Two Great Dual Sport/Jeep Roads in the Cherokee National Forest of East Tennessee. This route is suitable for adventurous intermediate riders on medium dual sports and experienced riders on large dual sports.
Wagon Train/Stewart Cabin Road, Forest Service gravel road (FR81) at Santeetlah Gap at the beginning of the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina at 2660 feet elevation. The road winds downhill and crosses Santeetlah Creek at 2234 feet elevation and continues into Tennessee.
The creation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the 1920s and 1930s resulted in many homesteaders being evicted from their lands. The construction of Fontana Dam (1942-44) created Fontana Lake which flooded the existing roadway NC288 and many of the small ghost towns along the route. What remained on the north side of the new lake in the National Park were cemeteries and ruins of homesteads, logging operations and mining towns.
Six Gap route description and photos.
The Gravel Dragon forest service road over the mountain to Andrews, NC. Includes a short hike to Joanna Bald Fire Tower.
Tail of the Dragon, Foothills Parkwy, through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Little River Road and US441, Moonshiner 28 back to the Dragon. Total 141 Miles/5 Hours Travel Time.
This 78-mile loop begins and ends in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. Highways include TN 39, TN 315, US 64 and TN 68. Famous for it’s whitewater, Ocoee River was the site of the 1996 summer Olympics.
This full day loop will take you on a mile high mountain road deep in the wilderness, close to a beautiful waterfall, a twisty two-lane back road, across a dam on a scenic lake, and wind around a back country road with rural views. Cherohala Skyway to Tellico Plains, south on TN68 to Joe Brown Highway to Murphy, NC for 140 miles, 5 hours riding time.
Searching for the Gatlinburg Moonshine Distilleries and a drive through the Smoky Mountain National Park.
Tour both the famous US-129 Tail of the Dragon and TN165/NC143 Cherohala Skyway. Twisties, sweepers, mile high elevation, waterfalls, and more. One of the most scenic tours in the region, 123 Miles/4 Hours Travel Time.
March 2007. We spent one night on the road on this 400 mile quick-trip. We called it “The Complete Devils Triangle” as we made several runs back and forth. We rode our KLR 650s which are Wheeler tuned, jetted and piped. They turn-out an amazing 41 hp from the stock 32-34. These bikes are great for exploring, taking in both paved roads and gravel with ease.
US 129 was constructed as a branch route of US 29 from Gainesville Georgia to Macon Georgia in the 1926-1934 time period. It was extended north to Knoxville Tennessee circa 1935 and south to Chiefland Florida 1940-1948. The route was at one time designated to extend northerly to Corbin Kentucky, but it was either never constructed or never signed. The route has changed over the years in some areas such as the NC State line to Topton and the Maryville to Knoxville 4-lane sections.
Moonshiner 28 updated in 2015. A lot of freshly paved sections made for better road conditions. You can still expect pavement heaves in the Cullasaga Section section between Franklin and Highlands. Overall good conditions on this route.
DEVILS TRIANGLE UPDATE: November 2014, We took a day off and hit the Devils Triangle in Nancy’s Mustang. The road has been partially repaved and is in overall good condition.
Waterfalls and twisties on this scenic tour which includes some of the best roads in north Geogia and Moonshiner28.
Exploring the roads of southwest Virginia including Back of the Dragon, VA16 and other trails of the Claw of the Dragon.