About Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rider


Riders pause at the Plott Balsam overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rider

Devoted to Motorcycle Riding in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains

“There are more great motorcycle rides in the Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains than anywhere else!”


View from Waterrock Knob

If you ride in the mountains,
If you want to ride in the mountains,
If you want to get more out of your riding,
or you don’t know about the best motorcycle riding anywhere, 

 – you’ve come to the right place.

Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Rider gives you up-to-date information about great motorcycle roads and good motorcycle rides in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains from someone who is constantly out exploring, discovering, and enjoying them – Wayne Busch.

  • Get the most our of your Smoky Mountain motorcycle riding experience
  • Make the best use of your precious vacation time
  • Avoid the traffic and congestion
  • Discover the great motorcycle rides and places other miss.

Bikers enjoying fall riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Enjoy the great motorcycle rides that surround the Blue Ridge Parkway, the sights and attractions nearby from a motorcycle rider who ranges from north Georgia to north Virginia in search of the best motorcycle rides in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.

You’ll find articles and video about:

  • Motorcycle Friendly Places
  • Sights and Places to visit
  • Guides to the Classic Rides
  • Descriptions of little known roads
  • Info on road conditions
  • Discounts and Bargains on lodging
  • Much, much more…

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Email – SmokyMountainRider@gmail.com


Recent Posts

A Good Motorcycle Ride – The Road to Nowhere

Road to Nowhere Motorcycle RideA scenic motorcycle ride on an abandoned road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Road to Nowhere Motorcycle Ride Map

Lake View Drive in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was planned to arc around the north shore of Fontana Lake to connect to the southern lake loop road (NC 28) at the Fontana Dam. The project was abandoned about half way through and has come to be known as “The Road to Nowhere”.

Road to Nowhere Motorcycle RideThe road starts in Bryson City, NC as Everett Street. This is a great motorcycle ride to add to your lunch plans, a nice little side trip. There are a lot of good places to eat in Bryson City. One of them, The Cork and Bean, sits at the corner of this route (Everett St. / Main St.) in town.

The road climbs gently from town arcing to the west as Fontana Road. Its a section of gentle flowing curves.

Road to Nowhere Motorcycle RideThere is a sign at the park border. The road gets much tighter and from here on with curve after curve the whole way.

There are a few spots to pull off and get views of the lake.

The road ends at a paved parking loop. A series of brown slats barricade the road beyond.  You can just see the stone arch tunnel where the road ends from the turn-around. Hiking only once through the tunnel.

Road to Nowhere end Motorcycle RideThere are many stories and controversies over this road. Some see it as a boondoggle. The government has yet to compensate for the land. A family cemetery was isolated, the park service periodically ferries them by boat. Regardless, the result is a really curvy ride with some nice views we can enjoy.

It’s 8.5 miles from town to the end of the road, so you can make it a quick out-and-back ride or stop to savor the views and the wildlife. There are other nice roads nearby if you enjoy exploring the more adventurous back roads including some good unpaved roads.

Road to Nowhere Motorcycle RideYou’ll find this road on map #7,Map #8, Map 100 Great Motorcycle Rides in the Smoky Mountains, and others from America Rides Maps. There are more great motorcycle roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains than anywhere else – find them here;


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