Seven Eleven

Nantahala, North Carolina

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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 so close to an old power house you can almost feel the charge of electricity as you pass by. Soak up what you can for the climb ahead. As you follow the course of the upper Nantahala River you'll pass waterfall after waterfall. One section is known as the "cascades." Farther up, and once on the gated Forest Service Route 711 (no traffic here), the views of the surrounding peaks are simple stunning. It's like riding on a private Blue Ridge Parkway. After a few rolling ridges, you'll start the long, swooping descent down to the shores of Lake Nantahala and finally back along the river, reversing the long climb with an easy coast. Points of interest: Old Nantahala Power & Light power house; cascades of Nantahala River; overlooks on Forest Service 711; Lake Nantahala; Bartram Trail crossing.
Road Bike The Smokies

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Road Bike The Smokies

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)

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 so close to an old power house you can almost feel the charge of electricity as you pass by. Soak up what you can for the climb ahead. As you follow the course of the upper Nantahala River you'll pass waterfall after waterfall. One section is known as the "cascades." Farther up, and once on the gated Forest Service Route 711 (no traffic here), the views of the surrounding peaks are simple stunning. It's like riding on a private Blue Ridge Parkway.

After a few rolling ridges, you'll start the long, swooping descent down to the shores of Lake Nantahala and finally back along the river, reversing the long climb with an easy coast. Points of interest: Old Nantahala Power & Light power house; cascades of Nantahala River; overlooks on Forest Service 711; Lake Nantahala; Bartram Trail crossing.

©  Jim Parham/Milestone Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Nantahala
Distance: 41
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Riding Time: 5 to 5.5 hours - Intermediate level
Season: Year-round, best Spring - Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Seven Eleven

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