"The Snake" - Hwy 421 & 34

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 8 visitors


State: Tennessee
Date Submitted: May 16, 2011
Submitted by: MCR Contributor
Motorcycle Road Length: 23 Miles

Written Directions

From Mountain City, TN, take Hwy 421 North through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest, Shady Valley, TN, and on to Holston Valley, TN. As a short side trip, take TN 133 North 10 miles to see Backbone Rock.

Scenery  

This route takes you from Mountain City, TN to Holston Valley riding through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest. Riding through mountains and valleys with great vistas and ending with a view of South Holston Lake.

Road Quality  

The Snake is said to have "489 curves, 3 mountains, 1 valley packed into 33 miles!"

As you leave Mountain City, riding through the Cherokee Nat'l Forest, there are some great views as you ascend over the first mountain ridge on some of the best twisties in the area. The climb over the second ridge is as good as the first with more twisting/turning roads that will leave you exhilarated. The ride ends up in Holston Valley after crossing Holston Lake. We hold our Annual Rune Rally in nearby Erwin, Tn and this ribbon of asphalt one of our favorites.

Roadside Amenities  

Mountain City and Holston Valley have everything you want and need for a great get away, and in the middle of this ride is the Shady Valley Country Store. They have great burgers/sandwiches, snacks and souvenirs too.

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by GJRonK on August 12, 2012
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: GJRonK
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: --
This was fun from end to end. Aptly named as there are plenty of turns (in two sections), forest scenery, good pavement. Halfway across, in a valley, is a small store for refreshments and many porch chairs to rest on and watch all the other bikers (and there are a lot) stop by to re-group or refresh. Turns are faster than those of The Dragon, which make them more fun (to me).
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Reviewed by GIJoe on January 3, 2012
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: GIJoe
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: We finally got to ride this route last Summer, what an awesome experience! I was not sure I could scrape floorboards on my bike until I did the Snake!! recommend this one HIGHLY if you are in the area!!
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Reviewed by Nogear on November 10, 2011
(1 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: NoGear
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Yamaha FJR 1300
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Love this road! I like it better than Tail of the Dragon.
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Reviewed by slick on August 5, 2011
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: More popular with sport bikes. If you like to drag your floorboards and meet a lot of great people, this is the road for you.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 18, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: GWRRA Chapter L
motorcycle_year: Goldwing Bikes and Trikes
motorcycle_make: Honda's
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Our group met up at 8am at the Cracker Barrel in Calhoun for the start of our planned 2 day ride. The first day our ride took us on an approximately 290 mile trip to Johnson Tn. Our leader, Tim set the course for as many scenic back roads as possible. No dirt roads thankfully. While on the way we rode Hwy 60 in GA and Hwy 19 thru Cherokee. We discovered Hwy 80 was also a great road to ride. We arrived in Johnson City that evening after a scenic ride and a meal at the Texas Roadhouse. After a good night's rest we headed out to our destination "The Snake" Hwy 421 to the Country Store in Shady Valley TN. After the girls shopped a while at the store for souvenirs, we headed towards Bristol. Our trip home had a few more highway miles in it but we all still enjoyed the ride home...
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Reviewed by Guest on July 21, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: daniel
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: suzuki bandit 1250s
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: Awesome road ride it often better than dragon less traffic not as commercial stop at the store lot of bikes there
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Reviewed by Guest on July 7, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: allsorts
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Harley
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Nothing more fun than 421! Rode it in '08 on an Electra glide, again in '10 in the family truckster, a Lincoln Navigator ( that's when I knew there wasn't a better road out there because even that was a blast!). Now I am heading there in a week in a 703HP super charged Dodge charger SRT-8 Super Bee, can't wait, will keep you posted!
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Reviewed by Guest on September 27, 2012
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Duane
motorcycle_year: 2012
motorcycle_make: BMW K1600GT
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: The best stretched of sweepers I have ever ridden. Worth the trip even if you have to drive out of your way! Cut up 133 to 58E and let the good times continue to ROLL!
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