Elk Mountain Scenic Parkway (Asheville Road Cycling): The quintessential road ride for Asheville cyclists is the Elk Mountain Scenic Highway and it definitely packs a punch. This challenging ride begins with a steep, leg-crushing climb up Elk Mountain Scenic Highway before mellowing out as the road passes through a beautiful pastoral area with great views of the valley below. Take a break at Buzzard Rock before heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Town Mountain Rd. for a fast descent and complete the loop by catching Charlotte St. north to Kimberly.
Directions from Asheville: From downtown take Merrimon Ave. N 2 miles. Turn right on Beaverdam Rd at Ingles grocery store and head out Beaverdam Rd. for 1 mile to Elk Mountain Scenic Highway on the left.