111 miles of awesome expert level twisty mountain backroads. Definitely NOT recommended for new riders or those who are not experienced with mountain riding. All paved. Avoids almost all the towns, very little time on major roads.
This is a nice 165 mile loop ride that will take you to a dozen roadside waterfalls in a day. I suggest you run it counter-clockwise as the section between Franklin and Highlands can get busy later in the day and you'll get the 4 lane riding out of the way early. You'll ride some very curvy roads, hit some nice scenery, and take in one section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bring the camera!