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Any recommended rides in Western NC(12 posts)

Any recommended rides in Western NCscary slow
Jul 17, 2003 4:26 AM
I am going to be staying in Sylva NC for about 9 days next week and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a good road ride up in that area. I had driven the Cherahola Skyway (sp?) a few years ago and thought that might be a nice ride. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
re: Any recommended rides in Western NCgf99
Jul 17, 2003 4:51 AM
The Blue Ridge Parkway is never a bad choice, though I'm not sure how close it is to Sylva.
re: Any recommended rides in Western NCLigon
Jul 17, 2003 5:14 AM
I have ridden there a few times. The Parkway is just a few minutes outside of town. There is a really good bike shop located in dowtown Sylva. I wish I could remember the name of it but I can't. Stop by and ask them where some good routes are. Sorry I cannot recomend anything specific. It is aboslutley beautiful there. Western Carolina University is also located there so there are probably some good group rides.

Good Luck,
Ligon
re: Any recommended rides in Western NCFlat Lander
Jul 17, 2003 5:21 AM
My first recomendation would be to buy the book "Road Biking the Smokeys" or something simmilar to that. It is a small paperback with some good info. I bought my copy at the store at NOC, but I'm sure other bike shops will have it. As for the rides, I did "Seven Eleven" detailed in the book this spring, loved it. Only down side, the forest road is rough pavement, but the ride is great. Burringtown Loop and Road to Nowhere (just north of Bryson City) are also favorites. I am envious, enjoy.
The best riding in NC is....CARBON110
Jul 17, 2003 6:15 AM
In Asheville,
Check out ABRC.net and hook up with some group rides or I will show you around happily :D In addition there are maps at LBS that give copys out so you can find your own way around.
The best riding in NC is....scary slow
Jul 17, 2003 6:27 AM
I think Sylva is an 1 hour to 1.5 hours away from Sylva. I probably won't make it over as far as Ashville. Thanks for the offer though. I usually just Mt Bike when I head to NC but decided this time to take the road bike along as well. I'll probably ride Tsali and Fontana Village a couple of days and spend the rest of the time on my road bike.
How are you going to be there for 9 days in a week? nmfrankamo
Jul 17, 2003 6:34 AM
How are you going to be there for 9 days in a week? nmscary slow
Jul 17, 2003 7:35 AM
I can fit more time into the normal week than most people. Guess I should have said that I will be there for 9 days starting next week.
re: Any recommended rides in Western NCraptorUW
Jul 17, 2003 7:45 AM
our cycling club holds a training camp each year based out of bryson city, so i'm pretty familiar with the area, although i can't place sylva off the top of my head.

1) cherohala is awesome. when we race to the top, it's a solid 53-55 min of climbing. plus, the views are incredible. i've never been there in summer, but in spring it is often fogged in, which makes for a very cool experience.

2) also mentioned was "seven-eleven" - the other poster aptly described it. it's more tree-lined than cherohala, so it lacks the epic mountain views...however, its a very tough climb. as mentioned, the road is in rough shape, so it's better to ascend.

i'm not sure that there are many other climbs that have the beautiful views of the landscape, but there are a ton of roads good for tough, introspective climbing. some are:

junaluska road, tuskeegee road are both side roads in the robbinsville area (junaluska to the south?, tuskeegee to the north). another great ride is hwy 28 over the stecoah gap (near robbinsville)

wayah road over wayah gap is also a beautiful ride. this road more or less connects the town of franklin to HWY 19 near nanathala. both 7-11 and junaluska intersect wayah at different points.

hope that helps
re: Any recommended rides in Western NCscary slow
Jul 17, 2003 7:55 AM
Thanks for the info. How is the traffic on the cherohala? I drove it a few years ago in the summer and I seem to remember seeing very little traffic on that particular day.
re: Any recommended rides in Western NCtarwheel
Jul 17, 2003 12:16 PM
Sylva is very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Great riding on the parkway, just make sure you have a cassette with plenty of climbing gears. A tail-light is recommended in case you hit some tunnels. Great Smoky Mtn National Park is close by to Sylva. The "Road to Nowhere" out of Bryson City is a good option. Cades Cove (on the Tennessee side of Smokies) is closed to traffic one morning a week and is an absolutely fantastic 15-mile loop. Traffic can be very heavy though when it's open to cars, particularly during afternoons and weekends. If you really feel like a workout, try riding to the top of Clingman's Dome -- highest point in the Smokies, with a road to the top. Traffic could be bad on US 441, though, so leave early in the morning on a weekday. I've always wanted to try the ride along US 23/441 from Sylva/Dillsboro to Franklin. It's a major road with lots of traffic, but has wide shoulders and is 4-lanes wide, so it would probably be safe. Very long climbs and descents with some spectacular views. Make sure your tires, tubes, chain and brakes are in good shape.
(BTW, I grew up near Clayton, Ga., about 40 miles south of Sylva on US 441)
re: Any recommended rides in Western NCscary slow
Jul 18, 2003 4:23 AM
Thanks to everyone who replied to this post for the recommendations. I am leaving bright and early tomorrow morning from Orlando. I hope to make it to Sylva in time to get a quick spin in before sunset. My only concern with my vacation is that I will miss the last week of the tour. Poor planning on my part...doh!