Blue Ridge/Smokey Mountains Motorcycle Tour

Guided Tour 13 Days / 12 Nights
Tour Map
  • 2484.0 mi = 3974.4 km
  • Summer, Spring, Fall
  • 90.0 - 40.0°F = 32.2 - 4.4°C

Experience some of the best riding in the USA. We have iconic international destination rides and lesser known sections the locals ride! Starting/ending in Washington DC, a 12 day tour of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia covering Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smokey Mountains, with a focus on loads of back roads. Combining internationally known rides such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Tail of the Dragon and Cherahola Skyway with less traveled rural roads used by the local riders. There are loads of local culture and scenic attractions, as well as some of the best BBQ eateries in the east. This ride is a tour de force - combining breathtaking scenery, varied terrain, sweet roads, and an immersion in the diverse cultures of VA, NC, GA and TN.

Tour Itinerary

Arrive in the Washington DC area. You will be set up in a hotel not too far from the EagleRider store. The first evening you will be picked up and taken to a local restaurant in Falls Church restaurant where you will enjoy a meal with all of those attending the tour. Here you will meet your tour guide and support staff who will help you become familiar with what to expect on your journey. They will go over the do’s and don’ts to be sure everyone has a safe and wonderful trip.
You will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the EagleRider store to pick up your bike for the trip. Escaping Washington DC we will be heading west to the northern end of the iconic Skyline Drive, with an early lunch in Front Royal VA. The day rolls south on Skyline Drive to the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, finishing at Waynesboro VA. If time permits, we may make s quick journey to the Blue Mountain Brewery. With about 4.5 hours ride time, expect 8 hours on the road with spectacular scenic stops along the way.
We will start our day with the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will be a full day of rolling, weaving, sweet pavement roadway and more spectacular scenery. There is a reason this is an international ride destination, the views are spectacular. Plan to stop several times for photos from the top of the mountain ridge line. Plenty of options for lunch stops depending on the pace. Today starts in Virginia and ends in Mount Airy, North Carolina! Mount Airy was the inspiration for Andy Griffith's Mayberry TV show - so don't miss the Mayberry Soda Fountain, true Americana.
We start back on the Blue Ridge Parkway headed for Asheville NC. Changing scenery but still twisting winding rolling smooth roadway with plenty of spectacular vistas. You may be a bit jaded from all the scenic overlooks, but we will be sure stop for pictures every once in a while. The lower speed limit will help keep things in check so you see the scenery rather than ripping through the sweet twists and corners. Destination is Asheville NC, a very cool town with loads of dinner options and nightlife. Just remember that you will be on the bike early the next morning for the last leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway!
Starting with breakfast at the Green Sage restaurant in Asheville NC, it is back onto the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). Today will roll down to Cherokee NC and the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take time for the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. We will have various options along the way for lunch depending on the pace. Once off the BRP, there are still some twisting winding roads following a river as you get closer to Murphy. We will make the town of Murphy our base for the next couple days of riding
An easy day of non-stop sweet back roads, waterfalls including Bridal Veil Falls, scenic overlooks, and lunch in Highlands NC or Helen GA, depending on the ride start time. Roads and scenery are change from the Blue Ridge Parkway since you are no longer in a park all day! Get back early enough for dinner at the Rib Country BBQ restaurant!
This is an optional day off if you like. For those that want more riding time there are more sweet rolling and winding roads into Georgia, a shorter smooth non-technical day will act as a break and before the more technical stuff on Day 7! Look for late lunch in East Elijay GA at Col Poole's BBQ but check to see they are open, depending on what day you are rolling through. Back to Murphy in time for dinner at Doyles Cedar Hill.
Big day for international destination twisties such as the Tail of the Dragon and the Cherahola Skyway followed up by some excellent rolling twisting roads that don't seem to be on the published motorcycle routes. Requisite stop at Deal's Gap, and a lunch stop at the end of the Dragon. Get a good nights sleep before today! Final BBQ stop in Murphy at Herb's Pitt BBQ (did we mention BBQ on this ride???)
Tracking north now, this runs parallel to much of the BRP, but uses almost all back roads. More twisties and some technical sections so expect the unexpected! Decreasing radius corner signs are out there. Great back roads follow up from Day 7. End the day in Blowing Rock, NC with lots of cool places to stay. Check out the Mountainaire Inn, and the Six Pence Pub within walking distance!
A nice mix of rolling winding roads with some long technical sections including the Back of the Dragon. Technical enough that 190 miles is a full 5 hours of ride time. Plenty of roadside local food stops. Landing in Princeton, WV for the evening.
Time to twist and shout, the roads will become increasingly winding, twisting and technical before you finally land in Mingo WV. This area should be called Twistie'ville. Stop at the local roadside general stores and absorb the local vibes. Brazenhead Inn caters to the motorcycle crowd. It is booked solid by east coast clubs sometimes, so plan ahead. Dinner at Shoeshow ski resort will set the tone for the next couple of days.
Wild and Wonderful West Virginia Loop! If you are a railroad enthusiast, you can take the day off and check out the Cass Railroad. They have a train that goes to the top of the mountain a few times a day. If you would like to ride some more, enjoy a nice loop in the West Virginia mountains. Stop by Blackwater Falls and Seneca Rocks to get a taste of what West Virginia is all about. Our tour is nearly at an end, so tonight we will celebrate with a wonderful Farewell Dinner back at the Brazenhead Inn.
The last day of the tour rolls through the hills and hollers of West Virgina, over some mountain passes, into the horse country of Virginia. The last run over the mountain is a Washington DC destination ride, so hang on! We'll do lunch at the Brookside Restaurant before the last mountain pass, or in Sperryville as we ease down the side of the mountain and return our motorcycles. What a way to end 12 days of some of the best riding the USA! We hope you all have made memories that will last a lifetime, and friends to go along with it. See you next time on the open road!
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