Fall Motorcycle Road Trips in North Carolina

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Last week we talked about fall motorcycle road trips and got some great feedback from our readers about their favorite fall motorcycle road trips, with lots of riders talking about North Carolina. One Travels with Harley reader told us that North Carolina has perfect weather, no traffic, great roads in the mountains, not many people and craft beer and food on every corner. Now that sounds like our kind of place prompting us to share some of the best fall motorcycle road trips in North Carolina.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is located in Asheville, North Carolina and is a great example of fall motorcycle road trips. With breathtaking views, lots of twists and turns and no stoplights, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile long motorcycle road trip that travels along the Blue Ridge Mountains ridge. Ride north to the Craggy Gardens, or head towards Mt. Pisgah. Don’t be in a hurry as there are plenty of vista points where you can stop and snap a pic. Lodges and restaurants are few and far between on the parkway and are usually only open for business between late April to late autumn

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North Carolina’s most expensive highway, the Cherohala Skyway, took about 34 years to complete and was unveiled in autumn of 1996. Taking you from North Carolina into the backcountry of Tennessee, the skyway crosses into the Nantahala National and Cherokee Forests and is one of the most popular places in the south for Fall Motorcycle Road Trips. If you have the time, visit the spectacular Bald River Falls.

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The Black Mountain Rag is one of the best fall motorcycle road trips that takes you from Black Mountain to the town of Bat Cave that is home to the world’s largest known granite fissure cave housing dozens of bat species. During your ride, you may want to do a little side trip up to Chimney Rock and hike into Hickory Nut Falls off the Broad River, which is popular for white water rafting and was the backdrop for the feature film, the Last of the Mohicans. Travel farther south and you will hit some of the best apple orchards in North Carolina.

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If you have your heart set on shorter fall motorcycle road trips in North Carolina, try the 107 mile Moonshiner 28 ride. The Moonshiner 28 offers stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Nantahala Forest and is a winding road that is rumored to have once been the main route for moonshine transport. Today it is much less traveled, but perfect for riders who enjoy waterfalls, unsurpassed scenery, beautiful lakes, and mountain vistas. With the occasional eatery and antiques shop along the way, Moonshiner 28 really is one of the best fall motorcycle road trips in North Carolina.