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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.
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 Index