High Country Info

Cycling & Mountain Biking


Along with spectacular NC hiking trails, Spruce Pine NC and the High Country of Western North Carolina are home to excellent road and NC Mountain Bike opportunities. Whether you are looking for an easy stroll on a country lane or a steep, winding road that Lance Armstrong himself took to, the High Country’s illustrious biking trails are beautiful and convenient.

Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a cycling destination in and of itself. Biking enthusiasts laud the Blue Ridge Parkway as the Mecca of bicycle touring because of its smooth pavement and gorgeous views. Boone Bike Touring on the parkway is one of the top cycling tours in the Southeast and passes directly through Spruce Pine NC! For a challenging ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, take an out-and-back ride from Blowing Rock NC and the Moses Cone Manor House and Craft Center at Milepost 294. Traveling south, expect a downhill ride before a 7-mile climb on the trek to Little Switzerland at mile marker 334. A total of 41 miles one way, you can choose to bike the out-and-back route for 82 miles round-trip. This is Boone Bike Touring at its best, offering a 4,000 foot elevation change between the two towns. You will experience screaming downhill stints, and panoramic rewards of Grandfather Mountain and Wilson Creek Valley.

Pisgah National Forest
Pisgah National Forest offers over 200 miles of rugged mountain biking. Yancey’s Ridge is a 14 mile-loop trail near Linville. Just southeast of Linville NC, the Wilson Creek Recreation Area features the Thorps Creek-Schoolhouse Ridge Trail and Wilson Ridge Trail. These trails offer dynamic rides including a section referred to as 21 Jumps. Schoolhouse Ridge is a 5.8 mile loop with extreme drops and loads of surprises as it follows Thorps Creek to Schoolhouse Ridge. In total, the 15 mile Wilson Ridge Trail loop is for serious mountain bikers. Woodruff Branch Trail is the result of two gravel roads and is a technically challenging 2.4 mile ride. These trails can be found in Mortimer Recreation Area off of NC 181 at Brown Mountain Beach Road, five miles down SR 1328.

Boone
Other Boone Bike trails include 18-Mile Ride. 18-Mile Ride is a gravel road biking trail starting near Maple Grove Church in Boone NC. The Boone Fork Recreation Area Benson Trail contains a 5.5 mile loop trail that is widely considered the 2nd Best Mountain Biking Trail in North Carolina. Cyclists can add on to their ride by joining Benson Trail with Buckeye Trail, making a figure eight ride.

Mountains to Sea Trail
The NC Mountains to Sea Bike Ride 2 travels directly through Burnsville North Carolina and Boone North Carolina on its 900-plus-mile route from the Western North Carolina Mountains to Manteo North Carolina on the coast. Burnsville North Carolina is a short ride from Spruce Pine NC making for easy access to the Mountains to Sea Bike Route. The Yancey County River Cruise in Yancey County takes riders through the town known as the "Heart of the Blue Ridge", along the banks of Jack’s Creek and the Toe River, on a 37.4 mile road biking loop.