Blue Ridge Custom Bike Tour

Blue Ridge Custom Bike Tour


Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) and Skyline Drive (SLD) are two of the iconic National Parks in the eastern US. While riding the parkways, we typically cover a distance of 625 miles, and all the climbing you will ever want (61K+ ft) while being in the USA. Please know there is very little flat surface on these parkways. The road surfaces are good. There are no commercial vehicles allowed, and there are no billboards or even stoplights. The numerous overlooks show many different viewpoints and incredible scenery: mountains, ridges, and trees as far as the eye can see. 

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Tour Highlights

  • Cuyahoga National Park Amish country
  • Traffic free riding trails
  • Underground Railroad history
  • Bridge of Dreams covered bridge Little Miami State Park


Rider Level

Intermediate – Advanced 

Minimum Group Size 

6 guests 


35 – 81 Miles Daily 


Fly into the Asheville Airport and fly out of Dulles International Airport 


All meals are included 


All lodging is 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  
Not Included
  • Airfare.
  • Meals on days off 
  • Souvenirs 
  • 12% gratuity for guides, mechanics, volunteers, and tour staff is not included, but greatly appreciated 
Suggested Travel Months 

June, July, August 


Aug 24-30, 2023 ( Thurs – Wed)

Sept 1-7, 2023 (Fri- Thurs)

6 Days | 6 Nights


Starts at
  • Single Room - $1200
  • RENTAL BIKES: Road Bike - $225
Warm and dry in winter. Book this tour now!

SAMPLE Itinerary

Day 0

Meetup for our Orientation and first dinner together.

Day 1

Cherokee, NC – Pisgah Inn, Start of Blue Ridge Pkwy to Graveyard Falls (51.2 miles, 8725 ft)

Highlights: Shuttle to Pisgah Lodge, beautiful spot atop Pisgah Mountain for a wonderful dinner together at the lodge.

Accommodations:  Pisgah Lodge (National Park Lodge).

Day 2

Pisgah National Forest – Asheville, NC (34.9 miles; 2583 ft)

Highlights: Blue Ridge Parkway riding, 11 tunnels. Enjoy a nice evening out in downtown Asheville, my favorite small city in America. This vibrant downtown is packed with art, culture and dining opportunities ranging from upscale tapas bars to gourmet tacos. America’s largest private home, Biltmore, is located in Asheville.

Accommodations:  Sheraton Downtown (business casual).

Day 3

Asheville – Little Switzerland (50.5 miles; 6504 ft)

Highlights: Blue Ridge cycling, Craggy Gardens, multiple tunnels, Crab Tree Falls, and Mt. Mitchell, if you choose.

Accommodations:  Little Switzerland (upscale casual).

Day 4

Little Switzerland, NC – Blowing Rock, NC (44.1miles; 4268 ft)

Highlights: Great riding on the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Linville Falls, the most viewed water falls along the parkway. Famous Linn Cove Viaduct was the last 7.5 mile section on the Parkway completed in 1987. This is 52 years after the start of the BRP. Grandfather Mountain is private property and the owner would not give the National Park Service permission to dig on his mountain. Thus, the suspended Linn Viaduct. 

Accommodations:  Meadowbrook Inn (upscale casual).

Day 5

Blowing Rock, NC – Sparta, NC (70.9 miles; 7190 ft)

Highlights: Moses Cone Manor Museum, Arts and Craft center housed inside of the manor home to Moses Cone, the Levi Straus of the East Coast. Great quiet riding of the NC with spectacular views of Pilot Mountain and local Mayberry themed attractions.

Accommodations:  High Meadows Inn (upscale casual). 

Day 6

Sparta, NC – Floyd, VA (76.1 miles; 5802 ft)

Highlights: Great quiet riding of the VA section of the Blue Ridge Parkway – 18 overlooks. Some of the quietest and most rural parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you ever get the opportunity, come back one summer evening to enjoy an outdoor music presentation at the Blue Ridge Music Center located at the state line. Specific stopping points are Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob Visitors Center and overlook

Accommodations:  Pine Tavern (upscale casual) .

Day 7

Floyd, VA – Peaks of Otter, VA (81.7 miles; 7462 ft)

Highlights: Big climbs out of the Roanoke area of the Blue Ridge Pkwy. Due to heavy rains in Spring of 2020, we may still have a detour between mile post 112 to 136 to reroute us around a road-wash and land slide. On today’s route, you will be at the lowest and highest elevations of the Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, that means some hill climbing. Today you will be your last tunnel of the 469 miles of this beautiful scenic roadway – “America’s Favorite Drive”. Spectacular lodge setting at The Peaks of Otter National Parks Lodge.

Accommodations:  Peaks of Otter Lodge (casual).

Day 8

Buena Vista, VA – Peaks of Otter National Park Lodge (57.5 miles; 6557 ft)

Highlights: Falling Waters Cascade, 15 overlooks, spectacular views overlooking the Shenandoah Valley and great dining experience in Lexington.

Accommodations:  Hampton Inn Lexington, VA Historic District (casual).

Day 9 (Off Bike Day)

Highlights: The historic town of Lexington, VA. Horse capital of VA, Natural Bridge Park, Washington and Lee University, Virginia Military Institute. Do get lots of rest. The next two days are strenuous.

Accommodations:  Hampton Inn Lexington, VA Historic District (casual).

Day 10

Buena Vista/Lexington – Waynesboro, VA (54.2 miles; 4485 ft)

Highlights: The Blue Ridge Parkway was a Civilian Conservation Corp project started on September 11, 1935 for the purpose of connecting Shenandoah National Park to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There were 27 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Pkwy: one in Virginia and the remaining 26 in North Carolina. 

Accommodations:  Best Western / Iris Inn (upscale casual).

Day 11

Waynesboro, VA – Big Meadows, VA (54.8 miles; 5544 ft)

Highlights: This is our first day of Skyline Drive with spectacular scenery at numerous overlooks and a wonderful dinner at the National Park Lodge. We have numerous crossings of the Appalachian Trail. Quiet and low volume traffic on very nicely paved roads. There is no commercial traffic and no billboards on Skyline Dr.

Accommodations:  Big Meadows, National Park Lodging (casual).

Day 12

Big Meadows, VA – Front Royal, VA (53.7 miles; 41.67 ft)

Highlights: This is our last day of Skyline Drive. We have numerous crossings of the Appalachian Trail. And your final breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. Although you have over 4,000 feet of climbing today, you will feel as though you are coasting to the finish line with 7200 feet of descent.

Accommodations:  No Planned accommodations. Shuttle service will be provided to Dulles Airport or your choice of nearby accommodations.

Pat yourself on the back! You have just completed 625 miles and 61,722 ft of elevation gain on these beautiful parkways. 


Total Miles – 625 
Total Elevation Gain – 61,722 
Average daily riding mileage – 56.8 miles 
Average elevation gain – 5611 ft 

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