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Asheville Self-Guided Bike Tour

The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Southern Appalachians

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. On our Asheville self-guided bike tour, ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in views of the Craggy, Balsam, and the 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. This beautiful outdoor playground is yours to discover at your own pace with plenty time to visit some of the many craft breweries and upscale restaurants that Asheville is known for, as well as time to pursue other outdoor activities that the region offers. So kick back and take in the eclectic vibe of this great region, enjoy great hand-selected cycling routes and a fantastic downtown hotel on this self-guided bicycling vacation that you can make your very own! Book your trip with confidence »

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From:
$2099 Per Person
Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
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Trip Wows
Relax at The Foundry, a stylish boutique hotel in a restored steel foundry in one of downtown's historic neighborhoods
Ride fantastic routes that take you through pastoral landscapes, some of Asheville's most beautiful and historic neighborhoods, and along the ancient French Broad River
Take in stunning views of the southern Appalachians from a number of viewpoints along the world famous Blue Ridge Parkway
Sample the wares at some of Asheville's famous South Slope breweries, located within walking distance of your hotel
Treat yourself to the inventive, Southern-inspired dishes born from Asheville's robust farm-to-table culinary scene at some of the many upscale restaurants located downtown
Watch the Experience
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

Dates & Prices

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Look no further. Choose your trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
2020 - June 1, 2021 Departures:
  • 6+ Guests    Price as advertised*
  • 4-5 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
  • 1 Guest        Call us for pricing*


2021 Departures After June 1, 2021:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$3,000 per person to trip price*
  • 1 Guest        Call us for pricing*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.
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*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Custom trips are not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.

Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at The Foundry Hotel at 11:00 AM. Feel free to wear your street clothes but bring along your cycling clothes and anything you will need for the day’s ride like personal pedals, saddles, GPS units, etc. You may bring along a daybag for the first portion of the day, as your guide can drop this off for you at the hotel after lunch (the remainder of your luggage will be stored at the hotel until check-in). After lunch at a local café and an overview of the week ahead, you will change into your cycling gear then take a 30-minute shuttle to the small community of Marshall, which is situated on the banks of the French Broad River. Here your guide will fit you to your Trek bike and make sure you are well prepared for the week ahead. 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 in downtown Asheville, your home for the next four nights. Take some time to settle in then enjoy dinner at one of the many exciting restaurants within a short walk of your hotel.

Today's Ride:

Marshall to Asheville
Approximately 30 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Foundry Hotel

Included Meals:

Lunch

This morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast of Appalachian-inspired soul food at Benne on Eagle before heading out on a ride through the community of Leicester, located to the northwest of Asheville. This ride offers short climbs through rolling hills and beautiful farmland. Those who want to add more to their day can choose the extended loop to tack on 11 more miles and about 1,100 feet more climbing. After the morning ride, grab lunch at one of the downtown cafes then take some time to engage in one of the many off the bike experiences available in this engaging town. Visit the Biltmore Estate, take a historic trolley tour, visit the Sauna House or the historic Grove Park Inn, take a whitewater rafting trip or go for a hike (cost and transportation to and from these activities is not included in the price of your trip). Afterward enjoy dinner of your choice at one of the many fantastic recommended eateries.

Today's Ride:

Leicester Loop
Approximately 32 miles and 2,360 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Leicester Extended Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 3,450 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Foundry Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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 either a four or 13-mile climb on mostly gentle grades, punctuated by panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as you make your way to either the Lane Pinnacle Overlook or the Craggy Gardens area. In late May and early June, the Catawba rhododendron that covers the pinnacles show off their stunning pink and purple blooms. In the early fall, the foliage begins its colorful display at this elevation of about 5,500 feet. After descending back to town (as you guessed, it's mostly downhill!), take some time to explore more of Asheville. You may choose to browse the offerings of the many unique shops, galleries, and the vibrant street scene that Asheville is known for. Or you may opt to explore some of the South Slope breweries located within easy walking distance of the hotel. 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.

Today's Ride:

Craggy Pinnacle Return
Approximately 44 miles with 4,690 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Lane Pinnacle Return
Approximately 28 miles with 2,970 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Foundry Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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 Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River. Here you can take a self-guided tour of this impressive brewery and enjoy some samples of the numerous beers on tap and a lunch of chef-driven dishes that feature farm-to-table ingredients. Your return to Asheville traces a similar path. This evening, after a big day of riding, enjoy a final dinner of your choice in downtown Asheville. With so many acclaimed options to choose from it's easy to make it a special evening to celebrate your Asheville self-guided bike tour.

Today's Ride:

Asheville to Sierra Nevada Brewery Return
Approximately 53 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Foundry Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, spin out past the historic Grove Park Inn to tackle a local’s favorite climb up Elk Mountain. This five-mile climb, which varies in grade but finishes with a lung-busting pitch that reaches 12%, showcases great views into the Reems Creek and Beaverdam Valleys. Take a moment to check out the view from Buzzard Rock at the top—you earned it! After a few quick final miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, your ride finishes with a fun descent down Town Mountain Road into downtown Asheville. Alternatively take this morning to sleep in and grab a coffee at one of the many locally owned coffee shops downtown or pick up some last minute gifts before checkout.

Today's Ride:

Elk Mountain Local's Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 2,320 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Foundry Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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The Foundry Hotel

Asheville, North Carolina

Situated in the historic community known as "The Block," just a five-minute walk from downtown Asheville, The Foundry Hotel is a truly unique boutique hotel. The property is a restoration of one of the cities' earliest steel foundries. It is comprised of three original buildings and two newly constructed ones that seamlessly blend modern luxury with the everlasting charm of the original structures. Recently added to the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places, The Foundry features an enclave-like campus with a central courtyard that offers a peaceful space just steps from the heart of all that Asheville has to offer. The onsite restaurant, Benne on Eagle, is led by 2019 Eater Young Gun Chef Ashleigh Shanti, and the Workshop Lounge (housed in the former workshop of the steel foundry) is a luxurious and spacious place to relax with a craft cocktail.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided 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.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

bike

Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Four nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Day 1 lunch with the guide
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump, phone mount, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • All luggage transfers during your trip
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal position for comfort, with recreational or avid set-up along with saddle preference
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to navigate and get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, frame pump and phone mount
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast and one lunch, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
36 miles
TOTAL MILES:
179 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
3,154 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
15,770 feet
TERRAIN: MOUNTAINOUS
The terrain in western North Carolina is mountainous, and the rides feature an average of about 88 feet of elevation gain per mile. Our Asheville self-guided bike tour is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. 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 and climbing the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip 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. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Explore the many shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Asheville
  • Schedule a spa appointment
  • Visit the 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
  • Visit the Sauna House for a nordic-style bathhouse experience with a hot sauna and cold plunge cool

See Itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks 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.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
The Foundry Hotel, Asheville

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
The Foundry Hotel, Asheville

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day before the start of your Asheville self-guided bike tour, 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 guide will meet you at The Foundry Hotel at 11:00 AM. Feel free to wear your street clothes but bring along your cycling clothes and anything you will need for the day’s ride like personal pedals, saddles, GPS units, etc. You may bring along a daybag for the first portion of the day, as your guide can drop this off for you at the hotel after lunch (the remainder of your luggage will be stored at the hotel until check-in). After lunch at a local café and an overview of the week ahead, you will change into your cycling gear then take a 30-minute shuttle to the small community of Marshall, which is situated on the banks of the French Broad River. Here your guide will fit you to your Trek bike and make sure you are well prepared for the week ahead. You'll then head out on your bike to ride back to Asheville.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with his or her name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, The Foundry Hotel (828-552-8545), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Foundry Hotel to collect your bike and equipment. From here you may choose to extend your stay in the area or secure a taxi back to the Asheville Regional Airport. We recommend contacting Diamond Executive Car Transportation (828-281-8139) or Marvels Upscale Transportation (828-280-1698; www.marvelstransofnc.com) for your transportation needs.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Asheville sits at an elevation just over 2,100 feet above sea level. Due to this, the region experiences later springs, earlier falls, and milder summers than other locations in the southeast. 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 Craggy Gardens area at about 5,500 feet elevation, temperatures can be 10-15 degrees cooler than in downtown Asheville, so plan appropriately when packing your riding gear.Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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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 enticing 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.

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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