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Roan Mountain Challenge Professional Review and Guide
"In mid-June, Roan Mountain and the surrounding balds are a spectacular contrast of pinks and greens. Roan Mountain has more than 600 acres of Catawba rhododendron-the largest natural garden of the species in the world.
The rugged landscape is popular for bikers as well as hikers and skiers. This ride, nicknamed the "Roan Groan" for good reason, includes some of the best elements of mountain cycling with an extended climb and steep, winding descents. Terrain: mountainous to rolling, with steep descents."
--Elizabeth & Charles Skinner, Best Bike Rides in the South (The Globe Pequot Press).
Not quite sure about this one since it's part of the AT. I always thought that bikes were prohibited on all footpaths esp the AT. I've hiked this beautiful trail many times, so I decided to bring my bike with me after reading about this. I was immediately confronted by a game warden who asked me my name and address. Don't try it!
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