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North Carolina High Country

Ride Details

Dates: July 5-11 & 12-18, 2020

Distance: 272+- miles total

Cost: $2645

Rider Level: Active - Advanced

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Exhilarating road biking, spectacular mountain views, small town charm and exquisite dining await you in the remote, northwest corner of the Tarheel State. Your cycling covers the rural counties of Watuga, Avery, Ashe and Mitchell. You'll bike the famous Blue Ridge parkway and catch majestic views of the surrounding mountains and valley townships. Leaving the parkway and getting off the main routes, you'll be guided through little known country roads where you find small towns, Christmas tree farms dotting the hillsides, general stores, rushing waterfalls and upscale ski town resorts.

Tour Details:

Dates: July 5-11 & 12-18 (Sun-Sat)  6 days, 6 nights  Price: $2645 Single Room: $330   Bike Rental: $195 road bike, $325 Ebike

Travel Logistics: Flight arrangements should be made in and out of Asheville, NC airport. Airport pick up time on July 5 or 12 is: 3 PM. From there we will shuttle to our starting point in Burnsville, NC. If driving into Asheville, we will give you your location for parking your car for the next 6 days. Our final ride will take us back into Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway. At the conclusion of the tour on July 11 or 18, we will drop off at your vehicle by 4 PM or to the Asheville airport by 6 PM.

Included: All lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hour on the 1st evening, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides

Highlighted Hotels: Carolina Country Inn • Inn at Elk River • Holiday Inn Express West Jefferson • Village Inns of Blowing Rock •  Switzerland Inn

A few of our favorite towns and stops are:

Little Switzerland Blowing Rock LinvilleSpruce Pine Banner ElkBoone Valle CrucisWest JeffersonToddBakersvillePenland Celo • Asheville

Our first day takes us out of the town of Burnsville with it's in town village and mountain top village of Mountain Air, a fly-in, fly-out resort. On to the remote towns of Bakersville and Penland. Penland is home to one of the country's oldest arts and crafts school. There we tour the campus and it's art studios and enjoy a lunch on the Green. We work our way to The Blue Ridge Parkway for the evening. (44.5 miles, 3854 elevation gain)

On day 2, we head to Spruce Pine. Redundant in name, yes there are Christmas tree farms. We skirt around Grand Father Mountain. For those who wish, we can climb to the top, it's a challenge. We will "bump" up the hill because the views are well worth the trip. From Grandfather Mountain, we follow the river beds to North Carolina's ski country, riding in the shadows of  Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and  Seven Devils. Banner Elk, another upscale resort town is our stay for the evening. (46.2 miles, 4544 elevation)

The next day, we want you to keep your eyes wide open. Leaving Banner Elk, you may see elk and bear and we don't want you to miss the white dots in the road that we refer to as towns.  Valle Crucis is home to the south's oldest general store. Following a visit to Mast General Store, we skirt around the busy college town of Boone, home to Appalachian State. We start following a little flatter terrain, as we cycle against the flow of the New River in the wooded mountain gaps on our way to historic towns of Todd and West Jefferson, our stop for the evening. Enjoy hors d'eourves, a cocktail and watch fire flies across the valley.  (44.8 miles, 4215 elevation)

Day 4 we can take a little float time on the new River or head straight out on the bikes. We are on one of the flattest parts of the tour for a while, then we make our way to a southward hop along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Blowing Rock. Truly deserving of the title: "Crown of the Blue Ridge." Here you'll find popular family attractions including Tweetsie Railroad and The Blowing Rock, a plethora of unique downtown shops, and outdoor adventures ranging from hiking to spelunking. (43.2 miles, 4408 elevation gain)

Out of Blowing Rock, on morning 5, we are on and off the Parkway, enjoying the beauty of The Linville Falls, the magnificent views from the Linville Viaduct, small villages of Pineola and Crossmore before we reach our park lodge in Little Switzerland. (42.6 miles, 4282 elevation )

On our final morning, after a satisfying breakfast we ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Asheville. (31 or 51 miles, 2943 elevation)

You will definitely feel a sense of accomplishment after logging your miles in these beautiful mountains over the last six days.