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Blue Ridge Pkwy | Skyline Dr. Bike Tour

Ride Details

Dates: Sep 19-Oct 1, 2021

Distance: Up to 651 miles, with daily range of 35-81 miles, elevation 58,905 ft

Cost: $4200

Rider Level: Advanced, van support available

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A Bike tour done exclusively by Cycle Of Life Adventures. 

The Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia may not be as big and mighty as the US and Canadian Rockies, but don't be fooled. These lush, green, Rhododendron cover hills can be a real challenge. The topography of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive is a constant up and down.

Our Route starts in the small mountain town of Cherokee NC, with what we consider to be the toughest day of the tour- If you decide to do all 62 miles on day one, you will climb 9200 feet.  No problems though....we have built in a shuttle forward to the National Park's Pisgah Inn- then we can shuttle you 20 miles back out in the morning. That will even out the ride a bit for day 2 which is mostly a coast downhill into Asheville.

Along the way, we will travel through the beautiful art district of Asheville and we give you an option for Mount Mitchell. We pass through charming small mountain towns of Little Switzerland then Blowing Rock where we take our first rest day. There you can stretch your legs with a walkabout Grandfather Mountain or the trails of Moses Cone Park.

You're back in the saddle to the rural areas north of Boone and Glendale Springs before entering southern Virginia. Just a few smaller hills lie ahead in Fancy Gap and The Meadows of Dan before we then enter Virginia horse country. We overnight in 2 National Parks; Lodges at the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge and The Lodge at Big Meadows on Skyline Dr. We spend a relaxing day off in Lexington and the Shenandoah Valley before get back on the Parkway and Skyline Drive back to the top of Skyline Drive. From here, we will see WV and Pennsylvania on a clear day. Your final ride is mostly downhill to Front Royal, VA, the northern terminus to Skyline Dr.

Blue Ridge Pkwy/Skyline Dr. Bike Tour Details

Sept  19-Oct 1, 2021 (12 nights, 12 days) Sun-Fri  Price: $4200 Single room supplement is $880. Bike Rental: road bike $225, e-bikes available

Travel Logistics: This tour originates in Asheville, NC and ends in Front Royal, VA.  Pick up time in Asheville, NC is: 1 pm on the start date. Drop off time is: Dulles International, near DC on the final riding day by 5 pm. For advise on staying after the trip, please call the office. Our owner is native to this area.

Travel Time if driving from other major cities to Asheville: Atlanta 3.5, Charlotte 2, Jacksonville FL 6.5,  Washington DC 7, Nashville 4.5, Indianapolis7.25, Columbus OH 7. Please call the office for details of returning to Asheville after the tour.

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 of each tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides

Highlighted Inns: Pisgah Inn, Peaks of Otter Lodge, Robert E. Lee Hotel, The Lodge at Big Meadows

Special Note *Book this trip as multiple cities for air fares, not round trip. Airport pick up is Asheville, NC and drop off will be Dulles International west of Washington, DC.The Appalachian Trail-South

Day 1 Southern Terminus to Pisgah (63 miles) 9227 ft

Blue Ridge Pkwy | Skyline Dr.

Day 2 - Pisgah, NC- Asheville  (33 miles) Elevation +2624 ft

Highlights: beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, with early signs of Dogwoods and Mountain Laurel coming to bloom. Quiant shopping districts.

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Day 3 - Asheville, NC - Linville Falls, NC (67.8 miles) Elevation 8635 ft

Highlights: Blue Ridge Parkway, NC Christmas tree farms that dot the mountainside. Views of Black Mtn, Mt Mitchell, town of Little Switzerland.

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Day 4- Linville Falls, NC -Blowing Rock/Boone, NC (40.3 miles) Elevation 4826 ft

Highlights: Linville Falls,  Dinner at The Rock House Dinner. (You can eat in Avery, use the bathroon in Burke and pay your bill in McDowell county)

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Day 5- Off Day in Blowing Rock  (hiking, Adventures and shopping options)

Day 6 - Glendale Springs - Meadows of Dan, VA  (74.5 miles) Elevation 6436 ft 

Highlights: Blue Ridge scenery, VA state line, New River (one of he oldest in the world). If it is clear, we see Mt. Rogers, VA, as well as TN and WV.

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Day 7 - Meadows of Dan, VA - Peaks of Otter Lodge, VA (88.6 miles)  Elevation 7845 ft

Highlights: On the Blue ridge Parkway, with lotsof great scenery and few towns.

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Day 8 - Peaks of Otter, VA - Lexington, VA (63.9 miles) Elevation 5734 ft

Highlights: Buena Vista, Natural Bridge (a natural rock formation from a collapsed cavern, surveyed by George Washington in 1750). Natural bridge is one of the most visited attractions in VA.

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Day 9 - Lexington, VA  Off Day

Highlights: The city of Lexington is the Equestrian Center of Virginia, is home to Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University. This is a must see little town.


 Day 10- Lexington, VA - Waynesboro VA (63.7 miles) Elevation 6039 ft

Highlights: Picturesque views of the Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny Mountains from atop The Blue Ridge Pkwy. The town of Waynesboro, northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Pkwy, will have ample dining and shopping opportunities.

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 Day 11- Waynesboro- Skyline Drive - Big Meadows ( 63 miles)

Highlights: We start our day by riding Skyline drive. Touring the Luray Caverns, is an option in the aftrenoon.

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Day 12 - Skyline, VA - Front Royal VA (62.4 miles) Elevation 4798 ftD  


Total miles: 651 miles            Total elevation:  58905 ft


Links to some of our favorite stops along the Appalachian Tour can be found on Road Trips USA

 The Blue Ridge Parkway  · Asheville, NC ·  Little Switzerland  · Blowing Rock ·  Linville · Lexington, VA · Natural Bridge  ·Skyline Drive · Luray Caverns · Harpers Ferry