Gear up to Tame the Rattler this Summer

Are you ready for twenty-four miles of twists, turns and breathtaking views? Then you’ll want to tame “The Rattler” on your next trip to the NC Smokies. Motorcyclists have been flocking to this popular route for its nearly three-hundred curves, which includes gorgeous vistas and pull-off areas to take it all in. It’s a challenging ride to be sure, but well worth it. Start off on NC 209 in Fines Creek, and let the road guide your way.


Pick up some Rattler merch at Ferguson Supply in Clyde, where they have all kinds of souvenirs to remember your adventure. When the rumble in your stomach starts to rival the one from your bike, stop by Blue Rooster Southern Grill. Kick up your boots and enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner complete with a delicious entree and sandwich options like Flame Grilled Ribeye or the Heavens to Betsy burger.



For those true motorcycle enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss the famous Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum, which opens for the season on April 1st. Beloved founder Dale Walksler passed away earlier this year after a courageous battle with cancer, but his legacy lives on in the incredible artifacts of motorcycling’s past.



At Dale’s, you will come across a rare collection of American motorcycles and memorabilia, including military bikes and Harley Davidson racers’ glory days. Whether you love motorcycles or history, it’s a can’t-miss spot.

Finally, mark your calendar for the Thunder in the Smokies Motorcycle Rally, returning this summer to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, June 25-27th. At this annual event, you can bond with other bikers, rock out to live music, and maybe even score yourself some cash prizes. Start your engines and plan the ultimate ride of your life in the Smokies.

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