North Carolina Motorcycle Rides

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Established in 1729 as one of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina has a storied past that can be seen and experienced by traveling through the state, and what better way to do so than on a motorcycle? With beaches and coastal plains to the east, low mountains to the west, and rolling forest in the central part of the state, North Carolina has a wide variety of scenic and sporty motorcycle roads for you to discover.

North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-ride road.

Find The Best Motorcycle Roads In North Carolina

When planning your North Carolina motorcycle trip or ride, why burn valuable time pouring over maps and reading through internet forum posts when instead you can be pointed directly to the best motorcycle routes in NC? The REVER App is free to use and makes riding a state’s best motorcycle roads as simple and browsing routes and selecting what looks best to you. Then just gas up and go! Create new routes, log your rides and share with friends all within the app. Want even more planning and tracking tools at your disposal? Upgrade your account to REVER Pro for features like turn-by-turn + voice navigation, 3D animated route exploration, weather radar + alerts, and much more. Learn about everything that REVER and REVER Pro can offer you when it comes to planning and logging your next motorcycle ride or trip right here.

Tips For Riding In North Carolina

Thanks to influence from the Atlantic Ocean and North Carolina’s position relative to the jet stream, a mild climate permits one to ride virtually year-round. If heading out on a ride during the winter months, utilizing a base layer + mid layer along with a four-season riding jacket/pant will allow you to stay comfortable all day long. If riding during the summer months, a base layer under some ventilated summer riding gear will do the trick just fine. Always take a look at the weather forecast before heading out on the bike, and pack some rain gear if there is any chance of rain. Be aware that the state can be hit by tropical cyclones during the hurricane season (June through November), so keep an eye out for action in the Atlantic during the weeks and days leading up to your trip!

North Carolina Attractions

If you’re in North Carolina on two wheels, you would be remiss to not ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is certainly one of the best motorcycle rides in western North Carolina. This 469-mile stretch of road weaves a spectacularly scenic route through the mountains of VA and NC, providing you with a perfect way to experience the natural beauty of this region from aboard your motorcycle. If you’d like to experience one of the best motorcycle rides in eastern NC, take a ride to The Outer Banks. Riding this 100+ mile stretch of barrier islands on the Atlantic shores of North Carolina will bring you through many scenic coastal zones as well as a number of charming and historic towns. One of the state’s top cultural/historical attractions is The Biltmore, a roughly 8,000-acre estate with the Vanderbilt Mansion as it’s centerpiece. One of few examples of Châteauesque-style architecture found in the United States, this opulent 250-room mansion remains the largest privately owned residence in the country. The North Carolina Museum of Natural History is a great destination to include in a day ride, as is the Battleship North Carolina.

301 miles of coastline provide countless options for recreation and relaxation.
North Carolina’s densely forested interior contains a number of excellent motorcycle roads.

REVER's Top Five North Carolina Motorcycle Roads

Blue Ridge Parkway Ashville To Fancy Gap, VA

If you haven't ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is the meat of it. This route heads out of Asheville NC, and heads to Fancy Gap VA.

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Big Bald Loop From Cane River

This loop north of Asheville starts in Cane River and does a big counterclockwise loop through NC and TN. Up the 19W then south on the 352 to the 212. Down through Hurricane Chapel then back across on the 1318.

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Asheville NC To Gatlinburg TN

This ride head west out of Asheville through the Great Smokey Mountains to Gatlinburg, TN. It starts out following the French Broad River, then turns down Bailey's Branch Road before picking up the 63, then onto the 209 to the 1288 and onto the 40 before jumping onto the twisty 32 heading to the west. The 321 takes you into Gatlinburg.

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Dragon To Wayah Bald Road

From Deals Gap to Wayah Bald Road with a detour along Burning Town.

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Needmore And Power Line Road

Two sections of gravel on this rout. Needmore and the power lines on Telico RD. one is along the river and the other goes up over the mountain.

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"You don't stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding."
― Anonymous

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