Motorcycle Rides through the Smoky Mountains

Every year thousands of motorcyclists wind through the Blue Ridge Parkway, hunt for waterfalls, and challenge their skills on “The Rattler”. Download a Motorcycle Map for more great rides.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway (open year-round, weather permitting) can be accessed from four locations in Haywood County: U.S. 276 at Wagon Gap Road; N.C. 215 at Mount Hardy Gap; U.S. 23/74 at Balsam Gap; U.S. 19 at Soco Gap. At milepost 418.8, explore Graveyard Fields, where a short downhill hike (partly paved) leads to one of three waterfalls. A popular hiking destination, Graveyard Fields morphs into a wild blueberry patch in late summer and fall, so bring your buckets. Pull into the parking area at milepost 422.4 for a view of Devil's Courthouse (according to Cherokee folklore, the devil holds court in a cave on the mountain). A walk to the bare rock summit is worth every step. The highest point on the entire Parkway, 6,053 feet at Richland Balsam overlook, is located at milepost 431. Waterrock Knob, at milepost 451.2

Wheels Through Time Museum

The Wheels Through Time Museum is home to the world's premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorycles. Located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, in beautiful Maggie Valley, NC, this All-American motorcycle museum houses over 300 of America's rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 24 marques on display, including the likes of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more. Western North Carolina's premier museum and tourism attraction features dozens of motorcycle-related exhibits, ranging from board track racers, hillclimbing, and original paint machines to American Dirt Track racing, choppers and bobbers, and one-of-a-kind motorcycles.

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Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is a wide, paved 2-laned road. The elevations range from 900 feet above sea level at the Tellico River in Tennessee to over 5400 feet above sea level at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line at Haw Knob.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park.The Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses over one-half million acres, making it one of the largest natural areas in the East. Some of the most popular spots and attractions within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park include: • Cades Cove, an open valley surrounded by tall mountains where an 11-mile loop road • Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park at 6,643 feet • Newfound Gap, the nearly mile-high spot where Newfound Gap Road crosses the mountain ridge

Haywood County Loop

One of many ways to loop ride some of the best roads Haywood County has to offer and never be far from the barn. Don’t take it lightly, these roads are as challenging as you’ll find. A great loop for the “iffy” days when you might want to stay close to home. US 276 to Rabbit Skin Rd, Cross bridge to Riverside, then to NC 209. Hop south to Upper Crabtree Mtn Rd (watch for turn near middle), follow to Canton, then onto Thickety Rd to Clyde. Poison Cove Rd to Stamey Cove Rd, then NC 215 to Bethel. Return on US 276 through Waynesville. 45 miles 1 1/2 to 2 hours ride Moderately difficult

Heritage Scenic Byway

Heritage Scenic Byway is highlighted by beautiful mountain scenery and rich local history. Enjoy the Pisgah National Forest, over a million acres designated as a National Forest in 1916. And don't miss spectacular Looking Glass Falls, an 85 foot plunge named for nearby looking glass rock, a monolithic face of granite that gleams like a mirror from water seeping out of the stones. This byway intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Milepost 405.5 - 455.7 Haywood County’s crowning jewel is the BEST section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Arcing along the peaks on our southern border, this is the highest and most scenic portion of the 469-mile long ride. The Parkway can be accessed from 5 different points - NC 151, US 276, NC 215, US 23/ 74, and US 19. Enjoy views from the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway; see Devil’s Courthouse, Looking Glass Rock, Graveyard Fields, and more. 50 miles, plus approach and return ride. Plan at least 1/2 day Easy ride

NC 209 - “The Rattler”The Rattler

Long popular with locals, NC 209 takes you on a wonderful scenic and challenging ride north to Hot Springs. Extend your ride and make a 100-mile loop by continuing through Hot Springs on US 25, pass through Marshall, then follow Meadows Town Rd to NC 63. NC 63 leads you back to NC 209. 36 miles to Hot Springs. About 1 hour ride to hot springs. 98 miles to do loop ride. 1/2 day ride.

Waterfalls Ride

Tour more than 1 dozen roadside waterfalls on this long and scenic day ride. So many to see you may want to break it into two days! Start in Maggie Valley. Follow US 19 west to 441 at Cherokee. Soco Falls is on route. Follow US 441 south to Franklin, then US 64 / NC 28 to Highlands. There are 4 falls along road. Highlands to Cashiers on US 64 then loop south on 107 / 281 to see 2 more. Continue east on US 64, detour south of Brevard then onto US 276 to the Blue Ridge Parkway (3 more) Ride the Parkway to NC 215 then follow it back to US 276 and into Maggie Valley. 180 miles. All day ride. Easy to moderate difficulty

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