Lower Alarka

Bryson City, North Carolina

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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 flattest section of the entire route is right at the beginning as you cross the bridge over the four-lane. After that, it's nonstop up one little hill and down another, with plenty of curves on each. Halfway through the ride you'll make a two-mile climb which leads into a fun roller coaster ride out to the shores of Lake Fontana. You'll pass two waterfalls, a small one that falls almost in the road, and another along Alarka Creek. To double the length of this ride, combine it with the Upper Alarka route. Points of interest: Lake Fontana; waterfall; side trip to the spring at Cold Springs Baptist Church.
Road Bike The Smokies

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Road Bike The Smokies

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)

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 flattest section of the entire route is right at the beginning as you cross the bridge over the four-lane.

After that, it's nonstop up one little hill and down another, with plenty of curves on each. Halfway through the ride you'll make a two-mile climb which leads into a fun roller coaster ride out to the shores of Lake Fontana. You'll pass two waterfalls, a small one that falls almost in the road, and another along Alarka Creek. To double the length of this ride, combine it with the Upper Alarka route. Points of interest: Lake Fontana; waterfall; side trip to the spring at Cold Springs Baptist Church.

©  Jim Parham/Milestone Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 1.25 hours - Intermediate level
Season: Year-round, best Spring - Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,200 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Alarka

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