The Best Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

North Carolina Motorcycle Trips

The south has some amazing Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. North Carolina is blessed with some of the best motorcycle rides in the United States including the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont Plateau, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain region. Motorcycle rides in North Carolina highlights include Deal’s Gap, also known as the Tail of the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway and of course access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the southern part of the state.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

Jim and I have been on the Hellbender 28 and would love to do it again as this is one of the best examples of Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. With its drop offs and sweeping curves lakeside in the Smokies there are very few rides in the entire country that have the views that the Hellbender 28 has. The 22-mile stretch ends up at Deals Gap beginning the famous, “Dragon.” The roads are in great shape and although there is some commercial traffic, there are plenty of places where it is just you and the road. Halfway through you will find yourself in Fontana Village in Fontana Dam. The resort is very motorcycle friendly and offers lodging and even houseboats to rent.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

When it comes to the best Motorcycle rides in North Carolina, you will not want to miss Mountain Meander; especially if you like waterfalls as there are four of them on this trip including Bridal Veil and Dry Falls. With lots of switchbacks and turns on nice blacktop, you will have an exciting ride. Although there aren’t any roadside amenities on the route, you can continue south on to Highway 64 where you will find fuel and some food stops. Stop by the Jackson Hole Trading Post and Gem Mine on 28 and you can get a free map of the waterfalls in the region.

motorcycle rides North Carolina

It isn’t fair to talk about Motorcycle rides in North Carolina without mentioning Shiner’s Run, also known as The Rattler. You will ride through the mountains from I-40 to the Hot Springs on the 209. You will pass by rock bed rivers, old farms, churches and scenic mountain overlooks.

The road quality is quite good and has something for everyone including elevation changes, high-speed sweepers, twisties, and a couple of nice straight aways when you get to the farmland.

North Caroline Motorcycle road trips

About half way to the Hot Springs, you will find a café and the Trust General Store. The Iron Horse Station hotel restaurant is located at your final destination, the Hot Springs, and is a great place to stay after your ride.

Travels with Harley is hitting the road this summer and can’t wait to share our stories.