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Southeast Area Great Roads

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North Carolina Asheville, NC to Boone, NC Begin the ride at I-240 & US 19/23. This is the north side of Asheville. Take NC 63 north through some of the most memorable scenery in the region. Follow it to Trust ,don't look for a town. There you'll dead end into NC 209. Take a right and follow 209 north into Hot Springs. Along this stretch of 209 you will cut through the Pisgah National Forest. The switchbacks are frequent and the traffic is sparse. Follow this into Hot Springs, a small town with a few good diners and a couple of motels. In Hot Springs, Take US25/70. A more heavily traveled 4 lane road, but you won't be on it for long. Look for NC 213 and follow it through Mars Hill to US 19/23. take this north until 19 splits off and follow this to the 19E-19W split near Cane River. Take 19E through Spruce Pine to NC 194. You can pick up 194 near Ingalls or further north on 19E before Elk Park. 194 through Banner Elk and Valle Cruces has some extremely tight turns. 194 finally empties into US 321. Take it south to Boone NC. An interesting college town and home to Appalachian State Univ. From here you can either pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway south to Asheville or North to the TN border. Time and distance have not been recorded, but you can expect the one way trip to take 4 to 5 hours depending on the rests stops and sightseeing.(km) Ken Moore
North Carolina The Brevard, NC Loop Begin the ride at the intersection of US64/US276/NC280, this is near the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest. Follow US 276 north through the Pisgah forest to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way, you will see an impressive waterfall called Looking Glass Falls (take your shorts, you can swim underneath! ed.), a couple of good hiking trails, and a natural water slide appropriately named Sliding Rock. At the junction of the Parkway, follow it south to NC 215 south towards Rosman. NC 215 will dead end into US 64 east back to Brevard. This is a relatively short ride, approx. 75-90 minutes, but you can ride longer on the parkway and double back to 215 to extend it. If you followed the parkway long enough it would eventually end near Cherokee NC. at US 441. Ken Moore
North Carolina & Tennessee Asheville, NC to Smoky Mountains National Park Begin your ride on I-40 west. Look for the Foothills Parkway to lead into US 321. US 321 will take you directly into Gatlinburg TN. A good place to eat, though very touristy. Follow US 321 through Pigeon Forge and down to the intersection of a different section of the Foothills Parkway. This will lead you into US 129 towards Deals Gap, NC. The famed road of 318 curves in 11 miles. You can stop at the Crossroads of Time motorcycle hotel/gas station in Deals Gap. The road then splits. US 129 continues south to US 74, OR you can turn left onto NC 28 and visit Fontana Dam. NC 28 continues south to US 74 west of Bryson City, NC. A shorter route back to Asheville would be US 74 back to I-40, but if you have the time and need more twisties, follow NC 28 through Franklin, NC and into Highlands NC. from there you pick up US 64 east and take back through Cashiers, NC; Lake Toxaway, NC; and into Brevard, NC. In Brevard, you can proceed on US 64 to Hendersonville, NC to I-26 OR take NC 280 north to I-26 20 miles further north. This ride will take between 6 and 8 hours Depending on stops. Hardcore riders may want to double back up and then down again on 129 from Deals Gap.(km) Ken Moore
North Carolina & Tennessee Hot Springs, NC to Burnsville, NC and Double Island Road (NC State Road 1308) Depart Hot Springs on US 25/70 east. When road comes to a yield, turn left onto NC 208. Follow NC 208 until it dead ends at NC 212. Turn Right. NC 212 becomes TN 352 as you cross into TN. Stay on 352 until it dead ends and turn left to remain on TN 352. This will take you towards Erwin, TN. Before arriving in Erwin, there will be a right turn for 19W. Take it and follow 19W as it twists back into NC and dead ends at 19E in Burnsville, NC. If you really want to test your skills you need to find Double Island road. It's not easy though. 

19E into Burnsville and take the right turn for NC 80 to Micaville. You'll see signs for Blue Ridge Parkway access. Before you reach NC 80, there is a left turn onto a Double Island Road. Double Island goes under 19E. To look at a map, you would think it's accessible from 19E, but you actually have to go under 19E to ride on Double Island. There are many options once you navigate Double Island. Once you ride it, I'm sure you'll agree, it's the tightest turns of any road in the region.

Ken Moore
North Carolina & Tennessee Deals Gap US129 at NC/TN Border Enough of this has been said already. Best time to go is during the week when the squidlies are absent. Bryan Moody
North Carolina & Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway Low speed limits (max. 45mph), sometimes heavy law enforcement, beautiful scenery, excellent road conditions. Bryan Moody
North Carolina Little Switzerland (NC226 / NC226A) Nice loop, 226A is the old curvy road, I like to ride up on it and back down on 226. You name the turn, 226A has it. The Big Lynn Lodge in Little Switzerland is a quality place to spend the night too. Bryan Moody
North Carolina Hwy 80 / Blue Ridge Parkway / Hwy 226A Loop This loop covers 38 miles and takes in many mountainous sweeping and tight turns plus some beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway scenery. Depart west on Hwy 70 near Wal-Mart at intersection with Hwy 221/226 Bypass, Turn RIGHT onto Hwy 80, Go North on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Little Switzerland, turn RIGHT onto Hwy 226A (South), Go straight at intersection with Hwy 226, Turn RIGHT onto Hwy 221 S, Arrive back near Wal-Mart at intersection of Hwy 221/226 Bypass and Hwy 70. Steve Jenkins
North Carolina Murphy-Hendersonville US64 For a major US highway this is a real ride. Be sure to check out the waterfalls. Bryan Moody
North Carolina Enka to the Blue Ridge Parkway NC-151 Great road. Starts out straight as an arrow, then tightens up dramatically once you reach the bottom of the mountain going up to the Parkway. Bryan Moody
Georgia Suches, GA-180 Great road, reputed to be the curviest in Georgia. Be careful though, sometimes there is sand in the turns. Bryan Moody
Georgia Dahlonega to Morganton, GA-60 Another good road, lots of fun, less technical than GA180 Bryan Moody
Tennessee & North Carolina Cherohala Skyway, Tellico Plains, TN to Robbinsville, NC - TN 360 to TN 165 (Follow Signs!) Nice road, great views, fantastic sweepers. Bryan Moody

 

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