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Come soar With Us: It’s Always Motorcycle Season in the NC Smokies

Motorcycle Ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway

How long has it been since your last mountain ride? Whether you’re fresh off a tour or itching to get back on the saddle—you’re long overdue. So, pack your gear 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 plenty of that, too.

But most of all, we’ve got the curves. Broad, sweeping curves. Tight, hairpin curves. Gentle, serpentine curves. Cliff-hugging switchbacks. We’ve got hundreds, maybe thousands 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—it’s worth broadening your horizons here with our own custom creation, The Copperhead Loop, or the infamous Rattler which boasts 290 curves in 24 miles.

There’s another big reason Haywood County has racked up accolades as the ultimate motorcycle destination: our friendly people. Bikers like you 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 into 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-see on every biker’s bucket list, Wheels Through Time this all-American motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley has seen visitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries since opening. True to its moniker of “the museum that runs,” its rare collection of more than 300 vintage and antique motorcycles have been restored to working condition, garnering national attention. Right now, they’re scheduled to open sometime in late June, so double-check their website before making any plans to swing by.

Suit up—it’s never too late to create your motorcycle touring adventure in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains of Haywood County. With so many loops and routes to choose from, we know landing on just a few can be tough. Swing by our Visitor Center or give us a call at (828)-944-0761 for a free route guide—we’re here to help!

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Walker
Walker
3 years ago

I like this passage

philip annabel
Reply to  Walker
3 years ago

I need a motorcycle today

tim simmons
tim simmons
3 years ago

Now I need to get a motorcycle

Dom akindrle
Dom akindrle
Reply to  tim simmons
3 years ago

Same

IHateMotorCycle
IHateMotorCycle
Reply to  Dom akindrle
3 years ago

Same

Elaine G.
3 years ago

Beautiful!!!

Senquetta Hunter Hicks
Senquetta Hunter Hicks
3 years ago

Looks nice

Clinton
Clinton
3 years ago

Awesome

Tamara Nesbit
Tamara Nesbit
3 years ago

I want to visit one day

Jill Nunn
3 years ago

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

Jessica
Jessica
3 years ago

I want a motorcycle now

Crystal Palomeque
Crystal Palomeque
3 years ago

Sweet

Judy Jenkins
Judy Jenkins
3 years ago

I’m going in July

Net man
3 years ago

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
rose clark
3 years ago

Beautiful

Scott
Scott
3 years ago

Cool check it out

Donna Hornback
Donna Hornback
3 years ago

Very pretty

Crystal White
Crystal White
3 years ago

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

Pauline
3 years ago

Oh yes……let’s ride!!!!!!

Emily
Emily
3 years ago

WowB

Ronald
3 years ago

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

Angel Rodgers
Angel Rodgers
3 years ago

Would love to see these

Teresa
Teresa
3 years ago

Beautiful scenery!

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