Welcome to the Cycling Capital of the South
World-class mountain biker Adam Craig calls Pisgah National Forest “definitely one of the top three places in the universe I’ve ever ridden. Maybe the best one.” BIKE Magazine chose Transylvania County as headquarters for their annual gear guide tests because “Brevard is ground zero for some of the best riding in the nation.” Famed road cyclist George Hincapie has spent years training on the challenging climbs and exhilarating descents of the county’s epic backroads. And Brevard College’s Cycling Team has won the Division II Collegiate Mountain Bike Championship three out of the last four years.
In short, Transylvania County is a mecca for every stripe of cyclist.
Between them, Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest boast over 300 miles of peerless single track, hundreds more miles of fire roads and an endless variety of road cycling options. What’s more, Brevard hosts a friendly and deeply ingrained biking culture open to giving visitors all the information they need to make the most of two-wheeled transport.
To get rolling, check out The Adventurist’s favorite mountain bike rides and road rides.
Also, be sure to check out BIKE Transylvania, a comprehensive guide to cycling in Transylvania County. It’s free and can be found at our Visitors Center, in bike shops and at local retailers throughout the county. You can also visit their website here.
Bike rentals, maps, equipment and informed advice can be found at:
- The Bike Farm
- Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
- Blue Ridge Adventures
- Carmichael Training Systems
- The Hub
- Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures
- Pura Vida Adventures
- Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina
- Squatch Bikes & Brews
- Sycamore Cycles
Road and Gravel Rides
The following routes are featured in the RIDE Transylvania County Road Cycling Map. Choose the links below to view and export these routes to GPS devices that can accept either TCX or GPX files.
- Walnut Hollow & East Fork River Valley
- Little River Roundabout
- Etowah Tuesday Night Worlds
- Headwaters Loop
- Looking Glass Rock Loop
- Assault on the Carolinas
- Tour de Transylvania
- Tanasee Gap Loop