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Biking the Blue Ridge Parkway - Near Asheville, NC

Updated on September 13, 2016
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A view from the Blue Ridge Parkway near mile marker 372.
A view from the Blue Ridge Parkway near mile marker 372. | Source

Cycling the Parkway is Beautiful

On Memorial Day, my husband and I decided to bike a small section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lots of road bikers take to the curvy paved roads of the parkway. It was a lazy ride; it was only about 20 miles. I say lazy because my brother-in-law regularly bikes 100-mile sections of the Parkway. As of yet, I haven’t been that ambitious, but perhaps one day soon I will be.

In any case, the ride was spectacular. It is a great way to see the Western North Carolina mountains and countryside. After growing up in the vegetation-sparse Rockies, I continue to be amazed at the lush growth, flora and fauna of the Appalachian Mountains.

Of course, we could have chosen to hike, drive, or even camp on the Parkway. Those are entertaining activities, as well. Alas, there was only enough time for a short bike ride.

A beautiful native daylily flower.
A beautiful native daylily flower. | Source

Bike Tips On the Parkway

A few tips when you cycle the Parkway:

  • First, it’s critical to wear a helmet. Though there weren’t a lot of cars in the parking lot when we started, we were surprised by the amount of traffic on the Parkway. Granted, it was a holiday, but we mistakenly believed it to be more of a highway “travel” day.
  • I was glad I was wearing light-colored clothing. It’s a little too easy to blend in with all the lush plant life and not be seen.
  • While there are quite a few places to stop for water, there can be long stretches where there is nothing. The particular route we took (from milepost 382 to 372) there wasn’t much. I recommend taking more water than you think you need.
  • There were two of us riding and when there were no cars, we’d sometimes ride side-by-side. However, it’s important to ride single-file as cars need to pass you. There are no “shoulders” on the Parkway, so at times it can feel a little too cozy while riding alongside cars.
  • While road riding is permitted on paved roads, mountain biking is not allowed on Parkway trails. That’s good to know because I had thought about bringing my mountain bike.
  • It’s a really good idea to carry a spare tube when you’re on a bike. I’ve been the victim of a double-flat at the same time after going over a tiny sharp rock. Luckily that didn’t happen on this particular ride, but you just never know.
  • If you anticipate going through any of the tunnels, you’re supposed to have a reflector (or white light) on the front of your bike, and a red reflector (or red light) on the back of your bicycle. This rule applies if you’re also riding in the dark.
  • It’s a good idea to carry a first-aid kit – even for short rides. You never know when you might need it.
  • From the Folk Arts Center, it's possible to do a number of rides. You can go south or north, and the ride has lots of interesting points with which to mark your ride. You can go as far as you like or turn off side roads leading into various smaller towns.
  • Whichever way you decide, you can bet the views are awe-inspiring.

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The view at Haw Creek Valley.The rock formation behind me overlooks Haw Creek Valley.  It definitely is quite a climb.The wildflowers are beautiful on the Blue Ridge Parkway.The lower parking lot was relatively empty at the Folk Art Center.  We expected more parked cars, but I admit it was nice to have a little space.
The view at Haw Creek Valley.
The view at Haw Creek Valley. | Source
The rock formation behind me overlooks Haw Creek Valley.  It definitely is quite a climb.
The rock formation behind me overlooks Haw Creek Valley. It definitely is quite a climb. | Source
The wildflowers are beautiful on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The wildflowers are beautiful on the Blue Ridge Parkway. | Source
The lower parking lot was relatively empty at the Folk Art Center.  We expected more parked cars, but I admit it was nice to have a little space.
The lower parking lot was relatively empty at the Folk Art Center. We expected more parked cars, but I admit it was nice to have a little space. | Source

The Parkway Mountains

Before we began our ride, we decided to start at the Folk Art Center at milepost 382. It’s located in Asheville, NC. Once you exit onto the Parkway, however, it feels like you enter a pristine world that seems so far away from the city.

We pulled into the parking lot, a bit surprised it wasn’t full. It was Memorial Day and we thought there would be more traffic. It was nice having space to lay out our bikes and get ourselves ready for the ride.

Starting at milepost 382, we headed north. Immediately, we began to climb. In that stretch of highway, I didn’t realize that we would gain 1,000 feet of elevation in just a few miles!

But, the effort was worth it. Along the ride, we saw wildflowers and beautiful rock formations. I kept stopping to photograph beautiful flowers, plants and scenery. Because the elevation varies so widely on the Parkway, different stretches offer various flowers that won’t grow in other parts of the region.

A few miles into the ride, we came upon the Haw Creek Valley Overlook. We saw a beautiful view of Haw Creek Valley, in Asheville, NC. This was the reason we decided to bike the Parkway. The breathtaking views of the valleys are incredible. They’re also a photographer’s dream because of the richness in color, along with the beautiful wildflowers that bloom abundantly in spring and summer.

The diversity in trees, plants and flowers are part of why the Parkway is famous. Many different types of habitats exist in the 469-mile stretch of road. It’s a protected area as well.

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Milepost 372 - A Good Stopping Point

As we continued on our journey, we continued to climb. I was thankful that there were overlooks every so often to take in the views and to rest up a bit. We stopped at Lane Pinnacle and Tanbark Ridge Overlook. Each time, there were a few other Parkway visitors enjoying the breathtaking views.

People seem really nice and relaxed on the Parkway. We often would talk to a passer-by as we journeyed. We met people from Florida, eastern North Carolina and as far north as New Jersey.

We happened upon one of the 26 tunnels on the Parkway in North Carolina. It wasn’t too long and we rode fast – it’s always a little scary riding alongside cars in dark, confined places.

We rode to milepost 372 and turned back. After all that elevation gain, I was indeed ready for lunch. We rode back, quickly and swiftly because it was mostly down hill.

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There are many different ecosystems in the region that the Parkway spans.  There are marked differences in elevation.  The lowest point is 649 feet all the way up to 6,047 feet above sea level.A view from one of the overlooks.  Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.The flora and fauna of the Parkway is diverse.Another view of the Parkway.Tanbark Ridge OverlookLake Pinnacle OverlookMilepost 372.  There are mileposts like this the whole length of the parkway - a very helpful navigational tool.
There are many different ecosystems in the region that the Parkway spans.  There are marked differences in elevation.  The lowest point is 649 feet all the way up to 6,047 feet above sea level.
There are many different ecosystems in the region that the Parkway spans. There are marked differences in elevation. The lowest point is 649 feet all the way up to 6,047 feet above sea level. | Source
A view from one of the overlooks.  Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
A view from one of the overlooks. Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. | Source
The flora and fauna of the Parkway is diverse.
The flora and fauna of the Parkway is diverse. | Source
Another view of the Parkway.
Another view of the Parkway. | Source
Tanbark Ridge Overlook
Tanbark Ridge Overlook | Source
Lake Pinnacle Overlook
Lake Pinnacle Overlook | Source
Milepost 372.  There are mileposts like this the whole length of the parkway - a very helpful navigational tool.
Milepost 372. There are mileposts like this the whole length of the parkway - a very helpful navigational tool. | Source

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Tobint44 - ah, well, it was actually when I was16 out in Colorado...when I was in high school. Broad daylight. Cars do make me nervous, but my hubby is an avid rider and while no sport is without risk, he's helped to assuage a lot of my fears: we wear reflective clothing, have helmets, gloves and the whole gamut. So, yes, I admit I'll always be a little nervous, but I always sort of think, well...I guess I can't live under a rock. I love, LOVE these mountains. I grew up in the Rockies, but I've definitely adopted these Blue Ridge beauties. The culture and music captivates your soul. :) Glad to hear you're in NC. :)

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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I am still here and a mountain guy by heart! My wife and I got engaged on the Mile Marker right before Grandfather Mountain (Interesting story behind that, may make a great hub.) My goal is to retire to one of these mountain communities way down the road of life. You telling me that you actually got hit, doesn't really boost my confidence for the Parkway bike riding, but I will eventually have to give it a try.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Howlermunkey - I look forward to that hub and I WILL link to my mountain biking hubs. :) I have sooo been there and done that with regard to the endo's, meetings with trees...but I still love it. Biking at Tsali is epic! :)

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Awesome that you know where Lake Fontana is :) (......memories)....... rafting down the Nantahala ---- but nothing, nothing topped biking in Tsali ;) --- I am even going to write a hub about biking in Fontana Village -- I survived "Piney's Ridge" (Sound friendly right? Wrong....(butt over the back tire all the way down, 3 Hail Mary's and I survived hahaha) ... a trail which is now closed lolol, the "locals" gave me that one as a joke I believe, I'll never forget the look on their faces when I proudly returned and said I did it hahahaha. -- and "Turkey Shoot" ----- Crazy Fun trails.... fun fun place, the type of place I would like to go to as a "professional writer" and write ;)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Howlermunkey - A cabin in Bryson City?! How beautiful! I love it over that way - we often stop on our way to do biking at Lake Fontana. :) The Parkway isn't too far from there, either. You'll love biking/hiking/driving the Parkway. :)

      Tobint44 - I used to live up near Boone - went to ASU. :) The cars are pretty tolerant of bikers on the Parkway, but I hear ya. I have actually been HIT by a car on my bike before, so it's always a little difficult not to be nervous around cars. It sounds like you still live in NC.

      B. Leekley - hey there! Great to see you! Haha, downhill is fun. There will be a little uphill doing that way, but mostly downhill. Haha. I'll check out that biking link because I do make it back to Colorado a couple times a year. :)

      Ercramer36 - I just know you'll love seeing the Parkway. I've lived here for 10 years and it never ceases to take my breath away. :)

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      Eric Cramer 5 years ago from Chicagoland

      Beautiful hub! Looks beautiful there. I will put this on my list of things that I would like to do.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with my Asheville relations.

      If I ever get the opportunity to bike the Blue Ridge Parkway, I'll start at Milepost 372 (have someone drop off me and my bike) and only ride downhill.

      If you sometimes go back home to the Rockies, here is a bike trail that sounds enjoyable:

      http://www.uptake.com/blog/family_vacations/ultima...

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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Hub. I love the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially the Boone Area (my family is from there.) I haven't got the nerve to bike the roads yet, but it seems like it would be fun. Thanks for the insightful hub and the excellent promotion of my home state!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      I used to spend my childhood summers in a cabin in Bryson City. I have fond memories of Cherokee, the Smokies, Gatlinburg...awesome adventures for a kid growing up. So basically your hubbing about one of my favorite places on Earth. Biking the Parkway is on my "Bucket List" and you have some awesome tips here (especially the tube). Filing this one under "references". Up and Sharing

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Docmo - hey! Great to see you! Thank you so much for your kind words and comments on this. Hehe. You know, after taking the photos for this hub, I thought by golly I'm going to go out and get a really good camera so that I can add even more stunning photos. Hehe. This hub made me want to cycle more as well as get into taking really good pictures. Thanks again!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      The true testament of a hub like this is making the reader want to go out , get on a bike and ride this beautiful parkway- it had me reaching for my cycling gear. ( even though I don't have any- I really should get onto it) what a wonderful array of pictorials and descriptions of the trail. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      DigbyAdams - hehe, well, I always feel "soft" when compared to my brother-in-law - the man regularly does 100 mile road rides. Whew. I always feel like a slug in comparison. But, ANY ride on the Parkway is fun, even if it's just a little one with all the awesome views. :) Thanks so much for coming by and I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. Hubhugs!

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      DigbyAdams 5 years ago

      20 miles of something is never lazy - and your route looked very arduous. Thank you so much for sharing your bike route. I really enjoyed the pictures.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      RTalloni - I WISH I could ride the WHOLE Parkway - but, like you I wish for the courage and strength. :D Thanks for coming by and for your feedback. I appreciate it. :) Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Tammy - I love camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. :) Thanks so much for coming by!! It's so fun to have you so close by. One of these days, we'll have to get together. HUGS!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      It is a beautiful ride--oh for the courage and strength to peddle it! Interesting read and thanks for sharing your pics. I'll be looking for you in the future. ;) Thanks for sharing the biking-smart tips.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome hub! I love to ride on the Parkway in a car (except for that scary mountain in Blowing Rock on the way there.. no guard rails). I can't wait till my daughter gets a little older and can do some tent camping up your way. I love this hub and the great photos!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vinaya - YOU are the one with amazing pictures!! But, if I get a compliment from you on having good pictures, well, then you've just made my day! :D I appreciate you. Thanks so much for coming by! Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Donna - thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your feedback. Hubhugs! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I don't do biking, but I'm sure biking is really wonderful thing. Your pictures are nice.

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      Donna9376 5 years ago

      Beautiful hub, thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      anusujith - thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your feedback. Thank you also for the shares. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      prasetio30 - thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and the pictures. Thank you for the votes. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Cyndi! Hehe, how fun that someone else spells it the same way I do! That part of Virginia, I know, is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for coming by! Eh, you don't have to bike the Parkway to see it - you can hike and drive and enjoy the scenery that way. It's just so beautiful that I hope everyone gets to see it sometime. Thanks for the votes. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Julie ~ thank you so much for coming to another of my hubs! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!! You are so sweet to leave your feedback here, too. I appreciate you! Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Kelley - thank you so much. The views and the workout make the whole trip to the Parkway worth it! Thank you for the votes and shares. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      tillsontitan - there are indeed so many places right here in the US that are so beautiful and interesting to see. :D Thank you for your awesome feedback. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this hub and I definitely can vouch for the fact that I try to be pretty happy-go-lucky. Thank you so much for the votes, too. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      susanm23b - I'm really glad you love the Parkway! A fellow Easterner. :D I definitely love the Parkway going any activity - hiking, biking, driving, you name it. :D

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      one2get2no - thank you so much for stopping by! I'm really glad you enjoyed the photos. Have a great day! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Brett - it definitely is beautiful. But, you've reminded me that I need to take my bike out even more! Thank you for all the *awesome* shares! :)

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Beautiful pictures. Beautiful hub too. Shared...

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful pictures and I love your report. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and awesome!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Cyndi, great pictures and wonderful article about the Blue Ridge Mountains. I grew in surrounded by Blue Ridge in the Virginia area, first near Roanoke and later near Luray Caverns. They are awesome through all seasons. Driving to Asheville, through the mountains, is wonderful. I doubt I would bike it very far, but your tips for biking are great. Voted up!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      You're very lucky to live so close to such a pretty place. My husband would love it, he's a keen cyclist.

      Very interesting and your photos were great :o)

      Voted up, etc.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! This looks like a lovely adventure full of fantastic views and a great workout! Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      So many things and places right here in our own country that we don't know about or ever see but thanks to hubbers like yourself, we can visit them vicariously. I used to bike all the time now I'm afraid I wouldn't make it around the block!

      You've done a great job of detailing your ride and giving tips and your cheerful personality shines through it all. It goes without saying that your photos are beautiful and could be a stand alone hub!

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, useful and of course interesting.

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      Great hub! My family and I love the Parkway and have hiked there many times. Your bike trip looks like another fun way the enjoy the beauty there. It's gorgeous there in any season. Voted up! Beautiful :)

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      Very interesting hub. Great photos. I'll have to visit. Voted up!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Wow, you are really lucky to have that near you! Beautiful scenery like that would definitely inspire me to take the bike out more often.

      Up, awesome, shared and tweeted.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Rolly! Hey there, friend! Great to see you. Hugs to you from North Carolina! :) Thanks for coming along for the ride...I'm sure you helped take those AWESOME pictures. Hehehe. Thanks so much for coming by. Hubhugs!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi CC... wonderfully done and the pictures are incredible. Love taking the ride... sorry I forgot to peddle uphill I was bust taking pictures....

      Hugs from Canada

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      RedElf - hey there! Thanks for coming by! It really is beautiful here. I absolutely love it. :D The copyscape photo seems to deter would-be human "scrapers" and I also check for duplicates using google, but it has seemed to help. As for the automated stuff, not so much, but I have a copyscape alert to let me know when it detects something. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      teaches - I forgot you live in VA. That's awesome! That's great that you're near the Parkway, too. If you're ever near Asheville, drop me a line. We'll talk hubbing. :D Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Doc Sonic - thank you for stopping by. :) Thank you for the compliments on the photos, too. Yeah, the tunnel was a bit scary and we went as fast as we could just so that we could get out and not stay in there with cars. In any case, it was a great ride and the views on the other side of the tunnel were worth it. :D Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teresa - ah, yes. I have come to LOVE the mountains here where I live. I'm a transplant, but that's okay - I truly appreciate the beauty. :) Thanks for coming by. Hubhugs!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful photos! You are so fortunate to have such a lovely area in which to ride! Also, I am intrigued by your CopyScape warning - could you enlighten me and does it help?

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We were fortunate to live in Virginia and to travel this parkway. It is a beautiful trip to make and the views are so breathtaking at this heigth. The Tiger Lillies are so plentiful there as well, thanks for posting the photo of one. Great hub article and voted way up!

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      Glen Nunes 5 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      Looks like a beautiful area. Nice photography, and great tips. I think I might have been too frightened to ride through the tunnel, though. :)

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful scenery in your neck of the woods Cyndi. Thanks for sharing and the biking tips are very helpful too!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hey there, Pamela99! Great to see you. Thanks for stopping by! Thanks also for your feedback. I'm glad you found the pictures beautiful and I appreciate you. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mhatter99 - wow! Cool! You did Mt. Tamopias on bike or foot? When you say the "hard" way I'm thinking "blood, sweat and tears". Hehehe.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehe, I can't wait to make the facebook post in a few days, Bill. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      What a marvelous day! That is one of my favorite areas to visit, especially in the autumn. Your pictures are gorgeous and I really enjoyed this hub. Up, awesome and beautiful.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      great article! i did Mt.Tamopias the hard way

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thatta girl! Go start the next chapter of your life. I'm proud of you Lil' Sis!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      That's great, Billy. :) I'm biting my nails and I'm a little nervous, but I think I'm going to cut the cord sooner rather than later, if you know what I mean. :D Hugs to you, big bro. You have been a pillar of strength.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful pics Cyndi and a great hub! Thanks for sharing a part of the country I have never seen. Just think of all the time you will have for more rides in the future. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehe, I definitely got a healthy dose of oxygen, Ruchira. :D It was such a beautiful day with a beautiful ride. I was inspired to take lots of pics, too. Thanks so much for coming by. Always great to see you! Hubhugs!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautiful pix of the wonderful bike ride. I am sure the fresh oxygen that you inhaled made you come out with such in depth text of this park.

      many votes as interesting and sharing it across

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      OD - it's awesome that you've been to and seen the Parkway. It is such a small world, isn't it? The Folk Art Center is definitely on my radar of hubs to do. :) Thank you for coming by - always great to see you. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - thank you for stopping by, friend! Great to see you. I appreciate the votes and shares. You are *awesome* Thank you. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      yoginijoy - have fun planning that trip! I'm glad you've seen it and want to go back. :) Hubhugs!

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      Dan Human 5 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      The Blue Ridge Parkway is surely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been too. Great tips to go along with your ride description. I bet you could do a whole Hub on just the Folk Art Center.

      Your pictures are beautiful!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Blue ridge is so beautiful and a great place to go biking. enjoyed the photos.Lovely hub.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      This is a great idea! I am going to plan a trip to ride the Blue Ridge. I have driven along it and agree that it is quite beautiful. Thanks for sharing the tips.