BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
The Blue Ridge Parkway might just be one of the best road cycling byways in the United States. It unfurls across the Southern Highlands like a ribbon on a just opened gift. In Transylvania County, you can reach the parkway via N.C. Highway 215 and U.S. Highway 276. Once astride this magnificent creation, one of the great public works projects of the previous century, you can strike out in either direction and be amply rewarded. But be forewarned: there are only two types of riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway: climbing and descending. There’s very little level road. Also, the Parkway features several tunnels. To be road legal you must have operating lights mounted on your bike.
Location: The Blue Ridge Parkway extends from Waynesboro, Virginia to Cherokee, North Carolina
Length: 469 total miles. The Parkway skirts along the northern edge of Transylvania County for approximately 20 miles, from just above NC Highway 151 to NC Highway 215.
Elevation: 2,100 – 6,000 ft. between Asheville and Cherokee
Terrain: Rolling with notable sustained climbs and descents over 7%.
Season: Significant sections of the Parkway are closed during the winter, based on conditions. Check the Blue Ridge Parkway website for the latest updates.