Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > > >

Southeast Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Mississippi | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-07-11, 09:30 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 60
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looking for a Great NC Bike Ride?

A few friends and I wanted to try an off the beaten path road ride somewhere NE of Asheville. We found a tremendous 83 mile ride starting in Burnsville.

Burnsville from Route 19E south on NC 197 to Barnardsville---this takes you through Pensacola after 10 miles where you begin a nice 6 mile climb on very low traffic road 197. However, at the top of the climb 197 turns to gravel for 3 miles---all downhill at about 6% grade and fairly choppy-----the thing is I have yet to find a map that shows this section of road is unpaved. Once off this section it is paved to Barnardsville. Once in Barnardsville, you make a left onto Dillignham road----once in Dillingham bear right onto Stone fork Road----shown as Craggy Road on some maps---this is an 8 mile climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Only the first 2 miles are paved. The last 6 are quite steep---about 2600 ft of vertical elevation in 6 miles. Passable on 23cc but quite a challenge. Again not shown on the map as unpaved. Once at the Parkway you bear left and pass through Craggy Gardens after about 2 miles heading north. You take the Parkway all the way to NC80 exit and bear left or NC80 North. This will take you down to Micaville and Route 19E. Take a left and return on 19E for about 4 miles to Burnsville.

Sorry, I do not know how to do the map my ride thing but it was a very different ride with low traffic count certainly all the way until you hit the Parkway---even then, of course, traffic is moving pretty slow and is infrequent on the Parkway and after you pass Mt Mitchell summit road at Mile maker 355 (you can make a 5 mile detour up that road if you want to add another 10 mile roundtrip back to the Parkway) it is pretty much downhill (except 1 short uphill section) to NC80 which is at mile marker 344.
Looper1477 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:18 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.