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Shady Valley and More...

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 68 miles / 109.4 km
  • Ride Time: 2-4 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $5.17
  • State: Tennessee
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opps, my bad folks, this is the intended route for Shady Valley...the other one is large roadways TO Shady Valley...BORING! Forgive me, I'm new here at this time...This route will take you through some very nice county. Once you leave Elizabethton, be sure to get off at the Stoney Creek Exit...and follow CR91 Toward Shady Valley! CR91 will take your up into the Cherokee National forest, and up a small mountian...making tight twisties and flowing curves to get you warmed up for the snake. Be sure to bring along a jacket, depending on the time of year you go...I like to go in the fall, mid OCT to late OCT. Leaves are turning about this time, but not a lot have fallen and built up on the curves!Once you leave the forest, you will descend the other side of the mountain, and find yourself in a flat agricultural valley. Riding on for about a mile, you will run into Shady Valley and SR421. You can stop and take a breather here at one of the three stores at the crossroads. You can also grab some grub, gas, and talk with the other bikers who are lounging around...then grab your handle bars and head east. (You can also head west, which will take you to Bristol, this part of the ride is really very good, BUT, it dumps you into a small city, which isn't my idea of fun!)Heading east on 421 will take you over some small but lovely mountains, and some very demanding twists and curves, where you can either challenge yourself and your bike, or you can take a leisurely ride, enjoying the leanings of the bike, and smells of the forest that surround you!So what you have is 'one valley, three mountains (but you will be traversing only two when you take the route I am suggesting,)and 489 curves...(actually less, because this route isn't the complete three mountain route!)Now, once you leave The Snake, you will find yourself in Mountain City, TN. I like to turn off at CR 67 and head back toward Elzabethton, and can always stay on 421, until you come to 321 and head back into Elzabethton, or stay of 421 and head over the mountains for Boone NC! The thing to remember here is that no matter what route you take, (and I will not hesitate to suggest you take some of the smaller country roads around here instead of the familiar routes I have suggested!) Your gonna find some of the most beautiful landscape around these parts! If you continue on CR will find yourself T-boning into Watagua, that's a view! The lake is down these days, due to a shortage of rainfall...but all the same, it's a real nice looking mountain lake, and it's a nice place to stop and have a smoke, or take a drink of water that you have brought with you...or just to stretch!Continue down out of the mountains and you will come to the intersection of SR321...and head east back into town and your starting point! Enjoy the covered bridge and it's adjoining park, as well as the Historic District of old downtown Elzibethton! You'll have a fun day for sure!

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Tennessee. This motorcycle route has 9 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by chesshirecat in October. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by chesshirecat

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Ride Scenery:

BeachesParksFall ColorsLakesForestMountainsRuralRiverFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadTwisty RoadHillyLight TrafficAverageAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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