Marion to Tazwell - The Back of the Dragon, a 29 mile long section of VA 16 runs north / south between the towns of Marion and Tazwell, Virginia. Climbing up and down the mountain ridges along the way it holds both sweeping curves in the valleys and tight and twisty sections carving through the rocky cuts in the high parts. There is little along the way, a few homes and farms. Most of it is wooded passing through Hungry Mother State Park at the south end. It is a useful road, one of the nicest ways to traverse this area, easy to work into your travel plans. Over the years it has been popularized and marketed as a motorcycle destination ride. The hub of this motorcycle related activity is at the north end in Tazwell where the Back of the Dragon Visitor Center opened a new facility in 2020. Several good rides connect to it and there is some great riding in the surrounding area.
A minute of motorcycles screaming through one of the most famous motorcycle rides in the world. Shot on April 26, random bikes passing at two spots on the gr...
Clips from a January motorcycle ride on a section of wonderful NC 28. We ride a section of this outstanding 104 mile long road in the Smoky Mountains. You sh...
With so many great motorcycle roads in the Smoky Mountains - How do you choose which to ride?Start with the named motorcycle rides. If it's popular enough to be named, it's a good one. The Copperhead Loop Ride in North Carolina is one of the best. The Copperhead Loop(https://miles-by-motorcycle.com/51999/rideplans/53346/the-copperhead-loop) You can use your smart phone to view the map when you do this ride. Be aware, cell service is spotty in the mountains, it's a good idea to ...Read More
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.
The Rattler Motorcycle Ride is one of the great motorcycle rides in North Carolina and is one to include in your Blue Ridge Parkway motorcycle ride.
NC 209, "The Rattler" is an outstanding ride from Junaluska, NC to Hot Springs NC. It crosses picturesque valleys, climbs over mountains, and twists along creeks with a nice mix of relaxed and technical riding. Twisty mountain climbs, scenic valleys, historic sights make this one of the most popular rides in an area rich with great motorcycle roads.