Aunt Bea's Way (US 52) + ADD NEW ROUTE
51 in North Carolina North Carolina41 Miles
on August 1, 2009
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Starting in Winston-Salem North Carolina at the intersection of 40 West and 52 North, take US 52 north the rest of the way up the state to the Virginia border.
As you travel along 52 North of Winston-Salem the rolling hills of North Carolina are starting so turn into mountains of Virginia. The hills let you see miles ahead of beautiful mountains roads. Pilot Mountain is along the way and really deserves to be stopped at every chance you get. It's over 3,500 feet to the top, and the pictures you can get up that high are not to be missed. In the height of the summer and late fall there is so much green around you it makes you feel truly alive.
It would be great except for the construction that always plagues the Winston-Salem area. Once past the city though it turns into an amazing ride with wide roads, rolling hills and good smooth pavement as you transition into Virginia.
Mount Airy is along the way, and that is the reason for the route name. It give the impression if you want to be part of the Andy Griffith show you just stop there. Pilot Mountain State park is alon ghte route offering cabins, tent camping, RV camping and miles of hiking trails to cruise around. It also has canoeing out of the state park if you are so inclined. IF you want to stay you need to let them know 48 hours in advance to reserve a spot. They make no exceptions.
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