes can be rented for a half day for $20 or a full day for $35 and are perfect for exploring downtown, including Neyland Greenway, which begins in the KAC parking lot and follows the Tennessee River for 3 miles of flat and easy riding. Insider tip: nab your rental, throw some provisions in your basket, coast the Neyland Greenway and end at the beautiful UT Gardens – it’s a recipe for a perfect picnic day!
For mountain bikers, KAC offers trailhead delivery in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness in SoKno and at Sharp’s Ridge in North Knox with advanced notice. Hardtail mountain bikes are available for full-day rentals at $45, and e-bikes are available for a full day at $100. They also have options for children’s bikes and trailers available, so bring the whole family!
Knoxville Outdoor tours offers a fleet of premium mountain bikes available for full-day rentals. The bikes are $99 for use all day including delivery and pick-up at Baker Creek Preserve. If you book a tour with them, rentals are only $75 and include an expert tune for your riding style and weight. The Knoxville Outdoor Tours website also lists bike specifications and tips for picking the right mountain bike for your adventure.
River Sports Outfitters on Sutherland Avenue offers greenway bikes at $20 per half day or $35 for a full day. Mountain bikes are also available for full-day rentals, including hardtail mountain bikes for $40 or full-suspension bikes for $75. This is a great option for those capable of transporting a bike to a trailhead, or for riding on the nearby Second Creek Greenway which offers connections to several parks, restaurants, breweries, and other greenways. Get to know Sutherland Avenue here – plenty of places to cruise, shop, and grab bites all day!
On Saturdays and Sundays, you can rent mountain bikes from River Sports at The Cove in West Knoxville. The rentals open at 10:00 AM and the last rental slots are at 5:00 PM on Saturdays and 4:00 PM on Sundays. The rates are $25 for 2 hours, $35 for a half day and $50 for a full day. There are lots of dirt trails to enjoy at Concord Park, with 7.3 miles of multi-use trail ranging from easy to difficult, including a 1-mile stretch of black diamond trail, and an additional 2.1 miles of trail located on the west side of the parking lot.
River Sports offers mountain bike rentals at Mead’s Quarry on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The bikes are $25 for 2 hours, $35 for 4 hours, or $50 for a full day. You can rent a bike right on the trail at one of the most popular trailheads in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The Imerys trail will start you right on the 12.5-mile South Loop, which connects to all 55 miles of fun in the KUW! If you are looking for greenway or electric bikes, there are some available at the Ijams Visitor Center which offers a direct connection to the 3.6-mile Will Skelton Greenway. Get to know SoKno here – a great neighborhood to grab a beer, a slice of pizza, and chill out on the “best coast”!
The UTOP Bike Shop, inside the Outdoor Center at TRECS, is open to all current students and faculty with RecSports memberships. UTOP offers short-term bike rentals at $12 per day or $20 for a weekend. The bike shop has a limited amount of mountain, road, and commuter bikes. To check equipment availability and sizing, give them a call at 865-974-9749. They also offer semester-long rentals, but there is high demand, and they are offered on a first come, first served basis starting the first day of classes. Student or not, get to know UT Campus and Cumberland Avenue by bike!
Got your bike and ready to roll? Check out our handy Guide to Knoxville Greenways!