Biking The Blue Ridge Parkway
Carolinas Bike Tour Blue Ridge Parkway
North & South Carolina Bike Tours
Backroads North & South Carolina Bike Tours
Backroads North & South Carolina Bike Tours
Backroads North & South Carolina Bike Tours
Fine Dining - Backroads North & South Carolina Bike Tours
Backroads North & South Carolina Bike Tours
Backroads North & South Carolina Bike Tours
Backroads North & South Carolina Bike Tours
See all photos

The Carolinas Bike Tour

Outdoorsy Greenville to Artsy Asheville & the Blue Ridge Mountains

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Level: 2-5

Premiere Hotels

From: $3,549 - $4,699 pp dbl occ

($800 - $1,150 for sgl occ)

This trip is all about natural splendor, Southern Appalachian culture and some of the most glorious riding on the Eastern Seaboard! From outdoorsy Greenville to artsy Asheville. From George Hincapie’s cycle-centric hotel to George Vanderbilt’s opulent estate, experience one of our most pedal-perfect offerings yet.

North Carolina and South Carolina Bike Tour map
North Carolina and South Carolina Bike Tour map

South Carolina & North Carolina

Start Greenville / End Asheville

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Marvel at sweeping vistas and stunning colors in the storied Blue Ridge Mountains and the rolling hills of the Piedmont region
  • Tap your feet at a performance of bluegrass—music born and nourished in North Carolina's mountains
  • Bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway, famous among cycling enthusiasts for its picturesque views and thrilling elevations
  • Delight your taste buds with regional specialties of the Carolinas, including farm-to-table cuisine and a plethora of craft brews


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail, one of Greenville’s famed Rails-to-Trails pathways, along the Reedy River | Set out on a peaceful ride through the Greenville Watershed Area and visit the historic Victorian mountain town of Saluda | Relax at our Mediterranean-style hotel and fuel up with a wonderful farm-to-table dinner at the stylish Restaurant 17 | Embark upon Hincapie’s Gran Fondo route or choose a leisurely spin past the North Saluda Reservoir.

Exterior of Hotel Domestique
Hotel Domestique
Travelers Rest
| Premiere Hotel

Set amid the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, this stylish boutique hotel is the brainchild of 17-time Tour de France competitor George Hincapie and his brother Rich. (pool)

Day 3

Cycle north at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina | Tackle the ascent of Caesars Head—spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains await at the summit | Ride a gradual descent across the state line into North Carolina | If you enjoy rolling terrain, you’ll love pedaling through the afternoon stretch of Southern Appalachia and classic Carolina farmland | Enjoy bluegrass music over a traditional barbecue dinner.

Exterior Pilot Cove
Pilot Cove
Pisgah Forest
| Casual Hotel

Bordering Pisgah National Forest, the modern cabins at Pilot Cove are designed to blend into their verdant setting and have easy access to area trails.

Days 4-5

Head out on a peaceful ride through Pisgah National Forest, home to Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry heritage site | Wonder at the numerous white-water rivers and waterfalls, including Looking Glass Falls, with its spectacular 60-foot cascade | Cycle down an exhilarating portion of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, the longest stretch of protected parkway in America and known as "America's most scenic drive" | Bike through tunnels and past scenic overlooks | Explore George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Loire Valley-inspired château and gardens, set within the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate | Enjoy a leisurely spin through the Biltmore Forest before we savor a farewell lunch.

Exterior view of the Inn on Biltmore Estate
Inn on Biltmore Estate
| Premiere Hotel

Savor turn-of-the-century elegance and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at this gracious inn, nestled on Biltmore's majestic estate. (pool, spa)

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy in USD.

October 2023
Oct 8 - Oct 12
Sold out
Oct 15 - Oct 19
Sold out

Looks like you’re traveling with a smaller group

Our Private Trips are best for groups of 6 or more. We suggest joining a scheduled trip.

Please Select a Group Size

Group size is required to show per-person pricing. Your group size can be approximate and can change.

Activity Level: 2-5

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

While Backroads strives to find routes that are quiet and off the beaten track, in the Carolinas we sometimes have to bike on busier sections of road to reach the best riding. Most of these roads have a wide shoulder or plenty of pullouts to accommodate cyclists and car traffic. Of course, on certain routes you’re welcome to jump into the shuttle to avoid the busier stretches. Just make sure you communicate with your leaders and find the ride that's best for you.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 9 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 21 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 22 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 33 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 38 miles | 3200 ft. gain
Level 5 | 57 miles | 4400 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 47 miles* | 4000 ft. gain
Level 5 | 63 miles* | 4700 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 19 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles* | 2600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles | 3900 ft. gain
Level 5 | 49 miles | 5100 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 9 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles | 1300 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Click the arrow to see all bike options.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Di2. A performance-first flagship endurance bike engineered for comfort and race-level riding.

$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Ask a trip expert

Have a question and need expert advice? Our team of Trip Consultants is here to help! You can also visit our Help Center.

More Trips For You