Bike’n Hike Update and Summary

The “Bike’n Hike” concept was born out of a failed backpacking trip to Jirisan National Park in February of 2014. The logistics of that trip, for whatever reason, weren’t coming together and out of frustration we got out our wall map of Jeolla-Do and started looking for alternatives.  Naejangsan National Park, the closest to Gwangju, was an obvious alternative choice.  Within about 15 minutes Jirisan was long forgotten, our bikes had replaced our car, and our first Bike’n Hike tour was organized and ready to go.

We’ve come a long way since then and have slowly been extending our reach to include a variety of destinations. It’s been a great way to explore the countryside and essentially combines some of my favorite hobbies (traveling, cycling, hiking, camping and eating) into a manageable few days of adventure!

Bike’n Hike in Numbers:

Kilometers cycled:  1582
Kilometers hiked:  88

Fastest speed:  84.3 km/hr

Flat tires:  1

National Parks visited: 6
Provincial Parks visited: 5
Beaches visited:  2

Nights in a tent:  5
Nights in a minbak/pension/motel:  11

Number of seasons:  4

Provinces visited: 3

Calories burned:  50,000+

Bike’n Hike History:

Bike’n Hike (I):  Naejangsan National Park.  February 2014.

Bike’n Hike (II):  Naejangsan Natinoal Park.  June 2014.

Bike’n Hike (III):  Wolchulsan National Park.  July 2014.

Bike’n Hike (IV):  Jirisan National Park / Hallyeohaesang National Park / Suncheon Bay.  July 2014.

Bike’n Hike (V):  Yulpo Beach (via Mudeungsan National Park and Boseong Green Tea Fields).  August 2014.

Bike’n Hike (VI):  Naejangsan National Park.  September 2014.

Bike’n Hike (VII):  Chuwolsan Provincial Park.  January 2015.

Bike’n Hike (VIII):  Geumseongsanseong Fortress Wall (Damyang).  May 2015.

Bike’n Hike (IX):  Jirisan National Park.  June 2015.

Bike’n Hike (X):  Mudeung National Park.  July 2015.

Bike’n Hike (XI):  Naejangsan National Park.  August 2016.

Bike’n Hike (XII):  Byeonsanbando National Park (Buan).  August 2016.

Bike’n Hike (XIII):  Chuwolsan Provincial Park.  September 2016

Bike’n Hike (XIV):  Yulpo Beach (Boseong) / Ikgeum Beach (Goheung) / Suncheon Bay.  September 2016


Bike’n Hike Photos:  

 Jeollabuk-Do

 Naejangsan National Park

Naejangsan National Park

 Wolchulsan National Park

  Wolchulsan National Park

Mudeungsan National Park

 Suncheon Bay

Jeollanam-Do

 Chuwolsan Provincial Park

 Chuwolsan Provincial Park

 Damyang Fortress Wall

 Damyang Fortress Wall

 Mudeungsan National Park

 Jeollanam-Do

Jirisan National Park

 Boseong Green Tea Fields

 Jeollanam-Do

 Jeollanam-Do

 Damyang

 Damyang

 The Damyang House

Jishil Village

 Neajangsan National Park

 Naejangsan National Park

 Gosapo Beach (변산반도국립공원)

Wido Island