Hardcore BMX rider or just out for a family bike ride, the mountains of western North Carolina have it all. The two most popular rides are the pedestrian trail around Lake Junaluska which is perfect for the novice or family, and the Blue Ridge Parkway for the seasoned road rider. Some of the park trails allow bikes including Cade’s Cove Auto Loop.
Balsam Mountain Road
Another hidden favorite is the Balsam Mountain Road off the Blue Ridge Parkway from the picnic area at Balsam Mountain - 22 miles to Round Bottom Road, it’s 99% downhill so not much peddling is needed. Check ahead with the park service to make sure you’re good to go. Whichever biking adventure you choose, just remember to take a moment to stop and soak in the breathtaking views and scenery that surround you.
Chestnut Mountain Nature Park
Chestnut Mountain is a nature-based recreation park, located one mile east from the Town Of Canton, and covers 450 acres of forested ridgelines and coves providing a diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The park consists of a Front Country day-use area for picnicking and transitions into the Backcountry as you move deeper into the park where you'll find multi-use trails for both hikers and bikers.