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Our community is near many great places to tour the Smokies by motorcycle or car.

Cherohala Skyway
Cherohala Skyway is a two-hour ride “above the clouds.” The 36-mile stretch climbs to 5,400 feet, and provides scenic views of the mountains between Robbinsville, N.C., and Tellico Plains. The route takes riders on a two-hour journey through Cherokee National Forest and Nantahala National Forest.

U.S. 129 - The DragonThe Dragon
The majority of riders consider the Dragon the No. 1 road in America for motorcycle enthusiasts. This adventure is an experienced rider’s dream with 318 curves in an 11-mile stretch. The ride takes about three hours when leaving from Townsend, and riders can retrace the Dragon and ride back to Townsend or proceed on to Robbinsville and ride the Cherohala Skyway, which will take about three hours one-way.

Townsend/Cades Cove
The tranquil ride from Townsend to Cades Cove and around the 11-mile Cades Cove loop showcases the beauty of the valley, along with the history of Appalachia with its original settlement homes, churches, and cemeteries of this early community. The 20-mph speed limit and many stopping points allow riders to take their time and enjoy the spectacular wildlife and wildflowers.

Foothills Parkway
Foothills Parkway offers an unforgettable ride with views in every direction. To the south, riders can peer over Happy Valley into the Smokies and beyond. While the views to the north are over Maryville, Knoxville and the great valley floor. Looking to the west, riders will discover Thunderhead Mountain, which is considered the highest peak in the western half of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is also an opportunity to trek up to the famous Look Rock Tower, an easy 1.2-mile hike. The tower is free and offers a 360-degree panoramic view.

During this 15-mile ride, beginning in Townsend, riders will observe the scenic village known as “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies.” The Townsend area allows bikers to experience many outdoor activities, unique riverside/mountaintop lodging, craft shops, a heritage museum and numerous seasonal festivals. The short journey up Tenn. 73, also known as Little River Road, will take them to the exciting areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most-visited section of America’s national park system. This 469-mile ride along the parkway provides stunning long-range vistas and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachian mountains. As riders climb 6,000 feet and wind through the Balsam Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains there are plenty of places to enjoy the views.

This three-hour journey will take bikers from Tenn. 73 in Townsend through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and into Gatlinburg. Then, the road continues to Clingman’s Dome on U.S. 441, with an elevation of 6,643 feet. It is the highest point in the Smokies. The ride then continues on 441 south to Cherokee, N.C., homeland of the Cherokee Indians.