Bicycling the Blue Ridge A Guide to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/15/2014
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
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There is no ribbon of highway more ideal for cycling than the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway – they both entice the senses and physically challenge the body. The new edition of Bicycling the Blue Ridge continues as the definitive guide to this cyclist’s dream road, offering completely updated information on lodging, bike shops, campgrounds, road crossings, points of interest, bed and breakfasts, panoramic views, groceries, and more. Written with racers, touring cyclists, and recreational cyclists in mind, this milepost-by-milepost guide covers every inch of the 574-mile path between Front Royal, Virginia, and Cherokee, North Carolina.

Author Biography

Elizabeth and Charlie Skinner have spent the last two decades bicycling, hiking, and exploring the Piedmont, foothills and mountains of North Carolina. They shared their love of outdoor adventuring with two daughters, and continue to pass along their years of experience to grateful readers.

Table of Contents


Part 1: An Introduction to Bicycling the Blue Ridge
1 The Ultimate Bicycling Road
2 Weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains
3 Camping versus Lodging
4 Gearing Up: Special Equipment and Clothing

Part 2: Point-by-Point Descriptions
5 An Explanation of Our Point-by-Point Descriptions
6 The Skyline Drive
Front Royal to Thornton Gap
Thornton Gap to Swift Run Gap
Swift Run Gap to Rockfish Gap
7 The Blue Ridge Parkway
Rockfish Gap to James River Visitor Center
James River Visitor Center to Roanoke Mountain
Roanoke Mountain to Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill to Cumberland Knob
Cumberland Knob to Northwest Trading Post
Northwest Trading Post to Linville Falls
Linville Falls to Craggy Gardens
Craggy Gardens to Mount Pisgah
Mount Pisgah to Cherokee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Part 3: Appendices
Appendix A: Bicycle Shops
Appendix B: For More Information
Appendix C: Major Elevation Gains

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