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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 90.08 miles / 145.0 km
  • Ride Time: 2-4 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $6.85
  • State: North Carolina
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Okay. You made it over the Tail of the Dragon. Now what. I posted a great route called Foothills Dragon Cherohala Foothills. If you don't want to do that (shame on you), try this one. About 90 miles, about 2 1/2 hours. Highway 28 along Lake Cheoah to Fontana Dam. Stop at the bottom of it and definitely go up top and ride over the top of the dam It's the highest in the Eastern US. Great visitor center there. Continue on 28 east to when it opens to four lane. Crosses over Fontana Lake and great picture ops for that. Comes down to highway 19/74 at a "T" intersection. Turn left which is merely continuing on 28 along 19/74. about 4 or 5 miles, and 28 will turn off to the right. This next section of 30 miles at 55 MPH legal speed limit will light you up. Many sections are like the Dragon, very tight and technical. towards the end, near Franklin, NC you can turn left onto Sanderstown Road to avoid going through Franklin, but either way will provide grins. I have highlighted the Sanderstown road route. it will take you to ByPass 23/64/441 divided highway. Follow it about 4 miles and exit Hwy 64/28 to Highlands. Follow that about 20 miles and the last 15 miles of that will make you grin. Again, very tight, blind curves, very narrow road (in a couple spots, no center line! because it is too narrow). Follows the Cullasaja River gorge. Beautiful falls, cascades, camera ops and forests. A couple places to gold pan if you want. Eat lunch in Highlands, an upper scale town. Good place to window shop or else waste money on high end stuff. Continue south on 28, cross into Georgia. Take it to Warwoman Road. It is a great fun road for about 12 miles. you can head west on it into Clayton, GA for overnight lodging, or to take highway 23 north out of Clayton up to Dillard, GA, pickup 246 to NC 106 back to Highlands. Or skip Warwoman and continue south on 28 into South Carolina. Go about 3 more miles, and turn left onto highway 107. take it back north to Cashiers and turn left onto 64 heading west for 10 miles back to Highlands. All roads are paved and good pavement. Most of these roads have light traffic except between Franklin and Highlands. But even that is worth it for the waterfalls and view. the section south of Highlands to Warwoman is always very light traffic and a very fun stretch of riding, moderate to tight twisties and elevation changes with good superelevation through the curves. Winter riding can provide clear views around curves through the trees, but often there can be ice on the roads, particularly in shaded curves. Spring is least crowded. Summer is crowded and so is the fall when the leaf colors are amazing.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of North Carolina. This motorcycle route has 6 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by rtcoker in June. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by rtcoker

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Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

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