The Joy of Bicycling and Mountain Biking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
Many miles of scenic roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills of North Carolina are designated bike routes and are popular for both day outings and competitive riding events. There are also hundreds of miles of bike trails and annual bike tours to participate in throughout the NC mountains.
Cycling Routes and Mountain Biking Trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the best-known of these roads, and motorists share the way with road cyclists and mountain bikers all year round. North of Asheville, the Parkway leads to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Each spring, cyclists and mountain bikers from across the country come to participate in the "Assault on Mount Mitchell," a 100-mile race along the 5,000 foot ascent to the peak.
Other Bicycling Routes and Mountain Bike Trails in WNC
The "Road to Nowhere" in the far western mountains is a lightly traveled road that winds for eight miles into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park north of Bryson City and offers a moderate ride with great views of Fontana Lake.
Western North Carolina's small towns are also excellent destinations for riders who like to stop for a good restaurant, ice cream parlor, historic site, or craft gallery.
The City of Asheville has miles of bicycle-friendly roadways along which cyclists can travel to many local attractions.