Buttery smooth tarmac, epic climbs, and all the world class views you can handle along the way.  If pavement is more your stye, the East TN region won't disappointYou won't find many roads that don't demand committing to some elevation gain, but exploring the crooked roads in our area just might be one of the best way's to explore the Appalachians. 

We highly recommend using either a Garmin or software such as Map My Ride online and on your phone when riding in our area.  Not only are they a great way to get to know your new favorite route, but also allows you to understand the commitment your route requires ahead of time, read reviews, and of course map your route along the way.

Buffalo Mountain from ETSU Campus - 35mi

Looking for a great loop right from downtown Johnson City?  This 35 mile loop leaves from ETSU's campus (which could just as easily be anywhere downtown) and winds it's way along the Nolichucky river before climbing over Buffalo Mountain (with an epic descent back to town we might add!).  Killer views and modest vehicle traffic make this route one of our favorites.

Roan Mountain - 66mi

Starting at Roan Mountain State Park, get ready for a solid 10 mile climb to the top of Roan.  The amazing views along the way make the effort well worth it.  Several lunch stops along the route as well, which makes packing light easy.  While it's nearly impossible to get a 60mi route that doesn't involve vehicles, the busier roads do have a shoulder.  Roan Mountain is also host to the "Roan Groan" road race the first weekend in June every year.

Mt. Mitchell - 66mi

What goes up, must come down!  This East bound section of the Blue Ridge Parkway climbs its way (literally) to the summit of Mt Mitchell.  Plenty of epic views will keep you company as you ascend the highest point in the Appalachian mountains.

Jonesborough to Limestone - 35mi

A great loop connecting Jonesborough to Limestone that can be ridden in either direction (making either city a great 1/2 way rest point).  The midway climb will keep you on your toes as the entire route slurps up nearly 2,000ft of climbing.

Blue Ridge Parkway - 80mi

When you are riding on a road that was literally built to be spectacular....it's simply impossible to go wrong with the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This 80 route requires a friend willing to shuttle, however with nearly 8,000 feet of climbing it's sure to make your post ride celebration pints at the countless breweries in Asheville taste even better.  Of course sections of the BRP can be broken up as time and fitness level dictate (and again, you really can't go wrong anywhere on this road).

Kingsport to Bay's Mountain - 30mi

With a more modest 1,200ft of climbing, this route leaves downtown Kingsport and heads West towards Bay's Mountain before making the return trip.

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