Biking and craft beer are two awesome parts of the local culture in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
With over 300 miles of trails for world-class mountain biking and a selection of breweries that continues to grow, your next adventure in America's East Coast Mountain Biking Capital should definitely include bikes & beer!
Be a #Trailsetter and put your skills to the test with some epic mountain biking on these trail networks and then quench your thirst by visiting a nearby brewery. Here are eight options for mountain biking and local beer.
1. Biking: Mill Mountain Park
Take in an awesome urban mountain biking experience at Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Park. Not only is the park home to the iconic Roanoke Star and stunning views of the downtown skyline, it also features nearly 10 miles of trails. Make the climb from the base of the mountain by pedaling up the Woodthrush Trail or Monument Trail. If you’re headed down the mountain, check out the Understory Trail - the newest trail in the park that offers some serious challenges and great views.
Learn more: Download a trail map of Mill Mountain Park >
Breweries: Big Lick Brewing Company, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room, Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage
With Mill Mountain Park’s close proximity to Downtown Roanoke, you have multiple nearby options for delicious beer! Knock back a few Crooked Way IPAs at Soaring Ridge or enjoy a few of the specialty microbrews on tap at Big Lick Brewing Company. You can also get acquainted with the tasting rooms featuring beers you may have seen at your own local beer shop - the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room on Market Street and the Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage at The Bridges complex at the base of Mill Mountain.
2. Biking: Waid Recreation Park
If you’re looking for a few easy trails for biking, Waid Park in Franklin County is a wonderful option as it features multiple ADA compliant trails. For something a little more difficult, take advantage of the trails that wind along the Pigg River, which is also a popular option for tubing and paddling. You'll also want to check out Old Buzzard - the park's fantastic new jump line trail. The park contains over 10 miles of trails for hiking & biking.
Breweries: Hammer & Forge Brewing Company
If you’re making your way back to Roanoke following a visit to Waid Park, Hammer & Forge Brewing Company in Boones Mill is perfectly situated along Route US 220 for a pit stop! Whether you’re looking for something with a kick like the Elder Mountain IPA or prefer a more mellow brew such as the Blue Lakes Blonde Ale, you’re sure to find good beer and good times on tap at Hammer & Forge.
3. Biking: Explore Park
Bring your bikes during your next road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway and spend some time exploring the trails at Explore Park, which is located at Milepost 115 on the Parkway. The park offers over 14 miles of trails that wind through lush forest and along the bank of the Roanoke River. There have also been some really cool new features added to the offerings at Explore Park, including cabins and campsites for overnight lodging, tubing rentals offered on weekends, and an aerial adventure course that incorporates ziplining.
Brewery: Twin Creeks Brewing Company
The Town of Vinton is easily accessible from Explore Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, meaning you’re only a few miles away from Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Vinton’s first microbrewery. Take the Parkway exit to Route 24 at Milepost 112 and head toward Downtown Vinton. In addition to regularly rotating what’s available on tap, Twin Creeks also frequently hosts food trucks and live music, providing an atmosphere for a full evening of fun.
4. Biking: North Mountain & Dragon's Back
If you want to experience some of the best backcountry riding in Virginia's Blue Ridge, head to North Mountain. Referred to by locals as "Dragon's Back" because of its curvy ridgeline, North Mountain features a trail system with some grueling mountain biking, headlined by the 13.7 mile North Mountain Trail.
MTB Project: North Mountain Trail System >
Brewery: Olde Salem Brewing Company
Well done slaying the dragon, Khaleesi. You deserve a few pints at Olde Salem Brewing Company in Downtown Salem. For something a little tart, we recommend checking out the options available in the Mother Pucker Sours section of the menu.
5. Biking: Carvins Cove
Carvins Cove has a reputation of being a mountain biking paradise and is known for offering some of the finest singletrack on the East Coast. With over 60 miles of multi-use trails that range from easy fire roads to double black diamond trails like Rattlin’ Run, Carvins Cove is a spot for riders of all skill levels to spend multiple days. The park is a 12,700 acre natural preserve that is also home to a 600 acre reservoir that’s popular for fishing and paddling.
Learn more: Download a trail map of Carvins Cove.
Brewery: Parkway Brewing Company
Recount your biking adventures and rest your legs at the beautiful outdoor patio and beer garden at Parkway Brewing Company. Founded in 2012, the brewery known by many locals simply as “Parkway” has become a favorite spot of many craft beer lovers in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Popular flagship brews that are great after a day of biking include the Get Bent Mountain IPA, Bridge Builder Blonde, and Majestic Mullet Krispy Kolsch.
6. Biking: Jamison Mill Park
As a new park in Franklin County, Jamison Mill Park on Philpott Lake boasts over six miles of trails that are waiting to be explored by bike! The moderately-difficult trails incorporate waterfront views of the lake, while also including interpretive stops that introduce riders to the history of the park, as well as the history of the surrounding area.
Brewery: Chaos Mountain Brewing Co.
It’s a bit of a drive from Jamison Mill Park, but Chaos Mountain Brewing is an award-winning craft brewery in Franklin County that’s a good halfway point between the park and Roanoke. The brewery is known for its flagship brews like the Cheeky Monkey Belgian Blonde and Mad Hopper IPA, as well as great seasonal options such as the Edge of the Sun Lime Lager or Legless Horseman Pumpkin Ale.
7. Biking: Price & Patterson Mountains
Ready for some thrilling backcountry rides? The Price & Patterson Mountain Trail system is a hidden gem and primitive network of trails that gets you deep into the woods. Price Mountain and Patterson Mountain have ridgelines that run parallel to each other, and you can combine the two routes with trails that make their way down the valley between the two ridges, meaning there will also be a couple “hike your bike” situations as you make the climb. You’re going to earn your beer here!
Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company
One of the West Coast’s most iconic craft breweries is part of the craft beer family in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Ballast Point Brewing Company opened its Tasting Room & Kitchen in Botetourt County in June 2017 as part of its new East Coast production facility. You can find all kinds of great Ballast Point swag, including cool bike gear, plus delicious food and award-winning beer on tap that you'll enjoy from their beautiful patio that's one of the best spots to catch a sunset in the region.
Learn More: Great Outdoor Patios in Virginia's Blue Ridge >
8. Biking: Falling Creek Park
Falling Creek Park presents a family-friendly biking experience that every type of rider will love. Whether you want to take on the advanced singletrack trails, hit the pumptrack, take a leisurely ride, or perfect your technique and jumps in the skills area, the park has it all. Falling Creek contains over 10 miles of trails, as well as picnic areas, a disc golf course, playground, and skate park.
We hope you worked up an appetite for delicious beer and BBQ when you visit Beale’s! This awesome spot in the Town of Bedford specializes in German-style beer and pit-smoked BBQ, including pulled pork, smoked sausage, and brisket. Beale’s also offers a great outdoor patio space that’s pet-friendly.
Learn more: Beale’s Features Great Craft Beer & BBQ
Visit our Mountain Biking section to learn more about what makes Virginia’s Blue Ridge America's East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, including a list of Trail Maps! You can also check out more of our craft Breweries in the region.