A good road that would be better with newer pavement, as of 5/2021. You go up to above 5,000 feet, so be prepared for a temperature drop, if you're on a motorcycle. The traffic is fairly light, though there seems to be a fair amount of people at the top.
My YouTube video will tell you more than I can. (And there's hundreds more videos where that came from.)
I view this road as high risk, high reward. It has twigs, branches a downed limb or two and dirty sides, but the road SURFACE (the actual pavement) is smooth and the twists just keep on coming.
I did this road in a car and had zero problems, but those on a motorcycle may wish to take care. Perhaps the road will be cleaned up when you visit it? It wasn't just 'stuff blown down from a storm' type of neglect, but seemingly accumulated neglect, so be careful.
Gastonia to Spencer Mtn to NC 181 to Blue Ridge Pkwy to 226a to NC 80 to Marion.
Short, but an insane silly road that has you feeling you're going to drive off of the road. Serious gradients here, folks.
For such a short ride it packs a bit of a punch. Even with the 25/35 speed limit you can't go much faster because the damned turns are so hard. Twisties, off camber twisties, steep up/downhill twisties, steep up/downhill off camber twisties and some sweepers thrown in for the cherry on top. I liked it quite a lot for such a shorty, and it sets you up great for 209 North, which I recommend doing, for 'The Rattler.' Face it, assuming you're coming in from 40 (West or East) what would you rather do? Slab it to 209 North, which looks like a very boring part, or take this little monster?
BEWARE: Not a ride for beginners! Rest stop staring location in Marion, NC. Ride 226 to 226a around Little Switzerland and then up 226 to Spruce Pine. Take a curve break on Hwy 19 to Double Island Rd. Ride north on until you can't on this road and double back south to NC80. Ride NC80 back to the starting rest stop.
BRP from Asheville to Cherokee, Tail of the Dragon, to Tellico
Blue Ridge Parkway
Simple'around the block' ride, start anywhere along the route.
Tons of twisties, elevation change and views.
Back roads to BRP Arron Sylvia
Great Curves and Stunning Nature along one of America's best motorcycling roads Approximately 500 miles of some of the best and most scenic twisting tarmac in North America. Enjoying the beautiful nature and the stunning curves all the way from Asheville, North Carolina into Roanoke, Virginia. This is very nicely maintained road with lots of grip but there can also be wildlife (deers, bears, etc) so be on the lookout for those! Highest section between Soco Gap and Wagon Road Gap a particular highlight Note: Some sections of this road are closed in winter.
Lots of twisters
The Cherohalo Skyway is very scenic. Most any rider of any skill level can ride it. The Tail of the Dragon is very technical and is best for experienced riders or thrill seekers. There are several riders killed each year on the Dragon. Pay close attention to your riding, speed and what is up ahead
Just a fun ride I like that's not quite as long as my others. Lots of twisties and scenery.
alternate 2 day ride for day 5
the foothills is great
amazing ride. for experienced riders only.
Use monkey butt.....stop often. Great riding .....only experienced riders
Enjoy this frickin ride. Stop often
Fun mtn roads from Acworth Ga to Asheville NC. One night of camping.