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Road Bike the Smokies: 16 Great Rides in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains

by Jim Parham

Western North Carolina’’s Smoky Mountains offer road biking opportunities rarely found elsewhere. A broad network of backroads will take you rolling through rustic Appalachian communities, over high passes, past rushing waterfalls and along the shores of mountain lakes. The Blue Ridge Parkway, the new Cherohala Skyway and the Scenic Waters Byway are all located in this region, where you can ride virtually all year long. Road Bike The Smokies outlines 16 of the best routes in the area, rated easy to difficult and ranging from eight to 70 miles in length. As with all the books in our Road Bike series, each route description includes complete directions, detailed map, elevation profile, road surface conditions, mileage and estimated riding times, points of interest and services available along the way.

About the Author

jim-parhamBorn in Raleigh, NC, Jim Parham grew up in north Georgia. He has spent his adult life bicycling, hiking, and paddling bicycling all over the world. Once a kayak instructor, whitewater guide, and bicycle tour leader, Parham has been traveling the roads, rivers, and trails of the Southeast since childhood. He also draws the clear and easy-to-read maps that make Milestone Press guidebooks so user-friendly. Parham lives in North Carolina at the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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88 pages; paperback
ISBN 1-889596-02-7

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