If you’re looking to do some cycling and unwind on some quiet mountain roads around Asheville look no further than Madison County, North Carolina. Madison County hosts some of the most scenic and challenging routes for cyclists in the United States. Riders come from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and to push themselves on our county’s roads. With several bike shops and gorgeous country roads many consider Madison County one of the best kept secrets in the cycling world. Whether you prefer road cycling or off-road adventures, Madison County has something to offer you.

Madison County is located just 15 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina and has everything you need for a weekend in the mountains or just a day of cycling. Both beginners and expert riders can find the right route that suits their goals, be sure to check out the many local favorite routes as well as their linked Strava links.

Cycling Routes

Madison County is a top-tier destination for cycling enthusiasts. Riders can find themselves cruising through deep valleys or pushing themselves to the limit as they climb the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. Check out some of our favorite routes!

12 Miles

This Mars Hill cycling route is an excellent choice for cyclists who want a fairly flat and scenic ride through country roads. This low trafficked route snakes its way through farmlands, valleys and along streams. Find out more

24 Miles

Starting in Marshall, The USA Cycling Collegiate Road Cycling National Championships was held on this route and boasts challenging slopes and great views. Find out more

29 Miles

In Spring Creek, The Meadow Fork Loop is a stunning countryside road-ride through the mountains. Riders will find themselves riding along tree-covered ridges as well as deep in valleys and into rolling countryside hills. Find out more

38 Miles

Starting at Mars Hill University, the first 10 miles is a series of warm-up hills through the rolling country of southern Madison County. Find out more

100 Miles

Traversing the entire county, the Hot Doggett route is one of the toughest you will find east of the Rockies and should not be attempted by inexperienced mountain riders! Find out more

Off-road Biking

If it’s trails, gravel and mountain biking you crave then you’ve come to the right spot! Madison County hosts a plethora of trail systems and unpaved biking routes perfect for all levels and types of off-road biking. Take a look at some of our most popular and remote trails to explore!

Just outside of Mars Hill, the Bailey Mountain Bike Park is a gravity-specific bike park featuring over 1000 feet of elevation on the iconic Bailey Mountain. The park has dozens of different trails each of varying difficulty and length. Find out more

10 Miles

Located north of Hot Springs, The Rich Mountain Fire Tower gets riders into the woods and among breath-taking views of the Appalachian mountains. Find out more

14 Miles

If you are looking for a relaxed route, with low traffic where you can listen to the roar of the mighty French Broad River, look no further than the River Road Ride in Hot Springs. Find out more

27 Miles

Starting in Hot Springs, this route is perfect for anytime of the day and traffic is not an issue. It’s the perfect route for riders who want a challenging and quiet ride immersed in nature. Find out more

25 Miles

North of Hot Springs, Hurricane Gap is an awesome gravel road that connects to several other trails you can incorporate into your workout. With very low traffic and beautiful scenery, there’s no question as to why this is a favorite among riders. Find out more