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The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Southern Appalachians

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In the mountains of western North Carolina you will find the highest peak east of the Mississippi, ancient rivers, breathtaking views, waterfalls and incredibly scenic roads.

Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in views of the Craggy, Balsam and Black Mountains rising in blue waves to the edge of the horizon. There is a strong sense of history and place here that can be heard in old-time bluegrass music and tasted in treasured recipes. According to Bon Appetit, Asheville may be America's best small city to eat and drink in right now, and it was voted "Beer City USA" four years in a row. Come join us as we taste, sip and ride our way through the gorgeous landscape between Asheville and the small mountain town of Brevard.

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Daily Itinerary

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Day
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Today's Ride:

Marshall to Asheville
Approximately 30 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Description:

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.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Leicester Loop
Approximately 32 miles and 2,500 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Leicester Loop plus Elk Mountain Loop
Approximately 49 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Explore Downtown Asheville

Description:

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 day 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, within 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.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Craggy Pinnacle Return
Approximately 40 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Mount Mitchell Summit Return
Approximately 70 miles with 7,900 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike Craggy Pinnacle
Approximately 1 mile with 260 feet of climbing

Description:

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 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.

Hotel:

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing
Approximately 25 miles with 1,550 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewing to Oskar Blues Brewery
Approximately 52 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Beer tastings at Sierra Nevada and Oskar Blues Breweries

Description:

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 new 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.

Hotel:

Pilot Cove
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Rosman Loop
Approximately 37 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Rosman Loop with Penrose Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning your guides will deliver breakfast to your cabin, then its time to decide how you'd like to spend your day. We’ll offer a fantastic road ride 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. 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 you may ride straight back to Pilot Cove or you can add some extra miles with a loop to the community of Penrose. Alternatively, today is the perfect time to 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 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.

Hotel:

Pilot Cove
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Ride:

Etowah Loop
Approximately 31 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Description:

Following breakfast, there's time for one more spin around the valley. Cruise through the quiet community of Etowah and 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the greater the rewards

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.

2018


Apr
29th -
May
4th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2499 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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May
6th - 11th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2499 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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May
13th - 18th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2499 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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May
20th - 25th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2499 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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May
27th -
Jun
1st
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2499 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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Jun
3rd - 8th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2499 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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Sep
2nd - 7th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2599 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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Sep
9th - 14th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2599 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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Sep
16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$2599 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel on a Trek Travel bike trip

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Asheville, North Carolina

Downtown Asheville is an exciting mix of restaurants, brewpubs, nightlife and music, and this relaxing hotel is in the heart of it all. Walk to shops, sights, Pack Square and take in all the history of this charming town. Or, choose to relax by the pool and jacuzzi or in the bar, spacious lobby, or in-hotel restaurant. Then, settle into your recently remodeled room for total recuperation between rides.
Stay at Pilot Cove in Pisgah National Forest on an Asheville bike tour

Pilot Cove

Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

Our homebase in Pisgah Forest for the last two nights of the trip is sure to feel like a home away from home. You'll have your own luxury cabin in the woods-- each with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, locally made furniture and private deck for relaxing and taking in the sights and sounds of this unique mountain retreat. The cabins are located on 64 acres that share a border with the vast and beautiful Pisgah National Forest.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Asheville to Brevard trip, you will stay in properties hand-picked for their character and location. You will stay in a spacious hotel in downtown Asheville, conveniently located a short walk from the bustling street scene, acclaimed restaurants, live music venues and galleries that make downtown a destination unto itself. In the small mountain town of Pisgah Forest, just down the road from Brevard, you will stay in your own luxury cabin, tucked away on a hillside adjacent to the sprawling Pisgah National Forest.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Asheville to Brevard trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. Asheville is famous for its vibrant food and beer scene, and you will experience some of the best the region has to offer. You will enjoy the inventive, farm-to-table dining that has put Asheville on the culinary map at downtown restaurants Chestnut and Rhubarb and you will cap off the week with toasts and music around a campfire as you enjoy a private dinner on the beautiful grounds of Pilot Cove. Along the way you will visit some of the distinctive breweries that have made Asheville a 4-time winner of the Examiner's "Beer City USA" poll.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and 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.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 33
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,180 ft.

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. Asheville to Brevard is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can easily accommodate Type 3 or 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van or suggestions for alternative, non-riding activities (many of which are noted in the daily itinerary). Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain in western North Carolina is mountainous and the rides during the first half of the trip feature an average of about 90 feet of elevation gain per mile. Of course, shuttles are always available when you've had enough. The riding around Brevard and Pisgah Forest during the second half of the trip is less mountainous and the routes feature about 45 feet of elevation gain per mile. There is also the option to take a day entirely off the bike in Asheville on Days 2 or 3 and in Brevard on Day 5 for those who would rather explore town on their own or hire a local climbing, fly fishing or hiking guide to explore the nearby national forest. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Explore the many shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Asheville and Brevard
  • Schedule a spa appointment
  • Visit the many studios and galleries of the River Arts District
  • Take a historic trolley tour through Asheville
  • Explore South Slope breweries such as Burial Beer Company, Hi-Wire Brewing and Greenman Brewing on a self-guided walking tour from your downtown Asheville hotel
  • Visit the Biltmore Estate
  • Hire a rock climbing guide for a day trip outing in Pisgah National Forest
  • Hire a fly fishing guide for an outing on the nearby Davidson River

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.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

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, and Allegiant 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.

Renaissance Asheville Hotel | Asheville, North Carolina

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you 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.

Asheville Regional Airport | Asheville, North Carolina

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.

Before & After: Asheville, North Carolina

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.

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Downtown Asheville is an exciting mix of restaurants, brewpubs, nightlife and music, and this relaxing hotel is in the heart of it all. Walk to shops, sights, Pack Square and take in all the history of this charming town. Or, choose to relax by the pool and jacuzzi or in the bar, spacious lobby, or in-hotel restaurant. The Renaissance is also the meeting location on the first morning of your trip and the hotel where you will spend the first three nights of your trip. Ask your Trip Consultant for the best number to call for a discounted rate for your pre- or post-night stay.

31 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC 28801 | 828-252-8211 | www.renaissanceasheville.com | ~$300

The Inn on Biltmore Estate

Located on the grounds of the Biltmore Esate, this luxury property offers the closest accommodations to the largest privately-owned home in the United States: the Biltmore House (the more recently constructed Village Hotel, located near the Inn in the Antler Hill Village area of the estate, offers a more affordable lodging option on the Estate). The refined rooms of the Inn have luxe furnishings, WiFi, flat-screen TVs and 24/7 room service, while the 8,000-acre grounds include hiking and biking trails, a winery and bike shop. It's the perfect place to relax and spend a day wandering a destination that's quintessentially Asheville. Amenities also include a gourmet restaurant, a bar and a library lounge serving light fare.

One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803| 866-336-1245 | www.biltmore.com/stay/inn | ~$450

Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

The Grand Bohemian Hotel is located in the center of the Biltmore Village historic area, steps away from the entrance of the famous Biltmore Estate, and two miles from downtown. It's Tudor-inspired style is truly over the top and offers Old World ambiance unique in the area. Visit the Poseidon Spa, check out the on-site art gallery, indulge at the Red Stag Grill, and relax in style at this Kessler Collection Property.

11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803 | 828-505-2949 | www.bohemianhotelasheville.com | ~$500


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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