Cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway from Route 23
Ride 8.6 miles gaining 2,452’ at 5.4% average grade.
This climb is entirely on the incomparable Blue Ridge Parkway. The climb begins in Balsam and travels northwest from State Highway 74. The Blue Ridge Parkway Richland Balsam (ends at the highest point on the BRP) climb runs right past the Route 23/BRP climb as it bends southeast at Hwy 74.
The scenery along the BRP is always outstanding, but it is absolutely stunning during fall colors.
“Heading in the opposite direction on the Blue Ridge Parkway as the previous climb [Richland Balsam], Waterrock Knob is a very scenic ascent along a steady grade. At the top of the ridge turn right to finish at a parking area for Waterrock Knob.” Presented with authority from John Summerson’s The Complete Guide to Climbing (by bike) in the Southeast, p. 98
Mt. Lyn Lowry Overlook - our climb mile 2.1 / BRP mile 445.2
Mile 3.7 / BRP mile 446
Mile 7.2 / BRP mile 450.5
PJAMM APP with stats near finish
HIGHEST VISITOR CENTER ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Visitor Center at climb finish.
Highest BRP Visitor Center.
½ mile hike to the the top of Waterrock Knob - AllTrails.com