Asheville, Brevard and greater Western North Carolina is an idyllic destination for a mountain biker looking for a new adventure.
From the epic and technical downhill tracks of Pisgah National Forest to the slowing singletrack of Dupont State Forest, all levels of off-road cyclists will be satisfied. You’ll ride past innumerable waterfalls and pedal through lush, green terrain.
Off the bike, you won’t be disappointed, with the best craft brewers in the USA in the area. Also, feast on southern barbeque and the south's best food scene!
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Jamie Gilpin and Joy Cadelina Gilpin own and operate Outfitter Bicycle Tours from their home in Western North Carolina, near Asheville. In addition to leading and organizing Asheville area road and mountain bike tours, they also create guided and self-guided tours in various destinations in Europe: Tuscany, Provence, Burgundy, the Dordogne, Pyrenees, and Alps.
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This beautiful forest carves through on its way across Western North Carolina and dominates the visual landscape of the region. The flowing lush mountains that make the region picturesque are mostly parts of this National Forest. Technical mountain bikers will find heaven on Pisgah’s trails. The most technical trails are near the towns of Pisgah Forest and Brevard.
The perfect post-ride recovery drink, craft beer is the ideal afterword to a hard day in the saddle. The area is known as “Beer City USA”, and has a booming local craft beer scene. Wicked Weed, Burial Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man are at the top of a list of local craft brewers too long for this guide. The scene, plus the great mountain water, and the central location on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA has attracted larger craft brewers to set up their east-coast facilities in the area.
If you’ve ever seen the movies 'Last of the Mohicans' or the first 'Hunger Games', you’ve seen this beautiful state forest. Nestled south-west of Asheville, near Brevard, it is a regular destination for mountain bikers. In fact, Reeb Ranch, Oskar Blues’ mountain bike park, is located just outside the park’s boundaries. Within the park, you’ll find natural beauty in abundance, with the most striking sites being the waterfalls. All of the falls are accessible by mountain bike.
Already home to the best barbeque in the world, the creative vibe of Asheville has expanded into a luscious food scene. You won’t go hungry after a ride in Western North Carolina. A number of award winning chefs have set up shop in Asheville. Top restaurants include Curate, Rhubarb, and Chai Pani. Others to visit are Zambra, White Duck Taco, and French Broad Chocolate.
The fall colours in Western North Carolina are stunning. Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and through Pisgah National Forest at the right time and you’ll see the bright reds, yellows, and oranges. It rivals any "leaf friendly" area for its beauty in the fall.
Best times to go:
The best time to visit the area is between April and October.
April and May are beautiful with the emerging spring green. The summers are not too hot since the area is at an elevation that doesn’t bring high heat or humidity.
Fall is absolutely beautiful, with the mountains bathed in reds, yellows, and oranges.
If you plan to come during the October fall colours please plan ahead as hotels can fill up very early. If you prefer to have smaller crowds avoid the fall.
Our preferred time to ride is in the spring and summer.
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