For most people in Asheville, cycling means the Blue Ridge Parkway. Yes, if you climb above 5,000 feet on the Parkway to the northeast or southwest of the city, you need to be accustomed to strenuous riding. But most of the Parkway's eastern and southern loop around the city, particularly from the Folk Art Center just north of US 70 (Tunnel Road) to the French Broad River, is relatively level at about 2,200 feet.
To get there, you can either take busy Tunnel Road or winding Town Mountain Road (around the corner from Hill House). Town Mountain Road is about a 1000-foot climb, from which you can coast down 1,000 feet to the Folk Art Center and the Swannanoa River. Cross the river and continue on toward the Biltmore Estate and the French Broad.
Many people don't associate the Biltmore Estate with biking, but it has miles of lightly rolling roadways and trails along the French Broad. You do have to buy a pass, but biking the estate with a picnic lunch can be included along with visits to the home, gardens, and winery.
For short city rides from Hill House, there's
Across Broadway through the Montford neighborhood's charming, winding streetsNorth on Broadway to the Asheville Botanical Gardens and University of North Carolina at AshevilleEast on Hillside and north on Charlotte Street to the Grove Park Inn and Country ClubDowntown Asheville
For bike rentals, we recommend our neighbor around the corner Youngblood Bikes Be sure to let them know you're a guest at Hill House.