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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel at 11:00 AM. After a 30-minute private shuttle you’ll arrive in the small community of Marshall and will enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by your guides on Blanahassett Island, a park situated in the middle of the French Broad River. Upon arrival, your guides will lead a short round of introductions and fit you to your bike. Then you'll head out on today's ride, which follows the French Broad before crossing into the communities west of the river and eventually ending at your downtown Asheville home for the next three nights. Take some time to settle in before gathering for drinks in the courtyard and getting to know each other better. You'll hear about all the fun and adventure in store for you in the days ahead from your guides, then walk to Chestnut to enjoy unique and delicious dishes of American cuisine, sourced from local farmers and bakers.
Marshall to Asheville
Approximately 30 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Writer's Bistro at the Renaissance Hotel before heading out on a ride through the community of Leicester, to the northwest of Asheville. This ride offers short climbs through rolling hills and beautiful farmland. Those who want to add another loop at the end of this ride may tackle a local’s favorite climb up Elk Mountain, which finishes with a fun descent down Town Mountain Road into downtown Asheville. After the morning ride, the rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you like. Grab lunch at one of the downtown cafes and explore the many unique shops, galleries, and the vibrant street scene that Asheville is known for. You may want to explore some of the South Slope breweries, located within easy walking distance of the hotel. This evening the group will convene at Chef John Fleer's restaurant, Rhubarb. After 15 years as executive chef at the famous Blackberry Farm, John brings his fresh approach and love for all things southern (and local) to the table for you to enjoy.
Approximately 31 miles and 2,300 feet of climbing
Leicester Loop plus Elk Mountain Loop
Approximately 49 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing
Explore Downtown Asheville
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Breakfast | Dinner
Amazing riding awaits you today on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. The route begins on the many switchbacks of Town Mountain as you climb out of town and drop onto the Parkway at Craven Gap. From here it's a 13-mile climb on mostly gentle grades, punctuated by panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you make your way to the Craggy Gardens area. At the top of this long climb you can enjoy a boxed lunch and hike to Craggy Pinnacle with its 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. In late May and early June, the Catawba rhododendron that cover the pinnacle show off their stunning pink and purple blooms, and in the early fall the foliage begins its colorful display at this elevation of almost 6,000 feet. After lunch you can choose to ride back to town (as you guessed, it's mostly downhill!) or continue to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet. The final 4.5 miles to the summit are some of the steepest of the day, but the views from the observation tower at the top are quite a reward! At 70 miles, the avid option today is the most challenging ride of the trip. Those who return to town after lunch can take some time to explore the various sections of Asheville on a historic trolley tour; arrange a visit to the Biltmore Estate; or browse the offerings of the many small vintage shops downtown. Whatever your day holds you are on your own for dinner this evening, with the impressive array of downtown options just a short walk away.
Craggy Pinnacle Return
Approximately 43 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing
Mount Mitchell Summit Return
Approximately 70 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing
Hike Craggy Pinnacle
Approximately 1 mile with 260 feet of climbing
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch
Pack your bags this morning for the only transfer day of the trip. Head out of Asheville through the beautiful and secluded Biltmore Forest neighborhood before riding a stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way to the impressive Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River. Here you can take a self-guided tour of the brewery and enjoy some samples of the numerous beers on tap with a lunch of chef-driven dishes that feature farm-to-table ingredients. If you want to call it a day here and shuttle to more samples at the Oskar Blues Brewery, we won't blame you! However, for those who wish to ride between the two breweries, this afternoon offers some beautiful riding as you head towards the small towns of Brevard and Pisgah Forest. Oskar Blues features a simple tasting room and outdoor patio where you can enjoy a pint before shuttling or riding the last few miles to Pilot Cove, your home for the next two nights. Here you can relax on the private deck of your own spacious cabin and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest, as the gorgeous Pilot Cove property shares a border with the 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest. This evening you are own your own to explore the culinary offerings of downtown Brevard, a short shuttle ride away.
Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing
Approximately 25 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing
Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing to Oskar Blues Brewery
Approximately 54 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing
Beer tastings at Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues Breweries
Breakfast | Lunch
This morning your guides will deliver breakfast to your cabin, then it's time to decide how you'd like to spend your day. Pedal through the French Broad River Valley, past houses, farms and the headwaters of this ancient river-- said to be one of the oldest in the world--and, if you're up for more miles, add a morning loop through the community of Penrose. Take a break in downtown Brevard to enjoy a hot, delicious lunch and check out the home of the world-renowned Brevard Music Center and Brevard College, and try to spot one of the famous white squirrels that populate the area. After lunch, explore western North Carolina in a different way if you would like to hire a local fly fishing, rock climbing or mountain bike guide (these activities are not included in the price of your trip). Take some time upon your return to walk the 2-mile trail on the Pilot Cove property or grab a pint at the Pisgah Hub and Tavern, a bike shop and favorite community gathering place just down the hill from your cabin. Tonight you will gather for a final social hour and dinner on the grounds at Pilot Cove. Enjoy live bluegrass music and a meal prepared by our friends at Blue Smoke BBQ (vegetarian and vegan diets can easily be accommodated) as you gather around the campfire to toast an unforgettable week in these mountains that just might have stolen your heart.
Approximately 38 miles with 1,650 feet of climbing
Rosman Loop with Penrose Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Following breakfast, there's time for one more spin around the valley. Cruise alongside the French Broad River one last time on Talley Road before making your way back to Pilot Cove for a shower and check-out. Then you will shuttle to the Asheville airport, about a half hour away. Expect to arrive at the airport by 11:30 AM and please do not schedule a flight out before 1:00 PM on this day. For those requiring a return to downtown Asheville, your guides can drop you off around 12:00 PM.
Grove Bridge Loop
Approximately 22 miles with 750 feet of climbing
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See Itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). Delta, United, American, Allegiant plus several smaller airlines service this airport.
From the airport you can call or hail a taxi to take you downtown. It is approximately 15 miles from the airport to the meeting day hotel in downtown Asheville and a taxi ride should take about 20-25 minutes and cost $40 to $50. We recommend Diamond Executive Car Transportation (828-281-8139) or Marvels Upscale Transportation (828-280-1698; www.marvelstransofnc.com) for your in-town transportation needs.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll then shuttle 30 minutes to Marshall, a small town on the banks of the French Broad River. Please have your first day's cycling clothes easily accessible, separate from your luggage. You'll enjoy a fresh, delicious lunch on the banks of the river and, after a brief orientation and safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Renaissance Asheville Hotel (828-252-8211), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:30 AM at the Asheville Regional Airport. If you need transportation back to downtown Asheville your guides can return you to the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, arriving around 12:00 PM. Please do not schedule your flight any earlier than 1:00 PM.View our post hotel recommendations
Asheville and Brevard sit at an elevation just over 2,000 feet above sea level. Due to this, these towns experience later springs, earlier falls, and milder summers than other locations in the southeast. In May, June and September the average highs range from the upper 70s to low 80s and lows range from the upper 40s to low 60s across the region. Rain is always a possibility any time of the year, and weather can change quickly in the higher elevations. On the Day 3 ride to the nearly 6,700' summit of Mt. Mitchell, temperatures can be 15-20 degrees cooler than in downtown Asheville, so plan appropriately when packing your riding gear. Packing List
The mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is truly a unique place in the southeast and we highly recommend taking a day or two before or after your trip to see what it has to offer. With an active community of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs, this engaging and eclectic town has a creative spirit and energy that visitors immediately sense. In spring, summer, and fall, a walk through downtown’s many small shops and galleries takes you past street musicians and through an array of inciting smells drifting out of the open doors of local cafes. Enjoy the farmer’s markets, the many yoga studios, restaurants, and outdoor concerts. Also, there are opportunities for whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, rock climbing, and pretty much any other outdoor activity imaginable within a short drive of downtown. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post trip hotel.
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