There is nothing better than seeing nature’s bounty from the seat of a motorcycle. Hundreds of scenic roads line U.S. highways, but you will find some of the greatest rides in the southern states. The trails below feature exciting twists and turns, as wells as smooth hardtops—roads where motorcyclists will appreciate a spectacular ride.
Arkansas’ Pig Trail
Only 19 miles long on Highway 423, this aptly named trail offers adrenaline-pumping hairpins, straightaways, and drop-offs, while meandering through the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Park the bike and capture magnificent views with your camera, or catch some trout at Mulberry River. At the end of the trail, stop by the general store to grab a patch that reads, “I survived the Pig Trail”.
Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon
This is one road where the scenery will need to take a back seat. A huge Tree of Shame marks the beginning of the trail and is decorated with car and motorcycle parts, whose owners got caught up in the views on this 11-mile stretch on US-129. As soon as you see the sign that reads “Entering the Tail of the Dragon”, you will be tempted to flog it. Don’t. The smooth, two-lane blacktop will seduce you and there are over 300 turns here waiting to deceive you. In fact, many bikers have had to hitch a ride back in an ambulance because they couldn’t resist the invitation to push the limits. Don’t forget to snap a picture in front of the big metal dragon.
Tennessee and North Carolina’s Cherohola Skyway
The Cherohala Skyway is one of the most stunning roads in the world, offering pristine views around every curve. Beginning at the Tellico Plains, through the Cherokee and Nantahala Forest, this road continues for 43 miles at altitudes as high as 5,400 feet. It’s a great trail for any novice rider. Check out the Tellico Arts Center for an assortment of indigenous art.
Virgina and North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway
Stretching over two states and 469 miles without a single stoplight, Blue Ridge Parkway offers amazing panoramic views. From Mount Mitchell (the highest peak of the Mississippi), to the Oconaluftee River. In North Carolina, brake for the Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French Chateau; and the Linn Cove Viaduct, an engineering wonder that winds through the treetops. On the Virginia side, there is a restaurant and gift shop called Mabry Mill that serves southern comfort food using an old work mill that still grinds flour.
Wear your gear at all times and drive safely. If you suffer injuries from another driver’s negligence, call a personal injury attorney or Arrington Schelin & Munsey PC motorcycle accident lawyers. Stay safe and have fun on your next adventurous ride!