Carolina Tailwinds: Bicycle Vacations in the Carolinas, Virginia & Maryland Included: a play at the famous Barter Theatre This one is not all biking:  Enjoy hiking the Virginia Highlands Beautiful and yummy tomato salad at River House  

Virginia Multi-Sport Tour
A multi-sport active vacation for all ability levels featuring great biking and hiking along the hills and trails of scenic southwest Virginia.

Unfortunately, this tour will not be offered in 2014.  We hope to offer it again in coming years.  Until then, please consider our many other tour options:

Easy Tours on Flat Terrain:  
http://www.carolinatailwinds.com/easybicycletours.htm

Moderate to Challenging Tours on Hilly Terrain: http://www.carolinatailwinds.com/hillybicycletours.htm

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Scenic biking along flat railroad grade trails, fabulous hiking near the famed Appalachian Trail, and, of course, the fine dining and elegant inns that are trademarks of Carolina Tailwinds tours!

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Want to bike in the mountains but don't want to climb hills? Then this tour is for you! Our Virginia Multi-Sport Tour is designed to allow both novice and advanced cyclists enjoy the scenic beauty of the southwest corner of Virginia. Bike and hike Virginia’s scenic trails and retire at night to the elegance of charming southern inns.

Day 1:  We meet in historic Abingdon, Virginia at the elegant Summerfield Inn.  Abingdon was the first incorporated English speaking settlement in the Mississippi basin and became a major distribution point for mail and supplies on "The Great Road" west.  Optional activities include a guided bike ride on the Creeper Trail, or a walking tour of the historic downtown district.  After hors d’eourves and happy hour, we will dine as a group on the gourmet offerings of a local favorite restaurant.  Included in your tour price is a performance after dinner at the historic Barter Theatre just a few steps away (schedule permitting.)  Read more about the Barter, the State Theatre of Virginia,  here.

Day 2: During our short morning shuttle, we will go over rail trail biking safety and etiquette as we make our way toward the New River Trail, a 57 mile former railroad bed. On the trail, we will pass through attractive woodlands, pasture lands, and towering river bluffs as we bike beside the gentle currents of one of the oldest rivers in North America.  A catered picnic awaits at the site of a 19th century iron mining town, now a historic site.  After lunch we continue across numerous wooden trestles and through some short tunnels. A brief shuttle ends the day as we settle in at River House, our home for the next two nights. Relax on the porch or swim in the river prior to dining at the renowned restaurant at River House.

One of many trestles on the New River Trail Day 3: We take a break from the bike today and explore the scenic beauty of southwest Virginia on foot. We hike today in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, enjoying the rugged alpine scenery and panoramic views of the valleys below. Numerous mountain "balds" offer 360 degree views of the majestic southern Appalachian peaks. We picnic today near a rebuilt homestead site, complete with log cabins, a spring-house and cane mill offering a glimpse into life during pioneer days. After a short afternoon hike, we make our way back to River House, where the remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy tubing or kayaking in the river, croquet on the lawn, rocking on the porch or exploring the extensive 180 acre grounds of River House.  Schedule permitting, you may also indulge in a massage by a renowned area massage therapist.

Day 4: Our final day together finds us biking along the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34 mile trail marking the quintessential mountain railroad route. On the path of the old Virginia & Carolina Railroad, the Creeper courses downhill across numerous trestles and bridges through the mountains to Damascus.  Along the way we pass deep woods, small farms and clear, fast streams. After Damascus, the scenery includes more farmland and mountain meadows.  We'll bike past the trailhead in downtown Abingdon to the inn just a few blocks away.  A final catered lunch and showers await prior to saying farewell.

Lodging:  

Night 1:  Summerfield Inn, Abingdon, VA. is a spacious 1920's era Colonial Revival home offering guests the ambiance of a private home setting with luxurious comfort and hospitality.  It is centrally located in the Historic District of Abingdon and within walking distance of the Barter Theatre.  A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning.

Parlor of the Summerfield Inn

Nights 2-3:  River House, Grassy Creek, NC.  On the site of an old farm overlooking the New River, guest rooms have been created out of the old farm buildings.  Each room is beautifully appointed on the inside, while maintaining the rustic architecture on the outside.  Gayle Winston’s years of innkeeping experience are complemented by the wonderful restaurant she runs onsite.  You'll soon understand why people regularly drive long distances for a sampling of River House cuisine.

River House, Ashe County, NC

Tour group soaking up some sunCycling and Hiking:

The cycling terrain on this tour is flat, railroad grade trails, with a few minor uphill grades. Route distances vary from 15 miles to 50 miles. Flexible mileage is possible thanks to the support van. All biking takes place on unpaved, packed crushed gravel trails.  We recommend hybrid-style or mountain bike style tires with minimum tire widths of 35 cm.

Our hiking routes are moderate, with distances of 3-7 miles planned.

Meals:
All meals are included.   This includes substantial breakfasts, picnic lunches, gourmet dinners and abundant snacks and beverages.

Getting to the Tour Start (Abingdon,VA):
Airports:
Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) in Johnson City, TN is approximately 35 minutes away.    www.triflight.com  Service provided by American Connection, Delta Connection Carriers (ASA and Comair), U.S. Airways Express and Northwest Airlink.
Non-stop destinations are: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Memphis, Nashville, and Pittsburgh

Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro is approximately 3 hours away.  It is served by most major airlines.   www.ptia.org  Carolina Tailwinds offers ground transportation from this airport.  Call us for more details.

Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) is approximately 2-1/2 hours away.   Service provided by Delta Connection Carriers (ASA and Comair), U.S. Airways, United Express and Northwest Airlink.   www.roanokeregionalairport.com

Ground Transportation:  Several car rental agencies are available at each airport.  There are shuttle options available from companies based out of Abingdon.  The Martha Washington Inn offers a shuttle to and from TRI.  Carolina Tailwinds also offers a complementary shuttle service if flying in and out of GSO (Greensboro).  Call us for more details on ground transportation options.

Driving:  Abingdon is 195 miles from Charlotte, NC,  128 miles from Knoxville, TN, 361 miles from Washington, DC, and 339 miles from Atlanta, GA.

Timing:  Arrival time of the first day of the tour is flexible.  Try to arrive in Abingdon no later than 4 p.m., or 3 p.m. if you are renting a bike from us.  Departure time from Abingdon on the last day is between 2-3 p.m..

Extending Your Stay:

If you prefer to add another night's stay (or more) to your visit either before or after our tour, simply let us know, and we will help make the arrangements for you.  There is a lot to see and do in the Virginia Highlands.

Family Version:

This tour can be customized to accommodate families with members aged 10 and up.  Tour dates will be set aside for that purpose if reserved by such families prior to any other adult-only parties.  Once reserved as a family tour, they will be displayed as such on this web page.  Family tours are open to adults and family groups.  If interested, you should contact us ASAP!

Biking is fun for all ages!

Call 888.251.3206 (local number is 336.794.1054) or click here to make your reservation today!

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