DeWyane (New Member) asked about roads besides the Dragon for some Sportbike Friends scheduled to visit him.
That gave me an idea for a thread ---- Roads Besides the Tourist Roads
(Dragon, Cherohala, Bleu Ridge Parkway, Devils Triangle/Hwy116, Hellbender/Hwy 28, Snake, etc.). Good Ride Roads some of those tourist roads, but there are others.
All roads do not suit all (if you are bent on seeing how fast you can go on roads like the Dragon and Hanging OFF or Hangiong Out with friends, then these roads may or may not work). But for good rides with plenty of curves and some good scenery, better rdioes in My Opinion. A few of MY FAVORITES (I have coverd some 300,000 miles in last 13 years and mostly within 125 mile radius of Knoxville). Check them out on GOOGLE Maps.A)
Rogersville and Sneedville, TN area: Hwy 66, 70, 31 offer some dandy rides (Can be made into a Giant loop) with varying degrees of curves and hills (as good or better than the Dragon). You might form a sort of figure 8 using Spruce Pine from Hwy 66 to Hwy 31 at some point ( nice avlley road with some good curves.
Include Harrogate, TN area in above (Harrogate is connected to Sneedville by Hwy 63 which is a beauty - Mtn out of Sneedville, to a beauttiful valley run with curves, to a nice rcruising road to Harrogate).B)
TN and NC (Cross border sometimes - start in area near Hot Springs) - From Hot Springs, NC for a reference, LOOK in area of Hot Springs for Hwy 208, 212 (Can add Franklin Mtn that connects 208 and 212, but 212 is good also and you miss part of that if you use Franklin Mtn. That said, I like Franklin Mtn and the frist part of Hwy 208 better than 212). Then continue on Hwy 212 to TN Border (Becomes Hwy 352 in TN). Eventually, around I-26 get to Hwy 19W (MANY MANY CURVES) all the way back to Hwy 19E (East of Burnsville, NC).OR,
off of Hwy 19W in NC (Hwy 19W from I-26 is in TN, but crosses into NC) look for Hunting Dale Rd (GOOGLE MAP) and take that to Huntdale, Rd/1320 (Cross a bridge over river to Huntdale Rd) and go to Hwy 197. Then you are in for some good roads in that area::::
Hwy 197 east connects to Hwy 226 and north on Hwy 226 becomes Hwy 107 in TN and eventually back to Erwin OR
when Hwy 197 connects to Hwy 226 go east on Hwy 226 toward Bakersville and take Hwy 261 to Roan Mtn (Carver's Gap at TN/NC Border) where 261 becomes 143 in TN and goes to town of Roan Mtn. Then take Hwy 37 to Hwy 173 and eventiually back to Erwin, TN.
I ADD A COUPLE
interesting routes that connect things up there: 1)
Off of Hwy 226, take Fork Mtn Road over to hwy 261 (you will mis some good Hwy 197 curves, but it is a shorter route and Fork Mtn is a good ride). 2)
As you come down off Roan Mtn on Hwy 143 in TN, there is a turn left onto Cove Creek Rd that goes to Hughes Gap at TN/NC Border and becomes 1330 in NC (about 1/2 mile of good gravel Rd) and connects to Hwy 226 in NC which becomes Hwy 107 in TN and goes to Erwin, TN.
All that said (backtracking to the area from Hwy 19W to Hunting Dale and Huntdale/1320 ) - After reaching Hwy 197 off of Huntdale, Rd, stay on Hwy 197 to Hwy 395 toward Erwin (Hwy 197 becomes Hwy 395 in TN) OR
take Hwy 197 the other direction to Burnsville, NC (Hwy 19E).