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Come soar With Us: Kick Start Spring Motorcycle Season in the NC Smokies

Come soar With Us: Kick Start Spring Motorcycle Season in the NC Smokies

Feb 17 2017

Come soar With Us: Kick Start Spring Motorcycle Season in the NC Smokies

Spring is stirring early in the mountains, so pack your saddle bags and head to the NC Smokies of Haywood County for the finest riding in the Southeast. From hair-raising mountain curves to mellow country roads, your quest for motorcycle utopia is over.

Looking for waterfalls? We got it. Mountain scenery? Check. Countryside? Got that, too.

But most of all, we’ve got the curves. Broad sweeping curves, tight hairpin curves, gentle serpentine curves,  cliff-hugging switch-backs — we’ve got hundreds, maybe thousand of ‘em, with routes to suit every skill level.

Motorcycle touring is all about the open road. The sense of adventure for what’s around the next curve, the rush of mountain ridges unfurling as you climb higher, the feeling of freedom as you ride the swells and dips of the Appalachian countryside.

To help you map out your ideal two-wheeled escape, the travel team at Visit NC Smokies compiled a “best-of” selection of  mountain rides with a home base of Haywood County.

We’ve highlighted a dozen routes that run the gamut, from lazy afternoon excursions to all-day journeys to the back-of-beyond. While every biker knows the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway — which we proudly claim as our own backyard — broaden your horizons with our own custom creation The Copperhead Loop, or the infamous Rattler with 290 curves in 24 miles.

There’s another big reason Haywood County has racked up accolades as the ultimate motorcycle destination: its friendly people. Bikers value the human experience. It’s more than just a ride, it’s about the people you meet along the way, from other bikers to diner waitresses to roadside produce peddlers.

To experience our friendly local flavor, stop in to a rural country store during your ride, like Ferguson’s General Store in Fines Creek, Sorrells General Store in Jonathan Creek, Bethel Grocery or Harley Creek General Store in Cruso.

A must of every biker’s bucket list, Wheels Through Time all-American motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley saw visitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries last year. True to its moniker of “the museum that runs,” the rare collection of more than 300 vintage and antique motorcycles have been restored to working condition, garnering national attention. Open April – November.

So suit up and kick-start your spring riding season with a motorcycle adventure of your own making in the NC Smokies of Haywood County.


  • Walker March 2, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I like this passage

  • tim simmons March 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Now I need to get a motorcycle

    • Dom akindrle April 23, 2017 at 10:42 am


  • Senquetta Hunter Hicks March 5, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Looks nice

  • Clinton March 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm


  • Tamara Nesbit March 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I want to visit one day

  • Jill Nunn March 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    So pretty that has to be one of the best ways to explore the beauty.

  • Jessica March 28, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I want a motorcycle now

  • Crystal Palomeque March 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm


  • Judy Jenkins March 31, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I’m going in July

  • Net man April 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    The smokies are always so beautiful! We like to get a cabin with a great back porch or deck so we can sit and look at the Tennessee stars!

  • rose clark April 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm


  • Scott April 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Cool check it out

  • Donna Hornback April 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Very pretty

  • Crystal White April 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Looking at these pictures making me want a motorcycle! I love to go fast !


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