#6 The Best Motorcycle Rides Near Smoky Mountains Park - EAST


On This Map:

  • Closest gas station to each parkway exit listed
  • More than 50 different superb rides located in the surrounding area
  • Southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Cherokee, NC
  • More than a dozen roadside waterfalls
  • Scenic points, waterfalls, motorcycle-friendly stops, etc. shown
Also shown / additional features:
  • Map #6 in the 6 Map Blue Ridge Parkway Set
  • Remotely located (out-of-town) gas stations identified
  • Handy, easy-to-use, accessible pocket map size
  • Waterproof and durable
  • Best rides boldly highlighted in red
  • Good connecting roads highlighted in blue
  • Rides are described on back of map
  • Mileage between road segments shown
  • Overlaps and connects with adjacent maps 

Description of area:

If you get just one pocket map, get this one. The final and highest section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is the best of it. The roads which intersect the parkway are outstanding. Map 6 covers this first half of the "Land of the Waterfalls" (Map 7 covers the other half). The mountains here are tall, broad, and the extensive riding through them is spectacular.

This map covers the are between the eastern half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Asheville, NC. It extends north into Tennessee and south into South Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway wraps around the city of Asheville, hit it's lowest point in North Carolina at the French Broad River, then climbs steadily to reach it's highest point after a 20 mile stretch more than a mile high. The last section of the park road makes a gradual descent from Soco Gap (Maggie Valley) to finally connect to Great Smoky Mountains National Paark just outside Cherokee, NC. 

This is one of the most popular motorcycle vacation areas in North America. The good roads seem endless, the scenery is thrilling, great places to stay abound. 

This map is the first of three which detail the Smoky Mountain area. It covers the great rides found near the eastern section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Map #7 covers the roads south and west of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Map #8 covers the roads north and west of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  These 3 maps (#6,#7,#8) are sold as the Smoky Park Set. These 3 maps are combined to make the Premium Map "100 Great Motorcycle Rides in the Smoky Mountains".  Pocket map "12 Classic Deals Gap Motorcycle Rides" lists 12 classic rides in the Smoky Mountain area and 6 good loop rides.


  • Shows the highest and most scenic section of the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Many easy to see roadside waterfalls
  • Long winding rides through portions of the Pisgah National Forest
  • The Hot Springs Spa really does have natural hot springs
  • Whitewater Rafting available in this area
  • Access miles of superb trout streams
  • Close to Asheville, Waynesville, Maggie Valley
  • Convenient to Interstate Highways - easy to get here
  • Lots of places to eat, shop, and explore in the small historic towns

Map Specifics:

  • Size (unfolded) - 11 x 17 inches
  • Size (folded) - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
  • Fast, simple, easy folding
  • Layout - Full color map on one side with detailed directions and on the back
  • Best routes are indicated in red,
  • Easy to read color-coded road labels to aid navigation

Cities and Towns on this Map:

North Carolina: Asheville, Weaverville, Fletcher, Mars Hill, Mountain Home, Laurel Park, Brevard, Hendersonville, Lake Toxaway, Etowah, Bent Creek, Leicester, Marshall, Hot Springs, Trust, Fines Creek, Junaluska, Clyde, Canton, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Balsam Grove, Sylva, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Tuckaseegee, Sapphire, Highlands, Hillsboro

Tennessee: Del Rio, Newport

South Carolina: Slater-Marietta

Georgia: Sky Valley 

Know Your Blue Ridge Map Options:

  • Map #6 is sold a a single map
  • Map #6 is part of the 3 map "Smoky Park" Map set (Maps 6-8)
  • Map #6 is part of the 6 Map "Blue Ridge Parkway " Map set (Maps 1-6)
  • Map #6 is part of the 7 Map "Blue Ridge Parkway PLUS the Dragon " Map set (Maps 1-7)
  • Map #6 is part of the 9 Map "Full Southeast Package " Map set (Maps 1-9)