Great New Motorcycle Route in WNC

The practice of naming great motorcycle rides is a long and honored tradition. It’s a convenient shorthand way to refer to a road or series of roads that makes for a particularly good motorcycle ride.

The Dragon, Hellbender 28, Blood Mountain, The Devil’s Triangle, Thunder Road, and many others are classic motorcycle rides. Add one more to the list–the Diamondback (NC 226A) and the Lake James Route. Up to 165 miles of twisting and sweeping curves through jaw-dropping western NC mountain scenery. Read more of this review from

Diamondback Route from Marion to Little Switzerland, NC
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Diamondback Views are Free

It’s unusual to find such a nice resort that actually invites and enjoys motorcycle travelers. You can live it up and get some fancy accommodations or get an affordable room in the Diamondback Lodge bunkhouse. Don’t be fooled by the lower prices, it’s still really nice and you can access the bars and restaurants to enjoy the full experience of the Switzerland Inn. The views are free to all and they are priceless. Read more and see a great series of photos from

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13 curves from NC226 - more than 190 on NC 226A - the Diamondback

Parkway is “Dream Ride”

To keep the Parkway at the top of motorcycle “dream rides,” the National Park Service is very concerned about the safety of the riders. Of course, the basic laws must be adhered to such as wearing a helmet, burning headlights and observing the maximum, 45 mph Parkway speed limit. In addition, riders should be aware of sometimes slow moving traffic, loose gravel after rain and slippery, wet leaves in the fall. Wildlife can also sometimes startle riders. (from

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