Recently we covered some of the best motorcycle routes through the Blount County area. Two great ways to enjoy a good bike ride are to rent a bike, or go with a group that offers guided tours, such as Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. Here are even more great ride ideas for you to enjoy this spring and summer.
And before we get started, here’s a bonus tip: We recommend you take a look at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson’s home page. Their Project Ridemore is for bikers of all skill levels. Their trips leave from Maryville to many exciting points, and they promise adventure and fun exploration. Definitely looks like this is worth checking out!
Why Bikers Love Touring in the Smokies
If ever there was a place to go for a motorcycle ride once spring rolls around, it has to be the Great Smoky Mountains. There are hundreds of miles of open road for you to explore, offering you spectacular views of the Smokies, rides through dense, lush forests, and along cascading rivers. The best part is that you don’t even need to bring your own bike. You can rent one from a rental shop, such as 411 Biker Depot. Rent by the day, by the week, or any combination to ensure you have a great time.
Plenty of Places to Ride
In addition to what we covered last time, there are several more amazing rides in the area that are well worth taking, especially when spring weather starts to warm up and the mountains are literally alive with fresh wildflowers. Each ride seems to have something different to offer. Here are a two more you may wish to try:
About an hour or so southwest of Blount County (in Tellico Plains, Monroe County, TN) can be found one of the most desirable motorcycle routes in the Southeast, the Cherohala Skyway. This 40 mile, two lane, paved stretch gets its name because it takes you through parts of the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. Go with a group or explore this National Scenic Byway on your own. Opened in 1996, it offers many scenic and historic stops along the way. Check out this photo gallery which lets you see what this scenic ride offers throughout each season.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway covers 469 miles, running through some of the most majestic scenery to be found in Southern Appalachia. Even if you don’t have enough time to ride the whole parkway, the Cherokee stretch is the perfect place to enjoy a nice relaxing ride through the spectacular Smokies in the heart of spring.
Instead of hauling your personal bike here or if you don’t currently have one, renting or riding with a tour group can get you to some of the best biking routes around. Definitely leave some time on your vacation to try out some of these great motorcycle rides. You can be sure you’ll get to explore some of the best countryside in the Southeast.