The Best Guide to Motorcycle Roads, Rides & Events

Route 16 - Charlotte to Wilkesboro + ADD NEW ROUTE


45   in North Carolina North Carolina69 Miles

By Fathead
on September 1, 2008

3.3out of 5

9 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

This route runs along Hwy 16 from Charlotte up to Wilkesboro, NC. Follow the signs but avoid the business route - though it does take you through some quaint small towns with some really cool old homes.

Scenery

Wilkesboro says that it's the gateway to the mountains and if you take this ride, you'll see why. As you top the hills, the views are breathtaking as they overlook the Blue Ridge mountains.

Road Quality

For the most part the roads are excellent. A bit of bumpy stuff around the little towns. Well marked for those not too familiar with the area.

Roadside Amenities

Gas is available as you need it. Restaurants are available and I highly recommend a little family owned place called "the Triple Play" ... just north of Taylorsville. Highly recommend the burgers or hamburger steak. Secret recipe with a bit of a kick. It's a must! Homemade pie too! OVERALL EXCELLENT!

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

Nickname (optional) : Fathead

What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on May 27, 2010 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

Good ride. I added 421 to the Blue Ridge Parkway into Blowing Rock, where I stopped at Tucker's Cafe. Then 321 south into Lenoir and 90 across to Taylorsville where I picked up 16 again and went back to Charlotte. About 260 miles total and a good ride!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on November 11, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

1.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This route is nothing but typical 2 lane town to town w/ a lot of traffic until you get north of Taylorsville...Save your time and take I-77 north to I-40 west to exit 148, hwy 64 west to Taylorsville. Then get on 16 north...You will then cross the Brushy Mtns. through the apple orchards...Continuing on north of N. Wilkesboro is when the ride really gets good...16 continues to Virginia and right near the state line is Shatley Springs...This stop is a must if you like really good country cookin' (Just like momma's).

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on July 8, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type

Took 16 in 96 degree weather. I really enjoyed the ride, the best area is above Taylorsville. I cut over to 115 via country club road and took 115 south. While I enjoyed 16 north, 115 south above Statesville was really beautiful and there was literally no traffic. Nice smooth road and lots of nice curves. I took 115 down to Davidson. There are nice historic towns along the way. Beware of Mooresville. I picked up a nail in my front tire and had to trailer the bike home. Talking with some folks around there as they said that a number of roofs are being replaced in the city due to hail damage.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By jgrogg84
on April 3, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Sportster

Motorcycle Type Other

Loved this ride! first half was heading north was a little boring but once we started hitting the small towns and got in to the hills, it was beautiful. I would have to say if your going to do this ride, dont rob yourself and make a loop out of it by going back on st rt 115! It had a lot of historical towns with great little stops such as coffee shops and snack places. I would have to say it may been better than st rt 16!
Thanks to all for the adviceon this run. it was a good way to break in the new (first) Harley.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on March 30, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make harley-davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport

Good ride north of Tayorsville and coming back 115 to Statesville is also good. Been on better rides be none as close to home.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By kellygus
on July 7, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year victory vision

Motorcycle Make 2008

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have ridden this rode many many times as it is my most direct route to the mountains. It is fairly easy with big sweeping curves and climbs. It gets much better north of Wilkesboro to the Parkway and beyond.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on April 9, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great ride after you get out of the Charlotte area proper. 16 north is a great ride. You go over a nice bridge and you can stop at an overlook and see a damn. The town of wilksboro is nice as well

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on October 20, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1988

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Best part of this road is north of Wilkesboro in my opinion. Outside of Wilkes it connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the ride to the parkway has a few nice twists on it. And the Triple Play is no longer is business. This road has a lot of traffic from Charlotte but is a good alternative to riding 4 lanes up.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No

By Guest
on August 16, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

We took the Rte16N ride from Charlotte to Wilksboro. Nice ride with views of the countryside. Stopped and had lunch at The Triple Play , as small family owned place that is spotless. Nice friendly people and the food was great. Had the triple play burger! And the homemade Boston creme pie was the best! The ride was great and there was little traffic on the road. We did the ride on a Saturday. I will do this ride again some time.

Was this review helpful? Yes | No