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  • The Most Dangerous Road for Motorcycles?
    Charlies Creek Road

    Charlies Creek Road - even the sign is crooked

    “That’s the most dangerous road we ride” my wife commented after a recent morning outing.

    It’s my favorite road!”, I responded.

    “I know, but it’s still dangerous” she reiterated.

    We talked a bit more about it and the things she finds most dangerous are the things I enjoy as an added challenge.

    “I still like it, it’s just a dangerous road” says Jackie.

    Jackie’s no lightweight. We rode dual-purpose bikes all over the country years ago, she can throw a motorcycle around. Now, astride her Beemer, she often gives the boys a run for their money on the twisty roads. She can handle herself and I enjoy watching her flow through the curves. And no, we’re not talking about the infamous “Tail of the Dragon“. That’s just another ride for us compared to this.

    riding Charlies Creek Road

    Be ready to get some lean on when riding Charlies Creek Road

    Photo – Wayne prepares to get some lean on in a curve on Charlie’s Creek Road

    What makes Charlies Creek Road a challenge is it’s unpredictability. You just never know what it’s going to throw at you next, and it throws everything in the book along it’s 10.1 mile length making it seem a whole lot longer. Mixed pavement, potholes, bumpy repairs, loose gravel, climbs, descents, first gear hairpins interspersed with sections of relatively straight road that lure you to roll on the throttle then snare unsuspecting riders with turns which shut down on them the deeper in you get. Cresting a rise you never know what lies on the other side, which way it will dive. Is there a patch of loose gravel in the next corner, a flock of turkeys in the road, will the tires maintain their grip on that concrete bridge littered with sand and rocks, what’s with this freakin turn, it’s getting tighter? How many seasons before some bear hunter discovers my rusted bike and bleached bones if I lose it out here in the middle of nowhere?

    It’s a handful it you approach it cautiously. Come at it with vigor, and it will test everything you’ve got. My kind of road. Beware of Charlies Creek Road, it’s the most dangerous road we ride. It’s also my favorite and I do it as often as I can. Just don’t try to keep up with me. I know it pretty darn well. Respect it or it will eat you.

    Note – Charlies Creek Road runs between NC 215 and NC 281. It’s found on America Rides Maps “#6 – The Best Motorcycle Roads EAST of Great Smoky Mountains National Park”.

    >> Go To America Rides Maps.com


    Wayne Busch

    Wayne Busch - Cartographer

    – 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 –
    See “Map #6 – The Best Motorcycle Roads EAST of Great Smoky Mountains National Park”

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    4 Comments to “The Most Dangerous Road for Motorcycles?”

    as you say….”with sections of relatively straight road that lure you to roll on the throttle then snare unsuspecting riders with turns which shut down on them the deeper in you get. “….

    Roads like Deal’s Gap, are fine, as most know to be up on their game. Here in the Flatlands we have “Old Liberty Road”, from Liberty, to Asheboro NC. Just 20 miles or so, with some nice turns, off camber, declining radii type stuff…. BUT… there are sections of straight roads that lull the unsuspecting rider and then take a bite out of them

    Useful info. Fortunate me I discovered your web site by accident, and I am shocked why this accident didn’t happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some
    time and actual effort to produce a top notch article… but what
    can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get anything done.

    I got to experience this ride This past weekend and it was the closest I’ve ever came losing control and a wipe out.