The Copperhead Loop
Wednesday January 24th 2018

The Copperhead Loop

US 276 and NC 215 are two of the finest motorcycle rides you’ll find.

The Copperhead Loop ride links them using US 64 through Brevard. You'll enjoy wonderfully twisty roads, waterfalls, and intersect the Blue Ridge Parkway at two points. 

Distance: 89 MIles
Ride Time: 3 Hours

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Start: Waynesville

  • Junction North Main Street and US 276
  • Follow US 276 from downtown Waynesville to the traffic light in Bethel.

6.3 Miles

  • Turn right at the traffic light onto Love Joy Road
  • Follow Love Joy Road to stop sign.

9.1 Miles

  • Turn left onto Lake Logan Road and climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

24.1 Miles

  • Continue south from the Blue Ridge Parkway on Parkway Road to US 64

41.1 Miles

  • Turn left onto US 64 and follow it through Brevard to the Junction with US 276 - Pisgah Highway

53.4 Miles

  • Turn left on US 276 - Pisgah Highway and follow it to the Blue Ridge Parkway

68.4 Miles

  • Continue on US 276 - Cruso Road to the traffic light in Bethel

82.8 Miles

  • US 276 - Pigeon Road will lead you back to Waynesville and complete the ride.

END: Waynesville

89.1 Miles


START: Waynesville

Ride: Waynesville to Blue Ridge Parkway (Beech Gap)

  • Start the ride from downtown Waynesville where US 276 leaves from Main Street. A gas station on this corner makes a good meeting point.
     
  • US 276 - Pigeon Road winds out from town climbing through Pigeon Gap. It then makes a flowing descent to the Bethel ValleyWhen you reach the traffic light, turn right onto NC 215 - Love Joy Road.
     
  • NC 215 - Love Joy Road winds  along the Pigeon River then out into valley farm land. There's one sharp curve amongst the gentle sweepers that bring you to a stop sign at the junction with NC 215 - Lake Logan Road.
     
  • Turn left to continue on NC 215 - Lake Logan Road to Lake Logan. Above the lake the road starts climbing. The turns get tighter and tighter the higher you climb. You'll pass Sunburst Falls on a hairpin curve, then Bubbling Springs Falls as you get nearer to the top of the climb. Arrive at Beech Gap and the entrance ramp to the Blue Ridge Parkway. A classic break stop is the Courthouse Valley Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway to savor the views.

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Ride: Blue Ridge Parkway - Beech Gap to Wagon Road Gap

  • NC 215 - Parkway Road makes a long drop to meet US Highway 64. It's one of the most techincal sections of the road with challenging curves up high, a short valley run in the middle, then another section of tight and twisty curves near the bottom. There are a couple nice roadside waterfalls near Balsam Grove.
     
  • Turn left onto US Highway 64. 4 lane sections run east from Rosman through buslting Brevard. Follow through to the intersection with US 276 - Pisgah Highway.
     
  • US 276 - Pisgah Highway leads north along the Davidson River into a very popular area of the Pisgah Forest. It's a pretty ride but expect congestion on nice weekends. Looking Glass Falls is the noteable attraction here, worth a stop for a closer look and a photo. Soon after you'll pass Sliding Rock. The road gently climbs higher and higher through pleasant twists. The higher you get the steeper the grade and the turnns grow progressively sharper. Arrive at the Blue Ridge Parkway junction at Wagon Road Gap at the top of the climb. The Cold Mountain Overlook is a good rest stop.

Ride: Blue Ridge Parkway (Wagon Road Gap) to Waynesville

  • The 3 mile drop from the parkway on US 276 - Cruso Road to Big East Fork is exciting. After, the road winds through the woods then emerges into the Cruso Valley. There are a few nice curves along bends in the river. Follow through to Bethel then US 276 - Pigeon Road takes you into Waynesville to complete the ride.

END: Waynesville


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The Copperhead Loop

The Copperhead Loop

US 276 and NC 215 are two of the finest motorcycle rides you’ll find. The Copperhead Loop ride links them using US 64 through Brevard. You'll enjoy wonderfully twisty roads, waterfalls, and intersect the Blue Ridge Parkway at two points.

 

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