This is one of the best roads anywhere, period.
This is the 2nd time we've ridden it, the first time being in 2009.
Almost zero traffic and a relentless number of s-turns and switchbacks for almost the entire stretch.
As of July 13, 2012 there is a very nicely paved blacktop - until you get to the NC state line.
If you decide to venture down the NC side, be aware that the first turn is a tight right-hand down hill switchback with no guard rail and a scary drop off.
After that it's not as terrifying.
- Kevin K. (7/14/12)
A group of us on Ducati's and a CBR600RR found this road by accident several years ago.
It was incredible.
We only saw one car the entire time and they pulled over to let us by.
You will never get out of 2nd gear, but if ridden right, you will be covered in sweat by the end.
What makes it so little traveled is the gravel road at the end.
This road is only there for access to the Appellation trail which crosses where the gravel road starts.
You can get to I-40 after a couple of miles on the flat gravel road if you don't want to turn around and do it again.
- Tom Jenkins (12/2/10)
I have done this trip several times.
First time on a 450 Honda Night Hawk, and the second on a 750 Honda Aero.
I call this 'The Whip', because of the sharp curves and the sudden end at the gravel road.
'Warning' don't try to navigate the gravel section unless you are experienced or have a bike made for it.
It is a little rough.
Some curves are kind of blind and often straddled by cars coming the opposite direction.
Worth the trip, especially if camping at Cosby Campground.
- Anonymous (12/11/07)
Amazing road, very tight, boarders the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
Crosses the Appalachian Trail and goes to good gravel for 3 miles at the the end.
- Chan Libscomb (8/8/07)