Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Like always, you will find more great routes than you have time alotted. The Dragon is "Ok", if it is your first time, but if you wish to enjoy IMHO better roads and less crowds, focus on some intersecting roads to the Sky Line and Parkway. Many factors to consider; dates of the trip (Fall Festivals), etc. I am sure you are checking resources like Butler Maps and several other publications focused on this subject matter. Question 1: Duration? Question 2: Ride through or base camp rides? Question 3: Direction to be traveled? A couple of favorites are VA 16, Tazewell to Demascus, VA. Then over to 421 to Bristol, TN. Moving into NC there are to many to list, but a couple stand out routes off the Parkway are NC 276 and NC 215. Depending on your direction, timing of the week, and if you have never ridden through the Smokey Mountain NP, turn right at the southern end of the parkway and ride north to Cades Cove. Wind around the back way through TN to the Dragon. If you have been there, done that, turn left through Charokee, NC on to Bryson City and pickup NC 28 (Moonshine). If all else fails, fill you tank and go exploring; forty years later, you will still be finding routes to log down. Have a great trip!