North Carolina Spring Cycling Routes
Anthony Lee - Mar 21 2022
Welcome to our newest post, Cycling Routes in the United States, in which we'll help you plan your next e-bike adventure and showcase some of the country's top rides. It's time to start arranging your next trip now that spring is just around the corner in the United States. These routes will delight you whether this is your home state or part of a cross-country trip. The routes for today will be based in sunny North Carolina.
The Best Spring Cycling Routes in North Carolina
With warmer weather on the way, more trails will open up as the winter melts and wildlife awakens, and the mountains of North Carolina are especially well-suited to spring riding due to their location in America's sunbelt. The state of North Carolina is ideal for e-bikers, with its gorgeous highways, expansive foothills, and pleasant residents.
Many fantastic North Carolina e-bike routes are set against a backdrop of sandy beaches, white-capped waves, and coastal lighthouses. Rolling blue slopes, lush forests, and tall overlooks can be found further inland. For today's spring riding ideas, we'll spotlight the best of both worlds.
The Outer Banks, or OBX for short, is home to one of North Carolina's most beautiful sceneries. The Outer Banks, known for its intense surfing, skateparks, and beaches, is the ideal springtime destination for e-bike time and pleasant beach views. Hatteras Island, located on the Outer Banks, is one of the most serene areas.
Hatteras Island is located off Highway 12 and may be reached by driving south for 60 miles from Nags Head until you reach the destination island. Unless you're a seasoned road biker, it's best to drive at least part of the way from Nag's Head to Hatteras, or park in Hatteras and ride your e-bike outwards. A truck bed or bike rack, as always, will come in helpful for transporting your bikes to these various routes throughout the state.
The finest part of riding on Hatteras Island is seeing the beach and seeing the renowned lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, which is depicted below. Stop by the beach around sundown to see surfers and kiteboarders battle the swells that are guaranteed to be there during the spring season.
Hanging Rock might be the destination for you if beach vistas aren't your thing. North Carolina State Parks offer some of the best e-biking opportunities in the state. Hanging Rocks State Park, located north of Winston-Salem, is perfect for riders seeking more mountainous terrain.
E-biking south from Danbury on Highway 8 & 89 will provide the best views of the state park's designated rock formations. A 7-mile ride to the cliffs and a 7-mile ride back will put riders to the test due to some steep inclines, but the views will be well worth it. As you go along the roadway, take in the scenery of log cottages and rustic barns. When you approach Sizemore Road and see the breathtaking cliffs, pull over for a photo. This journey is good for light traffic, but keep an eye out for steep corners and cars.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Another road with plenty of views of North Carolina and Virginia's notable mountain ranges is the Blue Ridge Parkway. These 469 miles of highway, however, are not for the faint of heart. The Blue Ridge Parkway does not have a bike lane and was designed as a leisurely freeway, but it is popular among road cyclists and a true treasure of the state bicycling community.
Biking the entire Parkway can take a week, but the reward is in the trip rather than the destination. On your journey along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you'll pass by some spectacular views, so be prepared to stop for photos and to take in the scenery. Spring travelers will be rewarded by blossoming trees and flowers, chattering birds, and a plethora of wildlife awakening from their winter slumbers.
The spring season brings with it the risk of unexpected weather changes, which can be even more pronounced in the Parkway's mountain passes. Carry extra items like a rain jacket, a replacement tube, and a bike pump. When the light is low, wear brightly colored apparel to assist vehicles notice you. When riding with other cyclists on the Parkway, you must ride in single file.
Whenever feasible, make sure you have a full charge and be prepared to track your journey so you don't run out of battery while riding. Because there can be substantial miles between populated areas, it's best to spread your journey out over several days, with overnight stops to charge your e-bike. It's less of a concern with Himiway's, but you should still be aware of your limitations in case your battery runs out and you have to rely solely on pedaling.
Tips for E-biking in North Carolina
To enter North Carolina State Parks with a car, you'll need a recreation passport.
E-bikes will be allowed on all paths where traditional bikes are authorized as of February 2022, according to 36 CFR 4.30 of the law.
All trails have a 25 mph speed limit.
Always double-check with park administration for the most up-to-date local restrictions.Helmets are compulsory for riders under the age of 16, however we urge that all riders use a good helmet to protect their heads.
E-bikes are not allowed on any sidewalks or trails where traditional mountain bikes are not allowed.
We hope you enjoy your trip and get a chance to explore these epic cycling routes in North Carolina! Happy riding!