Valle Crucis to Banner Elk on Rt 194 + ADD NEW ROUTE
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The ride starts st the Mast General Store located on NC 105 in Valle Crucis. If coming to Valle Crucis via Hwy 321 you will turn left on 194 E just after you pass the Mast General Store. From the General Store, take 194 E into Banner Elk and enjoy the ride.
This route makes one feel that they are in Switzerland. You will pass a beautiful stone Church that over looks a valley with white cattle grazing the hillsides. You will encounter many stone structure and amazing views of the North Carolina mountains.The trees in many sections will canopy the road and give quite a show in the fall.
What a road. If you love a few good hairpins and can negotiate a few off camber turns your in for a treat. Road surface and markings are top notch and the road calls for high pegs and those who like to pull hard on the right grip. 194 E offers a good deal of elevation gain as you climb to Banner Elk.
The Mast General store in Valle Crucis has always been a popular local and tourist spot. It offers a old fashioned candy store for the kids and high quality outdoor clothing for the adventurer.You can grab a Blenheim Ginger ale and a Moon Pie and enjoy local bluegrass music on the front porch while relaxing in a rocking chair. Or you could grab an ice cream and set by the creek that runs along the store. There are service stations and restaurants once you reach Banner Elk, but who has time for that when your on a crooked road.
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