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Old 12-13-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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Question Looking For Some "Hidden Treasures" & Route Advice in N.C. & TN.

I'm starting the beginning stages of planning our trip from Massachusetts to The Dragon and wanted to get some ideas of places to see on the way down through N.C.? We will be riding the BRP all the way down, but I'm thinking that after we hit The Dragon, we may work our way back through N.C. I was wondering if they're any great sites you recommend? I'm looking for anything from historical, to off the beaten path, to local towns, anything that's different than the typical tourist traps.

I'm also looking for some route advice near the Knoxville area and also heading back east through N.C. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-13-2010, 02:20 PM   #2
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You are heading to the biggest 2 wheel tourist traps in the country. We NEVER even think about going there anymore.

That is the mecca for out of towners. Kind of like Virginia Beach.

Depends on what you are riding and what you are looking for.

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Old 12-13-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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You are heading to the biggest 2 wheel tourist traps in the country. We NEVER even think about going there anymore.

That is the mecca for out of towners. Kind of like Virginia Beach.

Depends on what you are riding and what you are looking for.

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I realize that, but it's one of those things on my list that I have on my list of places to ride.

I'd rather see more of the "outskirts" and drive through small towns and see things that the average tourist wouldn't see. Just a nice little ride through "anytown USA" I suppose!!!
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:07 PM   #4
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I'm good at keeping secrets so another Dragon doesn't happen.
Before you go, check to make sure it's even open. Seems like I heard it was closed for repairs?
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:41 PM   #5
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After you subject yourself to the circus at Deal's Gap, you can go North up through Morristown and take Hwy 25E up to Middlesboro KY. You can also make side trips up Hwy 31 N out of Mooresburg, Hwy 66 S, then back up 70 N out of Rogersville.

If you continue SW from the store at DG, pick up Hwy 165 out of Robbinsville toward Tellico Plains. Check with locals for snow before heading toward Tellico.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:44 PM   #6
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After you subject yourself to the circus at Deal's Gap, you can go North up through Morristown and take Hwy 25E up to Middlesboro KY. You can also make side trips up Hwy 31 N out of Mooresburg, Hwy 66 S, then back up 70 N out of Rogersville.

If you continue SW from the store at DG, pick up Hwy 165 out of Robbinsville toward Tellico Plains. Check with locals for snow before heading toward Tellico.

Kentucky is something I was considering as well too. I've been there before and it's a gorgeous state.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:10 PM   #7
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The Dragon - a great place to go

I have been to the Dragon more than 100 times. When I first started going, it wasn't so crowded, and I wanted to race through like I was Kenny Roberts. After I got over that, I started going to see the people and the bikes. It is the best show on the East Coast.



I took a group of new riders through there last year. We went in the middle of the week, in the middle of the morning. We had a great time. It is a lot more fun to ride when it isn't crowded. My wife made her first run at age 57.



Be sure and ride the Cherohala Skyway while you are in the area.



Other attractions - Lionel Train Museum in Bryson City, NC, Fontana Dam on US 28 near the Dragon, Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC, Bald River Falls





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Old 12-13-2010, 06:30 PM   #8
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Be sure and ride the Cherohala Skyway while you are in the area.

Other attractions - Lionel Train Museum in Bryson City, NC, Fontana Dam on US 28 near the Dragon, Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC, Bald River Falls

Cherohola & Wheels Through Time on definitely on the list. I've been going through Roadsideamerica.com and found some cool things to see as well.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:54 PM   #9
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Stop by Linville Falls in NC. It's a nice waterfall with a couple of overlook areas. What kind of bike are you on? There are some super cool views Old NC HWY 105 that runs south from the falls......but I WOULD NOT run it on a big bike with street tires. Gravel/rock road. If you're comfortable with "forestry service" roads you could criuse over to "Table Rock" too..
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:02 PM   #10
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Stop by Linville Falls in NC. It's a nice waterfall with a couple of overlook areas. What kind of bike are you on? There are some super cool views Old NC HWY 105 that runs south from the falls......but I WOULD NOT run it on a big bike with street tires. Gravel/rock road. If you're comfortable with "forestry service" roads you could criuse over to "Table Rock" too..
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You'll be just fine checking out the falls but I wouldn't go past the parking lot. Too steep and rough for a concourse. Make sure you check out both the overlooks. And of course, if you've never done the dragon you need too. There are a ton of great roads over there. Just grab a map and go. I ride mainly DS so I don't know many of the great paved twisties....sorry.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:34 PM   #12
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You'll be just fine checking out the falls but I wouldn't go past the parking lot. Too steep and rough for a concourse. Make sure you check out both the overlooks. And of course, if you've never done the dragon you need too. There are a ton of great roads over there. Just grab a map and go. I ride mainly DS so I don't know many of the great paved twisties....sorry.
Yeah I don't think the Concours would enjoy it, especially fully loaded with gear.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:05 AM   #13
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Ride 28 as far south as you can. It just keeps getting better.

Plan for a day at the gap. It's awesome fun, if you aren't a hermit.















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Old 12-17-2010, 08:38 AM   #14
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Ride hwy #412 ... search up 421thesnake.com
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:38 AM   #15
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