Wayah Gap

Nantahala, North Carolina

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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 portions of the Mountain-to-Sea state bike route. Starting at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, you'll ride all the way to Franklin on the very curvy and hilly NC Highway 28 -- a real roller coaster ride. Leaving Franklin, the climb up to Wayah Gap is long and tortuous as well as beautiful. The road follows a cool gushing stream the entire way up. Your reward for the climb: 27 miles of almost continuous downhill! You'll pass by Lake Nantahala, the Cascades of the Upper Nantahala River and through the Nantahala Gorge. What a way to finish. Points of interest: Nantahala River rafting and Nantahala Outdoor Center (they have a good bike shop and three restaurants); Cowee Pottery; fresh produce stands and an honor system honey stand; gem mines; lots of waterfalls.
Road Bike The Smokies

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Road Bike The Smokies

by Jim Parham (Milestone Press)

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 portions of the Mountain-to-Sea state bike route. Starting at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, you'll ride all the way to Franklin on the very curvy and hilly NC Highway 28 -- a real roller coaster ride. Leaving Franklin, the climb up to Wayah Gap is long and tortuous as well as beautiful.

The road follows a cool gushing stream the entire way up. Your reward for the climb: 27 miles of almost continuous downhill! You'll pass by Lake Nantahala, the Cascades of the Upper Nantahala River and through the Nantahala Gorge. What a way to finish. Points of interest: Nantahala River rafting and Nantahala Outdoor Center (they have a good bike shop and three restaurants); Cowee Pottery; fresh produce stands and an honor system honey stand; gem mines; lots of waterfalls.

©  Jim Parham/Milestone Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Nantahala
Distance: 70
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Riding Time: 6 to 7 hours - Intermediate level
Season: Year-round, best Spring - Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 4,100 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Wayah Gap

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