Skyline Drive – Blue Ridge Parkway Bike Tour
Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) are two of the iconic National Parks in the US. They cover a distance of 574 miles, and all the climbing you will ever want (59K+ ft) while being in the USA. Please know there is very little of flat 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.
This tour is joining the Epic Appalachians tour. We will meet up with this group in historic Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Our first day of riding will be in the scenic hills of West Virginia. The Skyline Drive is 105 miles and we split this into two days, with an overnight at The Lodge at Big Meadows. The second day on Skyline Drive will take us to the southern terminus outside of Afton, Virginia.
The Blue Ridge Parkway picks up where Skyline Drive ends. The BRP is 469 miles from Virginia through most of North Carolina to Cherokee, NC. This roadway construction was started in the late 1930’s and was 99.8% completed in 1966. The final 7.7 miles was finally completed in 1987. The BRP was designed to connect the Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It runs mostly along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is part of the Appalachian Mountains. It was built by contractors working with federal contracts, and help from members of the Civilian Conservation Corp.
As we begin the adventure on the BRP, we will continue to see some amazing scenery from a myriad of vistas and overlooks. Staying in National Park lodges, visiting Lexington, Virginia (the horse capitol of Virginia, and the home of Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. We will have the opportunity to climb Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains at 6683 ft. We will end this tour by riding up to Pisgah Lodge and returning to Asheville to catch our flights home.
Intermediate – Advanced
35 – 81 miles daily
This tour originates in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and ends in Asheville, North Carolina.
- Pick up time is 2:00pm on the first day at Dulles International Airport, near DC.
- Drop off time is: Asheville Airport on the last day by 5:00pm.
- For advice on staying after the trip, please call the office. Our owner lives near Asheville.
The August tour originates in Asheville, North Carolina, and terminates in Front Royal, Virginia.
- Pick up time in Asheville is 2:00pm on the August tour.
- Drop off time is 5:00pm at Dulles Airport on the final day of the August tour.
If driving to the start of this tour, consider a one-way car rental to return home or back to your car. Shuttle service is not available.
All meals are 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
- GPS mapping
- 2 or more experienced guides
- June 14 – 25, 2021
- 12 Days | 12 Nights
- August 1 – 11, 2021 (South to North)
- 10 Days | 10 Nights