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  • Best 1000 Mile Motorcycle Ride You’ll Ever Do

    If you’re looking for that epic ride this is one of the best ever!

    Motorcycles at overlook in Smoky Park

    Enjoy an overlook in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    When you link these mountain roads together you’ll spend almost all your time on 2 lane roads, most of it National Parks or on scenic parkways, and you’ll experience some of the best motorcycle rides in the USA.

    Skyline Drive – 105 Miles
    The Skyline Drive runs the crest of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It starts at Front Royal and runs seamlessly into the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Parkway – 469 Miles

    Blue Ridge Parkway View

    Blue Ridge Parkway in NC

    The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the highest ridge lines of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Virginia and North Carolina. It ends at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 47 Miles
    The most visited National Park in the nation, ride across on US 441 passing from North Carolina into Tennessee at the crest, then turn west on Little River Road. Follow through to the Foothills Parkway.

    Foothills Parkway – 17 Miles
    Continue west on the scenic Foothills Parkway to reach US 129

    The Dragon – 15 Miles

    Springtime motorcycle ride on the Cherohala Skyway

    The Cherohala Skyway in TN

    Turn south on US 129 to enter the Dragon. Pass through and back into North Carolina. Continue south to Robbinsville, NC to head west again on the Cherohala Skyway.

    The Cherohala Skyway – 52 Miles
    Climb back up into the mountains and return to Tennessee near the mid-point of the ride. Turn south on 68 when you reach Tellico Palins, TN and follow this wonderful road into Georgia.

    GA 60 – 23 Miles
    Work your way east on GA 60 to Blue Ridge, GA, then continue on one of Georgia’s best motorcycle roads.

    The Gauntlet – 133 Miles

    Georgia

    The Gauntlet ride in GA

    Wrap it all up with a loop around the Gauntlet. You may continue on GA 60 or veer north on Skeenah Gap Road to start the loop.

    Of course, this is just an overview. It’s a great introduction to riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains, still it only scratches the surface. It’s pretty straightforward to navigate, but you’ll want to do some planning. There are many variations and additions to make it even better.

    9 map setYou’ll find this region covered in detail with America Rides Maps. In addition to these well known roads, almost 500 more are highlighted on a series of easy-to-read durable maps that will fit in your pocket with the info you depend on like out-of-the-way gas stations, mileage, and how to best link them all together.

    The are more great motorcycle rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains than anywhere else. Any one of America Rides Motorcycle pocket ride maps is a vacation adventure in itself. With the full set you’ll have the freedom to point your wheels in any direction and know you’re on the best rides. Take a look here and see how easy it is – http://shop.americaridesmaps.com/Full-Southeast-Package-All-9-Maps-SE9.htm

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    wayne busch - Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rider.com

    Wayne Busch

    – Wayne Busch lives in Waynesville, NC, where he produces the most detailed and comprehensive and up-to-date motorcycle pocket maps of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains to help you get the most of your vacation experience. See them here – AmericaRidesMaps.com

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    6 Comments to “Best 1000 Mile Motorcycle Ride You’ll Ever Do”

    Were can I find your maps when I get over to gatlinburg in may going to ride the dragon again and then 28 to 64 up 231 to parkway and back but would love to get some of your maps for more rides

    Thanks Wayne . I’m going to make this loop this year. Your maps will sure help.

    love this info

    I’m heading up to north Carolina Saturday morning from Florida can your maps be bought up their? I’m going to be staying near Asheville thanks

    Wayne: Great site, I noticed a couple of listings for Rider Training – where can I get some more information on the courses you teach. Are these group or private? Maybe you can provide me with some description of content and cost – Thanks Dan

    HI,,, just planning a fall 2016 ride, and noticed your “Best 1000” route. Does the map package include recommendations for accommodations along the way ?? Thanks for all the great work putting this stuff together. Alan

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