While there are many ways to experience the beautiful state of Tennessee, one of the best is on a motorcycle. The Volunteer State has an abundance of mountainous roads full of twists and turns- all while offering absolutely breathtaking views. According to many motorcycle enthusiasts, several of those rides are right here near Knoxville.
Tail of the Dragon
Type: Point to Point Distance: 11 miles Best known for its 318 curves in 11 miles, the Tail of the dragon is a favorite among motorcyclists. This highway is great for anyone that is looking for a thrill but wants to enjoy the natural beauty of this mountainous area. The heart-racing road leads you from Tennessee to the popular Deal’s Gap in North Carolina. Deal’s Gap offers a place to stop and catch your breath after conquering the highway. Grab a bite to eat, buy a t-shirt or a sticker and don’t forget to pay respects at the tree of shame for the many bikes that don’t survive the twisty highway.
Type: Point to Point Distance: 58 miles The Cherohala Skyway travels between Tellico Plains, TN and Robbinsville, NC. The ride typically takes under two hours to complete and passes through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. However, you may find it hard to pass up the breathtaking views at the 15 overlook and picnic areas making the 58 mile ride take a little longer to complete.
Type: Loop Distance: 44 miles This ride offers the beauty of the mountains along with some good American history. The road is made up of twists and turns while passing by several unique pull-offs, an abandoned coal plant, Brushy Mountain State penitentiary, and even a haunted section of highway. From peaceful family farms to mountainous landscapes this highway is sure to satisfy every rider’s adventurous spirit.
Type: Point to Point Distance: 103 miles This route was once used by moonshiners as they escaped from revenuers, it is now a way to experience the thrilling twists and turns of North Carolina as you leave the Tail of the Dragon. Around every corner are breathtaking views of charming small towns, a waterfall, and mountainous landscape. This ride comes to an end in Walhala, SC where you can top off the beautiful historical ride with a visit to the Oconee Heritage Center Museum.