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Best Maggie Valley NC Motorcycle Rides

Maggie Valley is the central hub for great motorcycle rides here in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.   Each year, the twisty and curvy mountain roads surrounding Maggie Valley attract thousands of Motorcycle enthusiasts each year.   All of them come to not only stay and play in Maggie Valley, but to ride the famous motorcycle rides, with names the "The Dragon" and the "Rattler".

Top Maggie Valley Motorcycle Rides

With the miles and miles of mountain roads around Maggie Valley, the hardest part is finding nearby fun and exciting roads, with curves, and scenic views, but that are safe as well.   Our list of top Maggie Valley motorcycle rides will provide days of excitement.

Whether you're on a two-wheeler, three-wheeler or even in your car, the rides below will provide the exciting and thrilling outdoor adventure you're looking for.

>> Be sure to visit Maggie Valley Rides for lots more Ride Information <<

Now grab your gear, fire up that bike, and let's get riding!

Barbarosa Saloon Run

This out and back ride will take you 152 miles through Pisgah National Forest to Bobarosa Saloon Del Rio Tn.

Fall Colors just beginning to show on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenic views, lots of curves, no stop lights, and mile after mile of road. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a world famous ride through some of the highest elevations in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Parkway delivers one of the best motorcycle rides in the United States.

Cherohala Skyway Loop

This 41 mile long ride is well known for it's long, sweeping corners, scenic views and cool summer breezes.

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock / Lake Lure

This 168 mile run takes you through the curvy and scenic Chimney Rock and Lake Lure areas, located about 90 minutes from Maggie Valley.

Copperhead Loop

This ride follows the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway in Pisgah National Forest. The loop ride is 150 miles and through Brevard, and by Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock and many other scenic locations.

Moonshiner 28

One of the "must do" rides in Western NC, this ride was once a run for moonshiners. This ride is full of curves, mountain vistas, waterfalls and secluded lakes.

Tail of the Dragon

Probably the most famous ride in Western NC, this ride is a "must do" while visiting the Maggie Valley area. "The Dragon" is 90 miles of curves, scenic views, and road side attractions.

The Rattler

Traveling through Pisgah National Forest just outside, Hot Springs, NC, The Rattler twists and turns all the way to Lake Junaluska, NC.

Thunder Road is one of the most beautiful motorcycle routes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and also one of the least busy. This 140 mile loop ride won't disappoint.

Tips for Motorcycle Riding in the Mountains

Riding your bike in the mountains is very different from riding the flat country.   Mountain roads often have many turns and corners, and they're much tighter than what most riders are used to.   Here are a few Motorcycling in the Mountains tips to  help make your ride more enjoyable and safer:

  • Wear Personal Protective Gear - Those tight turns and curves can provide one heck of a road rash if go down.
  • Wear bright colors, especially at night
  • Always use proper lane placement.
  • Slow down and take your time - Did you know that the mountains have a high percentage of motorcycle accidents.  Why?  Due to out of town bikers, and inexperience on mountain roads.   If you're inexperienced, take your time and slow down.
  • Use the right brakes - When going downhill, use less of your rear brake, and more of your front.  Do the opposite going uphill.  This will help prevent your bike from skidding from out under you.
  • Avoid the clutch when stalling - In tight hairpin turns, always go faster than your stall speed, and avoid using the clutch if possible.  The clutch will just make you roll backwards.  If you're going to stall, just, steer to the side of the road, hit the rear brake, and let it stall.  Stalling with the rear brake on is better than rolling backwards.
  • Keep a full tank - In the mountains, there are often very long distances between gas stations.  This is particularly true not the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Take a break, and fill that tank up when you can.
  • Bring rain gear - Weather in the mountains is never predictable, and rain can often just suddenly show up when you least expect it.  Bring along some rain gear, just in case.
  • Don't rely on your cell phone -Cell service in the mountains is spotty, and when in a remote location or up high, it would be safe to assume you won't have service.   Print out riding directions or instructions, or use a GPS Device.

Safe riding!  

About the author

Larry Deane is co-owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Life. He has spent more than 20 years exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and has a deep passion for nature, history, storytelling, and adventure. Along with his wife Jenn, they combined these passions to create Blue Ridge Mountain Life, a travel guide to these stunning mountains they are fortunate to call home.

Larry has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and journalist, and has established himself as a leading voice and expert for Blue Ridge Mountains. He is also an avid hiker, photographer, and videographer. He loves sharing his mountain adventures and knowledge with more than 500,000 people per month on Blue Ridge Mountain Life.

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