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Route 181 - Joanas Ridge to Morganton + ADD NEW ROUTE


17   in North Carolina North Carolina25 Miles Miles

By "XBNR"
on May 1, 2006

4.6out of 5

8 Riders rated

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Written Directions

Get yourself to Morganton, NC and from there its very easy ... just take route 181 north all the way to Joanas Ridge.

Scenery

Mountains, mountains, and more mountains ... GREAT mountain views from the top.

Road Quality

Just paved in 2005, beware of wet road like ice when wet ... like fly paper when dry!!! Watch for cops after 9am on weekends.

Roadside Amenities

Great store at top gas, food, and clean restrooms.

Additional Info

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

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By Guest
on August 8, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1987

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I live in Morganton, NC and I often take this ride just to get away for a bit when I don't have time to go on a day trip. It is a beautiful 11 mile (each-way) ride which takes you through Pisgah National Forest . Once you get to Jonas Ridge, there are many other places to ride to such as Grandfather Mountain, Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Beech Mountain etc. The road is two lane but has a third passing lane every so often for cars that are impatient. The road is very winding which I personally like. I would compare it with the Tail of the Dragon except the turns are not as tight. Actually, this would be a awesome competition run for sport bikes if someone had the knowledge and capital to market and promote it. More amenities along the route would have given it a higher rating.

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By Guest
on June 24, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make FZR600

Motorcycle Type Sport

I've ridden this road on countless bikes. It is an amazing road! Sharp turns, good banking but when wet, SLICK!! Good road for the moderately skilled rider

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By Guest
on June 29, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Took 181S from the Blue Ridge Parkway heading home to Charlotte area after a full day of riding. Except for a couple of sections of the parkway, this was the highlight of my trip. Very smooth road with lots of curves and several passing zones. Elevation drop must be 2500 feet in 25 miles. This will be my new entry point to the pkwy now!

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By Guest
on February 4, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Jonas Ridge Outfiters at the top is under new Management, geared towards all motorcycle riders. They have a great little resturant and the food was excelent for $4.75.
Road was great and the temps for February were mild. This route (181) is my favorite.

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By motomugshot
on April 13, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

When I ride to the mountains 181 is always a stop on the list. After a rain I will not ride hard at all because like someone else stated it can be like ice. I brought my friends I ride with up there and they love it as well. The fast sweepers is much different than the tight turns of Old 18 so we get a mixture during our rides. Close to the Blue Ridge Parkway as well to get around to other top rides in NC.

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By Guest
on May 23, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make HD fatboy

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Fantastic Road with hardly any Traffic. Nice curves but not too Extreme so you can Take them on a decent Speed. Had Lunch at christa's which I would also highly recommend.

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By Guest
on April 15, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a great road to ride. I believe it is nicknamed the " winding staircase," & it fits the name.

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By Guest
on September 12, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Nice ride. Coming from Morganton some construction in town couple of miles and everything opens up some 55 mph sweepers and 20 mph tight curves, alot of fun. sept 2009

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