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.

  • #1 Lake Norman Challenge

    3 Reviews

    Denver, NC

    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. ...
    •  43 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride is enjoyable all year. The back roads of Catawba and Iredell counties are as charming as their names: Grassy Creek ...

  • #2 Blue Ridge Parkway Challenge

    2 Reviews

    Blowing Rock, NC

    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 ...
    •  49 miles
    •  Guide

    The Blue Ridge Parkway Challenge, suited for advanced and in-shape riders, is an out-and-back ride with spectacular views ...

  • #3 Cycling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    1 Reviews

    Buxton, NC

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    With its long, flat landscape stretching 72 miles down the coast of North Carolina, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is ...

  • #4 Kings Mountain Ramble

    2 Reviews

    Kings Mountain, NC

    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 ...
    •  21.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Kings Mountain Ramble connects two state parks and a national military park on a pleasant but hilly ride from southern North ...

  • #5 Cape Fear Challenge

    2 Reviews

    Wilmington, NC

    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 ...
    •  55.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The ride acquaints you with nearly every aspect of the Cape Fear area. It progresses from city to riverbank to beachfront. ...

  • #6 Road to Nowhere

    1 Reviews

    Bryson City, NC

    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 ...
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the locally famous "Road to Nowhere," a road leading into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that was begun ...

  • #7 Shining Creek Path

    6 Reviews

    Shining Rock Wilderness, NC

    Shining Creek Path is a hiking and biking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 3,382 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  4.0 miles

    Shining Creek Path is a hiking and biking trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Shining Rock Wilderness. ...

  • #8 Asheville - Biltmore Ramble

    1 Reviews

    Asheville, NC

    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 neig ...
    •  17.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Asheville-Biltmore Ramble, a delightful but challenging 17.5-mile ride, takes you by many of Asheville’s scenic and historically ...

  • #9 Historic Alamance County Cruise

    2 Reviews

    Snow Camp, NC

    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 ...
    •  41.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Historic Alamance County Cruise rambles through the quiet countryside in this section of North Carolina’s Piedmont. The ...

  • #10 Capital City Ramble

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    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. ...
    •  12.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Capital City Ramble offers a relatively easy 12.2-mile tour of Raleigh. It starts at the main entrance to an established ...

  • #11 French Broad River Cruise

    3 Reviews

    Brevard, NC

    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 ...
    •  40.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The French Broad River Cruise, amazingly enough in light of the surrounding terrain, is not difficult because it wanders ...

  • #12 Fort Fisher to Southport Cruise

    0 Reviews

    Southport, NC

    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 ...
    •  27.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The 27.1-mile Fort Fisher to Southport Cruise explores a small coastal town at the mouth of the Cape Fear River and then ...

  • #13 Bat Cave - Edneyville

    1 Reviews

    Skyland, NC

    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, ...
    •  42 miles
    •  Guide

    Beautiful mountain roads highlight this wonderful ride through rural apple orchard country. Some of the terrain is rolling, ...

  • #14 Orange County Ramble

    0 Reviews

    Carrboro, NC

    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 ...
    •  24.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Orange County Ramble will let you relax and enjoy your ride with few turns. The ride begins in the small town of Carrboro ...

  • #15 Outer Banks Cruise

    1 Reviews

    Ocracoke, NC

    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 ...
    •  55.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Your ride begins on Ocracoke Island, the southernmost island of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. In the course of the ...

  • #16 Cherohala Skyway

    1 Reviews

    Robbinsville, NC

    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 ...
    •  54 miles
    •  Guide

    A truly epic ride. You can make this route shorter depending on where you choose to start, but no matter where you begin, ...

  • #17 Hanging Rock Challenge

    1 Reviews

    Rural Hall, NC

    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 ...
    •  37.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hanging Rock State Park is the major destination for several bike rides in the area. Hanging Rock is a jagged peak prominent ...

  • #18 Duke - Durham Cruise

    0 Reviews

    Durham, NC

    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 ...
    •  26.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The 26.1-mile Duke-Durham Cruise takes you on a delightful sight-seeing tour of Durham, home of Duke University. The ride ...

  • #19 Yancey County River Cruise

    1 Reviews

    Burnsville, NC

    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 ...
    •  37.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This route is testament to the restorative qualities of cycling. In this area called the Heart of the Blue Ridge, steep slopes ...

  • #20 Queen City Ramble

    1 Reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    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 ...
    •  19.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Queen City Ramble leads you on a challenging tour of North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, and is recommended for ...