As America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, there’s no better place to get outside than the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. With more than 300 miles of trails and 15 breweries, it’s the perfect place for a day of mountain biking, capped off with a beer or two. Check out these bike and brew matchups to make the most out of your trip.
For some urban trails just minutes from Downtown Roanoke, head to Mill Mountain Park. Challenge yourself as you take in the views of the valley below. Make sure to view the iconic Roanoke Star while you’re at the top. Take advantage of the location and visit one of several breweries in the city, including Big Lick Brewing Company, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, Deschutes Brewery, and Starr Hill Pilot Brewery.
Beginners will enjoy exploring Waid Recreation Park, including several ADA accessible trails, winding paths along the Pigg River, and the new Old Buzzard jump line. Kick back and relax at Hammer & Forge Brewing Company on your way back into the city.
Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, discover more than 14 miles of trails at Explore Park. Rent a tube and float the Roanoke River or soar above the trees on an aerial adventure course. Be close to the action when you stay at one of the cabins or campsites on the property. Head over to the nearby town of Vinton to Twin Creeks Brewing Company for a rotating tap, food trucks, and live music.
North Mountain, or Dragon’s Back as many local riders call it, has some of the best backcountry riding in the region. You’ll be sweating and smiling all day as you follow the technical trail along the ridgeline. Stop by Olde Salem Brewing Company for a reward for working hard for every mile.
If you’re looking for singletrack, look no further than Carvins Cove. With more than 60 miles of multi-use trails, riders of all levels can test their skills over multiple days. A reservoir on the natural preserve is the perfect place to cool down as you paddle or fish the afternoon away. There’s no better way to relax than a cold one on the patio at the Parkway Brewing Company.
Explore the area surrounding Philpott Lake by bike at Jamison Mill Park. Spend the afternoon riding through the woods and along the lake on the three primary loops. Go for a swim or a paddle on the lake, surrounded by 100 miles of undeveloped shoreline. On your way back to Roanoke, grab a drink at Chaos Mountain Brewing Co., an award-winning craft brewery known for its flagship brews and seasonal options.
Head deep into the backcountry on the Price & Patterson Mountain Trail system. The two ridgelines run parallel to each other with trails connecting the routes between the two mountains. If you enjoy singletrack and downhill runs, keep an eye out as groups are working to connect more trails in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. Visit Ballast Point Brewing Company’s first tasting room on the East Coast, featuring stunning views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and a fire pit.
From singletrack and paved paths to a pumptrack and skills areas, Falling Creek Park has something for every kind of rider. Stretch out your legs with a round of disc golf. If you prefer German-style beer and barbecue, the menu at Beale’s will have your taste buds watering all night long. The whole family is welcome, including your pet, on the outdoor patio.
Enjoy the best of biking and beer when you visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge- America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital.