Roan Mountain 66 mi. Loop

Distance

66.1

miles

Bike Ride

CLIMB
4708 ft

Begins in:
Roan Mountain, TN, United States
Created By:
Ben Gebo Best Time: 5:31:07
Description:
Starting at Roan Mountian State Park, this ride is nothing too strenuous for a seasoned rider. The first 10 miles are all uphill to the top of Roan Mountain. It's a pretty steady incline, nothing too intense. The amazing views along the way make the first stretch well worth it. If you have it in you, climb the Roan Mountain Knob which is part of the Appalachian Trail. Some of the best views I am have ever seen. Follow the route South down through Bakersville where there is a few places to stop for lunch. Continue further down through Spruce Pine, which is a pretty town. Crimson Laurel Way from Bakersville to Spruce Pine is a busy road with fast cars, but it has a shoulder. It's a similar road once you leave Spruce Pine until Spear. Once in the Spear area, the road narrows and the roads start winding with little shoulder to bike on. This road follows the river, so it has little incline with very pretty views of the Bible Belt. I noticed a lot of unique driveway bridges. Once you make it to Elk Park Highway, you're in the home stretch. With plenty of room on the side of the road to bike, there are a few choices for food options before heading back to camp at Roan Mountain State Park. This was a great ride and worth taking your time with. Lot of sights to see along the way and small towns to discover.
Starts From:
trailhead
Tags:
climb hard hilly long climb mountains road rolling rural scenic smooth
Type:
Bike Ride

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Climb Details

Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 1 0.06 mi/8.71 mi 8.65 mi 2,857 ft/5,508 ft 5.8%
Cat 5 21.97 mi/24.59 mi 2.61 mi 2,507 ft/2,888 ft 2.8%
Cat 5 32.55 mi/35.98 mi 3.42 mi 2,528 ft/2,876 ft 1.9%
Cat 5 37.41 mi/38.65 mi 1.24 mi 2,668 ft/2,863 ft 3.0%
Cat 2 39.71 mi/52.97 mi 13.26 mi 2,794 ft/3,502 ft 1.0%