Page Contributor(s): John Summerson (The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike), 2nd Edition)
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Cycling Doe Creek Road (Route 613), Virginia
Ride 4.1 miles gaining 1,904’ at 8.8% average grade.
This beautiful climb in the Appalachians is ranked #3 in Virginia, and rightly so. There are several short segments in the 15% range over the last half of the climb, with the steepest quarter-mile being 13.5% and the steepest half-mile at 12.7%.
The scenery is extraordinary during fall colors.
“Route 613 (Doe Creek Road) is a dark and steep ascent near Blacksburg, Virginia that is one of the most difficult in the Southeast. The first half is a good warmup along a tight roadway and beneath thick trees but the majority of the last 1.5 miles is along double digit grade and can challenge some riders. Towards the very top the grade eases and at the junction with Mountain Lake Road turn left for a short distance to finish at an unmarked but obvious summit.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing By Bike in the Southeast, pg. 127.)
PJAMM Adventure App showing stats at climb start.
Do not be deterred by this climb ascending a “highway” -- this is a peaceful and quiet bike climb.
Finish at the intersection of Doe Creek and Mountain Lake Roads
Although this road is quiet and remote, it is home to a couple of very fun and interesting businesses.
Doe Creek Farm, an historical 1800s working farm that now doubles as a wedding venue,
is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mountain Lake Lodge is at climb finish.
Mountain Lodge was “Kellerman’s Resort” in 1987’s Dirty Dancing.
Photo: Vanity Fair