#7 The Best Motorcycle Rides Near Smoky Park - SOUTH
Description of area:
This map describes the very westernmost portion of North Carolina and the border lands of Tennessee, includes the south half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and portions of Georgia and South Carolina.
The three things that draw the most motorcyclists to the southern Appalachian Mountains are The Blue Ridge Parkway,Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Deals Gap. The Parkway reaches it's southern end at Cherokee, near the south entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Deals Gap, home to the infamous "Tail of the Dragon ™" is less than an hour west.
Of all the roads in the Appalachian Mountains, the most notable (after the Blue Ride Parkway) is the section of US 129 which crosses the North Carolina / Tennessee border popularized as "The Tail Of The Dragon™" at Deals Gap. Infamous for its challenging collection of 318 curves within its 11 mile stretch through the Gap at the southwest corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, both motorcyclists and car enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to enjoy the challenge. Also included is another great road leading into Deals Gap from the east - "The Hellbender 28".
Cities and Towns on this map:
Punkin Center, Vonure, Tellico Plains
Murphy, Andrews, Robbinsville, Bryson City, Highlands, Franklin, Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Hayesville, Cashiers, Cullowhee, Sylva, Dillsboro, Tuckaseegee, Glenville