BRAT

The Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, also known as the BRAT, is a six-day cycling tour hosted by Tennessee State Parks. The tour changes location annually to allow cyclists to see a new portion of Tennessee each year they return. In 2024, we will be making our way to East Tennessee! We will have two basecamps, our first being Fall Creek Falls State Park, (Sept 14-16) and then we will move to Cumberland Mountain State Park (Sept 17-19) for the second half of the week. Both parks are just gorgeous!

Most days, you will have the opportunity to choose a route that best fits your goals. You can expect to see elevation of around 2000 ft for the 35-mile routes, 3000 ft for the 50-mile routes, and 6000 ft for the 100-mile routes. There is truly something for everyone! Rest stops will be along the routes every 15 - 20 miles, fueling you with snacks and drinks! Don't worry, there will also be access to restrooms along the route. You will have access to our BRAT mechanic, and our Rangers will be your personal support and security as you ride throughout the week. In the coming weeks, we will announce the routes.

With your ride registration you can also expect a plethora of other perks! You will have access to one of the newest Tennessee State Park Lodges, where all meals will be served, at Fall Creek Falls State Park from September 14-16. For the second half of the ride, our basecamp will be the beautiful Cumberland Mountain State Park, which is a CCC-era park. Both breakfast and dinner will be provided from September 14th through 19th, except for dinner on the last day of the ride, September 19th. There will be a variety of daily programs and activities led by our Tennessee State Park Rangers, such as kayaking, pontoon tours, birds of prey programs, and more! Each rider will receive a BRAT t-shirt, maps and que sheets, and so much more!

With your registration you will automatically be eligible to stay in the designated dispersed camping area, which will be located within walking distance of each basecamp. This area will have access to restrooms and portajohns, a shower truck, and limited electric.

If camping isn't for you, there will be many other overnight accommodation options for you to choose from. RV camping, cabins, or lodge rooms will all need to be reserved on your own. We recommend making these reservations ASAP.

Date: September 14 - 19, 2024
Distances: 35 - 100 each day
City, State: two locations, see website
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Online Information: https://www.thebrat.org/
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