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A Thrilling Motorcycle Adventure in the NC Smokies


Are you ready for an exhilarating motorcycle adventure in the NC Smokies? Look no further than “The Rattler,” a renowned route that spans over twenty-four miles of twists, turns, and awe-inspiring views. This popular destination has captivated the hearts of motorcyclists who yearn for an adrenaline-pumping ride amidst stunning landscapes.

“The Rattler” begins its journey on NC 209 in Fines Creek, conveniently accessible from Exit 104 of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway (US 74) near scenic Lake Junaluska. As you embark on this thrilling route, bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of urban areas as you follow the enchanting path carved by the Pigeon River.

The initial stretch of the ride treats you to gentle sweeping curves that weave through picturesque farmlands, gradually leading you to the majestic horizon of the mountains. As the valley narrows, brace yourself for an invigorating climb over the first mountain, surrounded by lush forests and charming homes. While the views are undeniably breathtaking, keep your focus on the road, as sharp and challenging turns lie ahead. Watch out for gravel that may appear in the turns along the next 4.5 miles, ensuring a safe and thrilling ride.


As the descent off the mountain commences, you’ll find yourself entering another valley, accompanying the winding course of an enticing stream. Enjoy the rhythmic flow of the road for 1.5 miles before embarking on a twisty climb across the second mountain. This stretch introduces you to a whole new level of excitement, with more hairpin turns and exhilarating twists.

After a day of riding and your adrenaline is pumping and your appetite kicks in, our picturesque mountain towns offer a variety of dining options. Whether you have a hankering for a delectable southern dish or a thirst for a refreshing craft brew, our mountain towns have got you covered.


If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, make sure to visit Wheels Through Time Museum, a treasure trove of American motorcycles and memorabilia. This renowned museum showcases rare collections, including military bikes and Harley Davidson racers from the glory days. It’s a must-visit spot for both motorcycle and history lovers.


For an even more thrilling experience, plan your trip during the Thunder in the Smokies Motorcycle Rally. Held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, this annual event brings together bikers from all around for an exciting weekend of camaraderie, live music, and even the chance to win cash prizes. Check out our events calendar for all events.

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