Asheville Tour

ASHEVILLE TOUR OVERVIEW

We have devised a bike tour route of Asheville that follows the safest, bike friendly streets and greenways around town to see the best of Asheville.  At each historic stop along the way, we will tell the story of the landmark and the people that made it happen.  Get a feel for not only the history of Asheville, but also the artsy, thriving mountain town it has become today.

Take a guided electric bike tour and you will quickly understand not only why we are so passionate about this new sustainable form of tourism, but also about Asheville.  Scroll down for detailed info on the tour route and sights.

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ASHEVILLE TOUR INFO

Price: $45 per rider

Tour Times: 10am daily (please arrive 5 minutes early)

Duration of Tour: 2 hours depending on group speed

Level of Difficulty:  The tour is designed for people of a wide variety of ages and abilities.  Keep in mind that there is no throttle, you MUST pedal to make the bike go. However, it requires way less exertion than a normal bicycle.

What is Provided on a Tour:   Electric bike, helmet, a bottled water, rear cargo bag, and guided instruction.

ASHEVILLE TOUR MEETING POINT

ALL TOURS BEGIN AND END AT WEAVER PARK on MERRIMON AVE

Directions to Weaver Park:

  1. From Downtown Asheville:  Follow Broadway St. north (away from downtown) until it turns into Merrimon Ave.  Follow Merrimon Ave for .9 miles from downtown. After the intersection of Coleman Ave and Merrimon Ave you will see a Shell Gas station, also called Citi Stop, on your right.  Immediately after passing the Shell Gas station you will see tennis courts.  Make a right into the Weaver Park parking lot next to the tennis courts.
  2. From 240 West:  Take exit 5A for Merrimon Ave.  Turn right on Merrimon Ave.  Follow Merrimon Ave for .9 miles. After the intersection of Coleman Ave and Merrimon Ave you will see a Shell Gas station, also called Citi Stop, on your right.  Immediately after passing the Shell Gas station you will see tennis courts.  Make a right into the Weaver Park parking lot next to the tennis courts.
  3. From 240 East:  Take exit 5A for Merrimon Ave.  Turn right onto Broadway St/Merrimon Ave.  Follow Merrimon Ave for .9 miles. After the intersection of Coleman Ave and Merrimon Ave you will see a Shell Gas station, also called Citi Stop, on your right.  Immediately after passing the Shell Gas station you will see tennis courts.  Make a right into the Weaver Park parking lot next to the tennis courts.

NOTE: There are TWO ENTRANCES to Weaver Park.  We meet at the Merrimon Avenue entrance by the tennis courts, not Murdoch Ave!  If you are using GPS or Google maps to find Weaver Park please use 411 Merrimon Ave Asheville, NC as the destination address.  If you only type in Weaver Park as the destination, it will guide you to the Murdoch Ave entrance, which is the wrong parking lot!

ASHEVILLE TOUR SIGHTS AND STOPS

The guided bike tour meets at Weaver Park on Merrimon Avenue.  We carefully chose this meeting location as it is convenient to downtown Asheville, offers ample parking, and provides a stress free environment to get comfortable with the electric bikes.  We begin the tour with a 10-15 minute overview. We will cover the basics of how to operate the Kettler Twin electric bike such as shifting gears and the three different electric assist modes. Then we adjust the bikes to make sure everyone has a comfortable seated position and explain safety procedures for the tour.

We begin by following the WT Weaver greenway through North Asheville to the historic and charming Grove Park Inn. At this point in the tour, you will really appreciate the power of the electric bike as we cruise uphill with ease. Witness an incredible vista of the Blue Ridge mountains and the city of Asheville from the Inn.

The tour of Asheville descends back through the historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood to arrive in downtown Asheville. A quick stop at the impressive First Baptist Church before we end up in the heart of downtown, Pack Square. Here we spend a few minutes to take in the Art Deco architecture that gives Asheville its historic charm. From Pack Square we head through downtown to the Grove Arcade.

After circling the Grove Arcade we make a stop in front of  the impressive Basilica of St. Lawrence. Jump back in time to the early 20th century when we walk inside this unique style of Spanish architecture. The tour continues through Historic Montford, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Asheville. The pace slows as we leave the downtown streets behind.

From Montford, we connect to the recently completed Reed Creek greenway, which is separated from all car traffic and allows for a relaxing, calm ride. Our bike path meanders by streams and green spaces, which lead us to the next stop, the Asheville Botanical Gardens. A short stroll through the gardens will reveal native plants and flowers that make western North Carolina one of the most bio-diverse locations in the country.  After the botanical gardens we make our way by the University of North Carolina at Asheville and connect right back to our meeting place in Weaver Park!

RIDER REQUIREMENTS

Rider Requirements:

  • The minimum number of riders for a tour is 2 people.  Our maximum tour group size is 8 people.  .
  • Our suggested minimum height and weight for any rider is 5’0” tall and 80 lbs . There is no minimum age requirement.
  • All clients must know how to ride a standard bicycle.
  • Guests with mobility issues should contact Electro Tours for more information
  • All riders will be required to pedal.  There is no throttle.
  • Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent who will sign liability waiver on child’s behalf.
  • Helmets are required and will be provided.
  • It is suggested that guests do not wear flip-flops, open-toe sandals, or high heels.
  • ALL Guests must sign a liability waiver and declaration of fitness before departure.
  • Guests must respect road signs, pedestrians, bikes and cars for a safe enjoyable ride.
  • A drivers license is not required to ride a bike.
  • Any damages to bike or property are the sole responsibility of the rider.

Recommended Items to Bring:  A light rain jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, and a good sense of humor.  On the back rack of each ebike is a bag the size of a school lunch box. Feel free to place any small items (camera, jacket, wallet, cell phone, etc) you have in the rear bag.  The rear bag does have a waterproof rain cover so your valuables will stay dry.