Northern Georgia, North Carolina Road Recommendations

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by IDRider, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. IDRider

    IDRider Been here awhile

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    Hey there, I am planning a trip to Atlanta to visit my dad. The current plan is to rent a bike and spend a couple of days riding the roads of Northern Georgia and Western North Carolina.

    We have talked about riding the Dragon. I am not sure it will live up to the hype, or not. I believe that the road may be great, but the traffic and LEO component may limit my enjoyment.

    I like roads with corners and vistas, but not at the same time. :wink:

    What can you recommend?
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  2. foster

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    The Dragon is overrated (my opinion) and tends to be crowded. There are plenty of great roads in western North Carolina and north Georgia. If you're flying in to Hotlanta and renting a bike there, head north to the Dahlonega, Suches, Brasstown Bald areas and over to Rabun County. Beautiful roads there and north of there in Clay, Graham, Macon, Swain and Jackson counties of North Carolina. Take a good look at some maps and look for Hwy 60, 129, 143, 64, 28, 106, 107, Richard Russell Scenic Highway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway, Warwoman Road, etc. Those are just a few. Farther up in NC and over into Tennessee open up additional opportunities.

    Post up when you head this way and someone from the area may offer guide services. Have fun!
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  3. IDRider

    IDRider Been here awhile

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    I will dig out a map and Google Earth. Thanks for the heads up.

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  4. MeanMoe

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    Add GA180, Wolf Pen Gap rd to the list
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    foster Huh?

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    What he said........
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  6. IDRider

    IDRider Been here awhile

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    Thank you, and keep them coming. :clap
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  7. MrTwisty

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    GA: Hwy 60, Hwy 129 (Blood Mountain), Hwy 348 (Richard Russell Pkwy.), Hwy 197

    NC: Hwy 28, Hwy 215 (Parkway Rd.), Hwy 276, Hwy 209, Hwy 208/212, Hwy 19W

    Just to name a few, but those should keep you busy.
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  8. Fireman1000

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    Man ya'll are making me miss spring time and the mountains.
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  9. Land

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    The Dragon probably is overrated, but it's worth a visit since you're coming from so far.:nod If you hit it during the week, you can sometimes have it pretty much to yourself. :deal :evil And the roads to get there are fun themselves. Go, get your picture taken, get a T-shirt and have fun.

    The Cherohala Skyway is a great ride, too, and you can hit it the same day that you ride the Dragon and a lot of the other roads mentioned.

    Basically, its hard to go wrong roadwise in that region. Throw a dart at a map. :D

    When are you looking to visit?

    Have fun,
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  10. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    While the Dragon may be overrated (crowded), it is a fun stretch for sure and if I was in the area, I'd ride it. As Chris mentions above, check out the Cherohala as well.
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  11. pachap

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    180 is my dream road.
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  12. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    I'll add a few off my list - off the top of my head (some have been already mentioned)

    For Sweepers: Hwy 53, 52 East of Ellijay, 136, Roy Road near Ellijay/Blueridge, Aska Rd. and Double Head Gap (some gravel), Newport rd., Dial rd near Blue ridge, Skeenah Gap road, Kelly Mill Rd. in Dawson County

    For Twisties (and some sweepers) - hwy 60, 180, 52 West of Ellijay, 75a, 129
    NC - 209 out of Hot Springs, Blue Ridge Parkway, 226A out of Little Switzerland

    But just as Land said - get a good detailed map on the areas and you can almost pic any twisty road. Most are awesome.
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  13. kdscoates

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    I think you should just ride the dragon and then head out of the area,all the roads suck and cops are everywhere just ride the dragon get a tshirt and head out!! just my .02 :D
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  14. Yankee Dog

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    As a road the Dragon is not overrated. The surface is perfect and without blemish. The curves are all perfectly banked. There are no cross streets and no driveways. I always wonder, if the local authorities are so worried about excessive speed why they make the road so conducive to it.

    On the other hand it can be crowded and the LEO presence can be heavy. Unless you hit it early, on a week day or perferably both. I have ridden it before nine in the morning and had it all to myself. Plan accordingly and have a good time.

    Yankee Dog
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  15. klaviator

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    Deal's gap is not the only place with heavy LEO presence and traffic. If possible go riding during the week. I you do go during the weekend, be sure to stop at Two Wheels Only in Suches GA. for lunch.

    Add Wayah Rd in NC to the ones already listed.

    Deals Gap is worth riding if you are in the area anyway but is likely to be crowded and patrolled even during the week,especially in the spring and fall. Bike traffic seems to taper off in the heat of summer. If you come in the summer, it may be really hot in Atlanta, but still be comfortable at the higher elevations.

    On second thought, you won't like this area, Most of the roads have curves and scenic vistas at the same time.
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  16. Viperject

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    John's Mountain in Villanow, Horn Mountain in Sugar Valley, Fort Mountain in Chatsworth/Ellijay, Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, etc, etc. These are the foothills of the Appalachians. Head wherever you see hills in the distance and the riding will be good. If I stay away from the city centers, I can ride twisties all day long and never be more than an hour from home. If I had a running motorcycle at the moment, I'd lead you on a mini-tour myself...

    With the exception of these past few weeks, we typically don't get much snow accumulation down here, but the roads ice up in the winter months, especially at higher elevations. Something to consider depending on when you plan to visit. It takes a while for the residual sand to wash out of corners, too.
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  17. IDRider

    IDRider Been here awhile

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    Thanks again for the ideas. I have been spending hours looking at maps, plotting routes, and "driving" the roads on Google Earth.

    I am planning on March 7th to start riding. I have an ST1300 rented for 5 days. Not enough to ride them all, but we should knock out 1,500 miles worth.
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  18. klaviator

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    It will most likely still be very cold in early march, especially in the higher elevations. Snow and ice are quite possible even in April. You may luck out on the weather but I would have a plan B. Bring warm riding gear.
    If you do luck out with the weather you will have the roads mostly to yourself.
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  19. IDRider

    IDRider Been here awhile

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    No worries on the gear. You have to have to have that type of gear in Idaho for every month but July. We have elevations of 9,000+ and 50 degree temperature swings.

    As for an alternate plan, that is good advice - any suggestions for roads South of Atlanta?
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  20. mikem9

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    Coates - I hope he has a great time riding down here, then invites us all to his neck of the woods! :D Check out his backyard!

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