The Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is gaining a reputation as one of the best mountain biking destinations in the country, and it’s also received praise for its affordability and quality of life.

This combination helped land Roanoke a spot on the new Singletracks list of “10 Best U.S. Mountain Bike Towns with the Lowest Cost of Living.”

The article was written by Greg Heil, who explained his process for pulling together the list was based on each “mountain bike town” having at least 100 miles of singletrack within 25 miles of its downtown core, at least one bike shop, and being relatively “town-like.”

With a cost of living index at 87.1 (below the national average of 100) and a median home price of $144,900 (according to Zillow), Roanoke checks the boxes of providing a great value for residents, as well as visitors.

Factor in over 200 miles of singletrack for epic mountain biking, great local bike shops like East Coasters Bike Shop & Just the Right Gear, plus outfitters like Roanoke Mountain Adventures, and you begin to see the passionate biking culture that exists in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

The region also offers a vibrant arts & culture scene, restaurants featuring flavors from around the world, and a list of craft breweries that continues to grow.

The following is an excerpt from the Roanoke section of the Singletracks article:

"Roanoke offers great food, beer, plenty of bike shop options, and with a median home price of $144,900, the COL is very attractive. House prices are on the rise in Roanoke, but not as quickly as some others on this list: the median price of houses listed for sale is currently $169,900. If you’re looking to relocate, the time could be perfect to move to Roanoke."

Click here to see the full article on the Singletracks website.

You can also read more to learn which local spot in Virginia’s Blue Ridge was featured in a Singletracks podcast about the Best Mountain Biking Trails in the Southeast >