Great Motorcycle Roads in Tennessee
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- Tail of the Dragon
- Cherohala Skyway
- Foothills Parkway
- Natchez Trace Parkway
- Tennessee Route 232
- Newfound Gap Road
- Tennessee Route 421
Below is our in-depth list of the top seven motorcycle rides in Tennessee!
Home to some of the most famous motorcycle roads in the country, Tennessee offers variety from the white-knuckled 'Tail of the Dragon', to the more relaxed and scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. There are plenty of excellent motorcycle rides to be found in this great state. So saddle up - because we’ve got the best motorcycle roads in Tennessee right here! Click on the Tennessee motorcycle map link for the direct Google Maps route.
Tail of the Dragon
Possibly the most infamous route among motorcyclists boasts a whopping 318 curves in just 11 miles. This stretch of U.S. 129 is a beautiful piece of road, perfectly engineered in banking, immaculately paved, and combining a pleasing rhythm of tight turns - the appeal of this adventure is actually just riding it. There are no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel, however he sheer popularity of this road means there will almost always be many riders in front of you and behind you. Still, this Tennessee motorcycle road is truly like no other, and is a definite "bucket list" for any accomplished motorcyclist.
Route 165 (24 miles)
"A drive among the clouds", this motorcyclist's dream route reaches elevations of over 5400 feet high. Tennessee's portion of this most excellent route starts in Tellico Plains, and continues through North Carolina. The road is full of extraordinary mountainside forest scenery. While the Tail of the Dragon gets most of the praise, many will testify this TN motorcycle road is more enjoyable - longer and less traffic!
This serene 2-lane road is truly a great motorcycling road in TN, as there are no billboards, homes, or commercial buildings. The Foothills Parkway is as pristine as it gets. The southern section is an easy ride, with slight curves, straightaways and panoramic mountain vistas. The northern section gets a bit more technical. Be sure to check out some of the beautiful overlooks along this route.
Natchez Trace Parkway
This all American motorcycle road has plenty of scenic nature views while you traverse the hills. The TN portion is roughly 100 miles, but the Natchez continues south through Alabama and Mississippi. This road is particularly great for motorcyclists, as commercial traffic is prohibited and there's no stop signs or stop lights! Just cruise among the beautiful scenery and historic sites, and enjoy one of Tennessee's best motorcycle rides!
Newfound Gap Road
US-441 (36 miles)
Starting from Gatlinburg, TN, travelers climb approximately 3,000 feet, ascending through pine-oak and northern hardwood forest to attain the evergreen forest at Newfound Gap (5,046′). The ride to the North Carolina border is about 17 miles, then about 19 miles if you're riding down to Cherokee, NC on the other side of the park. Be ready for some cooler weather the higher you go, even in the summer! Newfound Gap is actually the lowest drive-able pass through the park. Not only are there significant altitude changes, but riders will enjoy switchbacks and even a full 'corkscrew' on this road - all on beautifully maintained pavement. It's best to select your riding time wisely, as peak tourist season will make this often a busy road. Early morning and weekdays will be less frustrating for motorcyclists. Despite that, its truly one of the most inspiring motorcycle rides in the eastern United States!
Tennessee Route 232
Dubbed by many as "Tennessee's Baby Dragon", this is a rather short TN motorcycle ride, but nonetheless a worthwhile endeavor. A continuous string of curves and corners, many riders will use this stretch of road to practice for the more technical Deals Gap (route above). There are more sweepers here than tight turns. It's a fun motorcycle route best ridden in springtime or autumn to enjoy Tennessee's best seasonal scenery.
Tennessee Route 421
US-421/TN-34 (23 miles)
Known to some as "The Snake Highway", this portion of TN-421 takes you from Mountain City to Holston Valley and will pass through the Cherokee National Forest. It's a beautiful and challenging ride, with tight turns and switchbacks as the the road runs on the crest of the mountain top at 3500ft. Motorcyclists will appreciate the scenic mountains and valleys with great vistas. This road is also very well maintained, making this Tennessee motorcycle road all the more fantastic. In fact, this ride is so great, you'll want to double back and do it again!
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