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Biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful way to experience the stunning vistas and picturesque overlooks in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
From Milepost 86 to Milepost 165, nearly 80 miles of this beautiful route, known as America's Favorite Drive, winds through the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge, and provides tremendous opportunities for road biking & cycling.
Multiple sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge are currently closed for repair projects. There is a closure at Milepost 114 for the Roanoke River Bridge Rehabilitation Project and a closure due to a road failure caused by landslides near Milepost 128.
We've created a special Blue Ridge Parkway Detour Route for information about things to do in the area and recommended directions for accessing the Parkway around these closures. Parkway Detour Info >
NOTE: You can still access Explore Park at Milepost 115 via the Parkway from accessing the road at U.S. 220 (Milepost 121.4) or Mill Mountain (Milepost 120) and traveling north to reach the park.
With the access point at Milepost 120 only five miles from Downtown Roanoke, it's only a short ride between the epic cycling provided by the Parkway and all the activities and attractions located in the heart of the city.
You could also spend a challenging day riding the Parkway by beginning near Mill Mountain at Milepost 120 and traveling north to the Peaks of Otter at Milepost 86. The 70-mile out-and-back trip would provide steep changes in elevation and gorgeous views of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Check out our Blue Ridge Parkway Map for detailed information about the road's eight access points in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Learn more >
Between campgrounds, bed & breakfasts, and rustic lodges, there are great options for overnight accommodations during your biking trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn more >
For more information and regulations, refer to this Blue Ridge Parkway Bicycling Guide by the National Park Service. You can also check out our Blue Ridge Parkway and Biking sections for more great resources to help plan your trip.
Header photo courtesy of Sam Dean Photography in Botetourt County.