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Virginia's Blue Ridge is now open in the Phase Three stage of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia plan. Learn more about the program and what it means for various types of businesses & experiences in the region with our Phase Three Guidelines page. Phase Three >


Roanoke Road Biking & Cycling

Road Biking & Cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge

The road biking and cycling opportunities in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains are as good as you'll find anywhere in the country.

See a list of road cycling routes in the region >

Cycling is one of the most popular activities in Virginia's Blue Ridge for locals and visitors, meaning you'll have an easy time finding the perfect route for an adventure on two wheels during your vacation.

Our location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides hundreds of miles of roadways that feature stunning overlooks and vistas, while also being conveniently located near all the amenities and experiences of a major city.

Virginia's Blue Ridge offers everything from a quick, relaxing ride along the river to a challenging push to the crest of a mountain.

Gear up. It's time to ride!

Header photo courtesy of Franklin County Parks & Recreation - Matt Ross 

Bike Rentals

Between lodging properties that offer bike rentals as an amenity or services from local bike shops, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect bike to rent for your riding experience.

Featured Routes for Road Biking & Cycling

Roanoke Greenway Biking

While almost any road is great for cycling in Virginia's Blue Ridge, these three routes stand out as prime opportunities for exploring on your bike.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway - As "America's Favorite Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best routes in the world for cycling. The scenic beauty of the road, combined with broad ranges of elevation, provide an incredible biking experience.
  • Roanoke Valley Greenways - Over 30 miles of paved Greenways wind through the Roanoke Valley, offering wonderful options for riders of all skill levels. Many portions of the Greenway system are located along the Roanoke River and near public parks, serving as great places to relax. UnderDog Bikes and Roanoke Mountain Adventures are both located along the Roanoke River Greenway and offer bike rental services.
  • TransAmerica Bicycle Trail - The final portion of this 4,228-mile cross country ride makes its way through Virginia's Blue Ridge. The route, also known as U.S. Bike Route 76, winds along the mountains through Botetourt County.  

Group Rides

Local cycling organizations regularly organize and host group rides that are open to visitors. These group rides serve as the perfect opportunity to ride on some of the region's best routes while getting to know the locals who help make this such a fantastic place for biking.

Check out the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, Downshift - Hand Crafted Bikes & Brews, Franklin Freewheelers, and East Coasters Bike Shop for more information about group rides.

Bike Routes

The following is a list of routes in Virginia's Blue Ridge for road biking and cycling. Many of the routes and details were created by the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, a fantastic local resource for cycling in the region.

Roanoke Valley Spotlight

Enjoy beautiful views around every turn along these amazing scenic drives in Virginia's Blue Ridge!