Bicycling the Blue Ridge Guide Book

by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner (Menasha Ridge Press)
Bicycling the Blue Ridge  by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner

176pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0897326180

The Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are arguably the two most quintessential scenic roads east of the Mississippi. This 575-mile strip of continuous road flows between Front Royal, Virginia, and Cherokee, North Carolina, traverses the Shenandoah National Park, and connects to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains. Bicycling the Blue Ridge is the definitive guide to this ribbon of highway and is ready to help you plan the perfect trip. Open these pages and you will find detailed, mile-by-mile descriptions that provide information on lodging, restaurants, stores, and bike shops on or near these united roads. Newly designed maps and elevation profiles are also included. Whether your interest is recreational cycling, touring, or racing, whether you are out for the day or a month, Bicycling the Blue Ridge is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in bicycling this incredible highway.

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Trails from the "Bicycling the Blue Ridge" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 12 of 12.
... Preview: Get ready for some fun. You have a solid 10 miles of spectacular downhill into Asheville. You’ll gain it back if you are cycling on to Mount Pisgah, but for now, enjoy. Pisgah National Forest spreads ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Dillingham, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 42
... Preview: From Cumberland Knob southward you will encounter rolling hills with panoramic views of the Piedmont to the east. Pastureland, meadows, and apple orchards comprise much of the scenery between Milepost ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Lowgap, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 42
... Preview: This is one of the most popular starting points for extended tours of the Blue Ridge. The closest airports to Front Royal are approximately 70 miles away in Washington, D.C. You can cycle out of eithe ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Front Royal, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31.5
... Preview: Since you are starting out at the lowest point on the Parkway and heading toward the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia, expect to do some climbing. Uphill climbs will amount to 4,000 feet. That ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Big Island, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 57
... Preview: Linville Falls and Crabtree Meadows are both wonderful areas from which to make day trips. You could set up base camp at either place and have plenty of options for exploring by bicycle. The various m ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Linville Falls, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 47
... Preview: The town of Meadows of Dan is just 1 mile south of Mabry Mill. Here you will find ample facilities: groceries, a laundry, restaurants, and lodging. Relative to other sections, this 23-mile stretch is ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Vesta, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 41
... Preview: It is 60 rugged miles to Cherokee, and you had better be well prepared. Facilities are scarce in these parts. You will be cycling along Pisgah Ridge to the Great Balsams. You will reach the highes ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Asheville, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 60
... Preview: There is no level ground from the trading post to Julian Price Memorial Park. You climb from the Northwest Trading Post, descend some, and then climb some more. You are headed toward Boone, Blowing Ro ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Glendale Springs, NC - Road Biking - Trail Length: 58
... Preview: One of the best things about the climb south, out of Roanoke, is that you have plenty of time to appreciate the views of Roanoke Valley. Between Mileposts 128 and 133, the Parkway climbs 1,800 feet wi ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Starkey, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 55
... Preview: In the 115 miles from Rockfish Gap to Roanoke, the Blue Ridge narrows to a single ridgetop, which the Parkway traverses, alternating from side to side. This 64-mile stretch leading to the James River ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Waynesboro, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 64
... Preview: From Swift Run Gap southward, there is a mixed bag of up and down, but the road ultimately climbs into the Loft Mountain area. Loft Mountain Wayside is directly off Skyline Drive. However, the road to ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Newtown, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 40
... Preview: The numerous overlooks and hiking trails highlighting streams, waterfalls, and geologic formations are good reasons for taking your time along Skyline Drive. At Thornton Gap you can view Marys Rock, w ... From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Sperryville, VA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 34
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