Road Biking North Carolina
by Judi Lawson Wallace (Falcon Guides)
© Judi Lawson Wallace/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Highly recommended; of course, any ride that climbs to Grandfather Mountain has to be good (and more difficult). Basically, the ride is a shorter, steeper climb to GM, followed by a longer, gradual descent to Linville Falls. Note: That initial "breezy downhill", is actually a quite-steep 2.5 miles; so on the return, at mile 46.5 of the trip, that unrelenting 2.5 mile climb is a real punch in the gut. As an alternative, you might start and end at the Julian Price picnic area, rather than Moses Cone. The 7 mile climb (my computer measured 6) is not too bad, since you are tackling it first thing. If the weather is clear and you can pack a camera, the view from the East in the morning light, of the GM boulder field and volcanic outcroppings, is one of the best shots on the Parkway. You'll want to at least stop to drink it in! Thanks to Judi Wallace for her Trail Guide!
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