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.

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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.

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Walker

I like this passage

philip annabel
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I need a motorcycle today

tim simmons
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tim simmons

Now I need to get a motorcycle

Dom akindrle
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Dom akindrle

Same

IHateMotorCycle
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IHateMotorCycle

Same

Elaine G.
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Beautiful!!!

Senquetta Hunter Hicks
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Senquetta Hunter Hicks

Looks nice

Clinton
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Clinton

Awesome

Tamara Nesbit
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Tamara Nesbit

I want to visit one day

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

Jessica
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Jessica

I want a motorcycle now

Crystal Palomeque
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Crystal Palomeque

Sweet

Judy Jenkins
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Judy Jenkins

I’m going in July

Net man
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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
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rose clark

Beautiful

Scott
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Scott

Cool check it out

Donna Hornback
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Donna Hornback

Very pretty

Crystal White
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Crystal White

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

Pauline
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Oh yes……let’s ride!!!!!!

Emily
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Emily

WowB

Ronald
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Wow what a great article I recommend checking this out because of how interesting it it

Angel Rodgers
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Angel Rodgers

Would love to see these

Teresa
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Teresa

Beautiful scenery!

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