Appalachian Bikeway
Georgia to Maryland

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Bicycle Touring a Wild Region 


Traverse scenic back-mountain roads, less traveled secondary roads, popular rail trails, rural gravel farm roads, greenways, bike lanes and occasionally walk your bike along a sidewalk or shoulder.
    
This is not a typical state bicycle route which follows busy roads.
It is also not the Blue Ridge Parkway, nor the Appalachian Trail which bypasses towns & services needed by bicyclists. 

The Appalachian Bikeway emphasizes; safe riding, breathtaking scenery along mountain tops & river valleys, and low-traffic or separated biking facilities between curious mountain towns nicely spaced to provide re-suppy and overnight stops.

Parts of the bikeway will naturally be strenuous since mountains have to be crossed.  However, other parts will be gleefully level beside rivers.  Know your level of biking experience - taking extreme caution uphill & downhill and never speed beyond your ability to stop quickly.  Be watchful for other vehicles, potholes, loose gravel - and you'll definitely want to take notice of suddenly appearing wildlife.  Take frequent stops to rehydrate and soak in the magnificent views.

Route maps and cue sheets
will be available Fall of 2016
Vision
The Appalachian Bikeway began as a vision for a bicycle touring route to parallel the Appalachian Trail.  It is also a vision for safer long distance bike routes.  Hopefully state transportation departments will use this initial planning effort to improve bike routes whenever possible.  More designated bike lanes, off-road biking facilities and bike signs are needed through the mountain regions.  A great number of bicyclists already use many sections of this bikeway and recent transportation projects have cleared the way to bicycle the gaps between popular recreational biking routes from Georgia to Maryland.

11 Map Sections with Mileage along the Bikeway

The Appalachian Bikeway begins where the Silver Comet Rail Trail extension ends in Atlanta.

The Appalachian Bikeway ends in Frostburg at the crossing of the Great Allegheny Passage.   The hugely popular G.A.P. trail takes you to Pittsburg in 133 miles, or go 15 miles in the other direction and you'll arrive in Cumberland which offers additional overnight accomodations. 

The 15 mile bike ride on the G.A.P. from Frostburg into Cumberland is a fast downhill thrill!
Continue on the historic C&O Canal Trail for 181 miles from Cumberland to Washington, DC.

The following relief maps hint of the adventurous terrain  crossed on the bikeway.

Frostburg - Oakland, Maryland

Oakland, Maryland - Elkins, West Virginia

Elkins - Cass, West Virginia

Cass - Lewisburg, West Virginia

Lewisburg,
West Virginia - Blacksburg, Virginia

Blacksburg - Galax, Virginia

Galax, Virginia -
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Blowing Rock - Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville - Franklin, North Carolina

Franklin,
North Carolina - Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega - Atlanta, Georgia

Planning Overnight Accommodations

15 Days (Bodacious effort)

  1. Altanta - Dawsonville            68 miles
  2. Dawsonville - Helen              38 miles
  3. Helen - Frankin                       61 miles
  4. Franklin - Waynesville           51 miles
  5. Waynesville - Asheville          43 miles
  6. Asheville - Morganton           43miles
  7. Morganton - Boone               49 miles
  8. Boone - Sparta                       60 miles
  9. Sparta - Durbin                      78 miles
  10. Durbin - Mountain Lake       60 miles
  11. Mountain Lake -Lewisburg  42 miles
  12. Lewisburg - Marlinton           55 miles
  13. Marlinton - Elkins                   93 miles
  14. Elkins - Oakland                     61 miles
  15. Oakland - Frostburg              46 miles
14 Days (Perfect 2-week effort)

  1. Atlanta - Dawsonville                  68 miles
  2. Dawsonville - Helen                    38 miles
  3. Helen - Franklin                           61 miles
  4. Franklin - Waynesville                51 miles
  5. Waynesville - Black Mountain   63 miles
  6. Black Mountain - Blowing Rock 78 miles
  7. Blowing Rock - Sparta                 73 miles
  8. Sparta - Pulaski                            77 miles
  9. Pulaski - Blacksburg                    30 miles
  10. Blacksburg - Lewisburg              78 miles
  11. Lewisburg - Cass                         78 miles
  12. Cass -Elkins                                  70 miles
  13. Elkins - Oakland                          61 miles 
  14. Oakland - Frostburg                   46 miles
16 Days (Site-seeing pace)

  1. Atlanta - Cumming                   42 miles
  2. Cummine - Cleveland               54 miles
  3. Cleveland - Franklin                  70 miles
  4. Franklin - Waynesville              51 miles
  5. Waynesville -Black Mountain  63 miles
  6. Black Mountain -Morganton   51 miles
  7. Morganton - W. Jefferson         79 miles
  8. W. Jefferson - Galax                   51 miles
  9. Galax - Radford                          67 miles
  10. Radford - Blacksburg                14 miles
  11. Blacksburg - Lewisburg             79 miles
  12. Lewisburg - Marlinton               55 miles
  13. Marlinton - Durbin                     40 miles
  14. Durbin - Elkins                            54 miles
  15. Elkins - Oakland                         61 miles
  16. Oakland - Frostburg                  46 miles
 13 Days (Tremendous effort)

  1. Atlanta - Dahlonega               79 miles
  2. Dahlonega - Dillard                 65 miles
  3. Dillard - Waynesville               72 miles
  4. Waynesville - Asheville           43 miles
  5. Asheville - Marion                    43 miles
  6. Marion - Boone                        68 miles
  7. Boone - Galax                           81 miles
  8. Galax - Blacksburg                   79 miles
  9. Blacksburg - Lewisburg           78 miles
  10. Lewisburg - Cass                      78 miles
  11. Cass - Elkins                              70 miles
  12. Elkins - Oakland                       61 miles
  13. Oakland - Frostburg                46 miles
11 Days (Superman effort)

  1. Atlanta - Dahlonega            79 miles
  2. Dahlonega - Franklin           87 miles
  3. Franklin - Asheville               93 miles
  4. Asheville - Blowing Rock     98 miles
  5. Blowing Rock - Galax           94 miles
  6. Galax - Blacksburg               79 miles
  7. Blacksburg - Lewisburg       78 miles
  8. Lewisburg - Cass                   78 miles
  9. Cass - Elkins                           70 miles
  10. Elkins - Oakland                    61 miles
  11. Oakland - Frostburg             46 miles


Destinations have hotel accomodations, however, some have  very limited  selection or availability which would control your riding schedule, such as Mountain Lake and Durbin. 

Campgrounds would allow more flexible and spontaneous overnight locations depending upon weather conditions and how energetic your body feels.