One of the less known things about North Carolina is the Bicycling Highways that zig-zag across the state. Bicycling Highways are usually marked with a small white/green sign with a number and a picture of a bike above it. The most recognized is NC Bike Route 2, which travels from the Murphy to Manteo. Here is a list of the major bike routes in the state:
US Bike 1 - "Carolina Connection"
Hangs around Highway US 1 from Virginia to South Carolina.
NC Bike 2 - "Mountains to Sea"
From Murphy to Manteo, the longest bike route.
NC Bike 3 - "Ports of Call"
Follows close to US 17 on the coast.
NC Bike 4 - "North Line Trace"
From the mountains to the coast near the Virginia state line.
NC Bike 5 - "Cape Fear Run"
Roughly parallels the Cape Fear River.
NC Bike 6 - "Piedmont Spur"
From Morganton to Asheboro.
NC Bike 7 - "Ocracoke Option"
A spur off Bike 2 to Ocracoke, along the Neuse River.
NC Bike 8 - "Southern Highlands"
Mountain fun around the Hendersonville area.
US Bike 1/NC Bike 2 (03/10/01)
NC Bike 72 (03/11/01)