Cycle the Blue Ridge Parkway for 250+ beautiful miles over five days and you will experience first-hand why the Parkway has drawn riders for years.
This route starts in Roanoke, Virginia and traverses forests and rural countryside as the Parkway climbs to the alpine environment of Little Switzerland and Mt Mitchell, before descending into Asheville, one of the hubs of art, music and food in the South.
To cycle the Blue Ridge Parkway means to ride without traffic signals or stop signs. The entire route is continuous, and with (relatively) gentle climbs and descents. You can focus on the ride, the view, and the wildlife. And your interesting tour mates.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a national treasure that was created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to help pull the country, and more specifically the people of Appalachia, out of the Great Depression. It is American’s longest linear and most visited park.
During this tour, you will be delighted by stunning ridge-top views, historic homesteading sites, rock formations and native plant and wildlife. You will stay in small mountain villages and towns along the route sampling regional food and listening to folk music of the area.
Overnight accommodations will range from comfortable mountain retreat locations to the sights and sounds of small cities. This tour is limited to 10 guests.
Day 1 – Transport to Roanoke VA
You will meet your tour mates for breakfast in Black Mountain, NC at the Monte Vista Hotel. While you finish eating, we’ll load up the bicycles in our custom trailer. We’ll review safety procedures and go over the general flow of the trip.
We’ll drive in the VGR luxury van to Roanoke, VA. Upon arrival, you will have an opportunity to explore the downtown of this small Blue Ridge mountain city. You will have the option to take a short spin to check your bike and your legs before the riding begins in earnest.
Day 2 – 51 Miles
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will transport via van a short distance up to the top of Mill Mountain to begin our travels along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The day will begin with a long climb out of the Roanoke Valley into Floyd County. Here the parkway passes through rolling farmland and past an old mill pond. The destination is Chateau Morrisette, a winery situated adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. After enjoying a winery tour and tasting, we will take a short van ride to the town of Floyd. Traditional country music and great food will help us round out our first full day of touring.
Day 3 – 68 Miles
Today, the Velo Girl will take you down her memory lane as you ride past landmarks of her childhood. You will see sweeping views of Woolwine VA and Buffalo Mountain, pass by Mabry Mill, cross the North Carolina state line, and finish your day at Doughton Park.
A short van ride will take us to our resort home in Blowing Rock for the next two evenings. Our lodging host offers spa services, laundry facilities, walking paths, and is walkable to the charming downtown where you will find plenty of interesting shops to visit.
Day 4 – 53 Miles
No need to pack your bags because we will return to the resort for another fabulous evening at the end of our day. Today we will ride directly from the resort and travel north along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock to Doughton Park. Stunning ridgeline views will greet you when you climb away from Blowing Rock. Sites along the route include the Northwest Trading Post and the Church of the Fresco where you can view one of the famous Ben Long frescoes.
When we finish riding, we will take a short van ride to return to Blowing Rock for the evening.
Day 5 – 42 Miles
Again, we will ride from the resort to continue our progress south along the parkway. Prepare for a spectacular experience as you cross the Linn Cove Viaduct and experience the “extra mile” the best way possible — by bicycle. Pass by Grandfather Mountain and roll toward the mountain village of Little Switzerland. Our inn is located just a couple pedal strokes from the parkway and is situated on the edge of a ridge that offers a lovely view. We will relax and dine at our inn before preparing for our grand arrival in Asheville.
Day 6 – 48 Miles
After a delicious breakfast at the inn, we will start riding toward Mount Mitchell and you will have the option of climbing to the tallest spot east of the Mississippi River. Mount Mitchell stands at 6,683’ and, while not part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to tackle this climb.
From this point on, the route is mostly downhill (really). You will pass through Craggy Garden where you will have views of the Burnett Reservoir and a rhododendron forest. You will arrive in Asheville with a smile on your face as you enjoy one of our favorite local descents.
Our tour ends at the Folk Art Center where you will have a chance to explore arts and crafts created by local members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. A short van ride will return us to the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain.
All VGR tours, include support by the VGR luxury Sprinter van and trailer, with delicious and abundant food, iced drinks, and shade from the sun. Your bike never rides on top of a vehicle, but secure within our custom trailer. We carry spares, parts, and tools should there be a problem with your bike.
Unless otherwise stated, the cost of alcoholic beverages is not included in your tour package.