Linville Falls to Craggy Gardens

Linville Falls, North Carolina

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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 motels in Little Switzerland all make wonderful weekend getaways. One of the highlights of this area is the vast apple orchard between Mileposts 328 and 329. In the fall, you can buy quite an assortment of apples, including Stayman Winesap, Stark Delicious, and York Imperial. If you are lucky enough to cycle through here between late April and early May, the apple blossoms will intoxicate you with their perfume.
Bicycling the Blue Ridge

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Bicycling the Blue Ridge

by Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner (Menasha Ridge Press)

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 motels in Little Switzerland all make wonderful weekend getaways.

One of the highlights of this area is the vast apple orchard between Mileposts 328 and 329. In the fall, you can buy quite an assortment of apples, including Stayman Winesap, Stark Delicious, and York Imperial. If you are lucky enough to cycle through here between late April and early May, the apple blossoms will intoxicate you with their perfume.

©  Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Linville Falls
Distance: 47
Trail Type: Shuttle
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Gill State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Linville Falls to Craggy Gardens

Recent Trail Reviews

9/7/2008
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Disclaimer: As suggested in the Trail Guide, mine was an out-and-back day trip from Crabtree Meadows. From CM to the top of Mitchell is 42 miles; I added another 8 to make it an even 50. Review: Terrific experience. Leaving at 9 AM, at 62 degrees with sunlight filtering through the trees and the only clouds lightly capping some mountain tops and filling in the valley floor, every detail was perfect. Total altitude climbed from CM to Mitchell is a full mile, over only 21 miles, but I enjoyed every foot of it. Total climb for the ride was about 7000 ft. With so many great vistas on both sides of the road, this ride will be tough to match. The Parkway was still closed between Mitchell and Craggy, due to "the great landslide of '07". I highly recommend this ride, routed this way. The scenery is fantastic, and the facilties at either end of the trip are among the best on the BRP. As a bonus, Crabtree Falls is one of the most photogenic on the Parkway. Thanks to Elizabeth and Charlie Skinner for their Trail Guide!



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