Cycling Waterrock Knob via Route 19
Ride 12.4 miles gaining 3,607’ at 5.5% average grade.
The last five miles of this climb are on the amazing Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most scenic roadways in the United States. By BRP standards, this is a moderately difficult climb with an average of 5.5% and several segments briefly reaching double digits. The steepest quarter-mile is 8.7%, and the steepest half-mile comes in at 8.2%.
“Route 19 is a narrow road that carries some traffic. At mile 7.6 turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and continue along one of the most scenic sections of climbing on earth. At the top of the ridge make a left turn for the short finishing climb to Waterrock Knob. There is a visitors center with parking on top with restrooms.” (This quote is provided with the approval of John Summerson from his book The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike) in the Southeast, pg. 98.)
One of several overlooks along the climb.
HIGHEST VISITOR CENTER ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Visitor Center at climb finish.
The half-mile hike to the the top of Waterrock Knob. All Trails has more information on this hike.