Best Road Biking in North Carolina

This list represents the most popular road biking in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina road biking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Lake Norman Challenge


This ride is enjoyable all year. The back roads of Catawba and Iredell counties are as charming as their names: Grassy Creek Road, Black Snake Road, Molly's Backbone, and Buffalo Shoals road. The r…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the South"
Denver, NC - Road Biking - 43 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Kings Mountain Ramble


Kings Mountain Ramble connects two state parks and a national military park on a pleasant but hilly ride from southern North Carolina into northern South Carolina. From Crowders Mountain State Park…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Kings Mountain, NC - Road Biking - 21.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Cycling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore


With its long, flat landscape stretching 72 miles down the coast of North Carolina, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a good destination for long, relatively easy rides. There is only one real hi…
From the guidebook "Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores"
Buxton, NC - Road Biking
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Linville Falls to Craggy Gardens


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 m…
From the guidebook "Bicycling the Blue Ridge"
Linville Falls, NC - Road Biking - 47 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Cape Fear Challenge


The ride acquaints you with nearly every aspect of the Cape Fear area. It progresses from city to riverbank to beachfront. Points of interest along the way include Fort Fisher and the North Carolin…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the South"
Wilmington, NC - Road Biking - 55.8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Asheville - Biltmore Ramble


The Asheville-Biltmore Ramble, a delightful but challenging 17.5-mile ride, takes you by many of Asheville’s scenic and historically important sights and through architecturally diverse neighborhoods.…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Asheville, NC - Road Biking - 17.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Blue Ridge Parkway Challenge


The Blue Ridge Parkway Challenge, suited for advanced and in-shape riders, is an out-and-back ride with spectacular views on this parkway built along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western N…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Blowing Rock, NC - Road Biking - 49 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Capital City Ramble


The Capital City Ramble offers a relatively easy 12.2-mile tour of Raleigh. It starts at the main entrance to an established girls’ school then heads toward the State Capitol and downtown Raleigh. Aft…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Raleigh, NC - Road Biking - 12.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. French Broad River Cruise


The French Broad River Cruise, amazingly enough in light of the surrounding terrain, is not difficult because it wanders through the French Broad River valley, caressing the river along much of its 40…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Brevard, NC - Road Biking - 40.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Fort Fisher to Southport Cruise


The 27.1-mile Fort Fisher to Southport Cruise explores a small coastal town at the mouth of the Cape Fear River and then crosses by ferry to the coastal island across the river where Fort Fisher is lo…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Southport, NC - Road Biking - 27.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Bat Cave - Edneyville


Beautiful mountain roads highlight this wonderful ride through rural apple orchard country. Some of the terrain is rolling, but there are also several long, hard climbs and one six-mile-long, fast win…
From the guidebook "Road Bike Asheville, North Carolina"
Skyland, NC - Road Biking - 42 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#12. Road to Nowhere


This is the locally famous "Road to Nowhere," a road leading into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was begun in 1941 and has yet to be completed. It was intended to connect Bryson City to…
From the guidebook "Road Bike The Smokies"
Bryson City, NC - Road Biking - 17 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#13. Orange County Ramble


The Orange County Ramble will let you relax and enjoy your ride with few turns. The ride begins in the small town of Carrboro with its mainly residential streets. Major improvements along Greensboro S…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Carrboro, NC - Road Biking - 24.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Outer Banks Cruise


Your ride begins on Ocracoke Island, the southernmost island of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. In the course of the ride, you hop a ferry to Hatteras Island and make a turnaround at Cape Hattera…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the South"
Ocracoke, NC - Road Biking - 55.6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#15. Cherohala Skyway


A truly epic ride. You can make this route shorter depending on where you choose to start, but no matter where you begin, it's still epic. From Lake Santeetla you'll gain 3400 feet in a continuous 11-…
From the guidebook "Road Bike The Smokies"
Robbinsville, NC - Road Biking - 54 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#16. Hanging Rock Challenge


Hanging Rock State Park is the major destination for several bike rides in the area. Hanging Rock is a jagged peak prominent in a range of Mountains called the Sauratowns. They stand nearby but apart…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the South"
Rural Hall, NC - Road Biking - 37.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Duke - Durham Cruise


The 26.1-mile Duke-Durham Cruise takes you on a delightful sight-seeing tour of Durham, home of Duke University. The ride begins in front of the famous Duke Chapel, winding through the West and then t…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Durham, NC - Road Biking - 26.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Yancey County River Cruise


This route is testament to the restorative qualities of cycling. In this area called the Heart of the Blue Ridge, steep slopes shelter the roads hugging the banks of Jack’s Creek and then the Toe Rive…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Burnsville, NC - Road Biking - 37.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Queen City Ramble


The Queen City Ramble leads you on a challenging tour of North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, and is recommended for experienced cyclists. Beginning at the chic shopping area called Southpark Mal…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Charlotte, NC - Road Biking - 19.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Historic Alamance County Cruise


The Historic Alamance County Cruise rambles through the quiet countryside in this section of North Carolina’s Piedmont. The gently rolling landscape provides the exhilaration of coasting downhill with…
From the guidebook "Road Biking North Carolina"
Snow Camp, NC - Road Biking - 41.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides