There isn't much gravel in the beginning of this route, but it's worth the wait for all of the awesome gravel you'll ride in the second half. You'll have a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains for a long time before riding along their base.
Features along this route:
- Don't be surprised if a black bear crossing the road ahead of you!
- Keep an eye out for the silly goats at the top of the climb on Ore Bank Rd just before it turns to gravel!
- A store for refueling is available about 22 miles into the ride.
- You'll hit some other great gravel almost right after leaving Grottoes and crossing over a river.