Road Bike The Smokies  by Jim Parham

Road Bike The Smokies Guide Book

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)
Road Bike The Smokies  by Jim Parham
This guide outlines 16 of the best routes in North Carolina's legendary Smoky Mountains - through Appalachian communities, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway & Scenic Waters Byway. The rides range from 8 to 70 miles in length and are rated easy to difficult. Each route description includes complete directions, cue sheet, elevation profile, riding time, road surface conditions, points of interest, services, and a detailed map.

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Trails from the "Road Bike The Smokies" Guide Book
Displaying trails 16 of 16.

Displaying trails 1 to 16 of 16.

On this route, you'll ride up one side of the Little Tennessee River and back down the other. You can think of Highway 28 as the high road (lots of good views) and Needmore as the low road (alongside ...
Bryson City, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 23
This is one of the westernmost rides you can do in North Carolina. Considering its length, it's surprising there are no major climbs on the route. The reason: you'll be taking advantage of a broad val ...
Andrews, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 45
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A local favorite, this ride loops through the valley formed by Burningtown Greek and the Little Tennessee River. High mountains loom on either side, but the valley itself is relatively flat- one of th ...
Franklin, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 19
A truly epic ride. You can make this route shorter depending on where you choose to start, but no matter where you begin, it's still epic. From Lake Santeetla you'll gain 3400 feet in a continuous 11- ...
Robbinsville, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 54
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Gem mines and lots of them. That's what you will see on this route. The Cowee Valley is renowned for its precious stones, and the mines are a main tourist attraction. The mine supplies the dirt and a ...
Cowee, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 8
This route lies on a hilly wedge of land bordered on three sides by water. On one side is the Tuckaseegee River and on the other is Alarka Creek. The far end is capped off by Fontana Lake. The flattes ...
Bryson City, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 13
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This is the locally famous "Road to Nowhere," a road leading into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was begun in 1941 and has yet to be completed. It was intended to connect Bryson City to ...
Bryson City, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 17
Starting from the Nantahala Outdoor Center Bike Shop and ending through the beautiful Nantahala Gorge, this ride takes you through some incredible countryside. The route is best known for its long cli ...
Nantahala, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 45
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You'll start out with one heck of a long climb on this route. Fortunately it's very gradual and tempered by the sight-seeing you get to do on the way up. Just down the road from the start you'll pass ...
Nantahala, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 41
Tootie's Cafe is located in the heart of the small mountain community of Stecoah and it is where you will start and end this ride. It's a classic backroads diner complete with the big EAT sign right o ...
Almond, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 9
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The Upper Alarka valley is one of the most beautiful around. It begins with a gradual twisting climb to high, open pasturages. You'll then head into a steep climb that takes you to Deep Gap. For the m ...
Bryson City, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 15
The Valley River valley between Andrews and Murphy is broad and flat with towering mountains on either side. This fertile area is filled with farms. On this ride you'll pass horse farms, cattle farms ...
Andrews, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 15
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Half of this route uses the last 26 miles of the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, where you'll climb to the top of Waterrock Knob at an elevation of 5800 feet- the highest elevation reached in this book. Th ...
Whittier, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 63
Much of this ride is along the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, a series of roads following beautiful rivers and streams in western North Carolina. You'll see a lot of waterfalls. It also follows portion ...
Nantahala, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 70
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Almost every Wednesday evening in the summertime you'll find a number of local riders out on the Whittier Loop for their weekly training ride. They've chosen this route because of its long flat stretc ...
Whittier, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21
It's hard to think of the Yellow Creek ride without getting obsessed by the hill climb up to Yellow Greek Gap. It's very, very steep and can turn even the strongest set of legs into jello. The funny t ...
Tuckasegee, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 38
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